"The Recreational Diving Service Provider Regulations SL 409.13 LN 357 of 2010", were published on 16th July 2010.

The objective of these Regulations being to ensure that all divers in Malta encounter the most pleasurable diving experience under the safest diving conditions possible

These Regulations aim to:-

  • Maintain and improve upon, the high level of care already administered by the licensed dive centres of the Maltese Islands . To this end, all dive centresl now have to be licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority, which has defined minimum standards for facilities, equipment and service. Only licensed diving centres will be allowed to provide diving services to the public
  • Achieve conformity with new European CEN Standards for Recreational Diving Service Providers. These new Standards provide the basis for the operational procedures detailed in the Maltese Regulations.


Paperwork required;


All divers have to complete a registration form on arrival at the dive centre.

This will include details of your diving qualification as well as a medical declaration form.


The medical questionnaire will screen and highlight those people who must seek further medical advice and / or examination prior to diving.

Certain conditions will always be incompatible with diving and if you know you suffer from impaired health, you should make further enquiries before booking a diving holiday.



Minimum Age


There are no restrictions on age. The decision on minimum age will be at the discretion of the Instructor or as stipulated by the training agency for those undertaking a diving qualification. Written parental / guardian consent will be required for all divers under age 18.


Technical Diving


The use of Rebreathers, Enriched Air and Trimix are sanctioned, subject to the normal restrictions of training and experience.


Additional requirements for Unguided / Independent diving


If you intend to dive without a guide from the centre leading the dive (organized or independent diving), you will need to be PADI Advanced Open Water, CMAS 2 Star Diver or equivalent, otherwise you will have to be accompanied in the water by an Instructor.


Additional requirements for Instructors


Only licensed operators, are allowed to offer scuba training or other recreational diving services.

Qualified Instructors who wish to supervise training or diving for those less than PADI Advanced Open Water, CMAS 2 Star or equivalent, must do so through a licensed dive centre.


The Instructor will first have to register with the dive centre, presenting

Proof of Instructor qualification

a copy of an annual medical examination by a Doctor specializing in diving medicine.

proof of 3rd party Insurance allowing him/her to teach diving


A form of photographic identification issued by a licensed dive centre will have to be issued which the Instructor needs have available for inspection at the dive sites.