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Diving – Safety

It is important to be aware of and follow the safety rules regarding diving in the Faroe Islands. Make sure you are well informed beforehand.

Firstly, never underestimate the power of the ocean. The wind conditions and currents in the Faroe Islands are very changeable and incredibly powerful. We recommend that you study these carefully before undertaking any sort of diving in the Faroe Islands.

The wind often causes swells, the effects of which must be respected, and currents are local and hard to assess. Always speak to people with local knowledge of the area. If locals have no knowledge of diving conditions, contact experienced divers or the authorities for information.

Guidelines:

  • Never dive alone
  • We recommend that a diving instructor or dive leader with local knowledge joins each dive. It is vital to listen to and follow the guidance of those leading your diving activities.
  • The dive leader should be accredited as a dive leader, e.g. as a “Dive master” and should have completed a course in first aid.
  • Buoyancy compensator Devices (BCDs) must be used.
  • Divers should be experienced and should be certified as qualified divers, e.g. as Open Water Diver. This certification can be obtained during the stay in the Faroe Islands.
  • Divers should be in good health. Diving should not be undertaken under the influence of alcohol or medication. Maintain your diving skills and aim to improve them with training. Practice these skills under controlled conditions if you have not been diving for a while.
  • We recommend that you only participate in diving activities according to your skills and experience. If diving conditions are too difficult for a diver’s level of competence, then the dive should be postponed or a more suitable place to dive found.
  • If diving from a boat, buoys or other aids should be used on the surface as far as possible.
  • Be aware of and follow local diving rules and regulations, fishing and catch regulations, heritage regulations and conditions concerning the use of diving flags.

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