In the Maldives the dive base will ensure you are aware of the following points to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, whether scuba diving, skin diving or snorkelling:
If you are scuba diving, you must possess a current diving certification card from a recognised scuba diving instructional agency. The resort dive base will check your card and provide training if you need it. A check dive is often required.
Be sure you are healthy and feel comfortable diving. Obtain reliable information about physical and environmental conditions at the dive site. The dive base will always provide this. Be aware of local laws, regulations and etiquette about marine life and the environment.
Be aware that underwater conditions vary significantly from one site to another. Seasonal changes can significantly alter any site and dive conditions. These differences influence the way divers dress for a dive and what diving techniques they use.
The following laws apply to recreational diving in the Maldives, and divemasters should enforce them:
Maximum depth is 30m - this is the law in the Maldives.
Maximum time is 60 minutes.
No decompression dives.
Each diver must carry a dive computer.
Obligatory three-minute safety stop at 5m.
Last dive no later than 12 hours before a flight.
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