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Zyxistal
01-31-2008, 02:20
My wife and I will be returning home (Goliad TX) in May for my sister's wedding and are planning on staying a few days extra for a mini-vacation. We aren't sure if we'll be packing our gear or not but were wondering, if we DO bring our gear how is the diving in the Comal River. I highly doubt you could go down the tube shoot but could kind of float down the river I'd assume. Anyone who can point me down the right path would be greatly appreciated.

NitroWill
01-31-2008, 06:33
I have dove many many times in the Comal River. Every time I have been there we had a little cabin inside Schlitterbahn so it was a short and quick entry. Be aware that there can be a very strong flow at times and be absolutely sure where you are to get out as you do not want to miss your exit.

There are also some low areas to be sure to watch out for. You can go down the tube shutes just fine - just have to stay neutral and watch out for tubers - good rig streamlining is important for this dive - no danglies!

The river is usually pretty clear 20-30ft+ vis and I have found MANY things from wallets to watches and more so it should be a good dive - just plan it out and dive your plan.

Scout
01-31-2008, 13:37
My son and I dove the Comal once last summer. It was fun, with the current pushing us along and our bubbles goosing the tubers above. It was also a VERY short dive, because we put in at one end of the Prince xxxxx park and took out just before the tube shoot. Can you elaborate on the put in area and exit area you use (beyond the tube)? How long was your dive?

NitroWill
01-31-2008, 13:44
It has been a couple years since I have dove there. We got in a bit upstream from the schlitterbahn resort area and we got out at an exit that you have to climb steps that leads to a road that goes right by schlitterbahn - you can go further but you just need to set up transportation as it is a long walk. We usually had 45-60min dive times - I might have a couple of pictures - will take a look..

NitroWill
01-31-2008, 13:50
Here are some pictures I found - not very good - but was a cheap camera..These were taken in 2003 - some are from freediving and some were from scuba..

http://www.scubawill.com/ComalRiver/comal.jpg

http://www.scubawill.com/ComalRiver/comal1.jpg

http://www.scubawill.com/ComalRiver/comal2.jpg

http://www.scubawill.com/ComalRiver/comal3.jpg

http://www.scubawill.com/ComalRiver/comal4.jpg

TX1Chica
01-31-2008, 14:13
I think this would be a fun dive. I would be more comfortable going the first time with someone who was familiar with diving their. I can see where it could be dangerous if you didn't know the area well. A few years ago I went on a tube down the river and saw some divers their. I wasn't certified yet, but thought it looked pretty fun.

Zyxistal
01-31-2008, 14:36
We will be there May 17-19. Are looking at heading up there either Sunday or Monday (Saturday is booked) if anyone wants to try and meet up and dive it let me know.

Lake Diver
01-31-2008, 14:44
here is our vid from a couple years ago!

http://www.lakediver.com/videos/comal.wmv

TRACI
02-01-2008, 16:37
Looks cool, would be a short dive for me

Zyxistal
02-01-2008, 23:50
Looks cool, would be a short dive for me

I think it would be a short dive for most people. We went down and tubed the river a couple of years ago and the entire ride down took us just over an hour.

mitsuguy
05-21-2008, 08:13
Looks cool, would be a short dive for me

I think it would be a short dive for most people. We went down and tubed the river a couple of years ago and the entire ride down took us just over an hour.

Hate to revive an old thread, but the upper and lower comal sections can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how much you like looking around...

I typically spend an hour and a half on either, you just gotta swim against the current in sections to slow yourself a little, and you can find sections where there is no current that typically has a little more wildlife to see...