Learning to dive on the Maldives

You are planning a holiday in the Maldives and are not sure if you want to learn to dive? All we can do is recommend it! The underwater world of the Maldives is full of surprises. Great soft and hard corals and above all lots of fish, many small and colourful reef fish, nudibranchs, turtles, eagle rays, manta rays, reef sharks, whale sharks …. way too much to list everything. We would love to introduce you to this fascinating underwater world and this great sport.

At our diving resorts, you have the opportunity to take a beginner diving course several times a week. We educate in accordance with the guidelines of SSI (Scuba Schools International).

Our dive centres on the Maldives:

Learning to dive on Bathala


The dive center is located directly on the beach of the barefoot-island in the Nord-Ari-Atoll. Even during the novice diving courses, there is plenty to see.

Learning to dive on Filitheyo


The center is located directly on the beach of the only tourist island in the atoll. All introductory courses start in small groups in the lagoon.

Learning to dive on Medhufushi


The Werner Lau Dive Center is located on the east side of the Meemu Atoll. With its large lagoon, the island offers ideal conditions for beginners.


We want to train you with no stress and with an individual approach. For this reason, all beginner diving courses at Werner Lau take place in small groups of a maximum of 2 students per instructor.

If you are already a certified diver, you have a lot of possibilities to continue your diving education with us:

  • Various special courses according to the guidelines of SSI.
  • SSI Advanced Adventurer Course
  • Rescue Diver Course (on request)
  • Divecon (on request)

Child Diving:

The Kids are welcome. At Werner Lau on the Maldives we take your children into our care and provide them with the following services according to the guidelines of SSI courses in small groups of maximum 2 students per instructor:

  • Junior Diver: (minimum age 8 years / max. 2 m dive depth / 3 course dives)
  • Junior Scuba Diver: (minimum age 9 years / max. 5 m dive depth / 3 course dives)
  • Junior Open Water Diver: (minimum age 10 years / max. depth 10 meters / 6 course dives)


We digitize everything which makes things easier. The same applies to the theoretical training offered in our courses. Meanwhile the theory of all SSI courses can be completed online. If you have any questions, just contact us. Contact: office@wernerlau.com


For beginners diving courses the complete equipment except mask, fins, snorkel and suit is included in the package price.

The beginner diving course usually lasts 3.5 days and includes theory lessons, an introductory course, 6 diving lessons and the theoretical final exam.

The Advanced Adventurer course lasts 2 to 3 days and includes 5 dives. The CMAS* or Open Water Diver is required for participation in the Advanced Adventurer course.

A medical examination is always recommended for the participation in diving courses or later dives, but in the Maldives only legally required if one or more questions in the  medical questionnaire are answered with “yes”. In your own interest, however, we recommend that you have your diving doctor examine you before the trip and have an appropriate certificate issued to you.

Some diving courses, such as the Open Water Diver or the Advanced Open Water Diver, can be pre-booked with us.

Further Werner Lau Centers:

Egypt, Marsa Alam

Learning to dive at "The Oasis" in Marsa Alam

The Oasis

The dive center is situated on the hill of the beautiful wellness hotel called  “The Oasis” and is ideal for beginners. The pool, house reef and local dive sites guarantee a comfortable and relaxed dive experience.