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Mendoza underwater

A particular activity under water in the main dikes of the province. Diving among mountains, for all ages.
| 12 February, 2020 |

Diving is an activity related to the sea and its depths. However, fresh water also lends itself to this. In Mendoza this practice is not very well known, but it has many followers and fans. It is suitable for all ages, without discriminating weight or size.

In general, the diver who practices in Mendoza comes from practice it in other latitudes. Whether in the sea or in lakes and dikes. It’s just that is not an area suitable for debut. Your geography and altitude make our province a demanding place to dive. Be called diving high altitude, as you are 1400 meters above sea level and melt water. Conditions are more harsh. A lot of people have come from Bahía Blanca or Rosario and do not want to dive here.

Where and how to dive

In the Potrerillos dam, in Los Reyunos or Valle Hermoso. However, we will describe the experience in the former, because it is the closest to the city. The particular thing about the Potrerillos dam is that you dive walking. It is that you dive as you start walking from the coast following the path of the old route, which in the 2000 was covered by water . The landscape in its depths is unique, between mountains and roads. You can see rainbow trout, mustachioed or catfish, and freshwater shrimp.

Diving schools offer basically the same service. Starting point early in the morning of any end of week. Meeting at 8 in the city. A contingent of 10 people leaves for the dam on Route 7. We’re here type 10 and the fire department is informed that we are going to dive so that they are attentive to any accident or contingency. Moments later we came to the windsurfer beach.

Then comes the time to condition ourselves. The school offers the equipment Necessary: fins, window, compressed air tube, neoprene suit 7 mm (suitable for thawing water, since sea water is 2 or 5 mm). Be enters from the coast, sustained by the lead belt.

It is important to mention that a baptism dive lasts between 30 and 40 minutes, but those with more experience are more than an hour with an instructor. The full service has an approximate price of $3000.

Codes and camaraderie

Divers from Mendoza share much more than an activity or a sport. They share a true passion, which awakens true codes of camaraderie. At the moment of being 20 or 30 meters deep, they only think of others, for two reasons. One, because they must assist them in the face of any mishap they may suffer. But on the other hand, they are also attentive to the rest because they will be the ones who will help yourself if we have a problem. Basically, as the saying goes, one for all and all for one.

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