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Diving Romania

Discussion in 'Central and Eastern Europe' started by Fifimc, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. Fifimc

    Fifimc Garibaldi

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    Hi everyone,

    We are two British divers who just moved to Bucharest and we are wondering if anyone knows of a dive club in the city? Also any info about diving in Romania, in the Black Sea or in the mountains.

    Thanks
     
  2. iamrushman

    iamrushman Great White

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    howdy and welcome from south Florida USA......good luck to you two British divers.
     
  3. Dive Right In Scuba 2

    Dive Right In Scuba 2 ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Welcome to SB!
     
  4. DocVikingo

    DocVikingo Senior Member

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    Moved to a forum more appropriate to the questions asked.

    Cheers,

    DocVikingo
     
  5. andrei_c

    andrei_c Angel Fish

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    Location: Bucharest
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  6. chrisch

    chrisch Solo Diver

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    Do you cave dive? Several good caves there.

    SPEOSUB
     
  7. andrei_c

    andrei_c Angel Fish

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    Location: Bucharest
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    Hi Chris!

    yes, there are some caves. The most spectacular is Izverna. You could check this out:


    If you are interested by cave diving, you should contact Mihai Baciu:
    SubAquaSport Dive Center, Marea Neagra, Romania
    Mihai is the custodian of Izverna cave. He's also organizing cave diving in Black See, somewhere in Bulgaria, close to the Romanian border.
     
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  8. vixtor

    vixtor Solo Diver

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    Location: Bucharest, Romania
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    Indeed, you can have some nice diving in Romania, You are British, so you aren't afraid of cold water or poor visibility. If you are into wreck diving, you'll find some interesting sites: two Russian submarines (ShCh-213, infamous for sinking the Struma and a yet to be identified Malyutka class) and a Russian destroyer (Moskva). There is also a cargo ship from WWII - Arkadia. We also have some modern cargo ships, out of which 3 are in the close vicinity of Constanta harbour - they all sank by hitting the huge harbour breakwater in storms. And there are some more, but those are the most well known.

    Most dives are in the range of 20-26 meters. ShCh-213 is up to 32 meters, Moskva is at about 43-45, and the Malyutka one at ~37 meters. Except for the submarines (which have the hull completely closed), there are some nice penetration oportunities if you are into that. All year round, the water at those depths will be between 7 and 12 degrees. Surface water can reach up to 25 degrees in summer, but there will be a thermocline at 7-10 meters normally, and then you'll drop into cold waters. Most of the time the visibility under the thermocline is very good on the wrecks out at sea (shch2-13, Moskva, Malyutka) - usually more than 10 meters, a little less better at Arkadia. The worst is at the breakwater wrecks (Paris, You Xiu and Sadu). In the worst case you can have a 1-2 meters visibility, but statistically over 8 years of diving there, about 60% are good visibility dives according to my logbook.

    I personally prefer the Aquarius dive center from the links above. With them I have dived to all those sites. They have a fast (200HP) RIB, the travel to all the dive sites is between 20 minutes and 1 hour to the most far away. The owner is a Dutch guy who moved to Romania a long time ago. They are also great into servicing equipment, and they can provide PADI and IANTD training. The drive from Bucharest is 2 hours to Constanta, so most of the times I leave at 6AM from home, do the dives and return in the evening. Their boat will be in the water this year in the second half of May.

    As a final tip, follow windguru.cz for marine forecasts. When you see that the South wind has blown in the last 5-6 days be very happy, it brings crystal clear waters. When you see the North blowing, chances are the water will be murky from the Danube.
     
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  9. andrei_c

    andrei_c Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bucharest
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    Nice post, Vixtor!
    Thanks a lot for the tip regarding marine forecasts.
     
  10. Fifimc

    Fifimc Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Bucharest Romania
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    Hi everyone, sorry for the late reply I turned off email alerts and thought no one answered! I was actually looking for a club in Bucharest rather than a dive center. I don't have my cave diving cert at the moment but I would love to start working on that.
     

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