Полярное

Polar

Special features: Ideal for tech diving


Type - Expedition Diving-Safari. 

Extreme vs comfort. For those who value severe beauty. Air temperature - from +10 (in early November) to -10 - 20 (by the end of December). Sometimes it can drop to -30 ° C. Floating chunks of ice, possible icing of the boat. In December, on the route "to Olkhon", we are very likely to see lots of ice in the Strait of Olkhonskiye Vorota (Olkhon Gates). All these features make you feel as if you are on a polar safari. 
The water temperature is still warmer than in May - June, about +5+2° C. As a rule, perfect visibility (40-50 m).

The boat is equipped to create comfortable conditions for diving - warm room for drying equipment, comfortable warm cabins, a sauna. A unique opportunity to jump into the winter waters of the Baikal right after a hot sauna (without your scuba, naturally :-))

Dates & Price

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Season - November' 1 - December' 30
Route Circum-Baikal Railway, Bolshie Koty, Homuty (optional - Birhin, East Olkhon)

Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights 
Dates for 2022: _________

5 days / 121 500 rub.*
Available on request: twinset, side mount, nitrox, trimix.

Other diving - safari

Book for other dates  tanya@baikaldiving.ru 

Diving in the southern part of Baikal.  Option - Olkhon Island (in a special program). Short daylight hours. We use daytime diving to the maximum. In the evening - walking on a shore, banya (sauna). 


Service: accommodation in a double cabin, meals - FB, tea, coffee - no limits, complimentary drinks, diving - (15-liter steel tanks, 12-liter tanks are available on request), weights, briefings, trekkings, landing.

Additional: transfer "Irkutsk - Listvyanka - Irkutsk", fees of the national park for visiting the Ushkany Islands or other protected areas, equipment rental, baths (sauna) on the shore, dinner and a hotel in Irkutsk on the last day of the safari, tips, and other personal expenses.

Schedule

Route length: 300 ( "Olkhon" route - 600 km)

Moments*: tunnels of the Circum-Baikal railway, sunsets over the village of Bolshiye Koty from a bird's eye view, beautifully iced stones of the coastal zone, ice grottoes combined with open water, floating ice fields, the formation of the famous Baikal 30-meter ice splashes, at the end of December - seals on floating ice floes, Baikal is cooling down - water soaring in the low rays of the December sun. Often - meetings with deer going out on the hills, to bask in the meager rays of the sun.

*Diving sites and landings are not fixed, depending on weather conditions and general wishes of the participants of diving-safaris.


Day 1. Transfer "Irkutsk - Listvyanka" (70 km, 1-1.5 hours). Check-in is available from 8.30 a..m. Breakfast. General briefing. Filling diving forms, checking certificates. Leaving the port - no later than 12.00. Start diving-safari. In during the day - 1-2 dives. Landing, trekking.
Day 2 - Day 4. In during the day - 2 dives, 3rd dive - night (optional).
Every day - landing, trekking. Due to the short light day - the length of day walks does not exceed 5-7 km. Also, in during safari - ship sauna. 
Day 6. In during the day - 2 dives, landing, trekking. 
Finish diving-safari (arrival to Listvyanka) ~ 17.00 - 19.00.

The schedule (time and sequence) of diving and landing is not fixed. It will be determined by the dive guide based on the weather conditions and the wishes of the group. The actual schedule for the next day is announced the day before, during dinner.

Expedition style

Spring - Summer  - Autumn - Winter. We choose the best, show the unique.

› Guiding expeditions personally by the owners of the diving center. No pre-written plan or fixed dive sites. We choose diving sites based on the current weather conditions, qualifications and wishes of the group.
› In case of a storm, we promptly change the route. Perfect knowledge of bays, anchorages and moorings. 2,200 km of coastline. The seaworthiness of the ship is a wave up to 3 meters, comfort at an external temperature - up to -40 ° С. Professional team. 2 crew set. Night crossings are available every day. Moving in any weather.
› We have experience in diving in any Baikal conditions.


How are our safaris different from others?

§ EXCLUSIVE PROGRAMMES. Our experience - 32 years (since 1988) of annual Baikal Diving Safaries. We dive a lot, variously, all over Baikal. We like hiking, find beautiful bays, secret paths, and peaks that an ordinary tourist does not climb. All programs are designed with seasonality and "be in the right place at the right time". Seeing nerpa, watching bears, diving with baby seals, unique shooting, exploring the microcosm of Baikal, glide in the abyss along the grand walls, diving in the  canyons/grottos, look for artefacts of railway wrecks - choose one of our programmes or let us tailor a safari in accord with your preferences. We love exclusive routes and new adventures!

§ WE DIVE A LOT! We do as many dives as possible. In summer programs - 3-5 dives per day, in winter - 2. If you are focused on diving - then we are your best choice! If you’d rather dived a bit less - there are other activities planned for you.

§ DIVE SITES. Unique authoring database of dive sites (today we have more than 275 completely explored sites). Even if the group consists of OWDs and just one tech diver (or vice versa) - we will select the dive sites interesting and appropriate for everyone. 

§ VARIETY. A lot to see, a lot to dive, to explore the shores, tekking and hiking. A good option for the non-divers. Every day - land activities: hiking, barbecues on the shore, fishing, jeep trips or just relaxation. 

§ LENGTH OF THE ROUTE. The length of our routes is probably second only to polar cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic. 4-5 day programs have a "total mileage" of 300 - 400 km. A weekly safari - up to 1000 km, and "Baikal Around the World" - 1500 km! A wide variety of Baikal landscapes, diving in different dive regions.


IMPORTANT!!! Any diving safari is an EXPEDITON.  The routes pass through interesting and least visited places. In most places, there are no roads and - cellular service. The nearest help-evacuation - it can take at least a day. Diving at Baikal is not the easiest (great depths, cold water), and the weather conditions can be very harsh.

Our team will do everything to make your stay on the ship, shore program and dives as comfortable and safe as possible. To make the expedition successful and comfortable for everyone, we ask you to carefully read the rules of participation in the expedition.
1. Dives are organized regardless of wind, waves, surface temperature. Each diver independently decides on the difficulty of diving for him and his participation in diving. Read more about diving conditions.

2. Land program. Some trekking and hiking can be very long (15 km, 6 - 8 hours), pass through steep and uneven terrain, swampy areas, and include ascents. Each member of the expedition independently decides on the complexity of trekking and participation in it.

All activities of the Diving Expedition are designed for self-sufficient and trained participants.

Diving conditions

Water temperature +5+2°С
Visibility - 30 - 50+ m. Most guaranteed visibility time 
Current - unlikely 
Diving - 2 dives / day


IMPORTANT! FEATURES OF DIVING IN THE "POLAR" SAFARI
1. Complete disassembly of equipment after each dive.
2. Drying all equipment between dives.
3. Preparation of equipment and dressing - in the saloon. With the subsequent removal of equipment to the dive deck (open air, outside).
4. Limited time between preparing equipment and jumping into the water. With prolonged exposure to the surface - freezing of regulators and BCD (any models !!!)
5. Boarding the ship - along the icy ladder. Hot water is supplied from the surface. However, composure and skill are required to independently and quickly get out of the water.


Air temperature: from +10°С in November to -20-30°С in December. Almost no snow. Sunny. The feeling of "warm-cold" depends on the sun and wind. Often, in windless sunny weather, you can walk around the deck in a T-shirt and sunbathe even with minus 10. 
Wind and storm* -  November - December - quietly months. 
*Do not follow each other. A large wave (up to 3 meters) is possible with a complete absence of wind and a strong wind (100-120 km / h) with a small wave. A sudden start and an equally sudden end is a feature of the Baikal winds. The situation changes in a few minutes. At the beginning of the dive - complete calm, after 30 minutes - the ship is hardly kept at anchor. This requires good physical shape and self-support from each diver. Sometimes entering and exiting the water is done in difficult storm conditions.

Recommended equipment - dry suit, dry gloves, 2 regulators (for extremly cold water, mark 0-4°C), 3 layers undergarment: thermal underwear, special diving underwear maximum den (Arctic 4 Element, Body Tec2 Waterproof or similar) + undersuit max den (BZ400 Santi, Wezzle Extreme or similar), 2 pairs of wool socks. 


Recommended сertification Level - Dry Suit Diver + AOWD
For diving during a safari - the certificate of the diver is MANDATORY! If you do not have a certificate, diving is NOT possible.


All dives -  from the ship, without the use a speed boats. Entry into the water is done from a dive deck. Return to the ship - by the ladder.

Diving from the anchor. Diving is done on the route "from the ship, returning to the ship." During the dive, the ship is anchored at the dive site. The distance from the anchorage to the start of the dive site is 10 - 70 meters.

Drift - diving. It is done in places where anchorage is not possible. For safety, the dive boat cannot come close to the dive site to drop on and pick up the group.From the ship to the start of the dive site it is necessary to swim on the surface of 10 - 100 m (also return to the ship). This type of diving requires a lot of concentration from the group and can only be organized for very experienced divers.


Briefings. Before each dive, information about the dive site, recommended route and depth will be provided. Some dive sites have pictures. Read more about Baikal dive sites here.

Recommended dive time - not less than 40-50 minutes. Baikal - it is LANDSCAPE diving.  Great walls, rifts, terraces and canyons that go into the abyss. It starts from 3 meter and goes up to 170+m. If you see a wall from 3 m to 30 m, then we call it a "small step". Perhaps the only place in the world where you will find so many panoramic views. 

Dive guides*. Baikal dive sites have very simple navigation. In our safaris, we give divers a lot of freedom. Depth is limited to diving certification. Dive time is UNLIMITED. Based on many years of experience - we do NOT guiding. On some dive sites, it may be suggested to follow our instructor, for passing on a particularly difficult route..

*Our instructors always dive during a diving safari. They explore new "corners" of the dive site, new depths, clean the bottom from trash and fishnet. If your goals and level of training is suitable for a dive you can always join him.


Название ENG:  Polar