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What are the accommodation facilities on Kadmat islands?

Kadmat Island has a Government run resort with 10 AC beach cottages.  The rooms are sold on full board basis with meals included as part of the price.

When is the best time to go diving in Lakshadweep?

The diving season is open from the month of October to mid-week May. However, the best diving is between December and April.

What are the options available for transfer from Agatti Island to the Kadmat dive centre?

Agatti and Kadmat are well connected by Speed Boat. Government run sped vessels are also available from time to time. Please check with us for schedules and availability.

What packages do you offer on the ship?

Ship packages are 3N / 4D packages offered by the Government of Lakshadweep. Please refer to www.lakport.nic.in for more information on the ship schedules.

How long are the dive sites from the resort?

All dive sites in Kadmat are not more than 30 mins away from the resort, by boat.

How does one book and what kind of time is required?

Since the number of rooms are limited, it is advisable to book at leat 20 days – 30 days prior. This ensures that formalities are adequately complete and the permits can be issued.Please write to Ravi or Siddharth for all diving bookings on reservations@lacadives.com

Is there a permit required to enter Lakshadweep islands?

Every individual going to Lakshadweep islands requires a permit. The permit takes a week to be processed. Lacadives issues permits for its guests. For further permit related information, please contact reservations@lacadives.com

What are the modes of payment?

The payment can be made by cash, cheque or foreign currency. WE also have the facility of a Bank wire transfer / NEFT.

Which Scuba certifications does Lacadives offer?

Lacadives offers CMAS and PADI Scuba certification. Please refer to our tariffs page for more details.

What is the weather like on the Island?

Lakshadweep weather is normally sunny and humid. Temperatures may vary between 26 C and 34 C. The Andaman islands are subject to a longer monsoon and temperatures normally range between 24 C – 30 C

How long are the dives?

We try and make the dives last at least an hour. If some buddy pairs in the group run low on air we send them to the safety stop with a Dive master and continue with the dive. The dive boat will pick up surfacing divers.

How long must I wait before I fly?

We recommend a minimum waiting of 24 hours before flying.

Will I need a medical certificate?

If you have or have had any medical conditions you will need a doctors letter to say you are fit to dive. All beginners need to sign a Medical questionnaire stating current health condition.

How many students do you train at a time?

Our student groups are restricted to 4 per instructor. This ensures better
teaching and personalised attention.

Are the dive certifications international?

Yes, with your dive certification you will be able to dive worldwide.

Does my dive certification expire?

Your dive certification does not expire, however, if you don’t dive for a period of time it is advisable to do a one day scuba review to refresh your dive knowledge and keep your diving safe

PADI

What is PADI?

PADI stands for:  Professional Association of Dive Instructors.

PADI is the largest most widely recognized SCUBA certification agency in the world. 

PADI has the widest network. Most dive instructors, dive shops and resorts around the world are PADI.

How old do I have to be to get scuba certified?

PADI requires you to be at least 10 years old to become a PADI certified Junior Open Water Scuba Diver.

Why do I have to get Certified to dive?

In the scuba class, you will learn how to dive safely and correctly.  Your PADI SCUBA certification card is proof that you have taken and passed the SCUBA course.  No reputable Dive Shop or PADI instructor will rent you gear, fill your tank , or let you dive at their facilities unless you are a certified SCUBA diver.

For how long will I be certified?

Your PADI SCUBA certification does not expire.  It is highly recommended that you keep in practice.  You should dive more than once a year.

How expensive is SCUBA diving?

Please check the Tariff card for prices of the courses.

Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?

No, in fact, it’s probably easier than you imagine — especially if you’re already comfortable in the water.  The course is “performance based,” which means that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.

Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver?

No.  All you need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water.  The swimming requirement for certification is an easy 183 meter/200 yard nonstop swim (with no time or specific stroke requirement) and 10 minute tread/float.

My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of the pool.  Won’t they hurt when I scuba dive?

Your ears hurt because water pressure pushes in on your ear drum.  In your scuba course, you’ll learn a simple technique to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, much like you do when you land in an airplane, and they won’t hurt at all.

Do I have to buy scuba gear?

For beginners, it is advisable to purchase Mask, snorkel and Fins. However, we provide Scuba tanks, buoyancy compensator, regulator, and weight belt, mask, fins and snorkel as part of the course.  All dive equipment can also be rented from our shop. Please see the tariff sheet for price details.