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Resorts and live-aboards in the Maldives provide high quality and often
the latest in diving equipment. All resort dive schools and live-aboard
diving dhonis are equipped with compressors, tanks, regulators with octopus,
BCDs, masks, fins and snorkels and other equipment such as dive computers,
wetsuits, weights and weight belts. The equipment is well maintained and
stringent safety checks are regularly made. You may bring your own mask,
fins and snorkel. If you wish to bring your own wetsuit a 3 mm full-length
wetsuit or lycra suit is perfect for any time of the year. However some
prefer a 5 mm wetsuit when doing more than one dive a day. Ocean temperatures
rarely vary beyond 27 - 30 degrees Celsius. During hot periods water temperatures
inside the lagoon increase measurably, and most divers are comfortable
without a wetsuit during this period.
The Maldivian archipelago is swept by ceaseless currents caused by the monsoons; generally east to west during the northeast monsoon, from December to April and west to east during the southwest monsoon, from May to November. However this is not a hard and fast rule, as changes in wind directions and tides can offset the influence of the oceanic currents - especially so during the transitional period between the two seasons.
Further, the location of islands, reefs and 'thilas' cause great irregularity in the flow of current streams inside atoll passes. Many local boat captains show great skill in telling the direction of the current by observing tiny ripples or wave patterns on the surface. However, the dive guide often jumps into the water to determine the exact strength and direction.
Strong currents often make a dive site livelier, and that makes the additional effort worthwhile.
The time between successive high tides is approximately 12 ½ hours and divers may take the advantage of the tides depending on the time of the day when the tide moves.
Spring tides cause the maximum variation in tides - highest at 110 centimetres. On the other hand during neap tides the variation can be just a few centimetres.
Drift diving is the most common type of diving in the Maldives. It gives divers the opportunity of seeing more fish life and more coral and rock formations than they would otherwise. Drift diving is easy and safe when conducted with proper care.
These exciting dives are staged on the outside reefs and channels - usually with an ingoing current as they are safer. However if you are diving in a channel with strong outgoing currents stay close to the reefs and shallows on the outside corners. Only a knowledgeable divemaster would be able to plan and instruct you on these dives and competent boatmen are essential.
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