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HISTORY

Originally called Boltenhagen, the P29 used to be a German minesweeping, which also patrolled the border river between East and West Germany. She was named after a small town in Rostock, and was built in East Germany in 1970, by a company called Peenewerft in Wolgarst (for those geography enthusiasts out there!). She is a mighty 52m in length with a beam of 7m, making her quite a spectacle. After the reunification of Germany, she was decommissioned as a minesweeper, along with most of the Kondor I class, but was then used as a patrol boat by the German Federal Coast Guard. Her guns were dismantled, she was repainted, and her radio and radar equipment were taken away, transforming her almost entirely for her new job.

On the 24th July 1997 she was bought by Malta, and given the pennant number (a naval identification number) P29. By this point Malta had already bought two other Kondor I boats (in 1992), the Ueckermunde and Pasewalk, respectively given the pennant numbers P30 and P31. The P29 became a patrol boat for Maltese waters, and since her former armaments had been removed before sale by Germany, she was lightly rearmed by the AFM (Armed Forces of Malta). In her time protecting the Maltese coast, she was used to prevent smuggling and border control operations. In 2004 she was decommissioned, and in 2005 was bought by the Malta Tourism Authority, which lead to her being scuttled in 2007. She was scuttled for the enjoyment of divers, and also to provide an artificial reef to encourage the growth of draining marine life.

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The P29 now lies approximately 150m from the shore of Cirkewwa in North Malta, not more than 200m from another wreck, the Rozi. With a maximum depth of 35m, she is really only accessible to Advanced Open water divers and levels above, but for those able to dive her, she is truly magnificent. In 2013 she was actually listed among ’10 Most Incredible Sunken Ships on Earth’ by Amazing beautiful world. Its is already possible to see nudibranch, eels, squid, rays and flying gurnard on the wreck, and in the sand around her. This means there is something for everyone to see, from macro lovers to new divers, especially owing to the shoals of smaller fish that swarm around the wreck.

The dive itself starts out in Susie’s pool, a shallow enclave with extraordinarily blue waters on days with good visibility, which is the perfect way to start a dive, allowing divers to get to grips with buoyancy etc, before swimming to the edge of the pool, where they are greeted by a drop off. As one swims over the drop off (approx 5m deep), you can see the sand below, and follow the drop off across, until you reach the Maria statue which sits in a small hollow in a corner of the rocks, at about 16m. From there as you swim out to the wreck itself, it is possible to see several memorial patches, dedicated to divers in Malta who have passed, in a touching tribute. In the sand itself is where to keep your eyes open for rays, flatfish and fireworms, which leads towards to wreck at about 30-35m. There is a small strip of Posedonia which lies between the wreck and the drop off, aiding navigation, and after the Posedonia it is normally possible to see the P29 looming out of the blue. The box of the P29 points away from shore, so the dive starts at the back of the boat, ad leads you around to the front where the famous gun lies. It is possible to ‘stand’ in ones’ fins and pretend to fire the gun, in fact so many divers have taken the chance to get this photo, that the handles of the gun are actually smooth and without coral or growth, unlike the rest of the gun. As you explore the P29 in more depth, keep your eyes open for several different types of nudibranch which have claimed it as their homes, and for some large morays, which can also be spotted hiding amongst the nooks and crannies.

Due to the fact the wreck was scuttled for diving purposes, it was gutted and made penetration friendly, meaning there are very few hazards for divers choosing to explore the inside of the wreck, as long as one stays within the boundaries of their training. It is necessary to take note of NDL’s though, as the wreck lies deep, and can tempt divers to stay beyond their limits in order to fully explore her. The swim back to shore can easily be done in blue water to conserve air, and a safety stop can be done either along the reef or in Susie’s pool, where on occasion, braver octopus have been known to hide.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS


Guided Diving:

• Maltese Law requires that all divers with a level rating less than Advanced Open Water or equivalent level need to be accompanied/guided by a renewed and insured Instructor in the water at all times.
• Guest divers will be grouped according to their qualification and experience and will always follow the instructions of the accompanying instructor. An instructor may terminate the dive or dive pack of any guest if the diver does not follow instructions or is deemed unsafe to himself and/or others.
• The dive centre or instructor reserves the right to refuse the business of any guests on the grounds of safety issues or possible issues that arise or may arise.
• If the guest has a medical issue and does not present a medical certification from any doctor allowing the guest to scuba dive then the guest will not be allowed to dive with us, regardless of the guest’s experience and/or certification level, until such medical check up is done and a medical certification is issues by any doctor allowing the guest to scuba dive.
• All qualified divers must present their certification card and logbook at the time of registering. Failure to do so may disqualify the guest from diving until such time that the required proof is provided.
• For their own safety, Divers may be required to complete a check dive and/or a refresher dive depending on their certification level and experience and the time elapsed between their last logged dive.
• If the guest does not present an official log book, which would contain the stamp and certification number of the final instructor, the requirement of whether a check dive and/or refresher dive is needed, still remains at the discretion of the present instructor.
• The maximum depth for each guest is determined by their certification level, as well as the instructor’s assessment of the client’s ability and comfort level and also by the weather and sea conditions on the day.
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All divers will need to complete and sign:

• Self-Assessment Medical Statement (RSTC Medical form): (LINK TO FORM)
If the diver answers “YES” to any of the medical conditions on the form, then a medical certificate signed by a doctor is required.
• Risk and Liability Statement: (LINK TO FORM)
Divers under the age of 18 need to provide written parental/ guardian consent allowing them to dive.
• Customer Registration Form: (LINK TO FORM)
This form is issued by the dive centre and will be given to the guest either by email or by hand and will be used solely to collect personal data and diving information as well as reminding the guest of local medical obligations. This form also includes the Self-Assessment Medical & Risk Liability statements.

Time of the dives:

• The divers are usually requested to be at the Dive Centre at 09:00 for a day of diving, unless otherwise specified.
• Night dives depart from the centre between 17:00 and 20:00 depending on the season.
• The meeting time for night dives will depend on the time of the year and the special circumstances of the dive or the day.
• If a diver doesn’t show on time, the dive may start without waiting for him/her.

Number of dives:

• The guest may choose the number of dives to do in a day. For some dive sites, a minimum of 2 dives will be required.
Courses:
• Standards require that appropriate student materials are purchased for use during all courses and to keep as reference after finishing it. Watercolours does not include the cost of the materials in the price of the course. The client may bring their own materials or purchase them from Watercolours.
• For technical courses, the certification fee is not included in the price of the course. The instructor may decide not to certify the student, if he considers the diver doesn’t fulfil the ability or personal requirements for the certification. There is a certification fee on each successfully completed recreational course included in the course prices.
• Watercolours will do all that is possible to complete a course within a stipulated time, however, it cannot guarantee its duration as each student will have to fulfil all the obligations and standards of the course which might take more time. If the student can’t complete the course during their stay either a referral will be issued by Watercolours or Watercolours will reserve the option to keep the course open to be finished within 12 months.
• If more than 12 months elapse then the course must be restarted from the beginning.
• If the student needs further days to complete a course additional fees may apply.

Dive sites:

• Watercolours will choose the appropriate dive sites suitable for its guests depending on their certification level, proficiency and the sea conditions on the day.
• The planned dive sites for the day may change, even at short notice, depending on weather conditions, safety issues or technical reasons.

Transport:

• Transport to and from dive sites is included in our prices, unless otherwise mentioned. Divers using our transport do so at their own risk. We recommend not to take valuables to the dive sites. Watercolours will not accept any responsibility for lost properties or thief.
• The cost of most of our boat dives is also included in the total price of our dives, however, additional boat costs may apply for dives done due to distance covered or special permits such as Heritage Malta & other costs. See additional costs explanation on the dive centre’s website. (LINK TO PAGE)

Non-divers:

• Non-divers travelling in the dive trucks and/or on the dive boat are subject to the available space with first preference always being given to diving clients. Non-divers travelling on the boat and/or in the dive trucks travel at their own risk. Watercolours doesn’t offer any tourist guiding or other activities except for diving and snorkel trips. All dive trucks and the dive boat all hold the appropriate licences and are all covered by the necessary insurance coverage.

Equipment Rental:

• Watercolours Dive Centre only rents equipment to divers accompanied by one of our instructors.
• The guest who is renting equipment is fully responsible for any damage or loss that the equipment may suffer due to bad or irresponsible use.
• Watercolours dive Centre does not rent out any scuba diving equipment to third parties.

Transfers:

• Upon request and availability, Watercolours offers Transfers from the airport to the chosen hotel or the dive centre.
• Watercolours also offers pick-ups for guests… see list of free pick-ups on website. Return transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed and is usually done at closing time which is 17:00

Confirmed bookings:

• A booking will only be confirmed upon deposit unless another arrangement is reached. In any other case it will be considered a provisional booking and Watercolours cannot guarantee the availability of an instructor for the requested activity. Alternatively, If there is space available, the guest can join any other dive happening during the stay.

Cancellation Policy:

• If the guest cancels an activity 24 hours before, the cost is 25% of the total cost.
• If the guest cancels an activity within 24 hours a 50% cancellation fee is required.
• The guest renounces any deposits for any cancellations unless a special agreement is reached.