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Scuba diving in Switzerland

Landlocked and mountainous, scuba diving may not be the first thing on your mind when you visit Switzerland, but it certainly should be! Alpine lakes await divers with an adventurous spirit.
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Diving in Switzerland

Quick facts

You won’t find salty seas in Switzerland, of course, but the alpine lakes and rivers here make for unique and mystical scuba diving.

Lake Geneva has a variety of dives to discover. Wall dives and bizarre freshwater scenery can be perused beneath the surface. There is even a wreck dive, a stellar spot for more advanced divers to take the plunge.

Another is Lake Zurich, where you can head to excellent scuba spots right from the shore. The lake is serenely set, with lofty mountains cascading upward from the lakeshore. Glacially fed, the lake has sublime visibility.

River divers will be blown away by the Verzasca, an impossibly clear river found just south of the Alps near the border of Italy.

Bear in mind that Switzerland becomes quite frigid in the winter, and if you plan to dive during the colder months you will need a wetsuit to brave the waters, often remaining only just above freezing.

When to go

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Where to dive

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What to see

You will be greeted by a surprising diversity of European freshwater fish during your dives in Switzerland. Trout contemplate in shallow waters, and catfish cruise along the bottom. You can see carp, chub, and smaller fish hanging out near vegetation and rock formations. Writhing eels will surprise you, and are common to spot during a dive.


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