For diving in Greece

Important information about any diver with to dive in Greece

According to the greek recreational scuba diving law 3409/2005 you are forbidden to perform the following:

  • Diving in shipping lanes or anchorages.
  • Diving in areas where naval and/or armed forces carry out exercises or other activities.
  • Diving in areas where hired motorboats can travel 100 m or less from their starting point.
  • Diving in 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.
  • Diving in where there are underwater cables or systems installed by utility companies.
  • Diving in 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 recognized by an organisation under article 3 and not under the services of a recognized recreational diving service provider. Recognized organisations currently include: ANDI, IANTD, PADI, SSI & The Greek Diving Federation (ΕΟΥΔΑΤΚ).
  • 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 artifacts 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 recognized 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-colored float on the surface, with the special sign or internationally recognized flag mentioned above and all vessels are to remain more than 100 m from the location of the special sign or internationally recognized flag.

Copies of these restrictions are available for your log books!

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