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Preparation for Diving Safaris in the Maldives - diving for dummies

Maldives is famous for its sparkling aquamarine underwater, which is a paradise for divers. Most Maldives Five Star Resorts offer opporunities to dive with safety, but you need to be prepared.

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Pick an appropriate location

Pick an appropriate location

A dive should have attractive reasons such as shipwrecks, coral reefs and many underwater living beings. These are a must when you go for a location, which make the dive meaningful. Coral reefs are a common sight in tropical waters. Shipwrecks could apparently be spotted anywhere underwater.

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Do early research

Do early research

You need to do some research to get an idea about the appropriate places. Although you could read literature on diving locations, seeking professional consultation is more advisable. Professional expertise is irreplaceable. Seek local professionals from Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa Maldives as they know ins and outs of diving sites. They would tell you which areas to avoid. In addition to professional advice, you must have an idea of the basics such as local weather. Better to hire dive instructor if it's your first operation.

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Be equipped

Be equipped

You need to have a proper set of scuba gear for the diving session. A proper set usually includes wetsuit, swim fins, weight belt, scuba tanks, regulator, mask and snorkel and a knife. Your wetsuit should be in line with the water condition. It should be thicker, if the waters are cold. Also, it must be able to protect you from underwater living beings. Swim fins make your underwater expedition easier. You can swim faster. You need to use a mask and snorkel that cover your nose. You won't regret bringing the knife along as you can cut through fishing nets underwater.

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Final preparation

Final preparation

With the scuba gear ready, you must now check how prepared you are for the diving session. You got to keep hydrated to ensure diving safety. You should also keep your mind stable and healthy with a positive outlook. Everything is going to be just fine. Determine yourself not to press the panic button. There are guidelines on how to take action in case of emergency.

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Check on how to enter waters

Check on how to enter waters

There are two methods to enter underwater: jumping from a boat and just walking from the beach. If you opt to walk from the beach, you should have an idea about close by rock formations to avoid physical injuries. Entering from the boat, you need to make sure you don't damage coral reefs. Also, you need to watch out for shipwrecks.

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Health check up

Health check up

It is always better to check your health situation before the diving session. You need to have a guarantee that you are healthy for diving. A sound health will make diving easier.

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First aid awareness

First aid awareness

Diving poses the risk factor at times, which demands you to stay alert as well as calm in a case of emergency. First aid awareness is an added advantage to act wisely in such situations. A good training in first aid will make you stress-free at least to a certain extent.

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Emergency plan

Emergency plan

In case of emergency, following first aid instances might rise when you have to be rushed in to the hospital. Therefore you should know the directions to the nearest hospital.