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Diving Information

Diving Information

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Diving Information
Diving in the Maldives is an amazing experience. So to ensure yourenjoyment, comfort and safety we kindly ask you to read the followinginformation.Anantara dive & Water Sports Centre requires all divers to hold aninternational SCUBA diving license and we ask you to produce this, alongwith your logbook at the dive centre before diving. You may have topartake in an orientation dive on the house reef as part of Maldiviandiving regulations.Other Maldivian Regulations include:1. No dive deeper than 30 meters2.All dives are to be no decompression dives.3.Open water divers or CMAS 1 star are limited to 20mMany of the dives in the Maldives involve currents and drift dives, soplease listen to the advice and instructions of the guides and dive withinyour limitations. We want you to enjoy your dives safely.
General
Anantara dive & Water Sports Centre Centre hours are:
 A.M.08:00 to 12:00P.M.14:00 to 18:00.
At Anantara dive centre, we suggest that you take out diving insurancewith DAN Maldives, which covers divers for any incident that requiresrecompression. This is only a temporary insurance costing ten Euro, andcovers divers for three weeks.For added safety, we ask all divers to have 24 hours between the lastdive and flying.We provide a basket for you to keep your diving and personal equipmentin while diving with us. During this time we will take the utmost care of your equipment, but no responsibility for loss or damage. Please do notleave valuables in the basket, hand them into the dive centre, or pleaseleave them in your room.Dive baskets and wetsuits are locked away at night. Wash tank andshowers are available for washing of equipment.
 
Orientation Dive
Daily conducted at 16:30. All divers require an orientation dive, unlessyou have proof of more than 30 dives and/or have not been diving withinthe last three months. The orientation dive consists of a dive on thehouse reef or nearby dive site, with an instructor/ guide, who will get youto demonstrate four skills.
Regulator recovery & clear
Mask clearing
Neutral buoyancy (hovering)
Alternate air source breathingAfter completing these skills, you will be guided around the dive site,being shown the interesting marine life & topography.
Diving Reservations
 These can be made at the Dive Centre reception, before 17:30 the daybefore the scheduled dive. We provide a description and dive map of each dive site to help you with your reservations.If you are unsure whether you will dive the next day, we recommend youmake a reservation anyway. This will allow us to make the necessarypreparations and will ensure you avoid disappointment should the boat ordiving schedule be full.For cancellation, please contact the Dive centre on extension #3041before the time of departure. We do not charge for cancellation.
Dive Sites
With over 20 local and five safari dive sites on offer, you will have manyoptions to choose, so please see the descriptions of the dive sites or askour diving staff for recommendations. We endeavour to match up divingability to local dive conditions to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
Diving Options
We offer two boat dives a day to a variety of nearby reefs, and a housereef dive per day, half & full day diving trips by speedboat, night divingand a full range of PADI diving courses.
Boat Diving
We provide 20 dive sites including our one day safaris to North & SouthMale atolls, so many to choose from! We endeavour to cater for all levels
 
and experience, with safety and enjoyment our number one priorities. If you have any questions please ask our helpful instructors. We want tomake your diving holiday a memory never to forget!We ask you to be at the Dive Centre by 08:15 or 14:15 if you have madereservation for the morning or afternoon boat diving. This allows enoughtime to set up equipment and do briefings before departure at 08:30 or14:30.Our dives are conducted mainly from a locally made boat called a
Dhoni
,which provides a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere during the journey to andfrom the dive sites.
 All prices are in USD and are subject to 10 % service charge
Nitrox Diving
 On request we arrange Nitrox Dives for certified
"Enriched Air Divers".
If you are not yet certified but would like to try, we can offer a NitroxIntroduction Dive or a Nitrox Diver Course. Please contact the DiveCentre staff for further information
House Reef Diving
If you choose to go house reef diving we require you to join ourorientation dive led by an instructor at 16:30.
Half & Full Day Diving Excursions
We can arrange organised or private diving charters by speed boat to anumber of exciting locations in North or South Male Atoll or Felidhu Atoll,please ask the diving staff for options and availability.
Night Diving
 Night dives are conducted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 18:30. Please make areservation at the dive centre counter. There is a US Dollars fifteen surcharge for nightdiving, which includes torch rental.
PADI Diving Courses

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