Dive park is a term that can represent a wide range of experiences for
divers with or without air tanks on their backs. What the term covers is
determined by the organisation or individuals who create what they call
the dive park. Here you can read about how to create av dive park and the example Dalarö Diving Park.
A trail for free divers or snorkelers can be a dive park, or it
can be a place where one or more works of art have been lowered into
the water. Even so, dive parks usually involve shipwrecks. One or more
ships might be sunk to create an artificial reef and an exciting object to dive on.
In some locations, dive parks have been established where ships have sunk
in an accident or by other “natural” causes. These wrecks, or even other types of objects, can be interesting from a cultural heritage perspective, and in some cases such remains are protected by laws like the Swedish Heritage Conservation Act.
Why create a dive park?
There are many locations around the Baltic Sea that are suitable for dive parks. Through dive parks, coastal municipalities and communities can create brand-new tourist attractions. In addition to all the fascinating wrecks, there are stone age settlements that have sunk beneath the
surface due to sea level changes. And why not combine underwater artefacts with other potential (or existing) attractions?
BALTACAR, an EU project
As part of the efforts to highlight the maritime heritage of the Baltic Sea and make it available, SMTM, together with stakeholders in Estonia and Finland, launched the EU project BALTACAR in 2017. Parties from both the public sector and private sector participated in the project. Its aim is to showcase our maritime heritage and make it available as well as demonstrate its potential as a tourist attraction.