That's a very good question!

Most SCUBA courses you take will require dives to be completed in an Open Water Site.

Our short answer would be: going local at Aurora Reservoir is by far your most cost effective choice. The most awesome one is definitely choosing from one of our Caribbean Trips, followed closely by the Homestead Crater in Utah. We also go sporadically to Blue Hole in New Mexico. Check down below more specifics on each one of your choices...


Aurora reservoir - go local!

The Aurora Reservoir is located east of E-470, and south of I-70. It is just over an hour drive from Colorado Springs and has a SCUBA diving dedicated beach where we do most of our training. There is even an airplane wreck to check out during your dives!

For weather reasons UWC only dives there between June and October.

On those months the water goes from 60 to 75 degrees, with visibility between 5 and 15 feet. 

UWC also provides lunch and beverages on the Saturdays at Aurora. A great weekend with an awesome atmosphere and no lodging costs makes it a hard to beat choice.


caribbean - travel with us!

UWC offers several different options of Caribbean trips that are just perfect for new divers!

All our groups are guided by an experienced UWC Dive Instructor and they would love to introduce you to the underwater world at the best possible conditions.

The most popular destinations for training are Cozumel and Bonaire, but there's many more to choose from.

Get certified in amazing reefs that average 80 degrees and 100+ feet of visibility!


homestead crater - midway, utah

The Crater is a geothermal spring located at the Homestead Resort property in Midway, UT.

The hole at the top of the dome lets in sunlight and fresh air while the interior stays heated by the mineral water at a constant temperature all year round.

With great ski resorts in the area, you can potentially make it an amazing vacation and not only go Scuba diving, but skiing or golfing all at once!

Get certified in the warmest waters in the continental US (90 - 96 degrees) with 80+ feet of visibility!


blue hole - santa rosa, new mexico

The Blue Hole is a spring fed diving hole in Santa Rosa, NM. 

Its diameter is 80 feet on the surface and it expands to 130 feet at the bottom. The depth varies with the flow, but it's generally around 85 feet.

The drive is about 5 hours from Colorado Springs and the water temperature is consistent year round (62 degrees), with visibility ranging from 20 to 80 feet.

Upcoming certification weekends:


Homestead Crater, Utah

  • November 16th - 17th

Blue HoleNew Mexico

  • August 24th - 26th
  • October 26th - 28th
  • December 14th - 16th

Local (Aurora Reservoir in SE Denver)

  • August 18th - 19th
  • September 22nd - 23rd
  • September 29th - 30th
  • October 20th - 21st

Cozumel, Mexico

  • October 20th - 27th
  • Dec 25th - Jan 1st
  • Look in our TRAVEL SECTION for more options.