Jacob’s Well – one of the most dangerous dive spots on the planet
The largest underwater cave in Texas has been known to swallow people whole, it has also provided a nearly non-stop source of water for thousands of years. Jacob’s Well is an amazing sight to see, as the water from deep within the well pools out into a natural spring that runs off into Cypress Creek.
As you jump in, it looks like you’re going to fall down an endless hole, as the 13-foot opening of Jacob’s well lurks beneath the water’s surface. If you do descend down the well, there are numerous chambers at various depths. The first chamber is located 30 feet from the top of the well, and it also continues another 55 feet down. Here it is bright, and wildlife and algae are present.
Things change when you reach the second chamber, located 80 feet below the surface. Down here divers must be aware of a certain chimney that appears to be a way out of the chamber, this ‘fake’ exit has trapped and killed at least one diver. The third chamber can be reached through an opening located in the second chamber.
Few have had the guts to venture inside of the fourth chamber, which includes squeezing through a very narrow passageway. The ones that have report gorgeous sights, including unmatched limestone formations packed throughout. Many inexperienced divers venture down to the chambers. Unfortunately, at least 8 have died during their explorations.
Jacob’s Well was first discovered back in 1850 by early settlers who were overjoyed at the sight of the well and all of its perfect looking blue water. Today the well is still enjoyed by many and remains full of history.
The amount of water released by Jacob’s Well has reduced year after year, allowing divers to reach new depths and discoveries, while also presenting a problem. In 2000, and again in 2008, water from Jacob’s Well stopped flowing completely, alerting locals and conservationists that something needed to be done. No one wants the famous well to turn into “Jacob’s Cave.”
In hopes of preserving Jacob’s Well for future generations, one generous man created The Watershed Association. The job of this association is to spread awareness and protect Jacob’s Well from developers and other unnatural harms. This same individual is donating his house as a research and education center where people can learn more about Jacob’s Well.