Re: Diving at Tahoe

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Posted by Guy on September 06, 2001 at 11:13:21:

In Reply to: Diving at Tahoe posted by Karen on September 05, 2001 at 23:36:19:

I dive Tahoe every year. The high altitude will force the air cells in your wet suit to expand causing you to become more bouyant so you will need more weights. You will need to be very conscious of you depths and depth conversions at this altitude. Ascent rates are critical at this altitude with 30 fpm the max. the slower the better. Neal Melton at Sunsports dive center in So. Tahoe can answer all your Tahoe questions. He has depth conversion charts etc. Tell him Guy sent you. Sand Harbor is a great "get acclimated" site. The shops from Carson and Reno use it for Open Water training. The water is blue and fairly clear with sandy beaches. If you are an advanced and experienced deep diver, hire someone to take you (by boat) to Rubicon Point and do some wall diving. It is perhaps the best dive site in the lake but is for experienced deep divers only. On the west side of the lake at an area called Hurricane, there is a 25' sail boat at about 60' that is interesting to see. Don't venture too much beyond that as the bottom drops out and in a lake with a 1600' depth, that's a long way to fall. Have a good time. Tahoe is a great place to dive!

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