Altitude Diver

Diving in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico requires special altitude considerations.  The PADI Altitude Diver course is designed to help you develop the skills, knowledge and techniques for our local diving environment.


  • 12 years of age or older
  • PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water certification or equivalent


We will review the following techniques for high altitude diving including:

  • Planning, procedures and techniques of altitude diving
  • Safety stop and emergency decompression procedures
  • Special equipment considerations
  • Limited visibility diving and underwater navigation techniques
  • Freshwater environment overview
  • Cause, signs, symptoms and prevention of hypoxia and hypothermia while diving at altitude


Two open water dives with a certified PADI instructor are required to complete the PADI Altitude Diver course.  Open waters are available at the Blue Hole, Homestead Crater or locally at the Aurora Reservoir – see schedule.

COURSE FEE:  $100.00


  • Two open water dives with a certified PADI instructor
  • Tanks, weights, and weight belts
  • 10% discount on all diving equipment purchased during your term as a student (course materials, sale items and equipment rentals excluded)


  • Diving gear for the open water dives – BCD, regulator, wet suit, etc. but may be rented during the course
  • Transportation, meals, and accommodations for the open water dives
  •  PADI “Adventures in Diving” advanced student kit ($52.95) and video ($37.60)
  • Altitude Conversion Tables – $8.95
  • PADI certification fee of $39.45 to process your C-Card

The PADI Altitude Diver course was designed for the local diving conditions of Colorado.  If you plan to continue diving the lakes, quarries, rivers, and reservoirs here at high altitude, this course will give you the added safety and comfort needed to really enjoy our local diving environment.