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Expert Advise for your first Dive at Veligandu
The colorful and lively underwater world is one of the most popular attractions for the Maldives. In an interview with Thomas Badstuebner, Ocean Group Dive Base Leader at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, learn more about the exciting marine life and diving adventures to explore at Veligandu.

Tom was born and raised in Durban, South Africa, where he spent most of his days either on the beach or in the sea. He went on to study media production and web application development in England. As a dual national, Tom also spent a few years in Germany to complete his national service. However, the sea has always held his fascination and soon left Europe to pursue his interest in SCUBA Diving. Now, Tom dives for a living and has been with the Ocean Group Dive Team at Veligandu for almost 2 years.

Would you describe diving as your passion? If yes, why?
Diving is definitely my passion. No other experience on this earth can completely immerse you into a new and exciting world so wonderfully different from what typically surrounds us each and every day!

Which reef or diving spot is your favorite?
The top diving spot for me, would have to be Madivaru Corner.

What are some of the popular species of fish that you would find on a typical diving trip in the North Ari Atoll?
Sharks, Rays, Barracudas, Napoleon Wrasse, Turtles, Puffer Fish, Jacks, Anemone Fish, Moray Eels, to name but a few.

Tell us about the latest diving equipment that is available for rental.
We have the GoPro Hero 5 video cameras with waterproof housing. Now you capture those truly unforgettable moments all the way down to 30m depths and in brilliant 4K resolution.

What is the best compliment you have received from a guest as a Dive Instructor?
“Thank you for changing my life forever.“

Do you have any advice for first-time divers?
Be patient with yourselves. Learning diving is like learning to ride a bicycle. You’ll be a bit unsteady to begin with but you’ll soon get the hang of it. Fortunately, gravity isn’t as much of a problem for newbie divers as it is for novice cyclists.

Share one of the ways you and your team ensure that guests safely enjoy diving at Veligandu?
In the Maldives, the local diving regulations are quite conservative and adhering strictly to them goes a long way towards making diving safe for everyone. These regulations are also the reason why the Maldives enjoys one of the best diving safety reputations worldwide.

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