Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
June 10, 2014
Following three years of aquatic ecosystem restoration, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University has reopened Spring Lake to scuba instruction open water checkout dives.
"We are extremely excited to offer Texas dive shops access to Spring Lake," said Fritz Hanselmann, diving program director at The Meadows Center. "Our dive training area is perfect for scuba divers to learn and practice their skills."
The open water checkout dives are available as part of diver certification courses offered through partner dive shops in San Marcos, Austin, San Antonio and other areas such as Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. The Meadows Center, as the steward of Spring Lake, is pleased to offer access to the lake, but those interested in this unique opportunity should contact their local dive shops to take part.
"Spring Lake is a crown jewel for divers," said Aaron Wallendorf, Spring Lake manager. "Diving Spring Lake is a great experience because of the year-round 72-degree water temperature and clear visibility that is unique among Texas lakes."
Interested divers should be aware that only those instructors who are registered with The Meadows Center are allowed to bring students to Spring Lake for open water checkout dives, so determining if an instructor is registered should be verified in advance.
Spring Lake is protected as critical habitat for a number of species as well as a State Antiquities Landmark, so diver capacity is limited and checkout dives are confined to the dive training area. Instructors interested in bringing students can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Also, beginning in the fall, divers who are properly certified will be able to volunteer to help maintain the aquatic environment of Spring Lake and join the Meadows Center Aqua Corps by taking the Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course (formerly Diving for Science).
To learn more about Spring Lake, view a one-minute informational video at http://youtu.be/nWA_hL8zjN8.
About The Meadows Center
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment was named following a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation in August 2012. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is dedicated to environmental research, stewardship, education and service. It is run by renowned conservationist Andrew Sansom.