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Vortex Spring - Holmes County, Florida. Home of the "Diver Down" Flag and so much more!

Updated: Jun 14, 2019

Ponce De Leon, Florida - VORTEX SPRING - The town has the truest limestone-based, cave-fed springs west of Hwy 81. Vortex Spring is one of the largest diving facilities in the state of Florida and is home to the red and white “Diver Down” flag. The flag was invented in the 1950s by Vortex founder Denzel “Doc” Dockery from Michigan, who wanted a flag to keep boats at a safe distance from dive boats. He used a combination of the Navy’s red ‘Bravo’ flag that was used to indicate danger and sewed a horizontal white stripe across it. The “diver down” flag is widely used for scuba diving and has saved countless lives since its creation.

Vortex Spring is a family owned and operated business since the early ’70s. Doc’s son Daryl and his wife Angela keep the resort and its many ameni- ties running for visitors to enjoy. To this day, Vortex Spring Adventures is recognized as one of the best and safest diving resorts in the country. This 500+ acre resort produces approximately 32 million gal- lons of crystal “gin-clear” water daily for diving, swimming and sliding down one of its ten slides. Vortex Spring boasts natural caverns with a depth of 150 feet inside the underwater cave system. They offer different levels of on-site dive training, from PADI certifications to cave diving certifications, and with the Dow Jones, a 28-foot sailboat sunken in the spring, their trained and certified dive instructors offer penetration dives, taking you to a whole other dive classi-fication. And here’s a fun fact about the fish in the spring: they love string cheese!

With campgrounds and lodging facilities, visitors can stay and explore the resort for as long as they want. “We want our guests to come here for the life experiences. Vortex Spring Adventures is here for families to make memories,” said Owner Angela Dockery.

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