BASE1 is a logistics center for dive operations, equipped to answer the needs of the more demanding divers.
Base1 aims to deliver excellence in dive education at all levels. We organise diver training through qualified Instructors from multiple agencies, covering diverse fields of expertise: recreational diving, technical diving, cave diving, rebreather diving and sidemount techniques.
We operate from Cala Gonone harbour, in the Gulf of Orosei, Sardinia. We have more than ten years experience in the cave systems of the Supramonte plateau and the springs of the Gulf.
We also offer the required components to perform shipwreck dives, both technical and recreational.
Base1 has the knowledge and experience to offer our customers the ideal set up for their personal needs, be it in the Rec, Cave, Tech, scientific or professional arena.
Our fleet of ribs allows us to offer the ideal diving platform according to the number of divers and amount of gear. Each of them is built to specification, so that surface operations are smooth and comfortable, be it fun diving, a diving class or a complex project with multiple teams and delicate gear.
Cave diving 120€ with either two sets of doubles, one set of doubles and two stages or CCR.
Grotta del Fico or southern caves 15€ fee extra per person for long range.
Shore dive 45€ including transportation by van, surface support and signalling device.
10€ per tank (i.e. doubles 20€, stage or deco tank 10€, ccr tanks 20€)
calculated per litre of tank and 200bar fill:
Oxygen 0.025 Euro / per litre
Helium 0,050 Euro / per litre (price can change according to availability)
Suex XJS 75€ per day
SUEX XK 85€ per day
Eron dashboard 50€ per day
Sinapsi navigation system 75€ per day (DPV not included)
We host classes and workshops organised by external instructors and experts renown for their unique talents and skills. Areas of interest include underwater photography, underwater videography, cave survey, mapping and cartography, scientific diving, CCR diving and sidemount diving.
We support Phreatic project, who aims to boost citizen science fostering the interaction between cave divers and researchers on the field; Phreatic activities involve and coordinate a network of cave divers cooperating with science experts and deliver reliable results in areas where generally scientific research is not conducted due to the complexity of the environment.
CAVE DIVING SARDINIA
– Grotta del Bue Marino
– Bel Torrente
– Risorgenza di Cala Luna
– Utopia and Euforia
– Grotta del Fico
Each of them is incredibly different from the others, offering a lot of variety. Most caves present spectacular halocline, hydrogen sulphide, speleothems and varying morphology with vertical shafts, big phreatic passages and restrictions alternating themselves.
The average depth in most systems is extremely shallow (avg. 9 meters) with water temperatures of about 22 degrees in salt water and 15 degrees in the fresh water. These conditions allow for long bottom times and very limited decompression in caves with branching passages and very good visibility.Other systems are deeper and require advanced planning to execute more complex dives, with longer exposure and decompression times; an ideal scenario for rebreather cave dives.
This area offers also a lot of opportunities for sump diving and side mount passages, depending on divers’ level of experience and commitment.
Nothing compares to exploration
Alessandro has been diving since 1981 and in the early 90’s he located and explored wrecks in the North of Sardinia. In 2000 he took part in the Pag Island Wreck project that led to the discovery of six deep wrecks. As a member of the EKPP, he took part in several projects as support diver. He joined the WKPP in 2007. 2011 onwards he has led the FLD Team which comprises 25 active cave divers. He leads explorations and mapping projects, mostly in the Northern Italian Caves, accomplishing long dives in cold water. Inspired by his passion for diving and his desire to improve diving equipments, in 1999 he co-founded “Suex – The Submarine Exploration Company” with his business partner Marco Segatto. Main goal was to manufacture a high performance diving vehicle for all professionals, explorers and deep divers but also for Military applications. Beyond being an eager and passionate underwater explorer for more than 20 years, he trains the military Spec Ops on the Suex DPV use and management.
Being a diving educator by profession and a cave diver by passion, Andrea spends most of the year in the island of Sardinia, teaching cave diving and running scientific/documentation and exploration projects in the underwater caves of the gulf of Orosei. He regularly dives the caves of Mexico, Florida and France, where he runs similar activities but with different groups and pursuing different goals. As he is involved in multiple exploration, conservation and research projects all over the world (Italy, France, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Florida), he had the chance to meet and connect to many people, divers and non-divers alike, that can offer unique skills and capabilities; working with this network of researchers, divers and media experts is a key component of his job. In the last six years he has been leading the activities of Phreatic, encompassing both exploration and citizen science initiatives, focused on data collection, cave survey, cartography and 3D modelling using photogrammetry techniques.