- 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.