A new underwater Park in Puerto Madryn joins proposals of diving that the city offers. It’s a fishing boat of 78 meters, which sank a few weeks ago to promote the practice of underwater activities in the Golfo Nuevo. Thus, Puerto Madryn continues to add options for domestic and foreign divers who travel to this natural destination in the Argentine Patagonia.
New underwater Park in Puerto Madryn
Puerto Madryn is the “National Capital of Diving and underwater activities”. This title responds to two reasons according to Carolina larracoechea, owner operator Scuba Duba and Secretary of the Association of dive operators from Puerto Madryn: “On the one hand, it is a Gulf of clear water, no underwater currents, with little waves and depths ranging from 4 to 35 meters. In addition, sea temperatures oscillate between 10 and 21 degrees, which allows the development of a great diversity of species”. “On the other hand, Madryn first was known as a diving destination, before even that as a destination of whale watching.” The promoter of this activity was Jules Rossi, a diver who worked with Jacques Cousteau, fell in love with these shores and decided to move to Argentina, installing among local young people curious about on seabed”.
Diving activities offered in Puerto Madryn were designed for all public, since you can make them from people with no previous experience (not necessary or know how to swim) to expert divers. For beginners, there are underwater baptism, snorkelling with wolves and diving programs, which consist of a class theory, a practical class and a shallow dive. For sport divers, there are daily and nightly, excursions in natural and artificial reefs of cold waters, historical and modern shipwrecks in deep and shallow water.
Other services are diving courses, aimed at people who are initiated into the activity or are already divers and want to continue their education, ascending levels and improve your perfomance, with international certification allowing you to dive anywhere of the world. Courses offered from the first level sports (Open Water Diver) to diving Instructor, passing through specialties such as diving deep, night, orientation, search and retrieval of objects, photo and video sub, technical diving, boat, coast, with wolves Marine, and more.
One of the services star in Madryn is diving or snorkeling with sea lions. Held in the reserve marina of Punta Loma, about 17 kilometres from the Centre of Madryn, since 2005. It is an attraction that is almost unique in the world, since the frequency of interaction with wolves is very high by have no natural predators in the area, such as the orca or the great white shark; and by being a permanent colony, i.e. having wolves in the colony throughout the year.
Every year, various events related to the underwater activity are made in Puerto Madryn. Among them stands the Via Crucis submarine that takes place during Holy week.