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Looking for divers to dive the Blue Hole Santa Rosa,NM

Discussion in 'Rocky Mountain Region' started by ColoradoDale, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. ColoradoDale

    ColoradoDale New

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Colorado
    2
    0
    I live in Northern Colorado but like diving the Blue Hole (about 7 hours away.) In the past I've gone there for 3 days at a time. Arrive first day around 2:00PM. Get in a few dives. Next days bunch more dives, final day a couple more before heading back. Have flexible work schedule. Prefer going down Monday, returning Weds. (Weekends can be very crowded.) Would like to schedule a few trips over spring and fall with other certified diver(s). Any interest in meeting down there?
     
  2. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    27,475
    20,848
    Welcome to ScubaBoard, Dale!

    This is a huge site and hard to find your way around when new. We have regional clubs where it is best to ask those questions. If you scroll down to the regional clubs and click on the one for United States>Western United States, you will find the Rocky Mountain Oysters.

    When you are there, you will find people frequently start threads about going to the Blue Hole and meeting people. If you ask your question there, you will get a good response (and meet some interesting people).

    I will have your thread moved to that forum, because I think you will get a much better response there than in this one.
     
  3. WetBoy101

    WetBoy101 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Waikoloa, Hawaii
    351
    23
    I'm on an extended stay in Hawaii, but when I get home to CO I'll be looking to find as many dive spots as possible. If you want you can send a PM with your info an I'll put it in my phone for when I get back.
     
  4. Waterskier1

    Waterskier1 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Colorado Springs, CO
    868
    8
    One thing to consider when planning dives during the week is availability of air. Stella, who owns the dive shop and compressor, is usually there only on Fri night (by appointment) and Saturdays and Sundays. It may be difficult to get refills on Monday, Tuesday, and Wed. But, it would certainly be less crowded and the visibility would be great.
     
  5. Jewls

    Jewls Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Boulder, CO
    150
    11
    I might be interested in a quick trip or two this Spring and Summer. Just let me know when ya'll go and I'll see I can make plans to join ya.

    Waterskier1, do you know if Stella Rents BCDs and Regs? Should I plan on renting everything here in CO before a trip to the Blue Hole?
     
  6. Jasonmh

    Jasonmh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: New Mexico
    1,403
    5
    Jewls, I would definitely rent your gear in CO before you go. The rental pool there is very small, you don't want to get there and find out you can't dive because the equipment is unavailable.
     
  7. Waterskier1

    Waterskier1 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Colorado Springs, CO
    868
    8
    What Jason said. :lotsalove:

    Stella has gear, but not every piece in every size. She does have tanks, so don't worry about renting those though. I've never rented gear in the USA (it was supplied during my initial training, and I purchased my own after my first week in Bonaire) but I think some shops have a deal for a weekend rental - like pick it up Fri afternoon and return it Mon morning for the cost of only 2 days. Your best bet would be to call around, and then go in ahead of time to make sure the equipment (especially wet suit/dry suit w/ boots/glove/hood, etc) fit. Obviously, the regs don't need fitment, and most shops should have a BC that would fit with no problems.

    Also, try to post the dates you settle on in this forum, others may be able to join you.
     
  8. Divedoggie

    Divedoggie Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ft Collins, CO
    2,075
    214
    Colorado Dale,
    Based on your ambitions for # of dives, without Stella being open for refills, you would either need at least 8 tanks, or a compressor.

    Personally, with that many dives in a row at altitude, I'd be diving with at least a 36% nitrox. So, I'd just bring the tanks.

    Let us know when you might be thinking of heading down there.
     
  9. Jewls

    Jewls Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Boulder, CO
    150
    11
    Thanks Waterskier1 and Jasonmh for the usefull info. I'll defo be renting my gear here before I go.

    I'll probably wait until the weather is a bit warmer before I can go. So I'll be checking back frequently to see when others plan to go and hopefully can join in.
     
  10. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    27,475
    20,848
    That would not be my recommendation. Now is the ideal time to dive the BH, IMO. The air temperatures there are usually very mild this time of the year. The water temperature is about the same year round because you are diving an outlet for sub-surface water. Once you hit summer, it can be very warm when you are on the surface.
     

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