Tenerife Scuba Training Philosophy

"Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice" - Anton Chekhov.

At Tenerife Scuba our goal is to train people to become safe, confident divers. Theory is important as it forms the basis of the physical skills you learn during any course. Like any skill though you get good at it by practice and repetition which is called “Going Diving” Just because you have done a course, got a card it doesn’t make you’re a better diver. Maybe What you need to do is get some more experience!

Speciality Diving

PADI Equipment Specialist

The PADI equipment specialist gives you the opportunity to learn about the maintenance, repair and upkeep of your scuba equipment.

Whether it's a missing or blown o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you how to manage basic repairs and adjustments. Learn how to build your own dive gear maintenance toolkit.

The Equipment Specialist course consists of two main parts:

Knowledge development completed using home study.

Hands on practical exercises working with dive gear.

Who is the course aimed at?

  • All dive professionals, including Divemasters and Instructors, or those planning to be one
  • Rescue Divers
  • Those looking to work in a dive shop or on a dive boat.
  • Gear junkies!

How long will it take?

Typically 1 Day and home study.


A PADI Open Water (or qualifying certification from another training organization) 10 years old.

We strongly suggest getting the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving and to study the chapter on dive equipment prior to the course.

Diving Tenerife - PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course

This is possibly one of the most overlooked and yet most valuble of all of the PADI courses especialy for newish divers

Get buoyancy right can be a tricky thing. Divers who've mastered buoyancy stand apart.

You've seen them underwater.

They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought.

They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver

What will you learn on the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course

  • Trimming your scuba gear so you're perfectly balanced in the water
  • Nuances in determining weight so you're not too light nor too heavy by even a slight degree
  • Streamling to save air and move smoothly through the water
  • Hovering effortlessly in both vertically position and horizontally

How long will it take?

One day two dives.

Course Materials

PPB Manual and DVD


PADI Open Water (or qualifying certification from another training organization) 12 years old.

Diving Tenerife - PADI Night Diver Speciality

As the sun sets, you start preparing your dive gear, defogging your mask, and checking your gauges, as soon as you hit the water and descend down into darkness, you now depend on your torchlight for sight.

The reef will give you a new dimension of diving, as at night, the aquatic life you see during daylight are hiding away, and you have the thrill of exploring the reef all over again.

What will you learn on the Deep Speciality

  • organization, procedures techniques.
  • problems and hazards of night diving.
  • navigation and communication.
  • dive lights and buddy-system techniques
  • disorientation and emergency procedures

How long will it take?

Three dives normally over three days.

Course Materials

Night Diver manual, DVD and log insert.


PADI Open Water (or qualifying certification from another training organization) 12 years old.

PADI Deep Diver Course

The Deep Diver Specialty course offers you the opportunity to see thing others can only dream about.

Deep diving opens your world to new and exciting dives such as ship wrecks, holes and deeper reefs.

The PADI deep diver certification this will not only give you the additional skills to dive deeper but provide you with the additional dive safe confidence that is necessary.

What will you learn on the Deep Speciality

  • You'll learn deep dive planning.
  • Organisation, procedures.
  • Techniques and hazards.
  • Test this knowledge as you dive in the 18 - 40M range

How long will it take?

Four dives over two days.

Course Materials

Deep Diver manual, DVD and log insert.


A PADI Advanced Open Water (or qualifying certification from another training organization) 15 years old.

Diving Tenerife with Enriched Air Nitrox

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and a superbly useful tool to add to your diving qualifications. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you

  • More no decompression dive time.
  • More time on repetitive dives
  • Shorter Surface Intervals

There are of course limits on it's use and you learn about these on the course

The Enriched Air speciality course is a non diving course After successful completion of the course you will be able to dive with your preferred NITROX blend up to a maximum of 40% oxygen.

Enriched Air/Nitrox dives are an optional extra (a supplement applies). You will learn how to plan and conduct Enriched Air/Nitrox dives, analyze the oxygen content of your tank, complete a fill log and how to rent Nitrox tanks properly in the future

Diving Tenerife - PADI Dry Suit Diver Speciality

Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then stay out of the water. What? Stay out of the water? Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water. In the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty course, you'll learn how to use a dry suit. And that keeps you warm! Even in very cold water.

What will you learn on the Dry Suit Speciality

  • Preparation and "getting in and out" techniques specific to dry suits
  • Undergarments
  • Dry suit buoyancy control skills
  • How to recover when air is in your boots and you are upside down
  • Dry suit maintenance and storage

Buoyancy techniques for dry suit diving are different to wet or semi-dry suit diving. As such we spend 1/2 day in confined water practising skills prior to open water dives.

How long will it take?

Three dives normally over two days.

Course Materials

Dry Suit manual & DVD.


PADI Open Water (or qualifying certification from another training organization) 12 years old.

Diving Tenerife - PADI Search and Recovery Speciality

Oops sorry about this I've just dropped the car keys in the harbour...

NO !!The strap on my computer has broken and it fallen overboard!

People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even loose things while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success, along with methods to recover small, large or awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

What will you learn on the Search and Recovery Speciality?

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

  • Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.
  • Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.
  • Using a compass and natural navigation for search patterns
  • Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.
  • Limited visibility search techniques

How long will it take?

Four dives over two days.

Knowledge Development session

Course Materials

PADI Search and Recovery Diver manual


PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can enroll in the Search and Recover Diver course. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

PADI Wreck Diver Course

The lure of exploring sunken vessels, airplanes is something most divers can't resist. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course introduces you to wreck diving and helps you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for safe and fun wreck diving.

Wreck penetration-training dives are limited to within the light zone of the wreck. If the wreck used for training is located in deep water, over 18 metres, the Deep Diver rating is a recommended prerequisite for the Wreck Diver program.

Information contained in your wreck diver speciality

  • The planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of wreck diving.
  • The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, wreck penetration lines and reels.
  • Limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures.

How long will it take?

Four dives over two days.

Course Materials

wreck diver manual, DVD and log insert.


A PADI Advanced Open Water (or qualifying certification from another training organization) 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

Advanced Open Water and beyond or, a suggestion from the experienced

"If you are a doing continuing education course, Advanced Open Water or beyond why not give yourself a day before you start the course and have a pre-course diving day."

Even experienced divers, who dive regularly, when they change diving environments/locations they know it will take couple of dives to settle down and fully relax. There is a lot going on maybe they are using different equipment than they are used to, the need to get weighting sorted out and all dive centers run slightly differently.

So why not make you life easy and get the most out of your course.

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