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Do I need to know how to swim before I try diving?

You don’t need to know how to swim to do a Discover Scuba Dive as you will be closely supervised by your instructor. However, if you want to become a certified scuba diver, then you need to demonstrate that you are comfortable in water so a reasonable level of swimming skills is required.

My ears hurt when I dive down snorkeling. Can I still try scuba diving?

Pain in the ears is caused by pressure imbalance. You will learn how to equalize the pressure in your body’s air spaces underwater so that you will learn how to avoid feeling the pain while diving.

Is scuba diving dangerous?

There are risks associated with scuba diving; however, proper training, following safety precautions and using well-functioning equipment keeps risks to a minimum.

What are the chances that I will get attacked by a sea creature?

Sea creatures are not active attackers; attacking is always a defense mechanism. Sharks, lionfish, sting rays and other creatures often misconstrued as dangerous do not attack recreational, passive divers so the chances of being attacked by a sea creature is minimal.

How soon after diving can I fly?

After a dive, it is recommended that you wait 24 hours before you fly.

How deep can I go during a dive?

The maximum depth you are allowed to dive depends on your training. The maximum limit for Open Water Divers is 18 meters and for Advanced Open Water Divers is 30 meters. The maximum depth allowed in Maldives is 30 meters.

What are the health conditions that can keep you from scuba diving?

Not much is known about the effects of diving on a developing baby so it is recommended that pregnant women avoid diving. You are fit to dive if you are healthy. If you suffer from any of the medical conditions listed in the medical statement (which you will fill out before your first dive), you need to consult a physician to assess your risks and get clearance before you can dive.

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