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Dive at your level
• If you're a novice at diving, a qualified instructor will take you by the hand for your first dive up to 6 meters deep.
• If you're already a "graduate" (level 1) you can push down to -20 meters with an instructor. In fact the number of fish is greater between the surface and twenty yards.
• At level 2, you'll be autonomous in the 20 meter zone, but then supervised until a maximum depth of 40 meters.
• Level 3 allows you to dive up to 60 meters. You can rent equipment in most dive shops and specialty stores.
• Finally, level 4 prepares to coaching.
In any case, if you 're not a beginner, do not forget a diver's card! If you have a PADI or SSI degree (RSTC), choose a RSTC center. Do not plan to dive within 12 hours (preferably 24 hours) of an airplane flight or a hike in the mountains, so as to not modify the course of the blood desaturation.
Diving for all ...
... or quite ! No need to be an outstanding swimmer or athlete to try to dive. If you are over 8 years old, if you're not pregnant (ladies), if you're in good health overall (beware of ear problems particularly !), diving is at your fingertips. A medical certificate is strongly recommended but not required for engaging in this activity.
• Photography lovers, remember that your most shimmering subjects await you under the tropical waters of Reunion! A waterproof disposable camera will do, but if you aim for the masterpiece, you'll have to get equipped with an watertight box.
• If you already have your level 3, then dive as Tintin on a discovery of the wrecks that are scattered across the seabed off the coast of St Gilles and St Leu. 55 meters below the surface of the St Gilles' waters, two wrecks have become real fish repairs, the presence of small fish attracting that of the big fish (you can even come across a skipjack tuna or a swordfish at decompression stages!). Not to miss the fabulous 60 meter dive at Pointe au Sel.
Not to mention the snorkeling explorations you can experience at the Boucan Canot beach or in the lagoon. Many centers also offer diving snorkelling trips by boat.
It goes without saying that the eco-citizens that we are will avoid setting their fins on the bottom of the lagoon to avoid breaking the corals, so precious to the survival of this fragile ecosystem. They shall also refuse to collect fish, shellfish, corals (even dead) because they contribute to the renewal of coral sand and the preservation of the beach and the reef. These offenses are punishable by fines when you go through customs.