Discover sunken treasures under water

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Skin diving is a unique experience for anyone looking for a special thrill and a sporting challenge. New exciting adventures await you upon each expedition into the depths. Unknown places, sunken treasures and the richness of species are magical underwater attractions.

Anyone wanting to experience the feeling of weightlessness can learn to dive from qualified instructors and search for increasingly demanding diving areas after having gained the necessary confidence and practice.

Safety and the conservation of nature are also predominant concerns in diving. As far as safety is concerned, diving schools communicate all important information during training or advanced courses. With regard to nature conservation and environmental protection, the Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher (Association of German Scuba Divers) was one of the first sports associations to compile guidelines for environmentally compatible sport diving. These guidelines must be observed not only by newcomers and beginners, but also by experienced divers for they ensure that divers perform their sport in such a way that no damage is incurred in all habitats where diving is allowed. The aim is to conserve animals, plants, geological formations and archaeologically relevant objects.

Diving areas

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Active skin divers often directly pass on recommendations for diving areas because, apart from the established sites, there are always exciting, impressive and fascinating insider tips. For example, the lakes of the Brandenburg and Mecklenburg Lake Districts are a diver’s paradise. The vast number of lakes provides endless possibilities to indulge in this hobby.

There are also numerous diving opportunities in southern German waters or on the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts. A local diving school will be able to provide information and recommend special dives, depending on ability.

Taucher in der Seenplatte - (c) TMV, Fotograf Frank Neumann(c) TMV, Fotograf Frank Neumann

The fascination of skin diving captivates more and more people. You need good training to start diving. Many diving schools offer appropriate courses to enable you to begin to dive. The basic prerequisite is a certificate of health issued by an experienced doctor following a thorough examination. With this medical fitness for diving is certified.

Learning to skin dive on your holidays is also very easy. Many diving schools offer combinations to ideally combine diving instructions with your holiday. A test dive offers an exciting start and first contact with this fascinating hobby. The Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher provides further information on diving lessons for newcomers and advanced divers (see box on the right).

A wide spectrum of water sports activities in partially almost untouched nature opens up along the Baltic coast from Usedom to Schleswig-Holstein.

Lake Constance is a paradise for all water sports lovers. They will all have the time of their lives here and also be able to enjoy the stunning Alpine scenery.

Unspoilt and pristine nature - (c) TMV

About 5,000 lakes sparkle in the Lake District in the blue paradise of Brandenburg/Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. And because many of the lakes are interconnected by rivers and canals, this extensive scenic splendour makes it Europe?s largest waterway network.

Buggy kiting at the North Sea -

Water sports enthusiasts will find ideal conditions on the North Sea coast of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. A surging swell ideal for surfers and diverse landscapes to explore.

The River Elbe and its tributaries are challenging territory due to the partly rather strong current. On the other hand, this furnishes a multitude of water sports options.

The Rhine is one of the longest and most significant rivers in Germany. Its vineyards, its romanticism and the Rhineland lifestyle are well known. After all, a unique culture has developed along its banks and in its valleys over the centuries.

The River Weser originates at Hannoversch-Münden where the Werra and Fulda meet. The River Weser is the only German river that does not flow through any other country. Without its headstreams it is 440 kilometres long and is navigable along its entire length.

Manifold opportunities open up for water sports enthusiasts in the South of Germany: Canoe and boat tours, canyoning and bathing, and even surf and sailing districts are all available on the large lakes and rivers.

Numerous bathing lakes with excellent water quality and a unique lagoon landscape characterise the Spreewald water sports region.

Contact

Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher e.V.
Bundesgeschäftsstelle
Berliner Str. 312
63067 Offenbach, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)69 9819 02 5
Fax: +49 (0)69 9819 02 98

E-mail: info@vdst.de
Internet: www.vdst.de