Scuba diving in Greek waters
Clear water, teeming marine life, caves and shipwrecks attract thousands of scuba divers to Greek waters each year. Until recently diving was limited to just a few dive sites to protect the many ancient underwater treasures.
Now restrictions have been lifted and many new areas have been opened up for scuba diving. Scuba diving is now allowed in all Greek seas, except where specific prohibitions apply. In response, there has been a sharp rise in Greek diving centres.
Many Greek island scuba dive centres now offer scuba diving lessons and yacht-based diving tours. In choosing a dive centre check that the instructors have PADI qualifications and that equipment is either new or regularly serviced. Diving can be dangerous with underwater currents a particular hazard. It's a good idea to take out specialist Scuba diving insurance in case of accidents.
Spear fishing is a popular pastime for scuba divers but take care. It is illegal to spear fish in Greece without a licence. To get a licence apply to the port authority of the island you visit. It usually takes about a week to get one. Visit the PADI site for more information.
The scuba dive centres listed here mostly have their own websites where you can check out details such as qualification, equipment, dive spots and courses on offer.
To learn more about diving visit the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) site. Dive centres come and go but this list has been checked for the 2015 holiday season. If your site is not listed here and you think it should be then please email me on Greek Island Postcards. Listing is free.