• Yes, we are open.

    Aquaventure Dive Center is fully operating with PADI courses and daily Scuba Diving Trips. We accommodate our divers in Local guesthouses over Addu Atoll, they all have an operating permit and fulfill all the COVID-19 requirements made by the Health Protection Agency, the Government of Maldives.

The Public Health Emergency for the COVID-19 Pandemic announced on 12th March 2020 has been revoked on 13th March 2022 by the Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem.

Following this, changes to COVID-19 preventive measures have been made: 

  1. Pre-arrival PCR test is not required for all passengers arriving Maldives. However, All individual(s) except tourists and Maldivians are recommended to undertake PCR testing between 3-5 days after arrival. Travelers who have symptoms of COVID-19 may take an antigen test. 
  2. Travel-related quarantine is no longer required
  3. Wearing a mask is only mandatory under the following conditions: 
  • In all health facilities, regardless of outbreak status, staff, patients and visitors must wear mask.
    In outbreak areas (where sample positivity is above 20%), masks must be worn in public areas as per current guidelines for outbreak areas.

Wearing a mask is recommended in:

  1. Services where crowding takes place
  2. Gatherings in confined indoor spaces
  3. Transport vehicles where many people travel and when using public transportation such bus, ferry, taxi)
  4. Crowded places/ gatherings
  5. People who have symptoms of COVID-19

Persons who are high risk for COVID-19 or who live with/care for high risk people are advised to continue wearing masks when in public.

Even though the Public Health Emergency has been revoked, COVID-19 positive isolation, quarantining of contacts and testing before release will be continued as per current guidelines.

Updated on: 14 March 2022

 

DAN recommendations for a safe return to scuba diving

  • Because scuba diving relies so heavily on safe and efficient lung function, special recommendations are being released for divers who have contracted COVID-19. Keep in mind that scientists are still learning about the virus, how it spreads, and its potential effects on the human body - so this information will likely change in the future. And, no two cases of COVID are identical, so it's essential to speak with a doctor before diving, even if you were asymptomatic! Also, keep in mind that DAN's "fit to dive clearance exam" should be performed by a diving medicine specialist, not a general practitioner or family doctor.
  • If you need to speak with a diving doctor but aren't sure where to start, don't worry. DAN Europe members are currently eligible to receive a medical consultation with a diving medical specialist from DAN Europe's diving support network as part of their membership benefits.

 

The current recommendations from DAN are as follows:

  • Divers who have tested positive for COVID-19 but were completely asymptomatic should wait at least 30 days from their first negative test before applying for fit-to-dive clearance.
  • Divers who have had symptomatic COVID-19 should wait at least 30 days from their first negative test, followed by an additional 30 days without symptoms (for a total of two months at minimum) before applying for fit-to-dive clearance.
  • Divers who have been hospitalised with or because of pulmonary symptoms in relation to COVID-19 should wait at least three months before applying for fit-to-dive clearance. This should include complete pulmonary function testing (at least FVC, FEV1, PEF25-50-75, RV and FEV1/FVC), an exercise test with peripheral oxygen saturation measurement, and a high resolution CT scan of the lungs to verify a return to normal functionality.
  • Divers who have been hospitalised with or because of cardiac problems in relation to COVID-19 should wait at least three months before applying for fit-to-dive clearance. This should include a complete cardiac evaluation with echocardiography and an exercise test (exercise electrocardiography) to test for normal cardiac function.

    Understanding other risk factors

    Researchers are still studying the potential hazards for divers who have had the COVID-19 infection, and the best way to determine if you might be subject to higher risk is through a thorough diving medical exam. During your medical consultation with a diving doctor, you might discuss potential health concerns such as pulmonary barotrauma, lung bubble shunting, and cardiac problems.

 

DAN has released the following considerations for high risk divers:

  • Pulmonary overpressure syndrome or lung barotrauma may be a risk for divers who experienced severe pulmonary symptoms. In some cases, prolonged or even permanent pulmonary damage may be present, even if lung function has returned to nearly normal. This type of damage may lead to a higher risk for lung barotrauma, even after dives without a rapid or uncontrolled ascent.
  • At this time, little is known about a possible increased sensitivity of the pulmonary tissue to the toxic effects of oxygen at depth, known as pulmonary oxygen toxicity. Therefore, technical diving with prolonged breathing of hyperoxic gas, with a PO2 of 1.3 ATA or higher, including rebreather diving, should be avoided. Nitrox diving, with a maximum PO2 of 1.4 ATA that is only breathed for short periods, should not present any problem.
  • Even less is known about the possible alteration of the lungs' bubble filtering function post-COVID-19 pulmonary infection. This may imply that the risk for decompression illness and injury could increase significantly. For this reason, divers who have suffered from pulmonary symptoms of COVID-19 should limit their dives to well within the no decompression limits (NDL) of their computer.

    Stop the spread

    While more and more people are already getting vaccinated, COVID-19 may persist in the community. This could lead to a continued risk of transmission between people in direct proximity or sharing common personal scuba equipment. To protect yourself, ensure that your dive centre or team is following DAN's published recommendations for minimising the risk of COVID transmission.

 

DAN additionally suggests that:

  • Divers should continue the social distancing measures recommended by local authorities during diving operations by wearing masks and maintaining a safe social distance, specifically before and after dives and during surface intervals.
  • Private and rental equipment, including emergency oxygen units, should be thoroughly sanitised with approved disinfectants covering a broad spectrum of germs, fungi, bacteria, spores and viruses.
  • The exchange of scuba regulators or personal breathing systems should be avoided, except in real emergencies. And, any planned "breathing systems sharing" exercises, for example, during dive courses, should be conducted in a way that ensures personal protection.
  • Following these guidelines can help slow the spread of COVID and other infections and ensure that all divers resume their participation in the sport safely.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical Form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

  • Yes! You must have a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility. Click here to check all the requirements.
  • Tourists (including accompanying vaccine ineligible children) should be vaccinated to check-in to guesthouses in inhabited islands and tourists who have not completed the full dosage of vaccination can only check-in to the guesthouses in the inhabited islands if the vaccination requirements are met in the guesthouse/island. Click here to check the eligible guesthouses.
  • Dress code on local islands:

    Whilst it is acceptable for men to wear T Shirts and shorts or swim shorts; females should avoid causing offence by maintaining a more conservative approach to clothes by wearing T Shirts, loose shorts or sarongs and avoid wearing bikinis and swimwear unless on an un- inhabited island, picnic island, sandbank, dive boat or resort island. Some guesthouses do provide private sunbathing areas on a tourist beach or on the terrace of the guesthouse, however, it is not acceptable to walk around the island wearing a bikini.

  • Alcohol on local islands:

    There is a total restriction on alcohol being available on inhabited local islands, when you stay at a local Island in Addu then it is possible to visit Equatorial Village for a alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink.

  • Pork meat on local islands:

    Pork meat is like alcohol forbidden on inhabited local island, so don’t expect bacon butties for breakfast.

  • Privacy:

    As we all want to take home memories of our stay in Addu in the form of photographs or videos but do always ask permission if you wish a local to be the subject of your image.