We heralded the new decade with #2020Goals and January has been great with so many divers choosing to learn diving with Dive Desk. We had a great time helping you reach your scuba goals and showing you the incredible underwater world of Maldives, mostly out of Rasfannu Male' House-Reef. As Male' is located on the southern boundary reef of North Male' Atoll and adjacent to Vaadhoo Channel, diving to southwest house-reef of Male' island offers surprise pelagic encounters from time to time.
You'd be right to think that we feed off our divers enthusiasm. And it is such a boost when we see divers having fun with the camera, practicing and showing remarkable improvement in their skills. Shared here are recent photos from two of our underwater photography students.
Photos by photography student Ahil
Photos by photography student Hassaan
PADI specialties useful for underwater photography that we teach at Dive Desk include:
Diving is fun
Once you become a certified diver, you don't have to wait for Fridays to do fun dives - simply join us for a shore dive to Male' house-reef! And remember, scuba diving is a hobby that giving you experiences you'll never forget but it also lets you continue learning, challenge yourself and come away feeling accomplished. If you are pressed for time, discuss with us to set flexible timings to accommodate to your availability.
The basic scuba license is PADI Open Water Diver certificate. The course consists of 5 knowledge development chapters, 5 confined water sessions to practice skills, 4 open water dives before final exam and certification. The course takes four days but might vary for individuals as it is performance based. If you are medically fit to dive, you can enroll in the course anytime, just contact us to get started. January saw a family of open water divers getting certified and also STO recreation facilitating Open Water Diver training as a team building activity.
Preparing for emergencies
Scuba diving is enjoyed by thousands of people around the world every day and is considered a low-risk activity compared to many other outdoor and sporting activities – even such widespread activities as swimming, jogging and fishing have higher reported fatality rates than diving. Like any activity in the natural environment, there are inherent risks in diving that can never be fully eliminated. However, with proper training and when following sound diving practices, the likelihood of a fatal accident is low.
PADI training has three core continuing education courses to expand divers knowledge and experience to consider the safety and well-being of other divers. We strongly encourage our divers to take Emergency First Response and PADI Rescue Diver courses and go on to get the highest recreational scuba diving rating of Master Scuba Diver or embark on the professional path with Divemaster course.
January Students: Emergency First Response, Emergency First Response Instructor, PADI Rescue Diver training.
Adventure Meets Conservation
In January we were blessed with the opportunity to teach Project AWARE Specialty course to staff of State Trading Organization. AND we are so psyched that our article got featured on Project AWARE website, and still is!
A big thank you to our Dive Desk community of enthusiastic and motivated divers for an amazing first month!