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.

Besides the sunken Cessna, you can see crawdads and various species of small fish.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 1 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Wreck Dive
  • Altitude Diving
  • Lake

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

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Open Water Diver

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Stress & Rescue

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Dry Suit Diving

Become a dry suit diver and dive all year, anywhere in the world. Join the Dry Suit Diving specialty today and learn all the knowledge and skills you need to safely and comfortably dive in a dry suit.

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Enriched Air Nitrox Level 2 (40%)

Extend your dive time, shorten your surface intervals and spend more time exploring the dive sites you love, with the SSI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty certification program.

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Night Diving and Limited Visibility

Diving does not end when the sun goes down! Become a night diver and meet the incredible marine life that only comes out at night. Join the SSI Night Diving and Limited Visibility specialty program.

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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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Search & Recovery

Make lost items a thing of the past with the SSI Search & Recovery specialty program. You will learn all you need to plan and conduct search and recovery dives, so you can find lost items with ease.

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Deep Diving

Many exciting and iconic dive sites lie in deeper waters. The SSI Deep Diving Specialty will get you there - safely and with confidence. Learn how to plan and conduct dives to between 18 and 40 meters deep with SSI.

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Wreck Diving

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Perfect Buoyancy

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Extended Range Wreck Diving

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Technical Wreck Diving

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Dive sites nearby

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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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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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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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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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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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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The Saddle - Carter Lake

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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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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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