Outdoor Nevada | Scuba Diving


♪♪♪Lake Tahoe: You may have
seen it from the shore,
but until you’ve
gone scuba diving,
you’ve only
scratched the surface.
Everybody’s seen Lake Tahoe,
but to really get to know it, it helps to interact with it
on a different level. That’s why today
I’ve got my buddy Chuck Webber here from
the Tahoe Dive Center. Come on in, buddy.
-Hi, how are you doing? -Are we doing
a little diving today? (Chuck Webber)
Absolutely. You’re going
to be turned on to an experience that is
absolutely phenomenal.Chuck Webber has been
scuba diving
all over the world
for almost 30 years.
Why do you
like it so much? -Because I love
to fly underwater. -Now, Lake Tahoe
has a reputation for being clean and
the visibility is good; is that true? -Absolutely.
We’ve got a consistent 60 to 80 feet
visibility year-round. It’s a beautiful,
pristine place for classes and students.When most people think
about scuba diving,
they think about the ocean,
but Lake Tahoe has the thing
drivers cherish most:
Visibility.
What I find surprising is
you do this year-round. It gets a little chilly,
doesn’t it? -Between November and May,
we wear dry suits. When the lake
starts warming up, we start diving wet again. -Do we care about
the elevation and the change in altitude
when it comes to diving? -Basically we have to
compensate for altitude, and there’s
a theoretical depth. For example if I were
to take someone 100 feet, the theoretical depth
for sea level would be 130. -So there’s an adjustment.At over 6,000 feet
of elevation,
the atmospheric
pressure of the lake
is less than that
at sea level,
so divers have
to be extra careful.
We’re going to take
a gear bag today and collect cans
and trash or whatever we’re
going to find. We’ve been cleaning up
trash all summer long, and we’ve actually extracted
about 20 pounds of stuff out of this cove. -Which is a good lesson
we should reiterate: If you bring it in,
take it out. -Exactly. Unfortunately,
some boaters and kayakers
are inconsiderate. They think they can leave
the can in the water and it will go away
and disappear. Then scuba divers come by
and it’s like okay, now we gotta pick up
some trash here.I’m a man on a mission,
ready to immerse myself
into the mysteriesof America’s
second-deepest lake.
I’m going to have you
put on this BCD and we’ll go through
a little orientation. -BCD stands for… -Buoyancy
compensating device, so here’s what happens. We’re putting
a 7-mil suit on you and we’re going to go down
and play in the water. In about 10 feet, that suit’s going
to start compressing, and we need to compensate
for that suit compression by adding air to the BCD. We want to be
neutrally buoyant. We want to be swimming
with the fishies. (laughter) So that’s pretty much a BCD. What I’m doing now is
assembling a kit for us and we’re going to go dive.
-Awesome! Soon enough
I’ve got an air tank,
a 7-millimeter wetsuit, fins
and of course my BCD.
♪♪♪Once we get in the water,all my gear suddenly
gets very light,
and the only thing broaderthan the 12-mile-wide lake
is my smile.
One last look at the beach. Goodbye, everybody,
we’re going under. People look at Tahoe
from the top, but they need to see it
from underneath. -It’s an extraterrestrial
world underneath. ♪♪♪Once we’re under,
I can immediately see
why diving in Lake Tahoe
is so popular.
We stop off at some markers
spaced 10 feet apart.
I can see to the 6,which means 60 feet
of visibility,
and unlike the Caribbean,
this water is shark-free.
But we’re not the only ones
out swimming today.
The place is teeming
with crawfish.
This sunken barge is probably
almost 200 years old.
You can tell
by the square nails.
One of my favorite
moments is swimming
through a surreal tunnel
made of granite rocks.
Chuck’s right,
it’s just like flying.
And I didn’t forget
my cleanup job,
but Chuck’s got this section
of the lake looking spotless.
Well, almost. I mean,
I did pick up this soda tab.
I could stay in the water
exploring the cove for hours,
but unfortunately the tanks
are getting empty
and we have
to return to land.
Chuck, that was awesome!
-Isn’t that cool, man? And it’s not saltwater,
so it’s different. It’s diving in a lake. -And we don’t have
to rinse our gear after we get done unless
we get sand in it.Tahoe is an amazing lakeand a unique
diving experience.
As the fifth-largest lake
in North America,
there’s an endless amount
of underwater sites to see.
Do you know what I say? If you’ve never dove
Lake Tahoe, put it on your bucket list.
-Exactly. And if you’ve done it,
do it again! -Exactly!

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