Since the news broke that Dutch Springs Aquatic Park in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was sold, efforts have started to maintain access to the site for scuba divers.
PADI is at the forefront of these efforts and aims to help find a win-win situation for all stakeholders involved with Dutch Springs and for future generations of scuba divers.
The site is very popular and receives nearly half a million divers every year. It is one of the premier inland diving destinations in the Northeast and is the primary training destination for 10 states, including Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island.
According to PADI Worldwide President and CEO Drew Richardson:
“Dutch Springs has been a mainstay of the scuba diving and snorkeling community and the centerpiece of dive training in a large geographic footprint for more than 40 years. Continuing to provide access to our community is imperative once the new development is underway. Moreover, diving activities at Dutch Springs create a symbiotic economy that is critical in supporting the surrounding communities and broader northeastern United States.”