DIVING EXPERIENCE UNION LIDO
The Union Lido Diving Center is a centre that offers a wide range of submersions with varying difficulties, for ship wrecks and the Tegnue, which is a group of rocks and a real oasis’ of biodiversity.
Courses are also organised depending on the level of expertise of the divers, and for PADI licenses too.
‘the hidden treasure of the Venetian gulf’
The Adriatic Sea is very particular, where oceanography, biology and geography all work together producing an environment that cannot be found anywhere else, and it is right here in the Gulf of Venice that it reaches the height of it’s complexity.
It is infact the last part of a long basin, where a great concentration of rivers flow into, where tides reach their highest, but where the depth is decisively low all the same: it only reaches 40 metres along the Istrian coastline and a maximum of 50 metres in the Venetian lagoon itself.
An anticlockwise circulation brings the limpid, poor and salty waters from the Mediterranean to go back up to the Albanian coastline and that of the Ex-Yugoslavia, right up until they lap the Istrian coast. Here they start to collect all the nutrients that are emptied into the sea by the population. The plankton start to find enough food and we can see the first algae flower, that from Triest , coming towards Venice and the south, consent the large breeding grounds for filtering shell fish such as mussels and clams, in water that is very rich in substance yet less limpid in colour.
We would like to specify that the un-transparent waters along our coastlines are due to the abundance of plankton, that breed thanks to the nutrients from the rivers.
Mother Nature has also given us the “TEGNUE”. They are a group of rocks, that have formed quite recently, in correspondence with the methane gas emissions, that have provoked the cementation of the sea bed.
These rocks have been called the “tegnue” by the local fishermen, because they used to catch and break their nets. They are dotted about just off our coastline, where their richness, the colours and the beauty of the various forms of life can make us forget that we are not in the Red Sea, or on one of the magnificent tropical barrier reefs around the world.
The richness of the plankton in the water, their oxygenation and the lack of sediment have potentialised the installation of a rich and wide range of constructive and encrusting oraganisms, that have helped build the reefs, with some that reach over a metre in height.
These rocks are also a chosen site for the reproduction of numerous species of fish. These rocks create luxurious ecosystems where constructive organisms are represented by encrusting algae and rare corals.
The tegnue have given us an abundance of shell fish and prestigious custaceans like the royal crab and in particolar, lobsters.
The light from an under water lantern will help us discover – also in daylight- this wide range of colours that cannot be seen elsewhere. Every rock can offer us a rainbow of life and colours, and the broken rocks host very large lobsters looking for protection.
The geographic position of the various tegnue and the different characteristics of the waters around each one (depth, light, material etc.) mean very important changes in the characteristics of the population around one group of rocks and another.
Along the coast of the Cavallino Riviera it is possibile to visit a variety of ship wrecks from different eras:
“Vila” merchant ship that sank 1935
“Wrmak” merchant ship that sank 1961
“ 5 PN” torpedo boat that sank in 1915
“Sella” torpedo hunter that sank in 1943
“88 S” torpedo boat that sank in 1915
“Sassi” flatboat that sank in 1966
“Nivia” pontoneer that sank in 1995
“Amalfi” cruiser that sank in 1915
The departures for the diving sessions are directly from the Union Lido beach, with a motorized dinghy, so that the interesting diving areas can be reached quickly.
The submersions are programmed day by day, depending on the weather conditions and the level of expertise of the divers.
Some prices (2012):
Single submersion; (within 12 miles, including oxygen and weights) € 37,00
Two consecutive submersions (within 12 miles, including oxygen and weights) € 60,00
Two consecutive submersions over 12 miles (including oxygen and weights) € 70,00
Package of 5 submersions in one week (including oxygen and weights) € 160,00
Hiring of complete diving gear (computer excluded): € 20,00
Hiring of seperate pieces: € 8,00
Individual lessons: € 35,00
Course PADI OWD (Open Water Diver): € 310,00 – € 350,00 (With PADI Kit)
Course PADI ADVANCED OWD: € 330,00
Course PADI RESCUE DIVER: € 350,00
Course PADI DIVE MASTER: € 650,00
Do you want to get your PADI license?
Are you a group? Do you want to do more than 2 submersions?
Contact our booking center to receive an answer with regards to overnight stays in our Hotel or on the Union Lido Resort.