PADI, with its globally acknowledged diving coaching program, is a part of the International School of Diving Safety & Medicine (ISDSM) School. The ISDSM goals at selling a broad educational schooling program by designing particular course curricula within the subject of Diving Security, Analysis and Drugs, specializing in the sustainability – each financial and environmental – of the diving business.
Because of the joint effort between DAN Europe, PADI ISDSM school, Institute of Tourism Studies of Malta (ITS) and Malta Skilled Diving Faculty Affiliation (PDSA), the primary Bachelor Degree of the diving business was created & launched in October 2020.
As quickly as we discovered about it, my companion Alana and & I instantly deliberate to journey to Malta. Studying extra about this particular program paired with diving in one of many best-known locations within the Mediterranean, was undoubtedly an ideal motivation.
In response to Malta’s Tourism Authority, Malta had 2.77 million inbound vacationers in 2019. Roughly 6,5% of those dived throughout their go to. That’s about 182,000 divers per yr, 15,160 per 30 days and greater than 500 per day! Not dangerous for a small archipelago with a complete land space of solely 316 km²/122 miles² .
The underwater diving tourism is regularly rising in these islands, and we needed to determine why.
The 2020 Problem
In the course of the month of August, just some days earlier than our departure, there was a rise in COVID-19 instances in Malta. This was a warning flag for us, however not an obstacle. We believed that so long as we adopted the advised sanitary measures and acted responsibly together with your well being and others, there was no purpose to cease travelling. We might simply must be additional cautious. We packed our scuba gear and off we went to paradise!
A Little Historical past
This small warm-weathered European archipelago is situated within the middle of the Mediterranean. It consists of three liveable islands – Malta, Gozo, and Comino, with an precise inhabitants of almost 450,000 individuals with English and Maltese being the official languages. Malta has an historic and interesting historical past that makes the nation much more engaging past its pure magnificence. It's estimated that its first settlers arrived in the course of the stone age, across the yr 5000 BC. It’s believed that they got here from the island of Sicily, the remainder of Italy, and from North Africa.
A number of the oldest free-standing temples constructed within the historical past of humankind, are situated in Gozo. They're referred to as “The Ġgantija Temples” and are even older than the Egyptian Pyramids in Giza.
For its strategic maritime place, the nation remained for a number of centuries underneath the management of a lot of empires and civilizations, such because the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, French, and lastly, the British.
Malta lastly achieved independence and have become a Republic in 1964. Its capital metropolis, Valletta, was one of many first European cities to be constructed on a completely new website. Regardless of its small measurement, Valletta is full of websites of historic significance and buildings courting again to the 16th century. Strolling round Malta actually makes you are feeling such as you’re in an enormous open-air museum.
Dealing with COVID-19
As quickly as we arrived, we observed strict compliance with well being laws by Maltese residents and enterprise providers. We actually felt protected throughout our whole keep.
Swab exams have been carried out by appointment solely at designated testing centres. It was very straightforward to acquire, we simply needed to name the Public Well being Helpline (111). An operator took word of our private particulars and gave us an appointment to the closest testing centre, three days earlier than our scheduled flight again house.
It was actually quick, easy they usually have been very properly organized. By noon we have been again to Xlendy Bay in Gozo establishing our scuba diving gear in our most popular PADI dive store for our afternoon dives.
A Diving Paradise
In case you are on the lookout for beautiful blue waters, and engaging, distinctive spots, not solely on the floor but in addition under it, Malta & Gozo are the fitting locations.
The islands host over 60 skilled diving facilities, that are recognized by their excellence and high-quality help. A number of the best-known dive websites are the worldwide well-known Blue Gap, and the distinctive Inland Sea, each in Dwejra. Well-known shipwrecks embrace the Um El Faroud, the MV Karwela, and loads of others.
When it comes to marine life, we have been capable of observe a few of the typical creatures that inhabit the Mediterranean, comparable to barracudas, moray eels, groupers, octopuses, cuttlefish, and nudibranchs.
We need to emphasize the spectacular water visibility, certainly the most effective we've discovered within the Mediterranean Sea. We should always add to the listing a number of underwater caves, pure wonders that basically take your breath away, in addition to epic shipwrecks. Sure, it appears that evidently Malta actually has all of them.
This journey exceeded our expectations. Means earlier than we left, we already needed to return!