"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
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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.
Depth 10-18m Level Novice/Advanced. This was a cargo ship carring bags of cement between the islands which ran aground after developing "alcohol related" steering problems. Lying between 10-18 meters, the wreck itself has now broken up, exposing the boiler and engine room.
Access is easy from the rear hold swimming through the remains of the cargo. The wreck is home to a family of Trumpet Fish and Octopus, with the top of the wreck surrounded by thousands of Sardines. From here we can swim off to an area with Black Coral, spectacular views at 40 meters with a drop of to 60 meters and deeper.
Depth 10-25m+ Level Novice/Advanced. This is a great dive that everybody can enjoy plenty of marine life with a cave at 18mts, we anchor the boat on top of the reef in about 7mts.
We start the dive by descending the anchor line to the reef following a gully down to a sandy area we follow the reef on our left around to the cave, the cave has a large entrance as we enter the cave we turn on our torches and have a good look around. There are plenty of cataluffa and Trumpet fish swimming around as we go through the cave there is a small cave on our right
where we quite often see sleeping Atlantic Rays and some times a Globe fish resting at the back of the cave. When we exit the cave system we follow the reef on our left. During the winter months (Oct-Mar) it is possible to come across the odd Angel Shark resting in the sand, we finish our dive by making our way back to the anchor line on the top of the reef in about 6mts.