Scuba Destinations

 

The Netherlands

Overview:
Located in North West Europe, The Netherlands is bound by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south and Germany to the east.

Although The Netherlands might not be the first destination that springs to mind when you plan a dive, you might want to consider trying to dive here if you don’t mind a bit of cold murky water and you enjoy the more technical aspects of scuba diving.  You can dive in rivers, lakes and seas. Diving in The Netherlands is very different from diving in tropical waters as scuba diving here is much more focussed on technical diving. Although there are no colourful little reef fish around, there are lots of less spectacular but still very interesting marine species to be found under water.

What to see:

The best place to go for an ordinary dive is in the southern province of Zeeland. There are many different dive sites there, but you need to be aware of currents and tides and very low visibility.

Scharendijke is a popular location, but quite murky. There is a small wreck at 5/6 metres and you can see a reasonable amount of marine life, such as sea stars, North Sea crabs, eels, shrimps, cold water anemones, jellyfish, swim-crabs, velvet swim-crabs and quantities of lobsters.

Useful stuff:
Language: Dutch, Fresian, whilst English and German are widely understood
Currency: Euro
Time: GMT +1
Climate: Mild maritime
Diving season: April - October
Water temperature: Winter 7C (45F)
Summer 15C (59F)
Air temperature: Winter 3C (37F)
Summer 18C (64F)

Europe - The Netherlands: Latest User Reviews

Dry suit certification with Ronald  Sub Lub Bv, The Netherlands 5 Star Rating Added: 4th February 2010 by matthieu_campion
I have gotten my dry suit certification with Sub Lub in Amstelveen, my instructor was Ronald. I have had a great experience with him and the rest of the staff - friendly, informative, they did answer all questions I had. There were no other people who wanted to get that...
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