Arrival on Kuredu & introduction to Prodivers

The flight from Male to Kuredu takes around 45 minutes & has to be one of the most spectacular flights that you will ever make.   You cover around 90 kilometers, flying over inhabited islands & desert atolls.

On our arrival in Kuredu we were met by the guest relations staff & went through all the usual procedures, our diving gear was taken to the Dive Centre & we were settled into our accomodation.

After a quick wash & brush up we had a walk down to the Dive Centre to suss out the facilities.   I must apologise if my account from here on in sounds like an advert for Prodivers, I am not benefitting in anyway from writing this, nor am I in any way connected with Prodivers apart from being a very satisfied customer.

Prodivers Dive Centre.

The dive centre is adjacent to the main buildings & just a short walk from the quay.   The centre contains the main office, equipment hall, compressor room, video lab, outdoor lecture area & cylinder filling station.

The Main Office

The centre is run with ruthless efficiency by Raymund Van Eeden, an imposing but very friendly South African, Ray has a staff of around 30 which include instructors of various nationalities, compressor operators, equipment   techs & 2 great lads that lug all the gear to & from the boats 3 or 4 times a day.

Ray Van Eeden, Prodivers baseleader, Kuredu (also Inspiration diver)

The Equipment Hall

This place has to be seen to be believed, it puts every other outfit that I have dived with in the shade.   A water footbath at the entrance keeps the place sand free, & the place is spotless.  

The Equipment Hall

A separate area is reserved for rebreathers, this has benches & hanging space for hoses & scrubber heads etc.   A bin full of premixed disinfectant is provided for loop rinsing etc.   In the centre of the hall are 3 large freshwater tanks, 2 are for rinsing gear & the other is reserved for cameras & demand valves.   Post dive cleaning was simply a case of chucking the whole unit into one of the tanks, giving it a good swill around & then standing it on the bench to drain.

Rebreather Territory

Sofnolime

Prodivers are the main importers of Sofnolime into the Maldives, so plenty of 797 grade is available, this is charged at $9/kilo so a fill costs around $22 which at the time of writing is approximately 13.   I was running my scrubber to 4 hours which equated to 2 days diving.   The water temperature was 32 deg ( yes that's right 32 deg C) & the maximum depth was 30m.   I did have a whisper that certain locals run scrubbers to 6 hours without any ill effects, I was happy at 4 hours.   This is obviously against all the recomendations of APD, you extend your scrubber life at the risk of shortening your own, it's your choice.

O2

High pressure O2 is freely available via a cascade decanting array assisted by a Jetsam Baby Booster, 200bar fills were no problem.  O2 was charged at $0.05/litre