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The Traditional Week of Tech Diving in the Baikal


We make tech dives all year round and even almost every day, but it is always more fun when there are like-minded people around, a team, who get their kicks from diving deep, diving to wrecks and in caves. There is always something to talk about, share experience, discuss and just enjoy diving in a good company.

As usual, we will be making daily dives - a boat to make return trips to Bolshiye Koty and Circum Baikal Railway grand walls and canyons. In Listvyanka we can make practice dives up to 100 metres deep. It has also become a tradition that during the tech week one can upgrade their diver and instructor qualifications from Nitrox to Trimix levels. The courses are delivered by Trimix Instructor IANTD Tatiana Oparina and Trimix Instructor Trainer TDI/SDI, IANTD & CMAS Gennady Misan.

In the framework of the tech week Gennady Misan and Tatiana Oparina are giving master classes in cold water deep diving. The master classes are either for back-mount or side-mount configuration. 

For those practicing side-mount - there are 10 and 12 Litres tanks available for mounting on the side. For those opting for a traditional configuration - twin tanks. Surely, stages, Oxygen, Nitrox, small tanks for inflation are available for everybody.

The number of tech week participants is unlimited, but better book in advance. We need to know how many twin tanks - stages, Helium, Oxygen are to be prepared in advance, how much sofnolime. Besides, this is high season and many hotels, including the most expensive/the cheapest ones are being booked right now.

Diving conditions: on  the surface - summer time, quite warm, often hot; the water closer to the surface gets as warm as +7+100 С, under the thermocline +4. Good visibility, decompression procedures in warmer water.

Join us! Let’s dive! Tech is for real divers! 

Tech week dates: July, 23-28, 2019.

Байкал. Июль 2013 года. Перед тренировочным погружением на 145 м

Week 1 - It must have been the coldest safari in our history. We started safari season in the beginning of February for the first time. We used to make them in the beginning of March, then shifted to the middle of February and now we are starting in the beginning of February. During this safari we experienced as low temperatures as -35 Celsius at night and -23-30 Celsius in the day. This made us recollect our previous trips (when it was -22 Celsuis, wind and no sun) with a feeling that those seemingly harsh weather conditions were a laughable absurdity if compared to what we faced this year. However, despite the objectively reasonably lower temperatures we subjectively did not feel really cold.


November 1. A frosty morning. Out of the cafe window I can see the Baikal slowly chilling down with a gentle fog over its waters. Listvyanka shores are deserted, a few cars parked on the road along the shore, almost no people to be seen. Just a few leaves on the trees and bushes, very few needles on the larch trees, almost no needles, in fact - one can see spots of snow between the trees in the distance



An unusual divesite - Methane Volcano - was explored. 4 km away from the mouth of the Selenga River, at the depth of 40 metres in the dull clay bottom (what else can be expected from a place next to the mouth of a big muddy river?) there is a huge methane volcano and a small volcanic crater.