Diving in the Central Federal District

Although landlocked on all sides, there are plenty of opportunities to go scuba diving in Central Russia. The long, winding Volga River begins in the Moscow Region and snakes its way through much of Central Russia, offering many dive sites along the way. Many active dive clubs within Russia’s capital city of Moscow organize dive trips to various dive sites throughout the Moscow and Tver Regions. There are several lakes and reservoirs within these territories to dive; however, the conditions are not the best. During the summer months, only a few bodies of water offer visibility near 4-7 meters, while most dive sites range from 1.5-2 meters. In the winter, however, visibility improves significantly, making ice-diving a popular activity in this area. When the surface of the reservoirs freeze, visibility improves to 7-10 meters. Other popular diving in Central Russia occurs in the Nizhny Novgorod and Samara Regions and the Republic of Tatarstan, where underwater springs and caves offer thrilling, unique diving opportunities. The Volga River mentioned above also runs through these regions, where divers can find unique fish life and shipwrecks.

Dive Sites to visit in Central Federal District

Featured places to go in Central Federal District

Moscow Area

Diving in Moscow is very popular.

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Wildlife Encounters in Central Federal District

Underwater life found in the freshwater lakes, rivers, and cave systems when diving in Central Russia is typical of Russian freshwater systems. Fish species include bream, roach, crucian carp, and perch.