Students scuba dive at Manatee Springs State Park


The Scuba Dive Club took a day trip to Manatee Springs State Park located in Chiefland, Florida.  Manatee Springs is a first magnitude spring dumping 150 million gallons of aquifer water per day into the Suwannee River. Scuba Club is offered for those who are certified but are not enrolled in the curriculum.

“At the park there are two dive sites. One is an aquatic vegetation covered offset sink called Catfish Hotel, and the other is the spring itself, Manatee Springs.  The flow coming out of the spring is so strong one can not swim against it and can not even pull themselves into it, even though it was tried,” said Scuba Instructor Mr. Davenport. “Manatees were seen in the spring run finding refuge from the cool waters in the Gulf of Mexico and Suwannee River.”

Learn to Scuba Dive at Admiral Farragut Academy

The Scuba program at Farragut isn’t just a recreational activity; it’s an exploration into life. It’s the ultimate safari expedition. In addition, some of the largest mountain ranges on Earth are actually underwater so a scuba diver essentially becomes a mountain climber. Our Scuba program connects students to the environment virtually every day of the academic calendar. It’s an experience unlike any other – well, that is, unless you’re also in the Aviation program at Farragut like many of our Scuba students are.

Scuba Curriculum

Scuba Diving is offered as an elective during the academic day for grades 9-12. Throughout the year, students learn to be safe, knowledgeable, and improve technique well beyond the basic diving physics, physiology, and decompression theory that are typically obtained in scuba courses. All scuba certifications are honored internationally and can be carried for a lifetime. Students who complete the entire curriculum have the opportunity to earn the following certifications:

  • Basic: Open Water Diver/First Aid/CPR/Advanced Diver
  • Master Diver: Rescue Diver/Nitrox/Master Diver
  • Divemaster: Professional Level