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Destination at a Glance

Would you classify this destination as
- Cold Water
- Exotic
Location
Listvyanka, Baikal Lake, Russia
Date of latest visit
3/2012
What is there to see underwater?
- Marine life
- Unique and rare creatures
- Shipwrecks that became great artificial reefs with flourishing marine life
- Interesting landscape or ice formations
- Unusual landscape
- Ice formations

Diving Gear

What kinds of tanks are normally used?
Steel
Is the area rebreather friendly?
No/I don't know
What gear can be rented in the area?
- Technical tanks
What is the standard configuration of the tanks for this area?
- Single tank
- Twins/Doubles
- Sidemount
What deco tanks available (if any)?
- 5.5 L
- 11/12 L

Diving conditions

Standard maximum depth for dives in this area
40-60m
Minimum water temperature on your dives (C)
-1
Maximum water temperature on your dives (C)
0
Any currents?
Some currents
Air temperature during the gear assembly and after dives (C)
-10
Can weather be a problem in that area?
Unlikely as the weather there is usually ok for diving
What is the standard bottom gas?
- Air
- Other nitrox
- Normoxic Trimix (at least 18% Oxygen)
- Hypoxic Trimix (less than 18% Oxygen)
And how long are decompression periods (if any)?
- 10-30min
How do divers enter water?
- Wading/walking/stairs
- Giant stride
Where is the gear usually assembled?
- on land
Is there anyone to help the divers (based on your experience)?
Fellow divers or boat crew can usually help when needed

Diving Day

How to get to the dive shops or places the gear is kept?
- Divers get there themselves
- Divers are (or can be) picked up in their hotels by the operator
How do divers usually get to the divesites?
- Driven there by dive operators
Is it easy to find guides and buddies?
- Dive operators normally organize groups and appoint the guide
Is it realistic to dive without a guide?
It's possible to dive without a local guide but you will still need some support from the local dive center
Is solo diving allowed?
It is allowed
Where is the closest decompression chamber?
< 2h
How does insurance coverage work?
DAN doesn't work but some particular insurances do
How much (roughly) would a typical dive cost (incl tanks/weights rental, boat ride if necessary, all gases and the guide if needed)?
< 100 USD
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