"My son and I got our open water certifications from a different company a few years ago, and my son hadn't been able to put it to use yet, so we signed him up with Colorado Scuba Diving Academy for a SCUBA refresher. I sat in with him during the classroom portion, and was amazed at how much I learned!  I feel like I got more out of his refresher  course with Kent and Samuel than I did from my original cert. Making better, safer divers is much more important to Samuel and Kent than merely passing  people off on their certifications, or just  pushing students to purchase their gear from them. Their passion for diving is very clear in every class and every discussion with them. I cannot recommend them highly enough! My wife and daughter are working with them on their open water certifications, and my son and I are going for some  more certifications as well. They are incredibly patient and accommodating" 


Scott Myatt   

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Colorado Scuba Diving Academy with students at Open Water dives
Colorado Scuba Diving Academy at open water dive

Scuba Diving is an immensely enjoyable avocation which combines adventure, knowledge, skills, and self discipline.  It is critical that those who choose to pursue the sport are properly prepared for a hostile environment. Humans were not meant to spend much time underwater, but thanks to technology, we are able to enjoy the mysteries of the last frontier on this planet.


SCUBA has a great safety record, but it is still an inherently dangerous sport. Without proper knowledge, skill development and practice, a diver can make poor decisions. The consequences for poor decision making can be extreme. 


How do we SCUBA dive safely?  How do we do it gracefully and with style? Can we observe the delicate reef systems without destroying them in the process?


The answers lie in the quality of the training and education provided to the new student, and the ability to practice and rehearse for the certified diver. A PADI Certification Card is not the goal.  Becoming a skilled, knowledgeable, responsible, and self sufficient diver is the goal.  Achieving the C-Card is a reward for the experience.


After certification, our students are encouraged to meet with us for our Scuba Challenges.  These are bi-monthly opportunities for us to give back to the local SCUBA Diving Community by providing inexpensive and fun opportunities to stay sharp with skills.  Divers enjoy an evening with other divers, can try new equipment, work on skills, and challenge themselves with something new.  Our Olympic sized and 13' deep pool makes the experience realistic and relaxing.


The SCUBA Diving Industry has agreed on a set of minimum standards over the years.  The idea was to set a baseline that no Certification Agency would ever dip below.  The problem is, with the idea of getting the job done fast, dive shops and instructors started teaching only to those baseline standards. CSDA will not accept teaching to the baseline as our end result.  We meet all minimum standards and then afford extremely thorough training, education and practice.


There are basic fundamentals that should be taught to new divers over and above the agency required survival skill set:

Every SCUBA diver should understand diving's dynamic physics and the effects of pressure that the weight of water has on the diver and every piece of equipment and the surroundings.

Every SCUBA diver should understand how pressure and breathing air under pressure effect human physiology.

Every SCUBA diver should understand how a liquid environment is temperamental and can change quickly, and how to plan for and how to adapt to the changes.

Every SCUBA diver should thoroughly understand the specialized SCUBA equipment.  It's design and purpose, it's function and fit.

Every SCUBA diver should be able to plan a safe and realistic dive, stick to buddy team protocols, stay calm and collected, and rely on a foundation of training and education.

Every SCUBA diver should have excellent buoyancy control, body awareness, proper attitude (trim) in the water, and should master a variety of kicks for propulsion and control.


We have designed a program which promotes the safety and well being of the student, before, during and after instruction and training. The attributes of our Instructors are the following:

  • Skilled

  • Experienced

  • Patient

  • Ethical

  • Informed

  • Sincere

  • Sets a strong curriculum

  • Cares about each individual student

  • Disciplined

  • Has passion

  • Communicates well

  • Observes well

  • Recognizes problems immediately then reacts and corrects quickly, gently, fluidly

  • Meets all agency requirements, makes sure each student meets all requirements

  • Excellent demonstrator of skills


Colorado Scuba Diving Academy is proud to offer the finest SCUBA dive training and education available.  We stand behind this assertion because comparatively, our students are given more information and thorough information in the classroom and more time and more opportunity to practice underwater swimming, buoyancy and skills in the pool.  We work with each student's skills as a diver, not just a survivor.


From the groundbreaking audio/visual presentation in the classroom to the huge pool which provides realistic and challenging training, CSDA has reinvented the SCUBA certification experience. Come see the difference for yourself.


If you want the absolute best education and training, a personal relationship with the Instructor and the company, continued advice, coaching and caring, come to Colorado Scuba Diving Academy.

Your Scuba Training Always Comes First!

Come and See The Difference