Diving: There will be no diving on your first day and 17 dives offered per week (2-3 dives per day). Divers must ensure that they leave a minimum of 24 hours between their last dive and their flight departure (or going to altitude).
The maximum depth for diving in the Maldives is 30 metres with an equally qualified buddy.You are expected to be able to dive to a standard as per the certification and experience requirements outlined for each itinerary and as such be able to complete the dive with your buddy or by following the dive guide. The guides may decide upon seeing each diver's ability not to enter the water for every dive and will remain onboard providing surface support only.
Courses: We offer a range of SSI courses onboard, from beginner to a range of speciality and side mount courses. Courses are subject to availability and itinerary and include course materials (where required) and certification fee.
For the SSI Open Water Referral Course you will need to bring with you your referral form (signed and completed by your instructor dated within 12 months) as evidence that you have completed the theory and confined dives.Course paperwork needs to be signed by a parent or guardian for students under the age of 18.
Dive equipment: The dhoni has ample storage space for your equipment and there is a spares box onboard. We suggest that you bring the following:
- Mask, snorkel, fins, boots, wetsuit, regulator, BCD, SMB (with a minimum of 5 metres of line to deploy during the safety stop) and a dive computer with spare batteries and a torch for any night dives.
- The average water temperature is 29°C and we recommend a 3mm shortie or wetsuit.
â€¨Equipment is available for rent from Emperor Maldives and we ask that you pre-book your equipment before you arrive in resort. We need to know normal sizes, height, weight and shoe sizes to prepare the correctly sized equipment for you. â€¨All divers are required to use a dive computer and SMB each for every dive and a torch each for night dives throughout their safari experience for safety reasons. â€¨
Nitrox: Emperor Maldives’ vessels are equipped to offer Nitrox facilities and Nitrox fills (normally 32%) are offered free of charge, subject to demand and availability. Please inform the dive guide in plenty of time to ensure that your tank is ready for your diving. â€¨
Tanks & Adapters: All tanks are fitted with 5/8’s DIN valves. We strongly advise divers with M26 regulators to note that when traveling outside of Europe tanks with M26 valves or adapters to fit M26 regulators to 5/8’s DIN tanks may not be available. Please remember to bring your own adapter with you.
Photo & Video equipment: Recharging facilities and rinse tanks are available onboard. You are asked not to charge items in your cabin left unattended or while you sleep for safety reasons. â€¨
Snorkelling/Non divers: Both snorkelers and non divers will be required to complete a liability form at the time of check in. Snorkelling can be taken from the dhoni when an Instructor/Guide is onboard to observe or unless the snorkeler is accompanied in the water by a certified diver. We ask all snorkelers to wear a floatation aid at all times. Whilst every effort will be made for non- diving guests wishing to snorkel or guests wanting to try scuba diving, some itineraries or dive locations may not be permitted for safety reasons.
We do require all divers to have valid insurance from a reputable company that covers diving accidents. You will need to bring proof of this with you to show the guides when you check in. Emperor Maldives use Diver Alert Network Insurance which is available to purchase onboard. As a temporary member you will be able to gain insured member benefits.