Your safety and enjoyment are our first priority!

Safety & Regulations

• In Croatia you may dive with a registered dive center or individually after buying a diving permit.
• Each diver has to present proof of qualification (certification card and/or a log book).
• All divers have to read and sign liability release and medical form.
• Written parental / guardian consent is required for all divers under age 18.
• In Diving Center VIKING, minimum age for participating scuba diving is 12.
• In Diving Center VIKING all dives are guided by experienced diving professionals.
• If you are over 45 yrs of age you will need a doctor’s certificate to participate scubadiving activities.
• All dives are planned within no-decompression limits and include a safety stop of at least 3 minutes at a depth of 5 meters.
• During all dive trips a first aid kit, oxygen kit, mobile phone, radio-station and emergency contact numbers are always present.

Your safety and enjoyment are our first priority!

On Hvar Island, emergency medical transport are mostly carried out by helicopter. Some divers could be interested to know that the helicopter landing zone is only 5 minutes drive from Viking Diving Center and it takes 10-15 minutes for the helicopter to reach the hospital in Split, a part of which is The Institute for Hyperbaric Medicine, equipped by modern decompression chambers and highly professional and experienced specialist doctors.


Flying after diving DAN recommendation for No-Decompression Dives:
• A single no-decompression dive: A minimum preflight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested.
• Multiple dives per day or multiple days of diving: A minimum preflight surface interval of 24 hours is suggested.
• DAN (Divers Alert Network) is an international non-profit foundation which helps divers in difficulty and conducts scientific research aimed at bringing about grater safety in diving.
DAN, as essential as your mask and fins!

What about flying after diving rules ?

Please, feel free to send comments or ask questions.

Kids have to be at least 8 yrs old to try diving and 10 to do a course. But in Diving Center VIKING
your kid has to be at least 12 yrs old to participate scuba programm. This is our own rule respecting
the underwater conditions available here.

– Be at least 10 years old (12 yrs in VIKING dive school)
– Able to swim
– Medically fit for diving

Please download PADI Medical Statement form HERE (link) and review it. Any “YES” answer
requires Physician approval prior to any in-water activities.

Scuba diving is classified as an adventure activity so it does carry some risk but it’s generally a safe and low-risk sport. To minimize a risk it is important to get a proper diving education and follow the rules you learned in your course. Divers with health issues are also at a higher risk, so if you have any medical issues, see your doctor to check if you can go diving.

If you are younger then 45, you’ll be asked to sign a medical form (download it here) to participate in scuba diving activity. If you are +45, you need to have a medical certificate signed by your physician in the past 12 months.
If you have any health issues, your physician needs to confirm that you have no medical conditions incompatible with diving.

If you are PADI certified we should be able to find you in PADI online database
but if you are certified at another agency it won’t be possible.
Newly certified divers mostly have digital certificate stored in their mobile phones.
You might use this tip: Take a photo of your certification and keep it in your phone,
just in case 😉
If you are PADI certified, there’s the option of buying PADI eCard, an electronic version of the plastic certification card.

The statement consists of some basic questions about your health and by signing it you are confirming you have no medical issues incompatible with diving. Above all, this is for your own safety.
If you are planning scubadiving activities during your vacation we suggest you to review the PADI Medical Statement (download it HERE) and if you answer “Yes” to any question, it requires a medical approval or clearance signed by your physician that you are fit to dive.
If you need to review the medical form in your language, we would gladly send it to you.

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