DIVING

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DIVING BONNE TERRE MINE

National Geographic Adventure named the diving at Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri one of the top 10 adventures in America, and it’s easy to see why. Back in the day, the mine’s deepest reaches were not underwater. A massive pump sys- tem stemmed the flow of encroach- ing groundwater as the miners pushed ever deeper. But when this, the world’s largest lead mine, was all mined out, the pumps were turned off and the water trickled in to fill the void. These days, mine owners Doug and Catherine maintain a constant water level provid- ing divers with access to their unique underwater vision. 

The dive deck hovers on the water’s surface, 150 feet from terra firma. Underwater pillars, shafts, archways, walls and ceilings stretch for miles in all directions, a sprawling maze beneath the town. Artifacts like shovels, drills, ladders, and ore carts lay everywhere. You’ll also be struck by the electric- blue water, the result of 500,000 watts of high-powered stadium lighting installed by the owners. There are 2 more that 50 planned trails open to the public and the experience is acces- sible to most divers. Every group of divers is assigned a guide and a safety diver and the divers dive the trails in a preset sequence. The dives become more advanced with additional swim- throughs and archways to navigate as the numbers get larger. Under special circumstances, exploratory dives are possible here as well. Dubbed “Bear Trails”, these more advanced, guided dives delve into the unlit and underex- plored sections of the mine. Bear Trails are only for divers who prove they’ve got the skills and the air consumption to make these dives. 

This is the lure of what the Bonne Terre crew has dubbed “deep earth diving,” a seemingly endless under- ground world, frozen in time.

GETTING INTO A DIVE PACKAGE AT BONNE TERRE MINE IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5! 

STEP 1: PROOF OF CERTIFICATION

  • Required 'C' Cards
  • Openwater Certification, or Equivalent, Log books / Pages required for validation. (We must validate your Mine Dives)
  • Certifications accepted SSI, PADI, NAUI, NASDS, YMCA, , PDIC, NASE, IDEA, SDI. (If your certification is not listed, please call)
  • Minimum Age: 12 (If under 18, parent must be present)

DON'T MEET THE REQUIREMENTS? 
No problem! Scroll down to sign up for our Dive Certification Classes.

STEP 2: SELECT A PACKAGE

  • Select a Package of Dives from the table below

Dive package pricing based upon double occupancy. Add $80.00 for single occupancy.
Prepaid Reservations are Required.
* A security deposit of $100.00 per room is required upon check in. 
Cancellations are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable within 45 days of reservation date. No smoking or pets in rooms. 

Services List

STEP 3: CHOOSE YOUR OPTIONS & EXTRAS

Regulator w/ PSI, Computer & Octopus:$25.00 - 1 Day | $40.00 - 2 Days

Buoyancy Compensator:$25.00 - 1 Day | $40.00 - 2 Days

Wet Suit (specify height & weight):$40.00 - 1 Day | $65.00 - 2 Days

Hood:$10.00 - 1 Day | $15.00 - 2 Days

Weights & Belt (solid weights only):$25.00 - 1 Day | $40.00 - 2 Days

Rentals For All Above:$105.00 - 1 Day | $175.00 - 2 Days

Wet Suit Package. (specify height and weight). Includes Wet Suit, Hood, Weights. 1 Day $65- 2 Days $105

Dry Suit (DUI)($300 deposit for seals required). 1 Day $150- 2 Days $250

Mask, Fins, Boots:$35.00 - 1 Day | $55.00 - 2 Days

Gloves: $10.00 -1 Day | $15.00 - 2 Days

92 cu ft Tank:$10.00 Per Dive

Nitrox 32 EAN:$15.00 Per Dive

Camera Rentals Digital:$60.00 Per Dive

Sidemount (xtra Air/Tank)$10 per dive. 2/EAN + Tank $30 per dive


DIVES ONLY - NO ACCOMMODATIONS
$80.00 per Dive (Includes Tank and Air. 2 Dive Minimum)

TRAILS BEYOND #18
$125+EAN ($140 per dive)
Includes Tank 2 Dive Minimum (Personal tanks allowed upon request)

NITROX 32% DIVES
Add $15.00 per dive (must have Nitrox Certification or be participating in Nitrox training)
92 cu ft. tanks - An Additional $10.00 per dive

SPECIALTY COURSES AVAILABLE DURING YOUR BONNE TERRE WEEKEND:
(COURSES MUST BE RESERVED AND PREPAID AT TIME OF RESERVATION)

MINE DIVER SPECIALTY CERTIFICATION (SSI or PADI):
$85 (Includes Certification) No bookwork. You qualify for specialty by completing 2 dives with us. Specialty counts toward Advanced Open Water Diver or Master Diver.

NITROX SPECIALTY CERTIFICATION SSI: 
$180 (Includes SSI On-line Course, Certs, Must purchase Nitrox Fills) 

DAN O2 PROVIDER COURSE/PADI DISTINCTIVE SPECIALTY:
$140 for DAN Cert (complete this course in between your dives!)
or an additional $85 for PADI Specialty rating. Course Includes: Certs and all materials.

DAN HAZARDOUS MARINE LIFE / PADI DISTINCTIVE SPECIALTY:
$140 for DAN Cert (complete this course in between your dives!) 
or an additional $85 for PADI Specialty rating. Course Includes: Certs and all materials.

STEP 4: MAKE YOUR RESERVATION!

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL:

Toll Free: (888) 843-3483 or Locally: (314) 209-7200 

Mon.- Fri. 10:00 AM - 6:00PM • Sat. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)

or...
CLICK HERE TO EMAIL US

STEP 5: FORMS & WAIVERS:

All visitors and scuba divers to Bonne Terre Mine must stop and register at the office each day. Scuba divers must show their C-cards or must be accompanied by a certified dive instructor. All scuba divers must sign the liability waiver and release form which is good for the entire year.

You can download Bonne Terre Mine Forms and Waivers in PDF format here:
Please fill in Mine Release Form (PDF Fillable) and Print out (2 Sided if possible) and bring to mine with you to speed up the check in procedure. Please make a copy of your Identification Card and Certification card to avoid lost cards.

DIVE INFORMATION:

DIVE TIME SCHEDULES:

HOW DIVES ARE CONDUCTED:

Bonne Terre Mine is open for diving on Saturday and Sundays only. New Divers to the mine are required to dive Trails 1 and 2 before any other. These trails are run on Saturday ONLY. Dive spaces are available on Saturday and Sunday at the following times by reservation only: 9 a.m. thru 5 p.m. Also Friday night for groups of 16 or more 6pm - 10 pm. Dive times subject to change without notice. Dives are scheduled at 3-4 hour intervals.
Divers may complete up to 6 dives per weekend. (times may vary). Typical 3 dive scenario Saturday: 9am,1pm, & 4pm (in that order). Typical additional dives on Sunday: 8am, 11am & 2pm.
Dives conducted in groups of up to 12 divers. Guide Leads..Safety Diver in Rear. Average Length of dives is 35-45 minutes, Average Depth 40-60 feet. Water Temperature 60°F Year-Round (NO THERMOCLINE). Air Temperature 65 degrees Year-Round. Visibility 100+ feet Year-Round. NO LIGHTS OR KNIVES ALLOWED IN MINE.
ARRIVE AT BONNE TERRE "OLD MINE DIVE SHOPPE" AT LEAST 1 1/2 HOURS PRIOR TO TOUR TIME. (LATE ARRIVALS CANCELLED)[NON-REFUNDABLE]

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:
Full wet suit, hood, boots, gloves • Regulator with pressure gauge • Buoyancy compensator • Weight belt & weights

PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. LOG BOOK VERIFICATION REQUIRED FOR TRAILS BEYOND NUMBER ONE.
NO KNIVES OR DIVE LIGHTS PERMITTED. CAMERAS ALLOWED AFTER COMPLETING DIVE TRAIL ONE.
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