What to Pack Scuba Blue Hole New Mexico

What to Pack: Blue Hole Santa Rosa NM

Are you traveling to the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico?  You’re probably diving for fun, learning to dive or taking specialty scuba diving courses!  While outdoor conditions range from snowing to sunbathing in the desert heat, the water remains around 61 degrees Fahrenheit.  Packing properly is essential to your comfort, regardless of the time of year you travel.

Here’s a general list of things you might like to bring on your dive trip to the Blue Hole:


  • 2 Scuba Tanks
  • BCD
  • Air Delivery System – balanced regs preferred
  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Exposure Suit (are you diving Wet or Dry?)
  • Log Book
  • Pen
  • Towel
  • Water bottle or jug for drinking
  • Dive light with tether (if you plan to night dive)
  • Certification Card if Already Certified
  • Diving Insurance card (if already certified, and have insurance)
  • Cash for:
    • Tank refills
    • Parking
    • Permit

Optional Items:

  • Altitude Chart
  • Tarp + weights to hold it down
  • Chair for sitting/changing in and out of gear
  • Water jug for rinsing
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen (biodegradable, non-toxic)
  • Hat (for sun or for warmth based on time of year)
  • Dry Bag
  • Boat Coat (or warm coat)
  • Rash Guard (for sun)
  • Snacks
  • Shampoo/conditioner/soap – there are showers & changing rooms

Exposure Suit: Wetsuit

  • Swimsuit
  • 7mm Wetsuit or 5mm with shorty
  • Hood
  • Gloves
  • Booties

Exposure Suit: Drysuit

  • Drysuit
  • Zipper Wax
  • Starch or soap if required
  • Undergarment
  • Pair Socks
  • Hood
  • Gloves (wet or dry)
  • Booties (if not part of suit)
  • Fins
  • Inflator Hose
  • Wrench for hoses

As always – label your stuff with a phone number!

Reminders / Extras for Pros

  • 02 Kit (charged & checked for completion)
  • First Aid Kit (checked)
  • Written Safety Plan
  • Paperwork
  • Spare gear (BCD, balanced regs, weights, etc.)
  • Spare Mask
  • Spare Pair of Fins
  • Save a Dive Kit
  • Tool Kit
  • SMB + Clip
  • Line/reels if necessary
  • Cutting Tool
  • Slate
  • Pencil
  • Blanket