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Komati Springs is a famous inland freshwater recreationals and technical dive site.

Name Dive Site:Komati Springs
Depth: 0-180m (0-590ft)
Visibility: 5-50m (16-164ft)
Inserted/Added by: andreshirley

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Best dive-season / How to get there: Komati Springs is one of the most popular recreationals and technical dive sites in South Africa. It has an open section as well as a cave system.

Komati Springs offers a unique inland dive site open and accessible for diving all year round. It was once a mine which was active until 1972. When mining wasn't feasible anymore, it was closed down and the water pumping out of the hole was ceased. Natural groundwater filled it up, thus creating the dive site.

The dive site underwent a big rehabilitation in 2002, which removed all signs of mining and made it a pristine site. The mining process left a large hole and a joining cave system, giving excellent conditions for all forms of diving. In the open water it reaches 55 meters and the caves have been explored to 186 meters.

The surface area of the open hole is approximately 110meters long and 50 meters wide. The cave system is much larger, and with 8 interconnecting levels it is an explorers dream! This attracts technical divers from all over the world.

There are stairways at the water's edge. Altitude at the site is 915 meters above sea level. The dive centre has qualified First Aid Instructors who are well versed in decompression illness. Signs with emergency contact details are posted in case of any problems. There is Oxygen, Oxygen Administration sets and stretchers at the dive centre.


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