Thanks to its strategic location in the North Ari Atoll, the Gangehi Island Resort is able to offer innumerable diving sites suitable for either beginners, more advanced or expert divers with qualified multi-lingual PADI and SSI instructors.
The PADI and SSI Dive Center is providing exciting, safe dives for adventurous guests amongst the breath-taking marine life and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. It guarantees the highest level of quality and professionalism.
So whether you are a young diver, a family, a complete beginner, a single diver, a couple or a group of experienced divers, we invite you to come and dive with us to discover the amazing underwater world!DIVING FACILITIES
We are able to offer a variety of different diving courses from the beginners to the Dive master level. NITROX tank is for FREE for certified Nitrox Divers.
Our opening hours are from 08:30 to 18:30. We are located close to the reception and the main jetty.
Our experienced multi-lingual instructors provide a professional and friendly service. The Team is made up of 3/4 instructors, 1 compressor boy, 3 dhoni crew. The languages currently spoken are English, Italian, French, Spanish and German. Our knowledgeable staff is complemented by the resident marine biologist.
Our team will help you to check-in and give you all information about the dive sites, diving safety rules and prices. For check-in, you are kindly requested to bring your diving certification, logbook and your medical certificate if you have one.
Inside the diving center you can find a classroom with armchairs and televison, a space dedicated to the consultation of fish and maldives books and a small shop.
All the diving equipment is brand new from Cressi. We can also provide BCD, Octopus, Fins, Masks, Wet Suits, Diving Computers and Underwater Torches.
Our cylinders are 10 and 12 liters in aluminum, valve tank suitable for DIN and INT. Twin valve is not available.
Comfort for divers is assured with our boat (traditional Maldivian dhoni) equipped with a toilet, shower, sundeck and for your safety a radio, mobile phone, life jackets.
Our dhoni crew will offer you tea, fruit and cookies between dives and during navigation.
Every day two dives are organized in the morning and one in the afternoon.
We also organize full day excursions, where we provide breakfast and lunch on board, and night dives.
We offer private instructors and private boat charters for those wishing to have the undivided attention of one of our instructors and the privilege to dive without other divers around. A true 5 star experience!DIVING COURSES
Discover Scuba Diving/Try Scuba
This program is the easiest way to experience your very first breath underwater and take your first step in the world of scuba diving.This is usually conducted in the shallow water for a short training and then in safe open water for the discover dive with the guidance of our dive instructors. A great memory that you will never forget!
Minimum Age: 8/10 Certification Prerequisites: None Water Sessions: 1/0 Open Water Dives: 0/1 Maximum Training Depth: 5 meters / 15 feet / 12 meters / 40 feet Suggested Duration: None
The Scuba Diver
This program is for students who do not have the time to complete the Open Water Diver program, and provides you with the training and experience required to dive in open water environments under the supervision of a dive professional. It involves training and theory sessions and allows diving to a depth of 12 meters under direct supervision of our instructors.
Minimum Age: 10 Certification Prerequisites: None Academic Sessions: Online Program Confined Water Sessions: 3 Open Water Dives: 2 Maximum Training Depth: 12 meters / 40 feet Suggested Duration: 10 - 16 hours
Open Water Diver/OWD PADI or SSI
This the most globally-recognized certification program and IT is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver.It Involves theory and training sessions and as you have mastered the skills of scuba diving, at the end of the course you will be able to dive with a dive buddy of the same level or higherto a depth of 18 meters.
Minimum Age: 10 Certification Prerequisites: None Academic Sessions: Online Program Confined Water Sessions: 6 Open Water Dives: 4 Maximum Training Depth: 18 meters / 60 feet (age 15+) Suggested Duration: 16 - 32 hours
Advanced Open Water Diver (PADI/SSI)
Once you are an open water diver, this is the next step to get more experience in different areas of diving and improve your diving skills. You can experience five different open water dives from five specialty programs such as deep diving, drift, night, nitrox, navigation and many more!
Minimum Age: 10; 12 if Deep Diving dive is included Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Note: Max depth is 30m /98 ft if Deep Diving dive is included.
Academic Sessions: Online learning Confined Water Sessions: Not more than 5 Open Water Dives: Not more than 5 Maximum Training Depth: Varies Suggested Duration: 6 - 10 hours
Speciality Courses (PADI/SSI)
If you want to extend your already expert knowledge to other interesting sides of diving you can choose among a wide variety of specialty courses. Specialty dives are conducted during normal dives with minimum theory involved.
RESCUE DIVE COURSE
This is perfect for those who would like to learn how to help themselves, how to recognize potentially dangerous situation and how best to extend help to other divers.
Minimum Age: 15 Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver Academic Sessions: 2 Confined Water Sessions: 2 (+1 Optional) Open Water Dives: 3 Maximum Training Depth: 30 meters / 100 feet Suggested Duration: 10 - 15 hours
There are several other courses available including Nitrox, Adventure Diver, EFR Diver and Divemaster Course.DIVING F.A.Q.
- I’m a certified diver. Do I need any diving insurance?
Yes you need an insurance suitable for diving or underwater activities. Diving insurances are available at the Diving Center.
- At what age can children learn to Scuba Dive?
Amazingly enough, children can start scuba diving as young as 8 years of age with the Bubblemaker – this is actual diving with a mini set of scuba gear, but just to 2 meters max. so it is super safe and with max. Once children reach 10 years of age, the full range of beginner courses are open to them and each year we teach many children to Junior Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver level and beyond. Most kids take to water like fish so why not offer yours a great adventure they will never forget and why not try it yourself and make it a family event!
- I’m just certified OWD and I don’t have my equipment. Is it possible to rent scuba gear?
At the Diving Center are available full kit diving equipment brand new from Cressi, including BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel, diving computer and weightbelt.
- Do you organize shore dives as well?
Yes of course, the diving center is located near the beach, and the house reef is inside a large shelter bay. We also have the ability to bring us from a boat to the end and return back by diving.
- Can I see mantas, sharks, whale sharks, turtles diving with you?
We should be able to show you mantas if you visit in our peak manta season (December to April). We have many sharks and you will see sharks on most dives. Most common are white-tips, black tips, grey reef sharks and nurse sharks, but you can also see leopard sharks, silvertips etc. During the full day trip in Rasdhoo Atoll we can see hammerhead sharks. Whale sharks is also possible to watch in our lagoon (September to October), but it is not common encounter and you have to be lucky to see one!
- Do I require a “fit for diving” certificate from a doctor to dive or learn to dive with you?
Every diver is highly recommended to have a regular medical examination to ensure he/she is fit to dive. When you register to dive with us, you will be required to fill a form and sign the RSTC medical self-declaration. If you can answer all questions with “NO”, have no other medical conditions and are under 65 years of age, then a “Fit To Dive” certificate from a doctor is NOT required. However if you do happen to have to one or more “YES” answers, and/or are 65 years or older, then you would need to bring a “Fit To Dive” certificate from a doctor. If you are 75 years or older, our insurer applies special conditions; please contact us for more information before booking your vacation.
- Is it necessary to prebook dives, diving packages or dive courses?
It is not necessary to book dives or dive packages unless you are part of a large group. Even once you arrive, you can simply dive and at the end of your stay you will be billed for the dive package that you have completed. Many courses do not need to be pre booked. However it is better to contact us if you wish to do Rescue, Dive master and some specialty courses.
- Can I learn to dive on Gangehi?
Of course. Gangehi is an excellent place to learn to dive with its spectacular marine life, warm water and good visibility. We teach hundreds of people to dive every year. As a first experience, we offer Discover Scuba Diving or Try Scuba is a 2 hours course for the complete beginner which will give you the opportunity to try diving with an instructor and includes a shallow dive in the lagoon. After this initial course, you have many possibilities and you can go on and complete the PADI/SSI Scuba Diver or the PADI/SSI Open Water Diver certification.
- I hear you run a full day three dive safari. Please tell me more.
In addition to our normal daily activity (2 morning dives – 1 afternoon dive), we also run a full day with three dives safari. It is an early start and we return around 17.30, but is a great day out, diving some of the famous and spectacular sites in Ari atoll and Rasdhoo Atoll, such as Hammerhead Point,MaayaThila, Fishhead, MalhossThila, Kari BeyruThila,Fesdu Wreck, OrimasThila, HimendhooThila, Bathala, Maagaa Kan Thila etc… Breakfast and lunch is provided onboard and included in the boat fee. We usually need minimum 6 participants.
- Do you provide nitrox for free?
Yes, nitrox between 28 to 32% is provided for no extra charge to nitrox certified divers.
- What type of dive boats do you have?
Our diving boat is a modern 16m diving dhoni which is comfortable and fast and have an onboard toilet and fresh water shower. Our boat is equipped with all safety equipment, oxygen kit, first aid kit and communications. We provide every day to serve you cookies, coconut, tea,mineral water during diving activities.