Safety while diving

Here at Ocean Dimensions, we take the safety of all of our guests to be of paramount importance.  We are proud of the high standards of safety that we have deployed across all of our operations:

 

Standard safety procedures for divers

  • Experienced PADI professionals guide the dives and choose the dive sites according to weather & current conditions, as well as the experience level of the divers on the boat;
  • Maximum of 6 divers per dive guide;
  • The diving depth in the Maldives is limited to 30 meters and the time to 60 minutes;
  • Every dive is a non-decompression dive, with a mandatory safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 meters;
  • We offer Nitrox diving without surcharge;
  • We use dive rosters to note your Nitrox mix at the beginning of the dive and to note your depth and time at the end of the dive;
  • Dive computers are compulsory for every diver;
  • An Orientation dive is required for every diver who has not dived for the past 3 months.

 

Dive guide / boat safety features

  • Oxygen is available on the dive boat and in the dive centre;
  • First Aid Kits are on all dive boats and in the dive centre;
  • Mobile phones are on each dive boat and in the dive centre;
  • Surface marker buoys are available for rent for private BCD’s;
  • Each instructor carries a Nautilus Life Line – a waterproof radio communication system on every dive;

 

Medical treatment and insurance

  • Short-term DAN insurance is available upon request;
  • A medical clinic with doctor is available at the Resort;
  • The nearest hospital is located on the local island of Gan – a 30 minute boat transfer;
  • The closest decompression chamber is located at Bandos – a 2 hour transfer from Laamu.

 

Safety while surfing

At Ocean Dimensions, we take your personal safety very seriously. Our team is comprised of an internationally-qualified surf coach and local surf guides, each with expert knowledge of the region’s conditions and surrounding breaks. Understanding the tidal currents and shallow reefs is crucial for any surfer riding the famous Yin Yang wave – one of our local breaks here at Laamu.

Our head surf coach is a qualified lifeguard and first-aid officer with more than 20 years’ experience in water safety. We have an on-site clinic with a doctor on 24 hour call, and each of our water craft is equipped with first aid kits and mobile phone communication in case of an emergency.

Trips to the outer reefs are led by our local surf guides who will ensure all your needs are met, with a focus on both safety and comfort. You will be given a safety and information briefing on:

  • entering and exiting the boat safely;
  • ocean conditions, tidal currents and reefs;
  • wave dynamics including formation and breaking;
  • the safest channels and take-off zones;
  • avoiding and withdrawing safely from impact zones and minimising risk.

Your guide will oversee your safety for the duration of the trip, communicating with you at all times to ensure you are positioned in the safest channels and take-off zones to catch the best waves on offer.

Chilled drinking water and towels are provided during rest breaks, taken at your discretion. We also advise our guests to bring high factor sunscreen, a hat and a camera to capture the moment.

Nitrox

Diving with Nitrox helps to reduce the amount of Nitrogen that your body absorbs while diving, helping to minimise the risk of decompression sickness.
Nitrox is perfect for the shallow reefs of the Maldives – it’s not something technical and not for deep dives.