The Norwegian coast offers extremely good opportunities for divers. Diving centres with excellent facilities are situated along the coast. There are certain important rules and regulations which must be followed.
Legislation and rules
Every year we receive letters and other enquiries from foreign divers, asking for information on where to dive, compressors and air supply facilities etc. We have tried to oblige, and have usually referred the divers to local clubs in the areas they have expressed a preference for.
Cylinder pressure testing
Those who are professionally engaged in the filling of compressed air (employers in diving-firms, diving-schools, fire brigades etc.) are subject to regulations forbidding them to fill cylinders that have not been hydrostatic pressure tested within the latest two years. It is futile to try to entice such personnel to ignore these regulations.
Generally speaking diving is fairly free in Norway, but in the vicinity of military installations diving will not be permitted. These areas are usually, but not always marked on maps, so we recommend foreign divers to consult the local police or military authorities in advance, to find out about possible restrictions
In Norway the international flag A (white and blue split flag) is approved as an indication of a submerged diver. The boating activity makes it essential that divers mark their presence clearly.
On account of our long traditions as a seafaring nation there are obviously many wrecks along our extensive coastline and in our long fjords. The imperative rule for wreck diving is: "Look but don´t touch!" Those who do not observe this rule will not only in many cases do irremediable harm to the wrecks, but in addition most certainly contribute substantially to the obstruction of future sport diving in Norway.
For this reason we invite our guests to use their eyes, and, by all means, their cameras, but not to take anything along up or destroy anything they may see. This rule applies not only to a wreck, but also to any separate objects found under water. Should you find an old wreck (it could be the long sought "Spanish Armada"...), the correct procedure is to mark the spot and then report to the nearest police station or maritime museum. It should be sufficient to mention the discovery of the Runde treasure, in which case the divers (two Swedes and one Norwegian) acted according to the rules.
The Norwegian authorities have passed a rule against fishing lobster by other means than the lobster pots that the regular fishermen use. It is therefore illegal for divers to take lobster with their hands or in similar ways. It is also illegal to catch fresh-water crayfish. Spear fishing is legal, but restricted.
That is to say; it is illegal to use any type of artificial light, and to fish for salmon or trout. We emphasize also that spear guns, or harpoons, are considered to be weapons, and should be treated in such a manner, that is; loaded and used strictly under water. Divers are free to catch crabs, as long as they measure at least 13 centimetres across the back.
Confiscation of equipment
Norwegian legislation provides the police and other official personnel with the right to carry out inspections and, if necessary, confiscations in cases where a diver has applied his or her equipment illegally. Not only objects unlawfully taken up may be confiscated, but also equipment that has been used for that purpose. The same applies where illegal fishing is concerned. Don""t take the risk of having your embassy pay your fare home while your good equipment stays in this country.
A special permission has to be obtained from the harbour authorities BEFORE attempting to dive in harbour areas.
Diving from boats
Areas around bird-sanctuaries and sea-farms are protected, and should not be venturedinto.
113 SHIPWRECK IS FOUND IN NORWAY
In Akershus there are found 6 wreck´s: Edith, Blucher, D/S Dølen, Geir Finn, Gert Hansen, Selma.
In Oslo there are found 2 wreck´s: Diverse, Ildjernflu.
In Østfold there are found 14 wreck´s: Albatros, Albion, Alfred, Anita, Bertha, Bryding, Bomerang, Biscaia, Apparance, Anne Elise, Anne Johanne, Lyra, Schleswig, Sir John Lawrence.
In Vestfold there are found 3 wreck´s: Holmengraa, M 1101, Sigrund.
In Aust Agder there are found 2 wreck´s: Barsk, Ofotfjord.
In Vest Agder there are found 8 wreck´s: Bjarke, Breiva, Dornier (Airplane), Gudrun, M-426, Seattle, Tom-b, Øya I.
In Rogaland there are found 4 wreck´s: Anna Sofie, Dresden, Karpfanger, Vestra.
In Hordaland there are found 12 wreck´s: Afrika, Barenfels, D/S Saude, Fusa, Heim, Katja, Kilbulk, Kinn, Roma, Sotra, Spring, MTB Sæl.
In Sogn & Fjordane there are found 9 wreck´s: D/S Oldenburg, Ferndale, Jonarnes, Klaus Fritzen, Optima, Remito, Sanct Svithun, Soløy, Sterk.
In Møre & Romsdal there are found 22 wreck´s: Altair, Barcelona, Cabral, Beaconsfield, D/S Borghild, Elin, Felix Scheder, Hans Leonard, Hilda, Iris, Konsul Carl Fisser, M/S Øygar, M/S Kongstind, Nobel, Pastan, Radbod, Reinstind, Rimage, Skandia, Statsraad Riddervold, Turist, Viking Jr.
In Sør Trøndelag there are found 3 wreck´s: Herkules, Junker 52 (Airplane), MS Moi.
In Nord Trøndelag there are found 3 wreck´s: D/S Nerva, D/S Sekstant, Uranus.
In Nordland there are found 12 wreck´s: Anton Schmitt, D/S Hamburg, D/S Rabat, D/S Romanby, Dieter von Roeder, Herman Kunne, Junker 52 (Airplane), Nordstjerna, Rigel, Stråssa, P/S Norge, Wilhelm Heidkamp.
In Troms there are found 9 wreck´s: Black Watch, D/S Dronning Maud, D/S Elise Schulte, D/S Flint, Heinkel 111, Russervraket, Tirpitz, Tott, Sud-Amerika VIII.
In Finnmark there are found 4 wreck´s: Russejekta, D/S Martha, Nesflud, Johann Faulbaum.
SOME DIVE PLACES
DS SELMA, Shipwreck
HVITSTEN, Lots of fish, cod
SJØSTRAND, Some fish
ERTSVIKA, Lots of fish, lobster
MUREN, Some fish, big rocks
BEVØY KRAKKEN, Shipwreck
M/S NORDVARD, Shipwreck
WORLD´S END, Lots of fish
STAVERNODDEN, Lots of fish
M/S OFOTFJORD, Shipwreck
GRÅHOLMEN, Lots of fish
DORNIER AIRPLANE, Wreck
KORSHAMN, Lots of fish
M/S CEANG, Shipwreck
D/S SPRINT, Shipwreck
MØRE & ROMSDAL
RUNDE ISLAND, Shipwrecks
SÆBU ISLAND, Lots of fish
RIO X, Shipwreck
NARVIK HARBOUR, Shipwrecks
D/S FLINT, Shipwreck
A Dykk Kristiansand
Gulen Dive Resort