What is Nima and what is Nima's mission?

Nima Dive Center is a PADI scuba diving center on Agia Anna beach, Naxos, Greece. Nima offers the full range of PADI scuba diving courses as well as daily boat dives to dive sites on Naxos and the surrounding areas.

Nima Dive Center’s mission is to teach people of all ages to multiple scuba diving levels, introducing them to scuba diving techniques and marine life exploration. Its philosophy is that the sea – along with all the creatures and treasures that reside in it – are for everyone to enjoy and preserve for centuries to come. Water is life and with the help of Nikos and Nima Dive Center, you can learn to live it.

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Whos Is Nikos?

Nikos Maitos, originally from Naxos, is the founder and lead instructor at Nima Dive Center. He graduated from Athens university with a BSc in Geology and Geo-environment studies. He also wrote a thesis looking at climate change and future studies at the Hellenic Centre for Marine research.

But after his studies, Nikos began to focus on his scuba diving qualifications. He is an accredited PADI IDC staff instructor, EFR (First Aid and CPR) instructor, IANTD Technical Diver and a rebreather diver with the JJCCR rebreather.

Nikos founded Nima Dive Center after almost a decade of experience working as a scuba diving instructor in several areas of Greece, including Attica, Naxos and Crete and as a commercial diver all over the world.

Nikos has dived in many wonderful and exotic locations such as Fiji, Wallis et Futuna, Samoa and Tonga, Australia, Canada, St Pierre et Miquelon and the Republic of Congo to name a few.

What is Nima offering?

Discover Scuba Diving. 

The perfect opportunity for any newcomer to discover the beauties and the mysteries of the Greek crystal waters under the supervision of highly-trained instructors. This service is primarily targeted to individuals of 10 years old or more that seek to start learning about Scuba Diving.

You will have a 30 min theory lesson in which you learn the basics of diving and then you will dive off the shore with our instructors down to 6 metres. If you love it (which you will), you can choose to do a second dive with us on our boat down to 12. 

Upon completion of the dive, you will get your first PADI certificate!


We can't leave our young friends outside of the fun! That's why through NIMA young children of ages of 8 years old or more, can enjoy a safe sea diving adventure under the strict 1-on-1 supervision of experienced PADI elite instructors. The maximum allowed depth is 2m and the lesson takes place in a safe distance from the shore!

With every dive the participants will receive personalised photographs and videos of their adventure.

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Important information

The DSD program is available for anyone 10 years old and above. Children 8-10 years old can participate in the PADI Bubblemaker program.

You will start your day diving at Nima with a theory lesson / dive briefing given by one of our instructors. We will also give you a booklet that explains the most important information about scuba diving for you to keep after your dive. Our instructors will explain all the equipment and are very happy to answer any questions you may have.

Then it’s time to try scuba diving for the first time!

Our instructors will gear you up and take you on a try dive down to a maximum depth of 6 meters. The equipment provided is always state-of-the-art and is also routinely serviced and maintained after each dive.

Before Diving

Before diving for the Discover Scuba Diving program, it is required for the diver to complete some prerequisites. The diver needs to download the PADI App to his smart device and complete the primary eLearning course. 

You can find the app by scanning the QR Code or by visiting padi.com.

Fitness and Health

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

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