The Saddle - Carter Lake

The Saddle at Carter Lake is a common Open Water training site and a fun dive location. There are plenty of local fish. The gentle slope is great for beginners while the limited visibility offers something for intermediate to advanced divers whether that be Navigation, Search and Recovery, or Night/Limited vis.

Walleye are common, as are bass. Meanwhile, crawdads abound and maybe some bluegills in the trees at high water.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 2 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Snorkeling
  • Altitude Diving
  • Lake

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

High Plains Scuba Center

86 degree heated pool in our facility. Maintained with 2 large sand filters and chlorine. Pool can be reserved for $25/person/hour. 970-493-8562.

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Sunrise Beach - Horsetooth Reservoir

This is a great location to familiarize yourself with local diving. It is just 10 minutes from the local dive store. A nice parking area with covered picnic tables exists. All this with a beautiful view of the mountains and some great local diving.

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Ocean First Pool

Ocean First’s indoor pool is kept at a balmy 89ºF and the ambient air temperature within about 10 degrees of that to ensure swimmers and divers are comfortable getting in and out of the water. The pool has both a 4’ shallow end and a large 12’ deep well.

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Coral Key Lake

A 4.5-acre lake outside of Denver, CO with 44 feet of depth. Visibility ranges April - July 4 ft to 22 ft, July - Sept 4 ft to 15 ft. Average temp March = 50. April = 55. May = 66. June = 70. July - Sept 72. Oct = 64.2

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With four different diving exhibits there is lots to see in this indoor underwater playground. Come get some certification dives done, dive with the family or have a chance to get up-close and personal with some endangered and protected species you may never get to see in the wild.

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48,000 gallon pool includes “endless pool” and an underwater sound system. There is a lift for disabled divers and our fill station is right by the pool. The pool is 12 feet deep on the far end and ranges from 3.5 to 4.5 feet deep in the shallow end.

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Chatfield

The Chatfield dive site has a soft, silt bottom, thus visibility is usually quite poor, typically less than 5 feet. Depth averages 20 ft with small areas ranging around 30’ ft. A sunken sailboat with trailer, a fire hydrant, and a toilet are all connected by a rope line for your amusement.

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Aurora Reservoir

This large reservoir is located southeast of Denver, Colorado. There is a specific scuba diving area open April 1 to October 1 every year, dawn to dusk, that offers shore accessible diving. Maximum depth is 50 feet and average visibility is 5-10 feet.

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Underwater Connection's Pool, Colorado Springs

This training site is a custom built, 15ft pool, designed to meet all of the needs for training recreational, technical, and professional divers.

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Flaming Gorge (Visitor Center)

The Flaming Gorge Visitors Center has multiple dives of varying difficulty and types of dives. You can do a deep dive right off the shore where you can hear the eerie moan of the dam’s turbines, or head towards an island with a ton of fish and rock formations.

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Recommended Training

Navigation

Become a better, more confident diver who always knows where they are going. Learn how to use a dive compass, natural navigation techniques and more. Join the SSI Navigation specialty today!

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Basic Freediving

Discover the freedom and tranquility that keep freedivers returning to the water. Learn how to go freediving with this essential freediver training and earn your SSI Basic Freediving certification! Your adventures as a freediver begin here!

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Open Water Diver

Begin your lifelong adventure as a certified diver with the globally recognized SSI Open Water Diver certification.

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