Dutch Springs





The Lake


Dutch Springs is a spring-fed lake located near Bethlehem, PA.    It is basically a SCUBA park with an abundance of underwater “attractions”.


Visibility: up to 40ft!

Max Depth: 100ft max

Water Temp: Mid to High 70’s (August)

Wrecks: Helicopter, Airplane, Truck, School Bus and many more. 

Underwater Resources: Suspended underwater platforms at 25ft and 60ft.  No need to be at the bottom to practice skills. 


For fees and additional info please visit www.dutchsprings.com.













Advance SCUBA Course



You are required to complete 5 specialty dives to receive your Advance Open Water certification.  We will split the dives between Saturday and Sunday.  The dive schedule depends on the selected elective dives. 


Mandatory Dives: Deep Diving and Underwater Navigation. 


Elective Dives (Select three): Night Diving, Peak Buoyancy, Wreck Diving, Underwater Naturalist, Multilevel Diving, Fish Recognition and Search/Recovery.


Recommended Dive Schedule 1

Saturday - Underwater Navigation and Peak Buoyancy

Sunday - Deep Dive, Wreck Diving and Search/Recovery


Recommended Dive Schedule 2

Saturday - Underwater Navigation and Night Diving

Sunday - Deep Dive, Wreck Diving and Search/Recovery


Your fifth dive

On your last dive you will be given a hypothetical situation to put all your new skills into practice.  Read sample situation based on Dive Schedule 1.  


Book Knowledge Reviews

We will discuss all knowledge reviews during the day Saturday (while seating on the grass next to the lake!)




Includes: All books and application fees.

Does not include:  SCUBA gear and Dutch Springs Diving/Camping fees.

SCUBA gear rental: Dutch Springs does not rent SCUBA gear.  Let me know if you need to rent gear, I can arrange it for you.   










The Trip


We leave CT Saturday morning, camp Saturday night and return Sunday afternoon.  You can dive Saturday and Sunday, or just one day. If you take the Advance SCUBA course you will be diving both days.



You need to bring your own gear.  We camp next to the lake in a pretty big grassy area.  The parking area is next to the campsite.  The bathrooms and showers are open 24hrs.



Dutch Springs has a food place open until 4:30pm.  They sell burgers and stuff like that.  It is not cheap!  You can bring a grill (gas or charcoal) and as much food/snacks as you like.  For dinner, there are restaurants nearby in case you don’t want to cook your own food.  I am bringing a grill (charcoal) and a gas stove.  Last time we brought hotdogs for lunch and chicken/steak for dinner.


Diving and SCUBA gear

Visit the Dutch Springs website for all the diving details and fees.  You can dive as much as you like and visit as many wrecks as possible; that’s up to you and your buddy.  Let me know if you need to rent SCUBA gear for the weekend.  I can arrange it for you.  Air fills are available at Dutch Springs.