Q. I have never dived before, can I try it?
A. You can try diving with an introductory try dive in confined water. Introductory diving is fun and safe as the maximum number of divers per instructor is kept to a minimum, which enables you to get initial tuition before diving then try out your new experience in a beautiful environment in very capable hands. If you wish it is possible to have your first try dive in our pool, but we’re sure that once tried, you will want to get into the sea as soon as possible.
Q. Is it difficult to learn to dive?
A. Not for most people. If you’re comfortable in the water and a reasonably good swimmer, you should be able to learn
Q. How long does it take to get certified?
A. When working with us with full day instruction it depends on how fast you learn. The standard Open Water Diver/Ocean Diver certification will typically be a three to four day process.
Q. I get pain in my ears when I go below 3 metres. Can I dive?
A. Part of learning to dive is learning to clear your ears… that is equalizing the pressure inside and outside your eardrum. It takes people a few days to get the hang of this, but soon you’ll do it automatically. If you have ear infections or other blockages that might keep you from clearing your ears, then you should check with a doctor before proceeding.
Q. How long will I be able to stay underwater?
A. That depends on how deep you are and how heavily you are breathing. Air gets compressed at greater depths, so with each breath you’ll go through more air. You can often stay down 45 minutes to an hour at depths of 5 to 10 metres. On deeper dives you may only get 15 to 20 minutes. As you get more experienced you’ll learn to prolong your air supply by breathing more slowly, by conserving your energy and, most of all, becoming more confident and relaxed in the water.
Q. Can I wear contact lenses or glasses while diving?
A. Soft contact lenses should not be a problem. Bring an extra pair or two in case one washes out. Eyeglasses worn under a dive mask are not practicable. However, it is more economical than you might think to have your prescription ground into the mask itself. Your optician or dive shop can advise you on where to have it done. If your prescription is quite low, it might not be necessary to have special lenses, as the water magnifies naturally.
Q. Do I need a medical to dive in Malta?
A. We have a self-assessment form that needs to be completed and signed by you. Should you have any of the problems listed on the form, it would be necessary to have a doctor check you over and give you the go-ahead to dive. This is not a problem and we can arrange for you to see the doctor at the dive base.
Q.I’m a certified diver but I haven’t dived in a while, is this ok?
A. No problem! Just tell us when booking. As all our dives are guided we make sure that you are well looked after throughout the dive. If you wish to practice your basic skills, this would be possible at the end of the dive. Every diver not known to us is first given a check dive and from this we can assess which group he should be joining.
Q. Will I be shore diving or boat diving?
A. A lot of our dive sites can be reached from the shore. We have beautiful reefs, wrecks and caves all within easy reach from the shore. We also have plenty of dive sites that are reached by boat. We take a typical Maltese Luzzu to Comino for a day’s trip doing two dives, with a stopover for lunch on the beautiful island of Comino. Depending upon which dive site we visit we can also take a fast, very well equipped rib. We also take the ferry and do two shore dives on the lovely island of Gozo.
Q. How many dives will I do daily and how long will I be out diving?
A. We like to offer two dives a day but obviously it’s your choice as to how many you do. We normally go out for the day, meeting at the dive base around 8.30am and returning about 2.30pm. This leaves most of the afternoon for you to spend time with your family having had a good days diving!
Q. What are the sea temperatures?
A. During the summer months the sea temperature will go up to around 27/28 degrees centigrade with divers wearing just a shortie or 5mm one-piece. In the winter months it drops to around 14 degrees centigrade and there is a mixture of 5/7mm two-piece wetsuits or drysuits.