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Subaquatic Treasures while Diving

   
 Estimated reading time: 2 min. Texts Karina Jozami   Photos Master Divers
Scuba Diving at Puerto Madryn

EITHER FROM THE SHORE OR ON A BOAT, THERE ARE COUNTLESS OPTIONS TO LEARN WHY PUERTO MADRYN IS KNOWN AS THE “CAPITAL OF SCUBA DIVING” IN ARGENTINA.

As the national capital of diving, Puerto Madryn presents many good places for the practice of this sport.

Quiet, crystal-clear waters and a varied fauna characterize the various sites, accessible from the shore or by means of guided excursions.

These incredible underwater environments may be visited in the company of expert instructors, the necessary equipment and the basic knowledge to dive.

There are various options. Some of them, real treasures to explore the bottom and discover the sea flora and fauna.

The Parque Artificial Submarino was formed in 1963, when six urban buses from the City of Buenos Aires were deliberately sank to a depth of more than 30 meters. As time went by, the sea fauna adopted the chassis as a shelter.
Scuba Diving at Puerto Madryn
The Parque Nuevo (New Park) is located 400m from the shore, where boat or shore diving can be practiced. This artificial park has several bodyworks, a boiler, the structure of a small shipwreck and some sloops that act as caves for the fish. This is the classical place for submarine baptisms, where the platforms are located during most of the year.
Another proposal is constituted by the Piedras and Piedras Grandes natural reefs, located 400m from the Almirante Storni Pier, where there are small caves with a high presence of algae. With the high tide, the maximum depth reaches 11m and, when the tide receeds, it ranges between 3.5 and 4m.

The Río de Oro shipwreck is another ideal site for diving. The 25-meter-long wooden schooner sank more than 60 years ago and is located 400m from the Piedra Buena Pier, resting on a muddy bottom. For such reason, the capability to float is extremely important so as not to diminish visibility.
Scuba Diving at Puerto Madryn
Scuba Diving at Puerto Madryn
The Parque Viejo (Old Park) was organized around the shipwreck of the Emma vessel, used by Sir Ernest Shakleton in the early 1900 for an expedition to Antarctica. The local scuba diving pioneers have added buses, cars and boilers to these remains.

A boat diving excursion to the Albatros shipwreck and to the Madryn Chest is available for advanced sportsmen. The first proposal is a 30-meter-long fishing boat which was sank in September, 1998 with the purpose of creating a new site for this practice. The second site is very special. It is a trunk settled at 30m of depth on December 30th, 1999. The “chest” contains the messages from the Puerto Madryn community for the generation of the year 2100. There is also a plastic book for visitors to sign. Furthermore, divers can leave their testimony in a box for the next diver to come down and repeat the rite.

For beginners, the Punta Cuevas bar, located 200m from the beach, has a natural rocky formation with a great variety of animal life.
The Punta Este shores may be accessed by boat or from the shore. This place presents caves, small caverns and tidal marshes. The best option is to descend with the high tides because its maximum depth is 8m and the minimum is 3.
Scuba Diving at Puerto Madryn
The off-shore version of Punta Este is reached by boat. This is a natural shallow rocky sandbar made up by a plateau located about 2,000m from the shore. It has a maximum depth of 12m.

For good swimmers, the Foliax shipwreck lies only 500m away. This ship ran aground on the shore after a fire on board. It is advisable to visit it when the tides are high and it is possible to watch turcos, escrófalos, groupers, viejas de mar and starfish, as well as a great variety of polyps which fill the place with the most wonderful colors.

In addition to these experiences, there are also night diving excursions, deep diving, courses for various levels and special excursions for divers holding a licence.
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in the summer, daily outings are scheduled.
 
Recommendations
if you enjoyed the baptism, you had better take the basic course and experience other options.
 
Contact
Madryn Buceo
Bv. Brown 1900 3º Rotonda (9120) Puerto Madryn - Chubut - Argentina
Cel: 15-4564422  
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Master Divers
Bv. Brown 1306 Bajada 4 - Balneario Coral (9120) Puerto Madryn - Chubut - Argentina
Tel: +54 280 447-6293  Cel: 15-4681004  
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Lobo Larsen
Av. Julio Roca 885 (9120) Puerto Madryn - Chubut - Argentina
Tel: +54 280 447-0277  Cel: 15-4516314  
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Scuba Duba
Bv. Brown 893 (9120) Puerto Madryn - Chubut - Argentina
Tel: +54 280 445-2699  
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Aquatours Buceo
Av. Julio A. Roca 550 (9120) Puerto Madryn - Chubut - Argentina
Tel: +54 280 445-1954 / 5985  
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The history of diving in Puerto Madryn began with Jules Rossi in 1956. This pioneer of this international subaquatic sport, who had worked under the command of Jacques Ives Cousteau and the French war navy, came to Argentina and settled down in Buenos Aires. In 1956, he traveled the Atlantic coast towards the South and reached the Nuevo and San José Gulfs.
Two years later and thanks to pioneers such as Rossi, the first institution was created. It was called Club de Buceo Puerto Madryn.
In those days, Bruno Nicoletti imported the first neoprene suits from Europe. These costumes were revolutionary for this sport due to the low temperature of these waters. Afterwards, Nicoletti settled the first factory of diving gear, which is still operating nowadays.


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