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Göteborg?

Discussion in 'Scandinavia' started by Patoux01, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Patoux01

    Patoux01 Solo Diver

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    Hey all,

    Looks like I'll be moving to Göteborg for a while. I know there's water there, so there's diving. I also know Sweden has a few mines for diving, which I'd like to discover eventually (not immediately, as I've been out of the water for close to a year now).

    I have some experience with cold water (down to 5°C) although not in the most recent times as I had thin undergarment so I preferred diving the top layers of water in a toasty 20°C :D.


    I'd have a few questions:
    - Are there any laws regarding diving in Sweden that I should know of ? (eg forbidden solo diving or stuff like that)
    - Are there any websites (preferably English) with a list of dive spots around Göteborg ? There's plenty of water so I guess there's plenty of spots, but there's also boats :poke:
    - Is there a "simple" way to find buddies there? eg facebook groups.


    Hopefully someone can help me with this!
     
  2. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    I'm not from Göteborg, nor from the part of my country that's even remotely close, but here goes anyway:
    If the Swedes are half as laidback as we are, there aren't many laws about sports diving. I mean, who can oversee two buddies joining up for a shore dive, or diving from their own boat? Professional diving, OTOH... But you need a recognized C-card to get fills. The clubs may limit the activities they allow on official club outings, and solo is generally frowned upon in the CMAS club system.

    My best bet would be joining a dive club. On our side of the border, those are non-profit voluntary organizations run by the members. Both CMAS and BSAC are based on that model. On my side of the border, the club membership gives you access to a compressor, probably access on the club's boat, info on dive sites and hopefully a bunch of like-minded people to dive with.
     
  3. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    I did a quick'n'dirty google search on "Dykning Göteborg" and "Dykklubb Göteborg", and there are apparently a few dive clubs and a few dive centers in the neigborhood. The pages are mostly in Swedish, though, so I guess Google translate is your best friend.

    Dykning Göteborg dykutfärder Fridykning GVSDK
    Göteborgs Amatördykarklubb | Äldre än någonsin!
    Lindome SDK - Sportdykning
    Oxygene Diving
    Dykutfärder i Göteborgs skärgĺrd
    Scuba Divers - Scuba Divers i Göteborg. Din distributör av dykutrustning för både privat och yrkesdykning.

    An article about diving in Göteborg: Göteborg - dykning på framsidan
    A Swedish diving webforum: https://www.dykarna.nu/forum/
    The Swedish Sports Diving Association (CMAS affiliated): http://www.ssdf.se
     
  4. Patoux01

    Patoux01 Solo Diver

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    Thanks for the links! I had found some of those, I'll see if google can get me through the others. It does say "We are a happy goat diver who likes to go out and dive together" on one, so I take it it's not spot on, or maybe goats are actually diving in Sweden, I don't know yet :p
     
  5. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    I'm pretty certain that was Haldane's responsibility, and in the UK.
     
  6. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    And don't hesitate to post in English on that board. Almost every Scandinavian has a passable knowledge of English. Even if some of their grammar may be... unconventional.
     
  7. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

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    Welcome to Sweden.

    I live a little bit north, about 1000km, so I am not familiar with the diving around Göteborg, but there are some clubs and dive centers around.

    The fora, dykarna.nu is not as lively as scubaboard, but it can be a great place to find new buddies and more localized information. As Storker said, (allmost) everyone speaks English. I recomend you to register and introduce yourself and I am sure you will get some responces.

    There are not so many laws (if any) that regulate diving (outside of the professional realm). Most places who fill tanks demand that you have a C-card and that your tank is in 5 years of hydro. If you do your own filling at a club it is usually up to you to check the hydro.

    We have wast rights to roam the land so you can get to many places without landowners permission. You can mostly plunge where you find it suitable.

    Much diving is organized in clubs, and is not commersial, most clubs have a compressor for fills at very low cost (or free) for members. Also some clubs have boats and/or standing reservation in public pools for the winter.
     
  8. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

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  9. Patoux01

    Patoux01 Solo Diver

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    So I'm packing my stuff right now, but I realize I haven't seen much if any pictures of sidemount divers there. Many backmounted twins for sure. Is sidemount frowned upon, or is it just not mainstream at all? I expect some will say "well with rough seas you cant walk on the boat", but the good thing is I don't like diving from boats :).

    Any thoughts?
     
  10. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    Again from the other side of the border, but I believe that the difference across the border isn't particularly big.

    Sidemount is far from mainstream, but I've never seen anyone frown at it. OTOH, the only sidemounters I've seen have been cave divers, and they're generally regarded as crazy anyway. :poke: :troll: A sidemount rig might get a couple of extra looks and perhaps a question about whether you dive caves, but that has been all.

    The general mentality in my diving community is that as long as you're using safe diving practices and don't jeopardize your mates' safety or ruin the outing by getting in deep doo-doo yourself, we'll treat you as a competent adult able to make your own choices.
     
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