Wrecks are fragile! Here are some practical tips for recreational divers.
When diving on wrecks or other cultural remains, move slowly, be careful with your fins – move them sideways or preferably upwards (frog kicks). Do not dive inside the wrecks! You run the risk of getting caught on something or of muddying up the water and not being able to find your way out. Over time, the structure of the ship is weakened by divers' air bubbles forcing their way upwards.
Wrecks that sank before 1850 are designated ancient remains and are protected by the Cultural Heritage Act. As a diver you must act responsibly and remember to be careful not to touch the wreck or objects in its vicinity. You must absolutely not take any objects with you. The objects are very important clues for analyzing the wreck, determining its age, the events leading to the shipwreck and the ship's origins.
- You can find out a lot about known wrecks on the ancient remains database, Fornsök, which is maintained by the Swedish National Heritage Board. If you don't know how old a wreck is, treat it as if it were protected.
- Also bear in mind that the Count Administrative Board can decide that "new" wrecks can be ancient remains and that future generations of divers will want to enjoy their diving experience as much as you do.
- A small number of wrecks are protected by diving and anchorage bans. You can find out which these are by contacting the county administrative board in your county.
- If you are diving from a boat, make sure you don't anchor too close to the wreck.
- Normal sea sense applies.
- Don't attach lines to the wreck, use a grapnel instead.
- If you find a wreck or some other interesting object that was previously unknown, notify the Maritime Museum or the National Heritage Board. We will register new finds in the Fornsök database, and we can help you identify what you have found.