This is a tentative overview of your weekend, given you chose to do your Open Water Dives at the Blue Hole, in New Mexico. Find also driving directions and where to stay.
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If you chose to do your certification dives with UWC at the Blue Hole here's the rundown of your weekend. Please, know that this is a tentative schedule as Scuba Diving courses are all performance based, and not time based.
Meeting times and rental equipment pick ups are according to the information below unless your instructor personally contacts you with variations.
Please make sure the staff at UWC have a good phone number and email so the instructor can contact you with any extra details.
Equipment rental Pick Up
Your equipment will be ready to be picked up time at Underwater Connection any time after 12pm (noon) on the Thursday prior your Blue Hole weekend. Your sizing is done during your Class & Pool sessions.
Please note that you will also be taking tanks as well as the rest of your equipment.
$20 - when you own mask, snorkel, fins and boots. *
$50 - when you own mask and snorkel. *
$80 - when you need to rent all the equipment.
* Remember that as an Open Water/Advanced Open Water student you are eligible for 15% discount on those items.
meeting place & times
The drive to Santa Rosa, NM is about 330 miles, which normally takes about 4-5 hours, depending on your speed and the weather.
Regardless of your hotel arrangements, you will meet your instructor at the lobby of La Quinta Inn.
If you are diving on Friday, the meeting time is 11am and and if you are diving on Saturday, then the meeting time is 8am, unless you are told otherwise by your instructor.
There is a $20/weekend per diver fee at the Blue Hole, to be paid once you are there, not at UWC.
what to bring
Apart from your scuba equipment, of course, we recommend you bring sunscreen and a couple towels to dry in between and after your dives. Also make sure to account for the weather, especially if it's the cold months of the year, for it can get windy and you will appreciate having warm layers when you are done.
Please also bring snacks/lunch and water for your surface intervals.
Lastly, bring your Log book so the instructor can sign your training dives!
FOR THOSE DOING OPEN WATER ONLY:
You have the option to dive either Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday. Once you are certified, you have the ability to continue diving with any time left!
FOR THOSE LOOKING TO DO BOTH OPEN WATER AND ADVANCED OPEN WATER: *
You will do 3 of your Open Water Diver dives on Friday and your final OW Diver dive on Saturday morning. You will then do 2 adventure dives on Saturday afternoon. The last 3 dives of your Advanced course will be completed on Sunday.
FOR THOSE TAKING OTHER COURSES:
PADI standards only allow 3 training dives per day. Depending on the amount of dives your course requires your schedule will vary. Your instructor will give you that orientation during class but, please, if there are any questions don't hesitate to contact the UWC Staff.
The above is a tentative schedule, and subject to changes.
* You can save up to $250 by adding on courses, like your Advanced Open Water, on the same weekend. Ask the retail staff to learn how!
equipment rental return
Your rental equipment is to be returned no later than the end of the Monday after your weekend. If you are done on Sunday you can still return it then, as long as UWC retail is still open and you have time to rinse it off.
UWC's opening hours on Sunday are from 11am to 3pm and on Monday from 10am to 6:30pm.
The equipment is to be returned on the same condition you rented it. Please make sure to rinse it off. If returned dirty, you will be charged a $25 cleaning/maintenance fee.