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Blue Hole, Santa Rosa

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The Blue Hole of Santa Rosa is a circular, bell-shaped pool east of Santa Rosa, New Mexico that is one of the most popular dive destinations in the US for SCUBA diving and training. The Blue Hole is an artesian well that was once used as a fish hatchery. It is a clear blue body of water with a constant 62F temperature and constant inflow of 3000USgal/min. While the surface is only 80ft in diameter, it expands to a diameter of 130ft at the bottom.Since Santa Rosa, New Mexico is at an elevation of 4616ft, it is necessary for divers to use high-altitude dive tables to compute the dive profile and decompression stops when diving in the Blue Hole.The pool is open for public use with no lifeguards on duty. Tanks may be filled or rented as well as some equipment at a private dive shop located near the site. The shop is open on Saturday and Sunday but, by appointment only on weekdays.On March 26, 2016, 43-year-old California diver Shane Thompson a Navy veteran from the ADM Exploration Foundation was exploring passageways where he became trapped and accidentally drowned.
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  • The Blue Hole appeals to my sense of curious in all things related to gas laws and human physiology. I'm not even a diver. Not much else to say about it. Cold, deep water. Several places one is able t...  more »
  • Read the reviews, saw amazing pictures, then saw the real thing. What a disappointment! We were not scuba diving, just stopped to see. It could be the most wonderful place for that. Thank goodness the...  more »
  • Went for a dive certification. Water is very cold 61 deg f. Good access and a warming area with changing area and showers  more »