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Hello To All of Our Students

We hope you are all excited for the upcoming certification trip. Soon you are going to be certified to dive ANYWHERE in the world!


Below you’ll find some information on the upcoming Blue Hole Certification trip and a tentative itinerary (this is what we do most of the time). If you still have questions please let us know.

Students complete 4 training dives under close supervision, and after successful completion of the dives, students are awarded a lifetime ticket to enjoy the underwater world with the PADI Open Water Diver certification.   Cards will arrive in the mail from PADI headquarters in about two weeks. Temporary cards (if traveling for vacation sooner) can be issued right away.


The certification trip and required 4 dives will be conducted over the course of 2 days, normally Saturday and Sunday.  We will meet everyone at Blue Hole, on the east side of the conference center at 12:30 pm on Saturday.


The drive from Fort Collins to Santa Rosa, NM is 460 miles and we generally plan on it being a 7-hour drive.  


Directions To The Blue Hole:

  • Take I-25 south all of the way to Las Vegas, NM and then about 3 miles past Las Vegas.

  • Look for the exit to Highway 84 to Santa Rosa.

  • Take 84 south for about 40 miles until it intersects I-40. 

  • Take I-40 east for about 20 miles into Santa Rosa.

  • The second Santa Rosa exit is closest to Blue Hole.


We normally stay at the Hampton Inn Santa Rosa

We inform the hotel that we will be taking some rooms for the weekend of our arrival.  They give us a diver’s discount and the rooms are convenient to load and unload scuba gear.  When you call the hotel, mention that you are a scuba diver with Colorado Scuba Diving Academy, and they will give you a discounted rate.

The Hampton Inn Santa Rosa number is: (575)-472-2300


  • Anyone who is looking for ride-sharing or room-sharing, please contact us and we will get you connected with each other.


Things you will need to bring:

  • Your Logbook

  • Swimsuit

  • Towel

  • Drinking water

  • Sunscreen

  • Possibly a bathrobe or big towel (There are warm showers available onsite)

  • sweats and flip flops to wear during surface intervals

We provide all the necessary dive equipment for the weekend, you just need to pick it up prior to the weekend

Also Don't Forget:

  1. A Blue Hole diving Pass is $20/person (cash or check only, payable on site directly to the City of Santa Rosa) 

  2. $5/car cash for parking

(not applicable year round, only when there is staff on location. Otherwise it's free)


The Schedule For The Weekend Is As Follows:


  • Meet for orientation and dive briefing at 12:30

  • We will then hand out and assemble gear

  • Dive 1 at 1:30 pm

  • Surface Interval

  • Dive 2 at 3:00pm

  • Debrief and check in at the hotel

  • 6:00 pm big group dinner at Joseph’s.  Always fun and yummy!



  • 8:00 am meet at Blue Hole for briefing and assembling equipment

  • 8:30 am Dive 3

  • Surface Interval

  • 10:00 am Dive 4.  Congratulations, you are certified!!!

  • Sign logbooks, debrief and put the gear away.

  • 12pm-1pm hit the road back to Colorado!


See You Soon,

Samuel, Kent and the Team
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