Scuba dive world record event to be held in Maldives

Guinness World Record for Free Diving event held in Maldives on October 1, 2019 | Photo: PSM

Male’ Maldives – Conquer Land Air Water Global Adventures LLP (C.L.A.W) who has started attempts to break 3 diverse world records directed towards individuals with special needs all through the globe has marked a Memorandum of Understanding to work in association with Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation (MITDC).

The three world records are intended to be carried out in three different countries as below.

  • Largest team of People with Special Needs to climb the world’s highest mountain — India
  • Largest team of People with Special Needs to Sky Dive — Dubai
  • World’s largest Scuba Occupational Therapy and Skill Training program for the people with special needs — Maldives

The program is mainly focused on changing the mindset of today’s generation and to show the things people with special needs can do and to encourage people to not focus on their disabilities. 

Former Special Forces instructors and volunteers will be preparing the participants in all three activities. A team for CLAW visited the Maldives to carry out meetings and negotiations with important partners of this event. 

CLAW scheduled to carry out the Scuba Diving event in the Maldives during the visit, during which the team met with the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof. Likewise, they have additionally had separate gatherings with the particular senior authorities of the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services, High Commission of India in the Maldives, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Housing Development Corporation (HDC), and Divers Association of Maldives also.

The entirety of the partners passed on their genuine thankfulness to CLAW for picking the Maldives to hold the Scuba Diving event and ensured to offer their definitive help for the event which is to be held during February or March of 2021.

While tourism came to a halt all over the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak, many countries economy was highly affected. Maldives’ economy had a great downfall as it’s based mainly on tourism. During times like this, an event like this will help to showcase Maldives’ natural beauty the billions of people worldwide.

The founder of CLAW, Major (Ret) Vivek Jacob (Retired Special Forces) has said that “special needs Individuals, just like normal people, wish to engage in different types of activities and experiences too. However, due to a variety of obstacles, it is difficult for them to get such opportunities. And many refuse due to fear. Our organization CLAW’s goal is to put an end to such obstacles for Special Needs Individuals, help them overcome their fear and partake in adventurous events, and create the opportunity for them too to experience the natural beauty of the world. The decision of holding the Scuba Diving segment in the Maldives has been greeted with the warmest welcome by the country. The Government SOE, MITDC has established an MOU to actively partner with us in this event, which is incredible support and assistance for the team at CLAW. For this, I convey my utmost gratitude to the wonderful residents and the Government of the Maldives.”

The Managing Director of MITDC, Mr. Mohamed Raaidh also went on to say that “This is a fantastic addition to the successfully progressing tourism industry of the Maldives. As we celebrate the 49th Anniversary of the Maldivian tourism industry, holding events as such is a crucial step towards further growth. To recover from the immense damages caused by Covid-19, our entire tourism industry needs great support. Finding different ways to diversify the tourism industry has become obligatory. In addition to aiding the tourism industry, this event by CLAW is a sacred and humble step towards helping Special Needs Individuals as well. This would cause a change in the overall outlook of the Maldivian Tourism Industry, earning respect in the face of the entire world.”

For this event, Special Needs participants will have to travel to the Maldives from all around the world along with their instructors and supporters. The event is also open for Maldivians to participate.