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Diving FAQs

Frequently asked questions about diving in Malta



Here are some common questions that you might have regarding diving and other general information about the Maltese Islands. However if you still have some unanswered queries just contact us and we’ll get back to you swiftly with all the information.


1. How long does each dive last ?


This pretty much depends on various factors however if we had to speak about general recreational dives that we organize on a daily basis we consider 35 to 50 minutes as being the average length of a dive.



2. What is the common diving schedule ?


For the guided excursions the usual schedule consists of 2 dives in the morning (08.00 till 13.00) and an optional afternoon dive (14.30 till 17.30). Nights dives are available on request.


For courses the schedule will pretty much depend on the course requirements however we are also ready to accommodate and modify our timing according to the client’s requirements when possible.



3. What is PADI e-learning ?


With E-learning you can start your diving adventure immediately online. You simply need to register the start of your PADI course through this link https://www.padi.com/elearning-scuba-registration/default.aspx?irra=35120 With this online course you will be able to complete all the theoretical requirements for the diving course so that when you arrive in Malta all you will be left with is to enjoy the diving and practice the exercises for the course.

This saves you precious time and permits you to progress through the courses’ theoretical part at your own pace and schedule.
Click here to view the list of courses that can conducted through the eLearning training program.



4. How many wrecks are there in the Maltese islands ?


Plenty, and scattered all round the Island. In fact we not only have many wrecks where to dive but we also classify them in two groups, the “Historical wrecks” that were sunk during years of conflict, mostly WWII, while the second group of wrecks falls under the category of “Artificial Reefs” which are wrecks that have been scuttled specifically for divers as an added attraction to diving industry in the Maltese Islands.



5. What is the coldest the Sea temperature ever gets here ?


The coldest it ever gets in Malta is in between Jan and March where the Sea Temperature is a very acceptable 14C approx. Compared to other European countries this is deluxe and relatively warm temperatures with the added value of having even better visibility during the winter months in Malta.

A 5mm, Semi-dry or Dry-suit are all valid options and will do for the job perfectly.



6. Which is the best time of the year to visit Malta ?


Well, Malta is an all year round destination and any season has it’s ups and downs however if you are looking for the best holiday deals, moderate temperatures and superb diving conditions October to December would probably offer the best chances.



7. How big are the groups during excursions or courses ?


Our policy in this matter is to have always limited number of persons per group so that ever diver can enjoy the experience, have an individual attention while being safe through-out the whole activity.



8. How many dives can I do in one day ?


More than 3 dives would be pushing it a little too much. Most diving excursions can take advantage of our 2 morning dive and an optional afternoon dive or else also a night dive.



9. Can I dive also in Gozo and Comino ?


Yes, we have several packages which include trips to Gozo & Comino. For more information kindly check out our diving excursions section or simply contact us.



10. Can I bring my non-diving partner along on the excursion or trip ?


Given that there is available space on the day you are welcome to bring any non-divers along however this can sometimes be subject to a minimal charge so kindly lets un know before hand to confirm availability and if any charges apply.



11. From what age can can kids start diving ?


Children can have their very first go at scuba diving from the age of 8 in a pool and 10 years in the sea.




12. As open water divers can we dive independently in Malta ?


No, to dive independently around the Maltese Islands you need at least to have an Advanced Diver certification or equivalent. We also do not recommend to dive independently if you have not gained a very good experience around the Maltese Islands. I remind you that every dive site has it’s own points of interest and hazards while it’s always much more enjoyable to be guided by somebody who not only knows the various places inside out but also it his job to make sure that you can enjoy your dives in the safest way.



13. Is Spearfishing with scuba permitted in Malta ?


No, Spearfishing with scuba is totally prohibited everywhere around the Maltese Islands, however spearfishing while freediving is considered as a legal sport but even in this case it is subject to various restrictions. Here below are the regulations regarding spearfishing in Malta.


Spearfishing in Malta is illegal when:


  1. using Scuba equipment (everywhere)
  2. at night when using artificial light (with or without scuba)
  3. in all zones designated as ‘marine conservation areas’ by the MEPA (with or without scuba)
  4. in all zones already restricted by law SL425-01 (with or without scuba)
  5. around all artificial reefs placed either for reasons of research or as an attractions for divers. These include but are not limited to all wrecks scuttled around Malta, Gozo and Comino. (with or without scuba)



14. Are bars, restaurants or public convenience present on the dive sites ?


Most dive sites have various facilities located close by however in some places they are completely absent. For this reason we suggest to ask for more information before departing to the site so that you can make arrangements accordingly.



15. Can i rent an underwater camera ?


Yes, we are please to offer digital underwater cameras for rent on a daily basis. Please get in touch for more information.



16. When would I need a medical ?


Before your first dive in Malta, on your arrival to the dive centre, you will be requested to fill in some documentation. As part of this documentation you will have a medical questionnaire. If you actually fail this questionnaire you will then need to be visited by a doctor for a medical to be issued prior to diving.
A medical may also be required for specific diving courses (such as Tec & mixed gas Courses) or also for professional courses such as the PADI Divemaster qualification.



17. Where can I do a medical in Malta ?


A medical examination can be easily organized at our dive centre. For this we will need to contact the physician in advance to make an appointment and he will be ale to meet you at our centre so it will be more convenient for you.



18. How much does a medical cost ?


In Malta not much, the average price is around 20euros however we always suggest you ask for more information before hand.



19. Are there any sharks in Malta ?


Even if the landing of a huge Great White Shark in Blue Grotto (Zurrieq) a few decades ago has fueled many rumors and myths about sharks in Malta unfortunately it’s actually extremely rare to spot any sharks while diving around the Maltese Islands at any dive site.




20. Is the weather good for diving all year round and is the Dive centre always open ?


Yes we are open all year round. The mild weather present in Malta makes diving suitable and pleasurable pretty much every day of the year.



Haven’t yet found a satisfying answer to your questions ? Just follow this link to contact us and get more information.