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Insider secrets to diving in the Maldives
The colorful and lively underwater world is one of the most popular attractions for the Maldives. In an interview with Antoine Jegat, Euro-Diver’s Dive Center Manager at Vilamendhoo Island & Resort & Spa, learn more about the exciting marine life and diving adventures to explore at Vilamendhoo.

Antoine began diving in 2004 in Brittany, France, where he was born and raised, and haven’t stopped since. During a trip to Bali in 2010, he decided to make a living out of his passion and did the Divemaster and Instructor courses. After working in Bali, Antoine joined Euro-Divers and made the Maldives his home in 2011. He had the opportunities to explore this amazing country working on different islands in different atolls. He is glad to be back in South Ari Atoll, as it provides some of the best diving in the world!

Would you describe diving as your passion? If yes, why?
Yes!! Scuba diving it is not just a passion, it is even a way of life! Since my childhood, I have always been attracted by the ocean and all the marine life. It is a fascinating world and the best way to be part of it is diving.

Scuba diving gives a feeling of fulfillment and it is the chance to interact with amazing creatures like Manta rays, sharks, whale sharks or even tiny nudibranches! It is really addictive and once you start, you cannot stop!

Which reef or diving spot is your favorite?
Kuda Rah Thila. This famous dive site is situated in Digurah Chanel and it sums up why diving is so popular in Maldives: currents which bring a lot of life; many kind of fish, pelagic like tunas, sharks, jackfish, overhangs full of soft corals, big school of snappers, etc… Each time I go there, there is always something different to see and I love it!

What are some of the popular species of fish that you would find on a typical diving trip in the South Ari Atoll?
So many different kind of species from the smallest (damselfish, clownfishes, wrasses, butterflyfishes, triggerfishes…) to the biggest (grey reef or white tips sharks, groupers, barracudas, jacks, napoleons…).

In South Ari Atoll and especially here at Vilamendhoo, we are close to manta ray cleaning stations and to the National Marine Park for Whale Sharks, where it is possible to see whale sharks all year long. This allows us to organize, at least twice a week, some trips to look for these mysterious sharks.

Tell us about the latest diving equipment that is available for rental.
Here at Vilamendhoo, we provide up-to-date diving equipment from dive computer, BCD, regulators, SMBs, wetsuits. Also special diving equipment like: underwater scooters, fluorescent night dive torches (blue light dive torches and yellow mask filters to enjoy the fluorescence of the corals by night) and free diving equipments.

What is the best compliment you have received from a guest as a Dive Instructor?
It was from one of my student who never have tried scuba diving before and who was totally scared about it. At the beginning it was even hard for her to just put her face in the water! But at the end of the week she was an Open Water diver and she was actually good!

She thanked me for getting confident and to discover the wonders of the underwater world. Now each time she goes diving somewhere, she writes me a word on Facebook and sends me some pictures!
For me, that is the best compliment that can be received as a dive instructor.

Do you have any advice for first-time divers?
Breathe!! Just be relaxed, trust your dive instructor and open your eyes!

Share one of the ways you and your team ensure that guests safely enjoy diving at Vilamendhoo?
We always put safety first. When our guests arrive at the dive center, they first do an orientation dive, where we remind them all the safety rules and procedures and during which they can check their weights and equipment.
With the courses, we follow the PADI standards, to ensure that our students learn to dive safely.

All our boats are equipped with DAN Oxygen kits and, of course basic safety equipment (life jackets, first aid kits…). All our dive instructors are EFR Instructors and we follow strict standard procedures in case of emergency (decompression sickness, missing diver, accidents).

Read more about diving at Vilamendhoo.

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