Scuba Diving In Croatia
When to go?
The “When can you dive in Croatia?” question will often find the “All year around if you have a dry suit?” answer, but the best months are from May to October.
Sea temperatures may vary from an average 18 °C at the beginning of the season, climbing to a whopping 24°C in the peak months of July and August and all the way down to app 16°C at the end of October.
One thing to keep in mind is that the Adriatic has a thermocline, meaning the temperature during warmer months will be different at 5, 12 and 18m for example. For that reason, you will rarely see someone diving in a shorty even during the peak of the season.
5mm suit will do during the summer months, and 7mm will be ideal for the spring/autumn dives.
Visibility can be very good on a clear day, over 30m, depending on the dive location and the weather.
The winds may affect the dive or even cause the dive to be rescheduled, or at least delayed. The one to keep an eye on is called Bura, a northern to north-eastern wind. “When the Bura sails, you don’t”. It’s that simple. Jugo, the south-eastern wind, blowing from Sahara, causes higher waves and it may spoil your diving plans as well.
Do I need to be certified to scuba dive in Croatia?
To be able to legally scuba dive in Croatia, you will need to present your brevet, and ideally take your logbook with you as well. A check-dive may be required prior to a more advanced dive.
The recreational scuba diving depth limit in Croatia is 40 meters.
If you do not yet know how to dive, that is not a problem either, as all diving centers (often referred to as “Dive Shops” in the world) offer “Discovery Dives”, where you can try what it is like to scuba dive with an instructor in shallow waters up to 5 meters, or you can get certified choosing any of the world-known diving associations like CMAS, PADI, SSI, NAUI e.t.c.
And if you are a hard-core experienced technical diver, there will be something here for you as well. A good starting point may be the amazing B-17, Flying Fortress. Strap on the Trimix/Nitrox and enjoy.
Croatia is amazing, and its aquatorium awaits to be explored.
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