Students escape winter by scuba diving

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SeaBase provides locals with a year-round salt water diving and snorkeling environment. (Photo courtesy of G.P. Schmahl/FGBNMS.)
SeaBase provides locals with a year-round salt water diving and snorkeling environment. (Photo courtesy G.P. Schmahl/FGBNMS)

With the snow on the ground, most BYU students are missing the warm temperatures of summer days past.

Just because temperatures are teetering on the line of freezing doesn’t mean that all fun summer activities are dead for winter.

SeaBase, located roughly an hour west of Salt Lake City, has been offering a summer snorkeling oasis to Utahns, complete with tropical fish, stingrays and even sharks. The year-round salt water scuba diving and snorkeling center is located in Grantsville, just off I-80.

SeaBase has had a wide assortment of customers from across the world, Linda Nelson, owner and founder, said.

“We’ve had people from Ukraine, Norway, Africa,” Nelson said. “We get people from all of the states (and) some locals.”

Seabase also functions as a training site for locals to get scuba certified.

“Because we’re a training site, we get a lot of people for scuba training,” Nelson said. “It’s like the ocean, so we get people who want to train in salt water.”

The snorkeling and scuba diving at SeaBase are well worth the drive, according to Josh Head, a 23-year-old exercise science major from Nome, Alaska.

“I like Seabase because it’s a salt water reservoir right here in Utah,” Head said. “I don’t have to drive all the way to the coast in order to experience ocean wildlife.”

The venue consists of three diving bays with marine life where visitors can dive to a depth of up to 62 ft. The largest bay, Habitat Bay, consists of a boat wreck and a channel for compass training, according to the company’s website, www.SeaBase.net.

SeaBase is located at 1600 N. State Road 138 in Grantsville. It is open Thursday–Sunday and can be reached at 435–884–3874. Reservations are required.

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