Scuba Diving at Queen Mary, Malta

Join us for an underwater adventure in the Mediterranean Sea with two of our distinguished medical enthusiasts.

Malta’s caves, wrecks, reefs, and underwater arches are a great way for budding doctors to unwind after a day of hitting the books. Students and staff will enjoy excellent visibility, warm waters, minimal currents, and several experienced scuba schools suitable for beginner and advanced divers. To bring this underwater world to life, we’ve enlisted the expertise of our deputy dean and a first-year student.

What to expect under the sea

Our guide into the depths today is Professor Catherine Molyneux, Deputy Dean for Education at Queen Mary Malta, who dedicates all her free time and disposable income on diving. 

“Diving in Gozo is absolutely fantastic for the beginner,” Catherine explains. “The visibility is good, and there is quite a bit of life. With it being a small island, depending on the direction of the wind, there is nearly always somewhere where you can dive.” 

First-year student Max Dyer, an Open Water Diver since 2019, also joined the expedition. Having been away from the water for a couple of years, Max has taken the opportunity to back up his hours, logs, and experience, something that he hopes to continue. 

“I’ve encouraged lots of friends of mine to try diving for the first time, and they’ve walked into the water as if they were swimming in a pool,” Max explains. “It was nice for them to get a foothold in diving. Something that I find cool is that there are lots of wrecks in Malta, but some of them have been modified by the government so you can explore without a wreck-diving licence.” 

Recharge your mind & body with diving

Both Catherine and Max go diving because it offers an outlet from day-to-day stresses.

“I guess it’s just in my blood,” says Catherine. “I go out for a dive, and sometimes I feel a little bit like an astronaut. Everything’s weightless. I love it. I love to see the fish; sometimes it just looks blue. I love the bubbles. I love that feeling of weightlessness. I go there, and I forget about all those emails in my inbox, and I forget about work for a minute, and I really wind down, relax and enjoy.”

For Max, it’s a chance to rest and recuperate. “It’s a well-known fact that medicine is quite a high workload course, and diving gives you a space, a new world, where you can temporarily disconnect from your academics for a bit. Simply submerge yourself in warm water, go eighteen metres down in the water, see water wildlife and disconnect just for a quick session.”

Professor scuba diving laughing during her pre-scuba session.
Student scuba diver filling out a form before taking on his scuba diving session.

Applying medical theory to practice

However, students of Queen Mary, Malta, have plenty to learn from diving, says Catherine.

“Students must learn about the transport of gases through the blood, which makes diving a good teacher. One of the most important things in diving is remembering to stop for your safety check to off-gas the extra nitrogen that your body has absorbed. In addition to that, an expanding field in medicine is hyperbaric medicine, and the hyperbaric doctor over in Gozo General Hospital is very involved with our students. He does a special Student Selected Component in hyperbaric medicine.”

Professor and student smiling at the camera, getting ready to go scuba diving.
An acadmeic and student laughing on the dock together smiling at the camera after scuba diving.

A whole new world at your doorstep

Being a small island, students of Queen Mary, Malta, are never more than 30 minutes from the ocean. There are countless dive sites across the two islands, from the Blue Hole to the Santa Maria Caves on Comino Island, a fascinating underwater landscape with a series of interconnected caves and tunnels. And it’s hardly expensive either.

“The student discount scheme (Apple/Android) gives students access to a few good diving centres, making it a no-brainer to give it a go,” Max explains. “It costs about 50 euros for a complete beginner to see if they like it or not. It doesn’t require much. They give you training on the spot. You can go from zero to hero with very little effort and it opens a world of opportunities that you can enjoy for a lifetime.”

Still not convinced?

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