1.0 Gozo Aqua Sports Dive centre is open and we dive 7 days a week, all year round. Weather conditions permitting
1.1 A day's diving consists of 2 day dives: - 1 dive in the morning & 1 in the afternoon - With prior arrangement we also 'double dive' - starting at 08:15 but finishing much earlier.
1.2 A typical day is something like this
Meet at the dive centre at 08.15 - pack kit and load trucks for the morning dive and depart to the dive site.
Return to dive centre and take a lunch break
Meet back at the dive centre at 13.15 for the afternoon dive. Arriving back at dive centre approx 16:00 depending on the dive site chosen.
1.3 Other start times may be available upon request & are subject to availability.
1.4 When boat diving, start and finish times are arranged on a daily basis.
1.5 Snorkelling/passengers on boats/trucks are subject to space. Snorkelling is only permitted when there is supervision. You may only snorkel on dive sites where there is no direct boat traffic and it’s done at one’s own risk.
1.6 Night dives: Are available throughout the year and are arranged on request. Times are arranged relevant to sunset at various times of the year.
1.7 Dives in your dive packages do not have to be made on consecutive days.
1.8 Dive packs cannot be shared between people & dives are non-transferrable.
1.9 You may be required to complete a check dive and/or scuba review depending on your level and experience.
2. Pre-Conditions for Diving
2.1 Qualified divers need to present their certification card and log book.
2.2 All divers need to complete and sign a Maltese Government Diver Registration Form. This form consists of a self assessment Medical Screening Statement and a Statement of Risks and Liability.
2.3 If a diver answers `YES’ to any of the questions on the above Medical Screening Statement then a medical certificate signed by a medical doctor stating that you are fit to scuba dive is required. This medical certificate needs to be less than 12 months old.
2.4 It is the diver’s responsibility to ensure that, if applicable, the above medical requirement is met. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the diver either losing diving days until a medical can be arranged locally or not being permitted to dive due to local legislation.
2.5 Divers under the age of 18 need to provide written parental/guardian consent allowing them to dive
3. Independent/Unguided Diving & Tank or Equipment Rental
3.1 Maltese diving regulations stipulate that all divers renting equipment and diving independently must be qualified as a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water, BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent (2 Star). Divers below this level must dive under the direct in-water supervision of a Maltese registered diving Instructor and may not rent equipment and dive independently.
3.1.1 For divers wanting only Air Fills the above 3.1 applies
3.2 A diver wishing to do Independent/Unguided diving will need to arrange their own buddy. Solo diving is not recommended or encouraged by our dive centre.
3.3 Divers opting for Independent diving need to have their own transport. This can be arranged by Gozo Aqua Sports should you wish.
3.4 Customers renting equipment from Gozo Aqua Sports must check that all equipment is working properly prior to leaving the dive centre. If stolen or damaged, customers are required to reimburse the centre for the item in full.
3.5 All items must be returned in good working order on the same day as taken. Items will be charged on a daily basis whether used or unused until handed back to reception staff.
3.6 The customer renting the equipment is fully responsible for all equipment once it is signed for and is the responsibility of the hirer, any losses or breakages must be paid for in full.
4. Guided Dives
4.1 All our dive guides are qualified instructors. Divers are grouped into teams of similar qualification and experience and suitable dive sites are then selected according to the group’s preferences.
4.2 Divers using our transport to and from the dive sites do so at their own risk. Any equipment or personal belongings lost or stolen from the vehicle is not covered by Gozo Aqua Sports insurance.
4.3 The maximum depth for each client is determined on certification level and the date of the last dive.
4.4 We do not do Decompression Dives for Recreational diving unless certified in decompression procedures. This does not apply to technical diving.
4.5 Divers opting for technical dives need to book for these separate to our normal recreation dives. Rates for technical dives vary greatly depending on client’s particular request.
4.6No refunds are given for dives booked and not completed when already on location - unless Gozo Aqua Sports cancel the dive(s) due to adverse weather conditions or any other reasons outside of our control. Where possible Gozo Aqua Sports will reschedule any dives – if not possible then refunds will be given for dives not taken.
5. Course Requirements
5.1 All of our PADI course prices include the cost of PADI Certification fees.
5.2 PADI standards require that appropriate PADI materials are purchased for use on each course. These are available at the dive centre at additional cost.
5.3 Gozo Aqua Sports have the right to withhold final certification should the instructor feel that the student has not reached the required level needed for that level of certification as defined by the training organisation.
6.1 All divers and passengers making use of Gozo Aqua Sports transport need to be decently dressed and are asked to wear dry clothes. As a courtesy to other customers using the transport, passengers with wet clothing will not be allowed on to the transport. Wrap around towels are not adequate.
6.2 Please do not take any valuables with you that you are not able to take in the water with you. The dive centre has safe lockers where you may leave valuables for the day while diving.
7.1 Guests are responsible for taking out adequate insurance cover for their diving activities and equipment. Personal items or equipment left in the dive centre during the day or overnight are not covered by Gozo Aqua Sports Insurance cover. Items left on Gozo Aqua Sports premises are left at customers own risk
7.1.1 Gozo Aqua Sports has the right to dispose of items left/forgotten at the premises longer than 3 months.
8 Force Majeure
8.1 Actions of independent contractors such as airlines and tour operators are not the responsibility of Gozo Aqua Sports.
8.2 We reserve the right to shorten a trip, change itineraries or substitute a vessel for weather or mechanical reasons.
9. Securing your Booking
9.1 Bookings should not be considered firm until a non-refundable 30% deposit has been paid on the full package cost.
9.2 Payment may be made by credit/debit card, PayPal account or by bank transfer to our bank account. Please note that there is a 3% surcharge for all card payments and any PayPal fees to be met by customer
10. Cancellation Policy
10.1 All cancellations must be sent to us in writing by email or letter.
10.2 Diving Services: If cancelled more than 7 days prior to date of service an additional €25 admin charge is applicable on top of 30% non-refundable deposit. If cancelled less than 7 days prior to date of service, full payment is required.
10.3 Additional Services, e.g. Accommodation/transfer/car hire/boat charter etc. If cancelled more than 28 days prior to date of service €25 admin charge is applicable on top of 30% non-refundable deposit.
If cancelled less than 28 days prior to date of service, full payment is required.
10.4 Under extenuating cancellation circumstance the deposit (with the exception of Accommodation Deposits) may be held available for use by the client for another booking if taken within one year, this deposit is Non-Transferable
The decision on what is `extenuating’ will be at the sole discretion of Gozo Aqua Sports.
Everyone is very helpful and friendly and the equipment available to hire is faultless. I really enjoyed my test dive, and felt safe in the hands of the instructors who have clear and confident instruction. The centre was very well organised and everyone was so friendly. We did 5 dives over 2 days and they were great. Thank you for a lovely relaxed but fun diving experience.
I visited Gozo for a dive holiday with friends and chose to dive through Gozo Aqua Sports. A fabulous decision. All of the staff were so welcoming and friendly and made us feel at home throughout the week. Staff were thorough and extremely helpful in assisting us to select, understand and maintain our equipment. We completed our Open Water course with Martin, a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor who made us feel at ease throughout.
No doubt, Gozo Aqua Sports is the place to be if you want to spend a great diving holiday on Gozo. We started diving with Gail and Patrick more than 20 years ago and this year, the second generation of the family passed the open water course in the same place. There is a well equipped shop and a lot of different diving activities including Tec diving as well as friendly helpful staff.
From the minute we emerged from baggage claim, we were looked after. Gail at GAS had arranged our transfers across the two islands and had our apartment, vehicle keys, and paperwork waiting for us. Gail and GAS instructor Martin were ready with advice on weather and sea conditions to make sure our independent diving went safely. As ever my wife and I had first class friendly and effective service. I wouldn't go anywhere else on Gozo.