Diving Restrictions in Greece – VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ANY DIVER
Greek recreational scuba diving Law 3409/2005 forbids the following:
• diving in shipping lanes or anchorages.
• areas where naval and/or armed forces carry out exercises or other activities.
• areas where hired motorboats can travel 100 m or less from their starting point.
• areas where prohibitions have been imposed by legislation that designates marine areas as protected, or by the administrative and operational regulations or plans of competent administrative authorities.
• where there are underwater cables or systems installed by utility companies.
• wherever the Coastguard Authority, in a duly justified decision, imposes prohibitions for reasons of safety of ships or personnel.
• recreational dives, where not conducted under the services of a Recreational Services Diving Provider, are prohibited from one hour after sunset and up to one hour before sunrise.
• scuba diving is prohibited to persons who do not have a certification recognised by an organisation under article 3 and not under the services of a recognised recreational diving service provider. Recognised organisations currently include: ANDI, IANTD, PADI, SSI & The Greek Diving Federation (ΕΟΥΔΑΤΚ).
Copies of these restrictions are available for your log books!
Scuba divers are also forbidden to:
• fish with a spear gun or other means; collect, disturb or destroy individual members of micro-flora and micro-fauna, flora and fauna or commit any acts which might alter or corrupt ecological interaction in the eco-system of the area.
• carry underwater fishing equipment or fish or other animal or vegetable marine organisms on a ship or vessel which accompanies them.
• haul up, transport or photograph artefacts of archaeological or other value found in the deep.
• take photographs or videos in areas where diving is prohibited unless there is written permission from the competent ministry.
• dive without being accompanied by another diver.
• all divers are to inform the competent Coastguard Authority immediately and by all possible means if they locate objects of archaeological or police interest or shipwrecks.
• flag Alpha as described in Chapter 11 of the International 1969 Signals Code, or the internationally recognised diving flag (red with a diagonal white line) is to be flown from the diver’s boat .
• divers who venture further than a horizontal distance of 50 m from the boat which is accompanying them, or who dive from the shore, are obliged to display an orange-coloured float on the surface, with the special sign or internationally recognised flag mentioned above and all vessels are to remain more than 100 m from the location of the special sign or internationally recognised flag.