PDA

View Full Version : Phoenix Area Dive Sites



Rich Keller
03-10-2012, 09:30
Looking for information on places to dive in the Phoenix area. I am aware of Lake Pleasant but could use more detailed info once on site. Also looking for info on Canyon lake, Saguaro lake and the Salt river. Any other locations in the area would also be of great interest.

ScottW
03-10-2012, 20:58
http://arizonascuba.com/content.php?45-Arizona-Lakes
I know the site has a forum that is fairly active if knowone else shows up here.

Rich Keller
03-11-2012, 07:47
Thanks for the site info, this should give me a good place to start.

diversteve
03-11-2012, 08:14
Looking for information on places to dive in the Phoenix area. I am aware of Lake Pleasant but could use more detailed info once on site. There's a Thursday afternoon/night dive at Lake Pleasant. Details here: http://arizonascuba.com/calendar.php?do=getinfo&e=16&day=2012-3-1&c=1

There's a pretty active group on ScubaBoard that dives there. My cousin - username PhxSki - is one of them - he often dives there. Me - I don't - water's too cold...lol. Current conditions can be found here: Recent Lake Pleasant conditions/reports (http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/southwest-sand-sharks/234719-recent-lake-pleasant-conditions-reports.html)

Most of the diving centers around Vista Point or Desert Tortoise. Many of the shops teach there on the weekends.


Also looking for info on Canyon lake, Saguaro lake and the Salt river. Vis at Canyon and Saguaro is often the problem. Usually it's 5-10'. There's a lot of boat traffic also so that doesn't help.

Recent thread on Salt River diving: Salt River Treasure Hunting Dive (http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/southwest-sand-sharks/385712-salt-river-treasure-hunting-dive.html) Steve Nichols - stnichols in the thread - is the person to contact about diving the river. They used to do tethered dives in the higher current areas. Since it's a river tubing area you often find stuff collected in certain areas.

Any other locations in the area would also be of great interest.There really aren't any. Unless you want drive to Lake(s) Havasu, Mohave or Mead. Most of the lakes mentioned in the link in the previous post are undiveable. We tend to go to San Carlos (Guaymas) for warm water diving or SoCal for cold - either is a days drive away.

IDK how familiar you are with the Phoenix dive scene but logistics here have changed recently. Scuba Sciences closed last year - though their I-17 location just re-opened as the 2nd Academy of Scuba location. The GM from Scuba Sciences is opening ScubaPros of AZ next month. He'll be on the way to Pleasant from the west side - just off the the 101 at Peoria.

Also Scuba Specialties leased building was foreclosed on so the store is temporarily closed - no fills/rentals. Sport Chalet on I-17/Happy Valley Rd. is still good for fills/rentals on the way to Lake Pleasant.

hth,

snagel
03-11-2012, 09:38
Not sure how close Santa Rosa is to Phoenix, but heard it was a good dive.

Santa Rosa, New Mexico : City of Lakes (http://www.santarosanm.org/scubadiving.htm)

Snagel

Rich Keller
03-11-2012, 11:17
Not sure how close Santa Rosa is to Phoenix, but heard it was a good dive.

Santa Rosa, New Mexico : City of Lakes (http://www.santarosanm.org/scubadiving.htm)

Snagel

Thanks. Looks interesting but too far from Phoenix for the amount of time I will be there.

navyhmc
03-11-2012, 12:08
Not sure how close Santa Rosa is to Phoenix, but heard it was a good dive.

Santa Rosa, New Mexico : City of Lakes (http://www.santarosanm.org/scubadiving.htm)

Snagel

Santa Rosa is good for a weekend, after a few dives it's kind of dull. If you go there, the summer is not the best time - too man kids using it as a pool.