Scuba Diving in Austria

Austria is located in the center of Europe. It has a total area of 83.8 thousand sq. km. It's a really clean ecozone that includes ski and spa resorts, the Alps and crystal clear lakes edged with mountain forests.
The region of Salzkammergut has around 170 lakes that offer various places for diving. While diving underwater, you will see steep walls, chunks of cliffs, trees that are over a hundred years old.
The undoubted favourite, in terms of the number of dive sites, is Lake Attersee with Nazi treasures safely buried at the bottom. Divers will surely be impressed by wrecks of sunken ships and the steep wall that goes down 28 meters.
The lake has a variety of bright underwater landscapes and is full of carps, rockfish and trout. It's easy to fall in love with Austria when you feel at one with nature and enjoy every moment you spend underwater.

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Attersee is the largest Austrian lake that has many dive sites. You can enjoy diving along a 28-metre tall cliff in Kolbauernaufzatts, near Unterach. There are many wrecks of sunken ships lying in shallow waters in the area between Weißenbach and Unterach. Also, Attersee is inhabited by charophytes and elodea, as well as by rockfish and carps.
Lower Austria has a sheer number of various lakes. Some look like reservoirs in horror movies, where the dim light in the yellowish-green water is infused with red. This happens due to the activity of swamp bacteria. Even places like that are available for diving, and horror fans will surely like it. And others will certainly admire the large spaces and the clear water of other dive spots. Some of these places are home to rare colonies of arthropods.
Ice diving is a distinctive feature of the lakes in Lower Austria. Underwater visibility isn't great, but ice diving is still a breathtaking adventure all on its own. Once you have submerged into the cold water, you will see ice pilings and grottos, and meet sleeping fish. And if you're lucky enough, you will see large underwater dwellers. A fantastic show of lights will become the icing on the cake. Ice works as a prism. It refracts sunshine and creates fascinating pictures.
Austria is a country of diving fans. They practice at home and travel to fully enjoy the diving abroad. Here, you can even arrange an underwater wedding with a real marriage officiant and take truly unique photographs. And mountain lakes are known for their great visibility in the crystal clear water.
Many Austrian dive spots have not only interesting wrecks, but also peculiar underwater cities which were made to entertain divers. Also, there are some historical sites. Diving in Grüner See (Green Lake) is very intriguing. For 6 months it is a park with trees and benches, then for the other half of the year this place is flooded with clear water so, divers can swim past lawns that have just recently been walked on by people.
Memo Notes
Currency EUR - European euro
Languages English
Timezone UTC +1
Phone code 43
Emergency Help 112
Electricity

Type C - 230 V, 50 Hz

Type F - 230 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Austria

Diving has been developed to a professional level in Austria. Conditions here are perfect for beginner divers since the lakes are shallow and there are no strong currents and other dangers which are usually found in seas and oceans. Diving tour packages may include not only diving and transfers to dive sites, but also international flights, accommodation, dining options and help from an instructor.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

The diving season in Austria starts in March. And Grüner See fills with water in April, opening access to the local Atlantis. The water temperature in the lake is +5… +7 °C. It reaches +15… +20 °C in other waterbodies.

Summer

Summer is an excellent time for diving in Austria. Even Grüner See is flooded and invites divers to swim in its underwater park. The water temperature reaches +26… +27 °С during this time.

Autumn

The diving season in Austria lasts until October. And November is the time of ice diving that requires special training. Frequent rain may spoil the vacation, so take a look at the weather forecast before planning your trip.The water cools down from +17 to +10 °C.

Winter

You will need to have a special drysuit to practice ice diving in winter in Austria. The air and water temperatures during this period are about 0 °C. Underwater visibility varies from 30 meters if the ice is clear to 5-10 meters if it's covered in snow.

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The Best Dive Sites

One of the most interesting dive sites of Austria is Grüner See which is formed after the park gets flooded. Its depth is 1-2 meters in winter and reaches 10-12 meters after the snow melts. Divers can walk on the grass and have a seat on a bench. Lakes Attersee and Hallstattersee are also popular among beginner divers.

Health & Safety

Healthcare in Austria is of a high quality. It is recommended to obtain travel insurance before a trip. We recommend to visit your doctor and check your vaccination schedule. Get an encephalitis vaccination if you're going to travel in forest zones. If you are taking some kind of medicine, you need to check if it is legal in this country. Make a copy of your prescription order with the name of the medication, its ingredients and the prescribed dose.
It's relatively safe in Austria, however, the standard precautionary measures need to be observed. Keep your personal belongings in a safe place and be careful in public transport and tourist locations.

Eat & Drinks

Austrian cuisine is tasty and hearty. The most remarkable dishes are Knödel (steam or water boiled potato dumplings, optionally with added fruit), and the famous Wiener Schnitzel made of fresh veal. Another interesting dish is Kaiserschmarrn, an omelette with eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and raisins, sprinkled with powdered sugar. The Sacher-Torte and the famous Wiener Strudel are desserts Austria is very proud of. The country is also well-known for the unique atmosphere in cozy local coffee shops. Tap water in the country is completely safe.