Bird's Underwater Dive Center

Bird's Underwater Dive Center

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Thanks again to Bird's Underwater Dive Center for a great day swimming with the manatees! Put this on your bucket list my friends 😀
I can’t say enough on how incredible this was being able to snorkel and see these beautiful creatures up close. Just want to thank Kay and Captain Jay from @birds_underwater Bird's Underwater Dive Center Crystal River for a spectacular job in finding these manatee as most of them already have migrated out of the area. If you haven’t already done this put it on your bucket list and we highly recommend @birds_underwater @ and please give them a follow. They will be doing a scalloping snorkel tour coming in July that will be another fantastic tour to take.
Congratulations to Celina and Meagan. They Rocked in completing their TDI Cavern Diver class.
Oh my goodness…what an amazing experience! I could have stayed in the water all night long! We went on a 2 pm tour and I was a little worried we wouldn’t see anything because I heard you need to go early in the morning. That was not true today! Not 1, not 2, but 3 in one area. To top it off, there were more scattered around and 1 hat befriended me and followed me. Thank you to Captain Glen and Gina for the amazing experience (even with my mother’s awkward snorkeling attempt she still managed to have a good time). Hopefully my
Daughter will overcome her fear of fish and come again! ❤️🐟🐠
Had a great time! Thank you Cody Cummins, Steve Browning and Lindsey Smith.
Happy #ManateeMonday! For this cutie, our native eelgrass plants are doubling as breakfast AND bed!

You can also see all the amazing oxygen bubbles the grass is producing! What a great photo to kick off the week!

📸: Bird's Underwater Dive Center
Happy #ManateeMonday! 💙 Check out this adorable video of a baby manatee from Bird's Underwater Dive Center, located in Discover Crystal River Florida!

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And just when you thought #ManateeMonday couldn't get any better, guides at Bird's Underwater Dive Center captured this video of an adorable calf!

The only thing we love more than our sea cows, are baby sea cows! 🥰
Are you looking to have a fin-flipping good time on your next trip to Crystal River? Check out this article on the unique mermaid certification courses offered by local dive shops, Crystal River Watersports and Bird's Underwater Dive Center, as well as the amazing creations of the Mertailor!
These guys are great! We were there 4/13/21. The guides went out of their way to give us a great excursion. Saw a bunch of manatees, even though it was almost off season. Use Bird's for your manatee tour!!
Better than a pot of gold, there are manatees at the end of the rainbow! Thanks for an awesome shot, Rob! You never disappoimt!

Manatee snorkel tours � Scallop Tours �Scuba Diving Instruction, Guiding and Equipment sales & rental � Kayak and SUP rentals � Vacation Rental Homes �

Bird's Underwater is owned and operated by Captains Bill "Bird" and Diane Oestreich. We have been operating as guides in Crystal River since 1989. We offer personal attention, supervision and education to our customers. Our dive center provides scuba certification, guided dives, manatee snorkel tours, scalloping, kayak and SUP rentals, dive gear to buy or rent, along with a plentiful gift shop. We

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Swim with Manatees | Scallop & Dive Tours | Crystal River, Florida | Bird's Underwater 05/23/2022

Swim with Manatees | Scallop & Dive Tours | Crystal River, Florida | Bird's Underwater

Manatee tours are a year round experience in the Crystal River area!🤿

There are not hundreds of manatees present in the bay this time of year, but we are seeing numerous pairs of mothers with calves, pregnant females, and older manatees who are not migrating!💙

We have public and private tours available at varying time throughout the day, beginning at 6am!☀️

Let us know how we can help you float with the manatees!🤩

Swim with Manatees | Scallop & Dive Tours | Crystal River, Florida | Bird's Underwater From scalloping, scuba diving, to swimming with the manatees, kayaks and boat tours, we offer a host of family fun tours for the underwater adventurers.

05/20/2022

We can passively observe the manatees, but that does not mean the manatees will always passively observe us!!🤿

When a manatee comes close, snorkelers should float quietly and calmly on the surface of the water. We call this the “Freeze and Float”, as even your hands and feet should remain still. If you are around the manatees, when in doubt “Float it Out”!🌊

05/17/2022

Congrats to Mermaid Connie on earning her SDI Beginner Mermaid Certification! We cannot wait to see where this journey will take you!🧜🏻‍♀️💙

05/17/2022

USED WETSUIT SALE! 🤿

We have a rack of used wetsuits in the shop that are $25, first come first serve!🌊

05/16/2022

We are enjoying meeting this summer’s manatee population in the bay!🌊

Each one has their own personality and are a delight to encounter!🤿

05/14/2022

Manatee Respiratory Facts🫁

•Each of the manatee’s lungs has its own cavity, meaning that they have two hemi-diaphragms!✌🏻

•With each breathe, manatees exchange 90% of the air in their lungs!🌊

•Manatee lungs lie along the backbone, unlike the rib cage in other mammal species!🌿

Donate - Save Crystal River 05/13/2022

Donate - Save Crystal River

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Donate - Save Crystal River We created Save Crystal River to save the manatees, sea life, our lush and thriving Florida waters and the future of our planet for generations to come. But Saving Crystal River will never be complete. Maintaining the beauty and preserving the hard work that has been completed takes continued dedica...

05/12/2022

Dolphins!🐬

This mornings manatee tour was greeted by two dolphins at a spring! An unimaginable experience!🤩

Great work swim guide Michael!📸

Our public tours begin at 6am, 11am, and 2pm. But we have private tour options available as well!☀️

Manatee tours are three hours in duration, and we provide our guests with all necessary gear of wetsuit, mask, and snorkel!👍🏻

We practice passive observation, therefore pool noodles are provided to aid in everyone floating on the surface and allow the manatees to come up to us if they please!💙

Reservations can be made online via the website under “BOOK NOW” or by calling the shop directly at (352)563-2763!📞

05/10/2022

When a snorkeler is passively observing a manatee, they are floating quietly and calmly on the surface of the water!🤿

This permits the manatee to have free range in their environment to eat, sleep, or swim!🌿

When snorkeling, it is ideal to use a wetsuit and pool noodle to keep afloat at the surface of the water!🌊

05/09/2022

Captain Glenn captured this manatee moment 11 years ago today when he was an inwater guide!🤩

A moment that always has and always will be amazing!💙

05/07/2022

The springs in Kings Bay can be accessed by means of kayak and snorkeling for exploration!🤿

We have everything you need for a day on the water, including masks, snorkels, wetsuits, kayaks, and paddleboard rentals!🌊

Let us know how we can help you in exploring the bay!🤩

05/06/2022

Just amazing!🥰

We are so privileged to have encounters like this every day!💙

05/04/2022

Good Golly! Congratulations to Molly, here all the way from Alaska to pursue her goals and dreams. She just completed her SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course and now the underwater adventure begins for her.

05/04/2022

How would you caption this manatee moment?🤔

Let’s hear your ideas!🤪

Manatee Authority - Crystal River, FL 05/02/2022

Manatee Authority - Crystal River, FL

Manatee Authority - Crystal River, FL Crystal River is the Manatee Capital of the World and is home to the only National Wildlife Refuge in the United States specifically created to protect habitats for its manatee.

05/01/2022

The goal of a manatee tour is to connect with local wildlife in a safe and passive manner!🤿

All our guests leave with much more knowledge about the manatees and the area than previously known, questions are always encouraged!🌊

Our guides make sure everyone is educated on how to properly observe the manatees by floating on the surface of the water quietly and calmly!💙

Let us know how we can help plan a trip for you today!☀️

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04/30/2022

Mermaid Certification courses are a great activity for friends, mothers and daughters, or birthday parties!🧜🏻‍♀️

We have weekend and weekday options available for our SDI Beginner Mermaid Course, but other days can be requested upon approval from the instructor!✨

Included in the course:
•Intimate, 4 Hour Class Setting ⁣⁣⁣⁣
•Land Photoshoot ⁣⁣
•SDI Certification Card ⁣
•Care Package from Instructor

*Custom tail and monofin package available🧜🏻*
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You can find out more on our website under BOOK NOW or by calling our dive shop at (352)563-2763📞

Mermaid Tails: mertailor
Certification Through: sdidivers
Monofin: mermaidlinden

04/29/2022

Dive into the fun of a manatee tour!🤿

We offer manatee tours year round to snorkel with these gentle giants!🌊

Our public tours begin at 6am, 11am, and 2pm. But we have private tour options available as well!☀️

Manatee tours are three hours in duration, and we provide our guests with all necessary gear of wetsuit, mask, and snorkel!👍🏻

We practice passive observation, therefore pool noodles are provided to aid in everyone floating on the surface and allow the manatees to come up to us if they please!💙

Reservations can be made online via the website under “BOOK NOW” or by calling the shop directly at (352)563-2763!📞

04/27/2022

Learn to scuba dive at Birds Underwater Dive Center in Crystal River, Florida!

Once your online academic portion is completed, your inwater training can be done at Blue Grotto, Devils Den, or one of our other local springs, depending on the time of year!🌊

We provide all of our students full set of ScubaPro rental gear for class, so no need to rent or buy gear. If you would like to purchase your own gear, prior to or after class, we offer a lifetime 10% gear discount to our students!🤿

Once certified, you can join our guided dives that visit the local springs!☀️

04/24/2022

Congratulations to our newest certified divers! Ryan, Cary, Tyler, Nicholas & Nathan all did a great job completing their certifications & now new adventures await them. Elroy was there as well offering support to everyone!🤿

04/24/2022

It is baby season on the bay!🌿

We have had the sighting of one newborn this year already and our guides are predicting more to be born soon!🌱

04/22/2022

Happy Earth Day everyone!🌎

A reminder of how privileged we are to swim alongside these gentle giants and explore our local springs!🌊

We, as humans, need to protect earth’s creatures and environments!💙

FWC rolls out new manatee rescue transport 04/22/2022

FWC rolls out new manatee rescue transport

FWC rolls out new manatee rescue transport The new truck is equipped with a diesel engine, cameras to help monitor the sea cows and a 3,000 pound lift.

04/20/2022

The springs in Kings Bay can be accessed by means of kayak and snorkeling for exploration!🤿

We have everything you need for a day on the water, including masks, snorkels, wetsuits, kayaks, and paddleboard rentals!🌊

Let us know how we can help you in exploring the bay!🤩

04/19/2022

Frequently Asked Question: What do we wear for a manatee tour?🤔

We provide all guest with the necessary gear of wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and pool noodle to passively observe the manatees by floating on the surface!🤿

This allows the manatees to have free range of their environment and swim around as they please!🌊

04/18/2022

Last week we had the opportunity of meeting and taking out Vacation Florida for their first manatee swim ever!!🤩

By the video, you can see that we were blessed with some amazing manatees!💙

Please give them a follow and check out their page for all your upcoming Florida adventures!✨

04/17/2022

Happy Easter Everyone!💙

We hope that you all have a fun filled day with your families, and we will reopen for normal hours tomorrow!🐣

04/16/2022

The weather is warming up and the springs are open! The time for certification is now!🧜🏻‍♀️

We have weekend and weekday options available for our SDI Beginner Mermaid Course, but other days can be requested upon approval from the instructor!✨

Included in the course:
•Intimate, 4 Hour Class Setting ⁣⁣⁣⁣
•Land Photoshoot ⁣⁣
•SDI Certification Card ⁣
•Care Package from Instructor

*Custom tail and monofin package available🧜🏻*
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You can find out more on our website under BOOK NOW or by calling our dive shop at (352)563-2763📞

Mermaid Tails: mertailor
Certification Through: sdidivers
Monofin: mermaidlinden

04/15/2022

Just moseying with the manatees!🌿

These gentle giants eat approximately 10% of their body weight each day in this luscious grass!🌱

It is a privilege to float beside them!💚

04/12/2022

Some of the manatees have “peaced out”✌🏻, but we still have a resident population of mothers with calves, pregnant females, and older manatees not migrating!🌱

It is a great and exciting time to be on the bay! We cannot wait to see how many calves are born this summer!🌿

04/10/2022

Three Sisters Springs is once again open to snorkelers and clearly it is great to be back in the magic!✨

It is incredible to have more than seventy springs in the Kings Bay area!🌊

Let us know how we can assist you in seeing the springs!💙

04/10/2022

Wow! Check this out!🌿

04/09/2022

Save Crystal River has highlighted how to protect our beloved seagrass:

🌿 Be careful of excess pesticides and fertilizers from your lawns, which can drain into the nearby water.

🌿 Before heading out, make sure you know your boating signals and depths of water to prevent damaging seagrass beds.

🌿 Study your navigational charts, fishing maps, or local boating guides before you navigate any waterway to avoid shallow areas which can lead to seagrass damage.

🌿 Make sure you're not blocking the sunlight from seagrass for extended amounts of time with your dock or boat.

Keeping these items in mind will help maintain the seagrass that will save our beautiful Crystal River!🌱

Thank you Save Crystal River!💚

04/06/2022

Our SDI Beginner Mermaid Certification course educates new mermaids on how to safely swim in a monofin, while having a fun experience along the way!🧜🏻‍♀️

New mermaids will learn the basic techniques of the proper kicks, as well as dive into some more complex moves if students are comfortable!✨

Included in the course:
•Intimate, 4 Hour Class Setting ⁣⁣⁣⁣
•Land Photoshoot ⁣⁣
•SDI Certification Card ⁣
•Care Package from Instructor

*Custom tail and monofin package available🧜🏻*
⁣⁣
You can find out more on our website under BOOK NOW or by calling our dive shop at (352)563-2763📞

Mermaid Tails: mertailor
Certification Through: sdidivers
Monofin: mermaidlinden

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Dolphins!🐬

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300 NW US-19
Crystal River, FL
34428

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

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