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Zermatt

Introduction

Zermatt is located at an altitude of 1800 meters, in the canton of Valais. Small town without cars (!), it offers endless skiing possibilities. It is possible to go up to 3900 meters (Small-Matterhorn). Next to the Matterhorn (called Cervin in French) is the lake of Théodul, where you can try ice diving. One can ski all the day, take off skis, make a small dive and ski down to Zermatt!

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Destination
easily accessible
easily accessible
bargain destination
bargain destination
Diving level & type
for beginners
for beginners
for advanced divers
for advanced divers
shore diving
shore diving
liveaboard
liveaboard
Diving Characteristics
pelagics
pelagics
lots of fish
lots of fish
lots of corals
lots of corals
interesting underwater scenery
interesting underwater scenery
Other activities
attractive natural spots
attractive natural spots
gastronomy
gastronomy
night life
night life
beach
beach
snorkeling
snorkeling

Map

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Infrastructures

  • diving club
    Ice Rock Club
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    Ice Rock Club (diving club)
    internet : icerockclub.isuisse.com (web site not updated since 1999)
    comments :
    This diving club was organizing this dive at (almost) 3000 meters... However, operations are now organized only upon request. This diving center is located in Phuket (Thailand), on the Bang Tao beach (www.adv-siam.com).

Diving Sites

  • rating : 2.0
    Glacier du Théodul
    rating : 2.0
    depth : 2-12 m
    description :
    In a very cold water (but really cold, as the thermometer felt to 1 degree Celsius), which was also quite turbid. This dive takes place under 1 meter of ice, and there is obviously nothing to see... Still, this is a very interesting experience, and the dive site is in a fantastic panorama.

Special memories

The coldness of the water and the bad visibility didn't allow to use of a camera underwater... here are some pictures of the panorama you see before going under the ice...

Before diving, with the instructor on the left. The Matterhorn, majestic, in the background.
 



Getting into the water is quite unpleasant because of the low temperature... Several holes made in the ice allow to get out at different places. Fortunately the suit was really a dry one!
 

A view of the Gornergrad, well known by its astronomical observatory, located at more than 3000 meters.

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