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Scuba Diving in Tenerife what to expect?

Tenerife Geography

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.

How does this effect Scuba diving on Tenerife

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"

Tenerife Climate

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.

How does this effect Scuba diving on Tenerife

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.

Or "Just Take Me Diving"

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.

PADI Diving Courses in Tenerife

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?

  • Where the PADI Course/Speciality Course you are interested in available
  • Where it's easy to get to and safe!
  • Where the diving is good

The Canary Islands ticks these boxes, Tenerife in particular.

  • Just about every PADI Course and PADI Speciality Course is available
  • With a well-established tourist infrastructure, and stable political and economic environments, flights are numerous and frequent.
  • Diverse range of wildlife and varied dive sites there is plenty to see for the novice or experienced diver.

So that's the destination sorted but who do the PADI Course with?

  • Have they any experience?
  • Will I be a customer or just currency?
  • Is the PADI Course that I'm thinking about the right one for me?
  • Will it make me a better diver?

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?

We couldn't help ourselves but celebrate Ian and Trevor 100th dives in true Tenerife Scuba style !

A strange visitor from the depths but what is it ......?

Its called "Salp" comes in various sizes and forms and can reach upto 30M in length. Its a Colonial organism this type forms a cylinder open at one end.

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

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Just a sample of what can be seen under the waves in Tenerife...

A fun week if a little confusing ...too many Stephens and Steves. A great weeks diving none the less.

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Some spectacular pix we took with Steve Simonson along with some resident Angel sharks...

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