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Diving inland in South Africa/Miracle Waters

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Diving inland in South Africa/Miracle Waters

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The dive site Miracle Waters is an inland dive site in the (locality name) area on the (topographical feature), near Brits in the North West Province of South Africa.

The site is fresh water in an abandoned mine at high altitude (?m)


This lake is used primarily as a training location for Johannesburg-based Open Water diver training schools, along with Bass Lake, however it is also a popular recreational diving destination for those who live within a few hours' drive.

An entrance fee is charged to divers.


Miracle Waters is located at 25°40'37.94"S, 27°45'27.76"E.

10km NW of Hartebeespoort Dam, about 90km NW of Johannesburg

This site is not in a Marine Protected Area. A permit is not required.


Maximum depth is 33m.


Visibility is moderate, from 10 metres down to 5 or less after much diving during the day.


Miracle Waters is a flooded Chromium mine with approximately 6 hectare surface area.


This is an inland site and not greatly affected by weather and season. Water is fairly warm, however there are several noticeable thermoclines at approximately 12, 17, and 21 metres. The water is very still, with no waves.


  • Air and Nitrox fills are available on site
  • Diving gear is available to rent
  • There is a restaurant, ablution facilities, and a number of lapas available to divers.
  • There are also rudimentary cottages available. Camping is permitted, however the main gate is locked overnight.
  • There is a large tree-shaded picnic area with tables and benches.

Get in

Shore access dive.


Aquatic life



  • Large bus at ~10 metres
  • Aeroplane at ~18 metres
  • Puma Helicopter
  • Yachts
  • There are several grids in various locations
  • Various other items, including a computer workstation


Suggested Routes

Stay safe


This site is at high altitude. You must set your decompression computer to the correct altitude range or use altitude tables to avoid increased risk of decompression sickness.


No special skills are required, the site is suitable for entry level diver training.


No special equipment is required.

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