The Black Pearl Liveaboard performed dives at popular Maldives dive site Kandooma Thila, later crossing over to the South Ari Atoll…
Yesterday, the Black Pearl live aboard performed Kandooma Thila for the first dive. With a strong current flowing from west to east and visibility at around 10 to 15 meters, divers managed to spot 6 grey reef sharks.
Scuba Diving Tips for Kandooma Thila
While diving at Kandooma Thila when the currents are strong, there are few points to consider in order maximize your bottom time, reduce drifting and ensure a safe dive.
Scuba Diving Tip #1 for Kandooma Thila – Strong Outgoing Current
Firstly, if a strong outgoing current is present, then get ready for a negative entry, making sure that you have deflated all air from you BCD and that your weight belt is on. As soon as you hit the water, start your descent head first and swim to deeper waters, allowing the reef to protect you.
Scuba Diving Tip #2 for Kandooma Thila – Drifting
Secondly, don’t drift all at once. The reef is no more than 350 meters in length and you don’t want to run out of reef and abort the dive. Make a habit of stopping or hooking the reef every now and then to observe your surroundings.
Scuba Diving Tip #3 for Kandooma Thila – Reef
Thirdly, don’t swim away from the reef when the current is strong since you might not be able to get back to the reef. The current pushes you away from the reef when they’re strong.
Scuba Diving Tip #4 for Kandooma Thila – Surface Balloon
Lastly, be sure to carry a surface balloon and start inflating it as soon as you start your ascent or reach shallower water.
Present location of the Black Pearl live aboard is the Dhangethi Region, Southern Ari Atoll.