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Scuba diving is an incredible way to experience the very best of what the Maldives has to offer but it must be undertaken responsibly and when this is the case the sport enjoys an excellent safety record. As with all adventure sports and activities, diving comes with risks and even when the rules are followed these risks cannot be totally eliminated. If you’re a certified scuba diver, you’ll have learned about the diving injury called decompression sickness, also known as ‘the bends’, during your initial diver training.

What is Decompression Sickness?

During a dive, the increased pressure surrounding the diver causes tissues in the body to absorb nitrogen from the breathing gas. The increased gas dissolved into the tissues causes no problems whilst remaining at depth. If the ascent is too fast, or the ‘no decompression limits’ of the dive are exceeded without appropriate stops, the pressure is reduced too quickly causing nitrogen to come out of solution and form bubbles in the bloodstream. The more bubbles, the more complex the health issues, from pain and numbness, to paralysis, and circulatory shock. As long as you follow the rules and dive within the limits of your certification, the risk is extremely low but diving insurance is recommended should the worst happen.

Diving Insurance

If you’re going on holiday as a certified diver, with the intention of diving, the chances are you’ll already have organised your dive insurance. Those who are simply planning an amazing holiday and decide to dive whilst here in the Maldives with us, can opt to get themselves covered with the DAN (Divers Alert Network) Short-Term Insurance. This insurance is available at our Maldives dive centres and covers not just scuba diving but snorkelling and water sports too.

Short term insurance duration options:

  • Scuba Diving: 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 14 days
  • Snorkelling: 1, 7 days
  • Water Sports: 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, 14 days

Please check your basic travel insurance carefully as many do not cover diving. The Maldives is a remote location and getting to medical facilities in the case of a diving accident will require specialist (and costly) transfers in addition to possible extended stays at expensive resorts. It’s better to buy cover and, with it, peace of mind so all you have to worry about is enjoying the incredible underwater world.

If you have any questions about insurance requirements, please get in touch with your dive centre and our team will be very happy to help.