good both for beginners and experienced diversScuba diving has a long tradition in Spain. The first diving centers were open here in 1950s. Many divers refer to Spain as “the Caribbean of Europe.”Underwater
SuitIn summer a 5 mm wetsuits are recommended and the best choice for winter is a 7 mm wetsuit or drysuit.RiskThere are a few sea animals which can have vicious or poisonous bristles and spines. Watch out for the scorpion fish, bristleworms, sea urchins and the stingray. If you step on or touch one of these fish, look for medical attention as your reaction to the injury will depend on your general medical condition and age.Visibility15–30 metresBottomrocky or sandyBest time to diveMay – September; Canary Islands – all year roundCoursesBesides recreational diving for beginners, it is possible to take a PADI course (Proffessional Association of Diving Instructors), BSAC course (British Sub Aqua Club) or DSAT course (Diving Science and Technology).PADI courses:Open Water DiverAdventure DiverAdvanced Open Water DiverRescue DiverMaster Scuba DiverDivemasterNitroxSpecialities: Deep Diving, Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Underwater Navigation, Underwater Photography, Peek Performance BuoyancyBSAC courses:Ocean Diver – basic skills, non-decompression divingSports Diver – rescue and decompression divingDive Leader – dive leading, marshalling and rescue managementBSAC Nitrox CourseBSAC Full Instructor CourseBSAC IFC – Instructor Foundation CourseBSAC OWIC – Open Water Instructor CourseDSAT courses:Nitrox Diver – qualifying recreational divers to use nitrox (enriched air) for no stop recreational divingDeep Diver – introduction to deep divingTec Deep Level 1 – extended decompression divingTec Deep – technical deep diving, extended no decompression dives, decompression stop divesTec Trimix – qualifying divers to go to 75 m Gas BlenderTrimix Gas BlenderSSI courses:- Scuba update - (Junior) Open Water Diver - Specialities: Nitrox Diver, Deep Diving, Stress & Rescue, night diving, underwater navigation, underwater photography, boat diving, Dry suit, Wreck diving- Advanced Diver (4 Specialities) - Master Diver - Dive Control Specialist - CPR & First AidMore info: DIVING COURSESPricesabout 350–500 euro/initial open water courseabout 40–50 euro/1 diveMinimum ageMinimum age for scuba diving in most regions in Spain is 12 for entry level (Discover Scuba Diving) and 14 for Open Water Diver course (or equivalent).
- rock formations (caves, caverns, swim throughs, drop offs, walls)
- rich fauna and flora: corals, octopi, barracudas, stingrays, scorpionfish, groupers, moray eels, conger eels, amberjacks
RegulationsRegulations regarding scuba diving in Spain are not the same in all Autonomous Regions. Divers must have valid diving accident insurance. Dives from shore are permitted but there must be a boat in the water as an emergency cover.ChildrenDepending on the diving centre the minimum age of a child attending a diving course is 8, 10 or 12.SnorkellingSnorkelling can be an alternative to scuba diving as it is really enjoyable and cheap. The minimum age is 9 years. Even in the first few metres below the surface experiencing the underwater environment can be extremely exciting. Blue waters of Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea invite to an adventure of meeting a variety of fish and other underwater creatures. One can try it independently or choose one of many snorkeling excursions offers with professional guides. There are also skin diving courses for those who are interested in equipment, techniques and safety.