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Things To Know Before Your Maldives Local Island Diving Trip

During your next Maldives holiday, you will be partaking in one of the most common activities there which are scuba diving, and here are a few things you might want to know before you embark on this diving excursion.


The certification requirements

You need to get certified before you can go on your first dive and the minimum requirement is having a beginner or an entry-level certificate that you will be able to get from any recreational training centre in the Maldives. If you have a similar certificate which you have already obtained from any other country that has such recreational centres you can use that certificate plus diving logbooks as proof to dive in the Maldives. If you haven't carried those documents to the Maldives with you then please show a trainer that you are capable and have learnt of these things before diving by showing them what you know. If you are put up at one of the many Maldives island resorts the likes of Huvafen Fushi Maldives, you will easily find such recreational diving centres nearby.


The supervision at the driving centre

Even if you have entries as an experienced diver in your logbook, the laws in this country require that you do need a certification course at one of the local diving centres before you are allowed in the Maldivian waters. Therefore, even if you have prior experience you will still have to go into the water with someone that has equal experience as you. Furthermore, signing up with a diving centre will also make pairing yourself up with someone so much easier and be less of a hassle for you to arrange. The local diving centres will also suggest the best diving spots for you in this country.


The limitation in depth of diving

The maximum any diver can go for entertainment purposes is up to 30 metres underwater. There is no exception to this rule and if you are entry-level or a beginner then the maximum depth you are allowed to go down to is just 20 metres. Breaking this law will get you forbidden from diving in the surrounding seas for life. There is no way to bend this rule as the tourism ministry in this country clearly states the presence of a guide will not give you any leeway to exceed the allowed depth underwater.


Requirements of a diving centre

When you are signing up with a diving centre to go on an underwater excursion in the Maldives, make sure that this place is registered with the Ministry of Tourism in the country. You could do this by checking the ministry's website and see if the place is listed on it.


Equipment to dive

All the diving equipment must be in good condition; well enough to meet the local standards to go underwater. Every person who is diving must be equipped with fins, diving masks, devices, regulators, BCD's, snorkels, and emergency signalling tools. The Maldivian government also insists that people should use diving computers. If you are planning on going underwater in the dark or later in the night, you definitely must carry a torch and a signalling device that is specifically created for this.

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