Mermet Springs

A Winner of USAToday's Best Underwater Attractions

Mermet Springs is a full service scuba diving site in the Midwest. Nnamed America's 3rd "Best Underwater Attraction" chosen by readers of USA TODAY and, attracting the attention of National Geographic, national news media and the international scuba diving community, our goal is to offer you a safe, fun and a truly First Class scuba diving experience.

The Best Underwater Attractions

Scuba Diving Season Pass

NOW ON SALE!!!! Buy a 2016 Season Pass for $225!

Your key to all season enjoyment of Mermet Springs is our season's pass. The 2016 Season Pass provides you with unlimited entry into our quarry to enjoy all the diving you want!

Little Cayman

Little Cayman Beach Resort - Dive Trip

Join Mermet Springs in the Magnificent Cayman Islands this October 8th to 15th!

Learn more about this trip!
Atlantis Azores Anilao Apo Reef

Atlantis Azores Anilao Apo Reef Wrecks-of-Coron

Join Mermet Springs on a dive trip of a lifetime exploring sunken World War 2 wrecks in Coron Bay and diving on the 34 mile long ‘Mini Tubbataha’ Apo reef system.

Learn more about this trip!
Cozumel Dive Trip

Return to the beutiful Scuba Club Cozumel with Mermet Springs

Enjoy some of the best laid back drift dives in teh Caribbean with Mermet Springs in Fall 2017

Learn more about this trip!
Bonaire Dive Trip

Bonaire Dive Trip

Join the dive professionals of Mermet Springs in 2017 for a week at your next adventure at Captain Don’s Habitat. Captain Don's is an oceanfront resort set among tropical gardens and native landscaping. Their motto -- ‘Diving Freedom’.

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Mermet Springs partners with the HUB

Mermet Springs partners with Marion's "The HUB"

We are partnering with the NEW recreation center in Marion, Illinois, where Mermet Springs will be teaching scuba in the near future. The facility is 64,000 sq feet of recreation awesomeness with pools, classes, weights and gym.

Visit The Hub's Website         See The HUB "Try Scuba" Event Photos!
Try Scuba

Try Scuba Diving with Mermet Springs!

Discover how it feels to be weightless and breathe underwater! Try Scuba Diving with Mermet Springs! Try Scuba onsite and swim with the fish!

Experience our Try Scuba PLUS!
SSI's Online Training

FREE SSI Online Training

SSI's Online Training (the scuba diving academics) is completely FREE!! After you have completed the online training and you decide to continue your scuba education and become a certified diver, you need to complete your training by signing up for an SSI Open Water class at Mermet Springs.

Learn more About SSI's FREE Online Training
Mermet Springs is Open

We Are Open!

Mermet Springs is now open all year long! Check out our hours because the water is always great. So lets go diving!

Guided Tours

Guided Dive Tours

We Are Here For YOU!
Now offering guided scuba diveing tours at Mermet Springs!

SSI Mobile Application

SSI Mobile Application

>>> Apple iOS Version
>>> Android Version
Everything a diver needs at home and while travelling.

Be a PSI-PCI Inspector

PSI-PCI offers courses
- Training Registration
- Class Deposit Form
- Course Program Details

Mermet Springs Facebook

Like Us on Facebook

Facebook is a great way to get the latest information from us. And its a great place for you to meet other divers too!

Mermet Springs Shirts

Mermet Springs Store

Show everyone your Mermet Spring PRIDE! Order your stuff online. Buy shirts, jackets, hats and MORE!

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How to be a Diver

Learn to Dive

"How do I become a certified diver?" Mermet Springs can help! Learn all about what it takes to be a scuba diver!

Camping at Mermet Springs

Camping is Available

Mermet Springs has onsite electric hook-ups for your RV camper and primitave sites for your tents too!

Scuba & H2O Magazine

Scuba & H2O

Enjoy the latest addition of Scuba & H20 Adventure Magazine!
>>> Click on Cover

Whats New at Mermet Springs

Illinois Bucket List: 50 Things You Can't Miss

Paducah Life

Mermet Springs has made the list! Read the "Blog for Lifestyle & Travel", about Illinois Bucket List: 50 Things You Can't Miss in the Prairie State. By: Alisha Ferris

>>> Read this Article on Mermet Springs

Mermet Springs Celebrates 20 Years through Anniversary Extravaganza

Diver News Network by: Elliott Fuller - On September 17, the quarry diving facility will reflect on 20 years of serving the local diving community through a special anniversary celebration.

The Fantastical Beauty of Sunken Ruins

Atlas Obscura - Ominous landscapes of aquatic exploration. By Dylan Thuras JULY 21, 2016

Adventures await in Metropolis, Illinois, the official “Home of Superman”

The Chicago Reader - The small town is home to the annual Superman Celebration and a 15-foot-tall statue of the Man of Steel.. By Brianna Wellen June 1, 2016

From Superman to swamp land, Southernmost Illinois offers surprises

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - A DIVING PARADISE? By Kathie Sutin / September 27, 2015

A scuba paradise ... in the Midwest?

Mother Nature Network - Mermet Springs may be a lake in the middle of Illinois, yet divers from all over flock here. By JOSH LEW / June 18, 2015

Where to Go This Weekend: Vienna, Illinois

Chicago Travel - In the small, landlocked town of Vienna, you’ll find Bruce, a mechanical great white shark… BY CATEY SULLIVAN - PUBLISHED AUG. 6, 2012

Paducah Life Article - Take the Plunge!

Paducah Life

"You look out over Mermet, and it is beautiful. The water, the trees, the sky; it's a great place. But underwater, it is a completely new world. There is nothing else like it. That is what I love about diving. We live on a water planet. We are drawn to it. And when you dive, you get to see the rest of the world!" - Glen Faith, Owner of Mermet Springs

>>> Read this Article on Mermet Springs and its History

SSI Diamond Status

Mermet Springs Awarded SSI's Diamond Instructor Training Center

The SSI Diamond Status recognizes Dive Centers and Dive Resorts that make a commitment to excellence and leadership. Only Dive Centers recognized as the leaders in their marketplace can be considered for the SSI Diamond Status. Mermet Springs is honored with this rating and continue to providing the highest standards for a scuba training facility.

>>> Learn more about SSI's ranking of Diamond Training Center

Destination Strange Profiles Mermet Springs!

Certified Strange

The Midwest might not be the first place that pops into your head when you think about scuba diving, but Mermet Springs is trying to change that. Mermet Springs Scuba Diving in Illinois have managed to make underwater adventure even more fun, by submerging nearly 15 different sunken wreckages for you to find and explore!

>>> Get ready to spend the day having the coolest underwater adventures that you can have in America!

WSIL Interviews Glen Faith about two upcoming Try Scuba Events

Try Scuba Diving

WSIL -- You don't have to travel to Florida, Hawaii or some other far away place to go scuba diving. The HUB in Marion is hosting a Try Scuba event with the folks at Mermet Springs. It's Friday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. Guys can have a chance to do the same thing at the seventh annual Southern Illinois Men's Conference on Saturday April 18.

>>> You can sign up for that event online, or call (618) 985-9210.

Alert Diver Article - Proactive and Prepared

Alert Diver

"When emergency response is made as accessible and efficient as possible, it's much easier for divers to embrace the culture of dive safety. Divers are more apt to remind each other to be cautious and to watch out for each other with increased vigilance. That culture is fostered by the friendly and vigilant nature of the staff at Mermet Springs, and the personal interest in safety shown by the owner and staff makes people feel they are not just customers but friends."

>>> Read this Fantastic Article on Scuba Safety at Mermet Springs

Look Who is #1 on the "15 Weirdest Things You Can Do In The State of Illinois" List

Weird Illinois

Illinois has some weird things to do and here are the top 15 things you can check out while in the Prairie State.
Weird places spring road-trip, anyone?

>>> Check out an underwater petting zoo and submerged airplane! Weird!

Season Pass

2016 Season Passes - $225.00

Purchase your 2016 Seasons Pass and start diving TODAY!

Your key to all season enjoyment of Mermet Springs is our season's pass. For $225, the 2016 Season Pass provides you unlimited entry into our quarry to enjoy!

A First Class Scuba Dive Destination - Mermet Springs

Winter Scuba Diving in the Midwest? Yes Please!

Diving at Mermet Springs

Water Conditions

  • Surface: 72F | 10' Visibility
  • 15 Foot: 70°F | 10'- 15' Visibility
  • 20 Foot: 70°F |15' - 20' Visibility
  • 45 Foot: 55°F | 25'+ Visibility
  • 85 Foot Platform: 43°F | 25'+ Visibility
  • Bottom: 42°F | 25'+ Visibility
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