This is a tentative overview of your weekend, given you chose to do your Open Water Dives in the Homestead Crater, in Utah. Find also driving directions and information on where to stay.
homestead crater - go warm!
If you chose to do your certification dives with UWC at the Homestead Crater 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 Wednesday prior your Crater weekend. Your sizing is done during your Class & Pool sessions. You will be taking tanks along with the rest of your equipment.
Please note that the water is too warm to wear any exposure suits thicker than a t-shirt or a rash guard. In case you would like to have a water shirt, UWC has several styles for you to choose from, ranging from $25 to $50.
Prices are per student and per weekend.
$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.
You will be given tanks and weights from UWC; however, should you choose to not take them or you choose to fly, tanks can be rented from The Crater for $10 each and weights for $5 per day. You will need between 2-4 tanks.
meeting place & times
The Crater is located at the Homestead Resort in Midway, UT. It is a great Resort on its own and is where the UWC staff will stay and where you will meet for your dives. When making your hotel reservations, mention you are diving with Underwater Connection during your stay or use the code “Underwaterconn” to get a better rate.
The drive there is about 9 hours from Colorado Springs. You can also fly to
Salt Lake City and drive from there, which would be about 1 hour. If you choose to fly, there are 2 things to consider: 1 – you will have to rent tanks and weights there (pricing above). The instructors cannot bring extras; they will be driving and must bring class materials and their own equipment. 2 – when booking flights remember the flying and diving rule: you can only fly after at least 18hrs from your last dive.
You will meet your instructor at the Crater's Activity Center at 2:30pm on Friday and at 6:30am on Saturday (March weekend) or at 12:30pm on Friday and 8:30am on Saturday (May weekend), unless you are told otherwise by your instructor.
Please know that there is a $27 per person per day Crater diving fee to be paid there and not to UWC.
what to bring and more to do
Apart from your scuba equipment, we recommend you bring towels for in between and after your dives. Also make sure to account for the weather: the crater is domed and protected from the elements, but even if you are diving at 96 degrees water you might still come out for a snowy view of the mountains and you will appreciate having warm layers when you are done.
Bring your Log book so the instructor can sign your training dives!
As far as more to do in Midway while you are not diving, it will depend on the time of the year, but you could potentially go skiing, sleigh riding or golfing in the area. Also, check if the Ice Castles are open during your visit. You have everything to make it a weekend to remember!
FOR THOSE DOING OPEN WATER:
You will do 2 dives per day on both Friday and Saturday.
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 do not hesitate to contact the UWC Staff.
The above is a tentative schedule, and it is subject to changes.
* You can save up to $250 by adding on courses, like your Advanced Open Water. 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, only if UWC 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 in 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.