Sunday, November 06, 2005

Tourism Minister says Maldives a safe diving destination

Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mahmood Shaugee says that Maldives is a safe diving destination and that the government is endeavouring to minimize regretful diving accidents.

He made the statement while addressing held in Bandos Island Resort today, to mark the 8th dive-safety medicine course graduation and Maldives Dive-Safety Day 2005. In his speech, he noted that hazardous diving incidents in the Maldives were greatly reduced over the past 5 years. He said that this resulted from hard work and collaboration from those serving in the diving field and tourist resorts.

The Tourism Minister also said that consultation to amend the diving regulations in the Maldives will be taken from professional and expert divers and those providing the service. The 8th dive-safety medicine course was a joint venture run by Divers Alert Network, DAN and Bandos Island Resort.

The course was facilitated by European experts, and was taken part by doctors of Maldives and Scandinavia. The ceremony was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ministry of Health and Bandos Island Resort. The ceremony was followed by three information sessions on diving.