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Diving in Pennsylvania

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There is a plethora of locations to dive locally in Pennsylvania. The lakes are home to various and often unique species of local flora and fauna as well as some great underwater attractions suitable for various certification levels.

Lake Hydra is a 50 acre lake with depths of up to 100 feet/30 meters. This spring fed lake offers incredible visibility from its underground aquifer that filters through the limestone. Enjoy a variety of underwater platforms and submerged vehicles such as a fire truck, school bus and tanker truck whilst sharing the lake with the regulars, large mouth bass, rainbow trout, koi and carp.

When to dive in Pennsylvania

Water temperatures in the lakes can vary depending on the month, but you can expect around 45°F/7°C in spring and 70°F/21°C in the summer months at the shallower depths. A drysuit and undergarment thermals or 7 mm wetsuit, hood and gloves are recommended when diving in the lakes.

Visibility can vary depending on the algae bloom, but you can typically expect very good conditions here. We recommend that you check the local dive schedule when planning for a dive in Pennsylvania to make sure the lake is open for divers at that time.

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Pennsylvania is bordered by the states of New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Ohio. Pennsylvania’s two major airports are Philadelphia International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport.

Flights from New York City’s airports- John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA) or Newark Liberty (EWR) to Central and Western Pennsylvania typically take 1.5 hrs.

Pennsylvania is densely populated, with many roads in and out. Interstate highways lead most traffic into the state. You can also travel across the state by public busses, train.

Time Zone
Pounds/square inch (psi)
B, A
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
Domestic airports
Lehigh Valley Intl (ABE)
International airports
Philadelphia Intl (PHL)
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