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We travel to a variety of dive sites for certification dives and sometimes just for the fun of it! Check out the locations below...

Navajo Lake, NM - We typically take classes to Navajo Lake and dive near the dam and spillway as it is one of the easiest locations to enter the water.  In mid summer the water temperatures can reach into the 70s.  Visibility varies greatly. The best viz can be experienced mid-week when few boats are out and if there has been no recent precipitation. Navajo Lake is a great place for spearfishing for bass, pike, and catfish! And no, none of us have seen the elusive man-sized catfish ;)

 

If you do the Open Water certification dives at Navajo Lake:

Certification dives are done over two days. We take certification classes to the lake, depending on weather conditions, starting around May and ending around September. The dives are conducted on Saturday and Sunday. Be aware that there are no nearby accomodations so be sure to bring lunch! The typical schedule is Saturday from 9am to about 3pm and Sunday from 9am until we finish (usually 1 or 2pm).

Blue Hole - Santa Rosa, NM - When Navajo Lake starts to get too cold we will take classes to Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, about 1.5 hrs east of Albuquerque. Blue Hole is a natural spring that is 81 feet deep and a consistent temperature of 64 degrees year round. Visibility is typically wall to wall in this 60 foot wide, bell shaped spring as long as the bottom isn’t stirred up. The flow of water is approx 3,000 gallons per minute and it is estimated the entire water supply of Blue Hole is replenished every 6 hours.

 

 

If you do the Open Water certification dives at Blue Hole:

Certification dives are done over two days. This is an overnight trip. Santa Rosa has a variety of accommodations with regard to hotels and places to eat. Trinity Diving staff stays at the Travelodge and most of our students opt to do the same as we are able to get good rates ($45/night and the rooms are clean, the parking lot well lit, and it is safe).

 

This is almost always a Friday/Saturday trip. Staff leaves in the morning from Aztec and arrives in Santa Rosa around 1pm. We meet AT Blue Hole and commence diving upon arrival. The next day we arrive at 9am and finish the last two dives which usually ends around 1 to 2pm. We have an (optional) BBQ after finishing the last dive so feel free to bring something if you’d like. A local pizza place also delivers pizzas directly to Blue Hole which we have done before as well. (Staff remains in Santa Rosa to accommodate any continuing education divers. If you would like to get started on your Advanced Open Water certification and have made the arrangements to do so with the shop prior to going, we will continue diving. Staff typically leaves Sunday morning.)

 

 

 

Farmington Lake, Farmington, NM -On occasion we receive a permit from the city to dive in Farmington Lake. Water temperatures in the summer are higher than Navajo Lake which typically permits the use of 3mm wetsuits. Entrance and exit with gear from the lake is quite a bit easier as well. Since watercraft are not permitted on the lake, we tend to have greater visibility too. It is relatively uncommon for us to gain permission to dive in Farmington Lake due to the fact it serves as the city’s drinking water supply. However, we sometimes are able to make arrangements to get in.

 

If you do the Open Water certification dives at Farmington Lake:

Certification dives are done over two days. We take certification classes to the lake, depending on weather conditions, starting around May and ending around September. The dives are conducted on Saturday and Sunday. It is a good idea to bring lunch, although being in the Farmington City Limits there are nearby gas stations and fast food places. The typical schedule is Saturday from 9am to about 3pm and Sunday from 9am until we finish (usually 1 or 2pm).