Despite the fact that Colorado is a completely landlocked state, there are a surprising number of certified scuba divers in the state. You may have noticed the occasional scuba supply store placed randomly around Boulder or Denver and wondered just where people in this state could possibly be going to practice their scuba skills or even get certified as a scuba diver.
Luckily, there are a few scuba schools in Colorado, including one in Boulder called Ocean First Divers. In fact, this year, they’re holding a number of social events that are open to the public in order to nurture the scuba diving community in Boulder.
If you’re looking for a place the hang your flippers, then I would encourage you to check out one of their upcoming free events.
The first, coming up this Thursday, February 20th at 6:30 pm, is a presentation from the Nature Conservancy’s Director of Philanthropy in the Caribbean, Erin Allen. Erin will discuss with attendees the past, present and future of conservation in the Caribbean and what the scuba community can do to help.
Then, next week, on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30 pm, Oceans First Divers present a Night with Dr. Guggenheim. The good doctor will be talking about the marine ecosystem around Cuba. In an area where much of the marine ecosystems are failing, Cuba’s Caribbean reefs are teeming with life and species that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.
As are all of their social events, this is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and beverages (including booze) are served to all guests.
Additionally, if you and your special someone are looking for something different to do for date night, Ocean First Divers offers a couples class to try scuba. The class is two hours and covers an introduction to scuba, as well as pizza, apps and dollar off pints at Twisted Pine after the class.
Not only does Ocean First Divers offer these fantastic events and classes to the public, they also sell scuba gear and plan scuba trips to marine ecosystems around the world!
photo courtesy of Ocean First Divers