The Canary Islands are situated just off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, (approx 100km west of Morocco) they are the remaining cones of long-extinct volcanoes. There are seven large islands and numerous smaller islands that collectively make up the Canary Islands, Tenerife is the largest island some 97km in length and 48 to 16km in width. Mount Teide, on Tenerife, is the highest mountain in Spain, at 3,718m as well as the third tallest volcano in the world . Teide remains active, although its last eruption occurred in 1909. The majority of coastline is rocky with a few beaches. The two closest islands to Tenerife are to the west, at a distance of some 30Km, La Gomera between the two islands the ocean drops to some 500m+ deep. To the east of Tenerife is Gran Canaria some 75Km away, between the two islands the ocean drops to some 3500m+ deep.
Most of the scuba diving in Tenerife takes place within a few hundred meters’ of the shore and no more than a couple of kilometers from harbor. Dive sites range in depth from a few meters to the limits of recreational diving, also on most dive sites it is possible to do a multilevel dive. Although there are a few shore dives possible the majority of the Tenerife dive sites are accessible by boat only. Dive centers tend to use Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB) and return to harbor during dives for a surface interval as the journey time to a dive site is a few minuets to 20mins maximum. For this reason no one in the Canary Islands runs the large "Live Aboard" dive boats you find in some parts of the world. If you have booked accommodation away from the coast take care not to accede the 600m rule. See additional blog article "Flying after Diving"
The island, which lies at the same latitude as the Sahara Desert, enjoys a warm tropical climate with an average air temp of 18–24 °C (64–75 °F) in the winter and 24–28 °C (75–82 °F) in the summer. With cooling onshore and offshore breezes the air temp always feels very pleasant. Take care though the sun is deceptively fierce, you will burn. Water temperatures range from 19Deg C in the winter months to 24-26Deg C at summers end. The prevailing winds are North Easterly at they hit Mnt. Teide and rise clouds form. In general the north of the island is also some 4-6 deg C cooler than the south. On average Tenerife has 15 days of rain a year with 75% in the north of the Island. During the winter months the north of Tenerife can have rough seas. The maximum tidal range is 1.5-2.0m along with occasional days where we get currents.
Most people dive here in either a 7mm or 5mm wetsuit. Some people a semi-dry or dry-suit for the winter months. With its mild and stable climate it is possible to dive very nearly 365 days per year in the south of the island, whereas the north of Tenerife in the winter months can be undiveable with divers travelling to the south of the island to dive.
So full of enthusiasm you are just signed up to do your first scuba diving course.
You have the option of including a specialty
Or having finished your first course.
You can go straight into the next course
and with only a couple more dives get your next qualification!!
It's all very exciting what to do? Should I buy some kit? That computer looks great!
What to do next???
May I suggest the following?
"Stop, Breathe and think!"That’s from the rescue course by the way
"Will this make me a better diver?"
Scuba Diving Training Agencies would like you to do course after course, remember that’s how they make their money.
So you want to become a scuba diver? Or you're looking to expand your diving skills with additional PADI Courses.
So now first thing is yourself where to go?
The Canary Islands ticks these boxes, Tenerife in particular.
So that's the destination sorted but who do the PADI Course with?
TenerifeScuba was formed in 2003 we are probably the longest established dive centre in Tenerife, certainly with the same management, we know Tenerife, with our team of multi-lingual instructors we know diving.
We have a highly experienced team of multi-lingual instructors
At TenerifeScuba our focus is on "People not the Money" Our first question, with any training course, is normally "Why do you want to?"
Just because you can do a particular PADI Course/Speciality doesn't mean you that you are ready.
On many occasions we have suggested to people they get some more experience before undertaking more PADI courses.
Want to know more then send us an email, give us a call.
"Flying after Diving or Ascending to Altitude after Diving when is it safe"
So you have booked your holiday and are going diving but the hotel is half way up a mountain….can you do it? Umgh…?
What people forget is that ascending to altitude is exactly the same as flying after diving. You need to be careful to minimise your risk of Decompression Sickness (DCS)
So what are the guidelines?
A few pictures of some of the underwater wildlife from the last few dives here in Tenerife. When I have had my camera with me.
Orbisbo a type of Eagle Ray with light blue stripes across the wings
Moray Eels and some little critters for you
Click on the title, image or "Read More" link to view the gallery...
We want you to enjoy yourselves but at the same time to do it in a responsible manor.
On your first day with us we will need to see:
We always have boat cover/safety cover during the dives.
Each staff member is fully qualified for boat handling and trained in rescue techniques, oxygen administration and first aid
We always carry first aid and oxygen supply on every dive trip.
We will provide additional guides to cater for different levels of experience so that each individuals needs are catered for
The maximum number of people allowed on each boat excluding staff is 10.
Every diver is required by Spanish law to have insurance cover specifically for diving. We can arrange Insurance cover for you on your arrival it costs a few Euro's a day
People doing courses are covered under their instructors insurance while training
Tabaiba is home to Spanish freediver training site with a purpose sunk wreck, approximately a 45 min drive from the centre, El Raton lies upright in 30M of water.
A decommissioned tug it is about a 200m surface swim from the shore. Propped up on a slopping bank so you don't realise what an angle it is at until you swim away a little. The engine room and bridge, with it's enormous diesel engines is easily penetrated. The wreck itself is home to a wide variety of wildlife.