Scuba Diving in Netherlands

The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland), mostly located on the North Sea coast, is a country, that can boast about a rich variety of stunning landscapes and untouched nature. Moderately warm climate of the country is perfect for those who prefer a beach holiday, but cannot stand the heat. The Netherlands offers not only a lazy holiday on a sun lounger, but also the possibility of enjoying various activities, like diving.
Domburg beach (Dutch: Domburg), in the province of Zeeland, attracts fans of "wall diving". A person dives under the water along the cliff, and finds himself surrounded by coral reefs, atolls and rocks.
A small beach called Playa Kalki is located near the coral wall, where you can see green eels, lobsters and various fish. And the beaches of San Nicolas city can surprise divers with its coral formations — tunnels and caves. Lobsters, turtles and porcupine fish inhabit them.

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Although there are few wrecks in the waters of the Netherlands, they are still worth to explore. For example, a pilot's cabin, which has remained from the "Boeing-707" crash, lies at the bottom of one of the lakes of the country. In the North Sea you can find many remains of nameless ships. However, the diving here is challenging due to the currents. Experienced divers can enjoy exploring the interior of the wreck, while beginners should stay outside and search for relics in the wreck zone.
The chance to go wall diving. The most popular place in the Netherlands is Zeeland (Dutch: Zeeland). There are many cliffs that go deep into the water in the form of coral reefs, atolls or rocks. Their rich ecosystem contains various forms of marine life, ranging from seaweed and Mytilus, to large crabs and schools of fish. Diving along the steep cliffs, you can observe how the ecosystem changes the deeper you get.
An opportunity to observe the rich and various underwater life of the North Sea caused by warm water temperature. The bottom is covered with red and brown algae, fucoid thickets and marine eelgrass. On sandy banks and rocky formations, different types of starfish, mytilus and cuttlefish can be found. A lot of crabs and jellyfish, shoals of commercial fish — scomber, herring, haddock are in the upper layers of the water. And while diving, get ready to see some lobsters.
Dives near the stilts of the Zeeland Bridge (Dutch: Zeelandbrug) over the Schelda River. They are overgrown with multi-colored corals. Here you can closely examine collections of the mussel farm, where this delicacy is grown. Cuttlefish swim here in May for breeding. Divers can see their mating ritual, which makes you see and admire how carefully and gently cuttlefish males care about their darlings.
Brisk crabs and fluorescent fish live in Grevelingen Lake (Dutch: Grevelingen). You will find different kinds of flora and fauna in the shallow water. There are 350 animal species, more than 70 species of fish and about 140 species of marine plants in the Oosterschelde National Park (Dutch: Oosterschelde). You will be able to see many rare birds and animals such as fur seals here. Divers are attracted by wrecks of ships, sunken during the World War II.
Memo Notes
Currency EUR - European euro
Timezone UTC +1
Phone code 31
Emergency Help 112
Electricity

Type C - 230 V, 50 Hz

Type F - 230 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Netherlands

The main dive shops are located in the province of Zeeland (Dutch: Zeeland). You can get all the necessary information and assistance in diving on the numerous diving sites of the country. They also provide equipment and boat rental services, diving trainings, certification and dive guides.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Spring in the Netherlands is cool and the weather tends to change several times a day. The tourist diving season starts in May. There is little or no rain during this time of the year. The air temperature varies from +7… +14 °C. The sea water warms up to +11 °C.

Summer

In summer it is warm, the weather is clear and perfect for long dives. August is the hottest and the rainiest month of the year. The average air temperature is +20… 23 °C. Water in the North sea is heated to about +23 °C.

Autumn

Diving season in the Netherlands ends at the beginning of autumn. The air temperature drops from 17 °C in September to +9 °C in November. The water temperature is +17… +11 °C. In the morning, the city is often enveloped in white fog, it can rain frequently but for short periods of time.

Winter

In the Netherlands winters are mild but with wet snow, which melts very fast. It is often frosty. Some canals can freeze in the winter. Although the sea never freezes, it is not the best time for diving. Air temperature + 5 ° C, water + 7 ° C.

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The Best Dive Sites

The Lakes of Vinkeveen (Dutch: Vinkeveense Plassen) appears to be the one of the most popular diving sites with a maximum depth of 55 meters. Aircraft cabins, boat remains, cars, buses, bicycles and other wrecks lie on the seabed waiting to be explored.
Lake Grevelingen (Dutch: Grevelingen) is the flooded former part of the river delta, that attracts divers with fish glowing in the dark.

Health & Safety

General hospitals provide standard, albeit very good, health care for tourists. The local doctors have first class education which justifies the hight prices for medical care.
The Netherlands seem to be a very safe country, but pickpockets may sometimes be an issue for unwitting tourists. You should also keep in mind that tourists could be fined for many things: for example, for smoking in public places or for unauthorized video shooting. In some places, as well as getting a fine, your camera could get confiscated.

Dangerous Marine Life

Diving in these waters is safe, as there are very few poisonous animals in the North Sea, unlike the southern seas. Despite the fact that sharks come here — catshark, great white shark, spiny dogfish, angelshark, their diet consists exclusively of fish.  There have been no reported shark attacks in the Netherlands.

Eat & Drinks

The traditional dishes of the Netherlands are simple but tasty. Start your meal with stamppot — mashed potatoes with cabbage, carrots or sauerkraut. It is usually served with a lovely smelling sausage. As for first dishes, be sure to try the snert — a thick pea soup with smoked meats. Light-salted herring is a street food delicacy that any foodie will definitely love. It is impossible to pass by the variety of Dutch kebabs, for example, chicken sauté with peanut sauce and onion chips, served with potatoes and salad as a side dish.
A stroopwafel is a traditional and popular sweet treat and worth sampling. The country is known for its delicious beer, so be sure to try Heineken, Grolsch, Brand, Bavaria and Amstel. Tap water in the Netherlands is safe and drinkable.