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Technical Diving in the Maldives

Discussion in 'Tech Trip Reports' started by Shafraz, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Shafraz

    Shafraz Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Maldives
    9
    0
    1
    Hi All!

    I'm doing a little survey regarding Technical Diving as we're trying to get the Government of the Maldives to give permission to do Tec Diving here in the Maldives. So...If Tec Diving is introduced in the Maldives, would you do it? Please specify a reason if your answer is 'NO'. Also if it's 'YES', would like to know.

    Best fishes

    Shaff
     
  2. electric_diver

    electric_diver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    300
    134
    43
    What is there to see in the Maldives that warrants a technical dive?

    Are there any deep wrecks? Caves?

    What level of support is available? Can O2, nitrox and He be acquired at a resaonable price? What about sorb for the rebreather divers?
     
  3. Shafraz

    Shafraz Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Maldives
    9
    0
    1
    There are deep wrecks, reefs and a lot of other undiscovered submerged deep reefs. We're trying to get the government to approve and give permission for tec diving. The dive centers who will be doing tec will cater to all tec diving including O2, He, and nitrox. All the resorts in the Maldives offer Nitrox for free even now.
     
  4. BlueLabelDiving

    BlueLabelDiving Garibaldi

    # of Dives:
    Location: Maldives
    4
    0
    0
    Hi Guys,


    This request comes originally from the Ministry of Tourism of the Maldives.

    Maldives has had a 30m/no deco limit for the last 15 years. They're contemplating allowing now technical divers to pass below 30m and do extended decompression profiles.

    They extended after a public meeting a quest to probe how many tech divers would be interested in visiting Maldives.

    There are quite a few facilities that would support tech diving. Manifolds are sparse ( this will change after approval) but there is high level support for CCR (Helium/Oxygen,Sofnolime, Boosters) on liveaboards and dive centers.



    The questions we'd like to see answered are;

    would you be interested visiting Maldives for tech diving?

    -YES/NO

    because of ;

    -travel distance
    -quality of diving
    -marine life
    -scenery/topography under water
    -price
    -scenery/topography on land
    -isolation of islands
    -variety of islands
    -exclusivity


    Thanks in advance for your feedback,

    Ben Reymenants TMX-IT#3134

    International Training
    TDI, SDI and ERDI
     
  5. Oxo

    Oxo Garibaldi

    # of Dives:
    Location: Maldives
    1
    0
    0
    Shafraz & Ben,

    Excellent initiative! Please let me know how I can help! I would really love to see tech diving starting up here in Maldives. I already offer rebreather training here as well as some basic tech courses but limited by the current regulations. I am ready to help!

    Take care all, safe diving!
    Ben Capitaine
     
  6. BlueLabelDiving

    BlueLabelDiving Garibaldi

    # of Dives:
    Location: Maldives
    4
    0
    0
    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for the support. We'd like to get as many votes as possible. You may have seen similar threads we posted on facebook, rebreatherworld, the deco stop and yorkshire divers...

    Best, Ben
     
  7. IDS_Bill

    IDS_Bill Tech Instructor

    206
    8
    18
    Yeah how do we vote in? I have been dying to get to the Maldives and this might just cement it.
     
  8. mafiajoe

    mafiajoe Nassau Grouper

    152
    0
    0
    I'd certainly be interested,but I immagine the price of helium to be on the expensive side due to remoteness(as if it wasn't already expensive enuf:wink:).And what about recompression chambers?How many and how accessible?
    As for rebreathers,a friend of mine is a CCR instructor and every year spends a couple of months there to teach courses,he's there right now,so I'm pretty positive they are well catered for.
     
  9. super7

    super7 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: TYO, JPN
    313
    1
    0
    Hi,
    Let me vote yea.
    Nearly half of my dives were done in the Maldives, and I love the place. If tec training becomes available, I would like to continue my tec training there.

    From my perspective,
    pros:
    accommodation, great reef diving for my wife, kids programme and for my daughter, decompression chambers available (though not abundant), minimal concerns for extra baggage charge (frequent flyer perk), many air routes available from Japan

    cons:
    proper dive/training sites still to be developed, limited mode of evacuation at night (chopper flights after sun down have been prohibited, if I remember correctly), more impact on the wallet compared to other tec destinations in SE asia
     
  10. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
    12,436
    290
    83
    Nope, but its just a money thing.
     

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