Specialty River Diving

Here you will learn how to dive in rivers and what additional equipment is used there.

Training content

In the River Diving specialty , you will learn how to prepare your equipment for diving in rivers and which river-specific additional equipment and rescue equipment is required. In theory and practice, you will be familiarized with the safe planning, preparation and execution of river dives.

Theoretical training

  • Why river diving and what expectations you have
  • Clear water through flowing water
  • Special landscapes formed by glaciers thousands of years ago
  • Fish and plant diversity depending on the river basin
  • Special experience of the flow velocity of a river
  • Dangers of river diving
  • Special equipment
  • Dive site (access options)
  • Alternative variant
  • Time of day (use the position of the sun)
  • Check the current water level
  • Material transportation
  • Rescue chain

Practical training

  • Dive planning and briefing
  • Position of the partners under water
  • Behavior during separation under water
  • Behavior in an emergency
  • Possible rope safety devices
  • Use different current strengths (e.g. bank area, midstream)
  • Additional equipment
  • Safety ropes, spare parts, lamps and first aid equipment
  • Debriefing


  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • Proof of health status
  • Proof of Open Water Diver or comparable
  • For minors, a declaration of consent from a parent or legal guardian is required