Scuba diving in Austria

Diving in Austria

Diving in Austria — diving centers, country, description and general recommendations for tourists

General information about the country

Austria is a country that has no access to any vast seas, but nonetheless has many exceptional diving sites in its lakes and rivers. You can dive year-round in Austria, but dry suits are usually required.

Why is Austria such a popular destination?

Austria's entire infrastructure for winter sports is state-of-the-art. Every year, many people visit this winter wonderland. They combine skiing with diving, spending, for example, a week in the Alps and a week at Lake Attersee (well, actually - in Lake Attersee).

The most famous lakes in Austria are Lake Attersee and Lake Constance. The latter is a popular diving destination for Austrians, Germans and the Swiss alike.

Do not forget that some of the best conditions in terms of visibility can be found in lakes. You can experience it as long as it has not rained for at least a week. That's when sediments fall and the visibilities can reach 13+ meters.

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What are the best dive sites in Austria

Popular dive sites in Austria are well marked, for example at lake Attersee: divers can find the "Tauchparadies Attersee Book" in every hotel/motel around the lake. The book accurately describes all the dive sites located in the lake. Every diving spot, of which there are 25, is shown in the drawings. The book also shows parking, bathrooms, depth information and the locations of all the sunken objects/platforms in the lake. You are given GPS coordinates as well as a kilometer marker (the roads around the lake are labeled with kilometer markers).

This is not always the case, though. At Lake Constance, there are no kilometer markers. If you would like to get accurate diving advice it is best to seek information from local diving centers.

An interesting fact is that the Austrians do not fish for eels. During night dives you can often encounter a dozen or even several dozen of them in a single dive. In the day, you will also encounter plenty of fish common to European lakes, like burbot or pike.

When researching bodies of water to dive in, take into consideration cold mountain lakes and in rivers. There you will be able to encounter awesome species like, for example, trout and noble crayfish. One of the best places to view specimens like this is the River Traun. It originates in the Salzburg Alps and flows through the Traunsee and Hallstaätt lakes, ending in the Danube River. If you will be taking such a dive, take into account that getting to your dive site and returning can be quite tedious. However, experiencing the crystal clear river, observing rare noble crayfish, moving with the river current, and swimming through a ravines that have carved for hundreds of years, more than makes it worth the trouble.