Question: How warm/cold is the water?
Answer: The water temperature ranges from 17-18 degrees in the winter to a maximum of 25 degrees in the summer give or take a degree.
Question: What do I need to bring for the day?
Answer: All diving equipment is provided for the beginners’ programs – you will need to bring swimwear, towels, sun cream, money for lunch or a picnic for the beach. Snacks and cold drinks can be bought from the dive centre in Gran Canaria, but both centres are close to shops and restaurants. At the end of the day there will be the possibility of buying pictures of your try-dive, so bring some money if you’re interested in buying a truly unique and personal souvenir!
Question: Can I try diving even though I can't swim?
Answer: Yes, you can dive even if you can’t swim. You will be provided with a 6-7 mm neoprene wetsuit. This suit makes you float.
Question: Do we dive from a boat or the shore?
Answer: In Gran Canaria, beginners always dive from the shore, certified divers always dive from the boat unless a shore dive is needed or requested. In Tenerife, beginners also dive from the shore, certified divers who dive for several days with us on one of our dive packages have the option to make boat dives too.
Question: How long does it take to complete an open water program?
Answer: This depends on the amount of theory that must be done via self-study before arriving, as well as your progress throughout the course and the amount of people on the program at the same time. The usual time of completion is 4 days, but can be a day more or less.
Question: How long do I dive for?
Answer: The usual dive time is 45 minutes if you’re making a try-dive, but for certified divers (from land or boat) it can be up to an hour.
Question: Can we still dive if the weather is bad?
Answer: Yes, there’s always somewhere on the island to dive.
Question: Do we need to bring food and drink?
Answer: You can if you want to, but in Gran Canaria there are restaurants and bars on the beach front and the dive centre sells drinks and snacks too. In Tenerife, there’s a square right outside the dive centre with a few supermarkets and several small restaurants. All the restaurants around both dive centres offer international cuisine.
Question: How old do you have to be to dive?
Answer: The minimum age to dive is 10.
Question: How long does it take to learn to scuba dive?
Answer: To get your first certificate it will take a minimum of two days.
Question: How do you breathe underwater?
Answer: You can breathe thanks to a system called SCUBA, consisting of a cylinder full of air, a jacket that can inflate and a regulator that allows you to breathe.
Question: What is in a SCUBA cylinder?
Answer: For all recreational diving the cylinder is filled with compressed air.
Question: Is it hard to learn to dive?
Answer: No, all programs are structured so that anyone can learn to dive in their own way.
Question: How deep will I be able to dive?
Answer: The maximum depth for a beginner is 12 metres, but for certified divers, whether on the boat or on shore dives, the dives range from 05 to 40 metres.
Question: How long are the SCUBA courses valid for?
Answer: The certifications are valid for life, but it is important to keep diving to keep your skills, knowledge and practise up to date.
Question: Can I dive even though I'm flying on the same day?
Answer: No, you need to wait at least 12 hours after diving before flying. Depending on the number of dives you've done on a certain day or in the last week, and the depths you've been diving too, waiting time can go up to 18 or even 24 hours.
Question: Can my family come with me even though they won't dive?
Answer: Yes, they can spend the day on the beach while you do your diving.
Question: Can I dive on my own?
Answer: No, all dives at Blue Explorers Resorts are with a guide.
Question: How long is a day of diving at Blue Explorers centre/s?
Answer: You start your day around 9.00/9:30 at our centre and usually you get taken back around 16:30-17:00.
Question: How many of us will be diving with each instructor?
Answer: If you’re a doing a try-dive the maximum ratio is 2:1 For certified divers the normal ratio would be 6:1 depending on level and experience.
Question: Where is your dive centre based?
Answer: In Gran Canaria our dive centre is based at Playa Taurito right on the beach. In Tenerife, it’s in the marine reserve bay of Abades.
Question: How far in advance do I need to book to dive?
Answer: It is best to book at least one day in advance for diving, but if you want to stay with us too our resorts can get booked up, so booking in advance is advisable.
Question: I forgot my diving licence, can I still dive?
Answer: Yes, we can look up your dive credentials online.
Question: What languages do you speak at the centre?
Answer: All our staff are multi-lingual, with a fluent mix of English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, and Polish speakers.
Question: What do I wear while scuba diving?
Answer: We will equip you with 6mm full length wetsuits, or 3mm shorties. Or you can bring your own wetsuit if you prefer.
Question: When is the best time of the year to come diving?
Answer: Blue Explorer Resorts in both Tenerife and Gran Canaria offer year-round diving as the waters, although colder in winter, are still pleasantly warm. Most of the marine life too is there all year-round, but since rays and angel sharks prefer the water to be a bit colder, there’s a greater chance of seeing those in the winter months. As you would expect, holiday periods are the busiest times of the year, so we recommend advance booking to avoid being disappointed.
Question: What sea-life can I expect to see?
Answer: The Atlantic is full of diverse life such as: rays; octopus; eels; sharks; turtles; barracudas, with shoals of smaller fish, trumpet fish and snappers down to tiny crustacean like nudibranches, crabs and shrimps, and all in such abundance to fill a year’s worth of diving!
Question: What locations do your dive trips go to?
Answer: We have over 20 different diving locations including reefs, wrecks, and drift dives, walls to swim-throughs. Depending on your interest and experience we’ll find you the best spots around the island for you to get the best from your dive.
Question: What is your schedule for visiting dive sites?
Answer: In Gran Canaria we do one dive in the morning around 10:00, and a second dive in the afternoon around 1:30. In Tenerife we gather at 9.00 in Abades, for the first dive around 9.30/10.00 (depending on the location,) a second and, if requested, a third, at around 12.30 and 14.30.
Question: How many times can I dive on one of your dive trips?
Answer: In Gran Canaria, we offer two dives per day to certified divers from our dive boat. In Tenerife, apart from two boat dives, there’s a maximum of three shore dives available per day. All three of them are in different locations.
Question: How long does it take to get to your dive/snorkel locations?
Answer: In Gran Canaria, our snorkel location is located just off our beach, and our boat locations range from two to thirty minutes away. In Tenerife, various shore dive locations range from a 5 to 20 min drive by minivan. The harbours where we take the boat are about 30 to 45 minutes away from the dive centre by minivan.
Question: Do your dive trips go out to any wrecks?
Answer: Yes, in Gran Canaria there are two wrecks just a five-minute boat ride away at a depth of 18 metres, and a wide variety ranging from 30 metres deep onwards. In Tenerife there are several wrecks reachable by boat around 20 mins from the harbour. However, the most popular and penetrable wreck is on the sea floor (between 18-30m down) at Tabaiba, a 20 min drive away. This dive is suitable only for divers with an Advanced Diver certification.
Question: Do you have night dives?
Answer: Upon request we can do night dives, either from the shore or boat.
Question: What types of dive training or classes do you offer?
Answer: We offer the full range of PADI and SSI courses from scuba diver to assistant instructor, as well as many speciality programs including: night; deep; wreck; photography and more. We also facilitate internships in our centres, enabling internees to become Dive Masters.
Question: How much is diving?
Answer: One dive from our boat or the shore is 35€ + equipment rental. The price for full equipment rental is 18€ per day. There are discounts on rental costs if you bring (some of) your own gear. If you’re a first-time diver we offer a day trip including snorkel and a diving tours for 80 euros (equipment included).
Question: How can I book and pay for diving?
Answer: You can book either online, at our base, on the phone or through the hotels you’re staying at. And the same goes for the payment.
Question: What if I haven't been diving in a long time?
Answer: If you haven't dived in a while we do a refresh dive from the shore in the mornings to make sure you’re fully prepared for more diving.
Question: What paperwork do I need to go diving?
Answer: When you arrive at the centre you need to complete a basic information form and a diving medical form. All participants are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving; some pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving. We advise you to consult your doctor before booking.
Question: What about rental equipment?
Answer: We rent the full range of equipment you’ll need for diving. In the beginners’ program (snorkelling, snorkel and scuba, scuba diver and open water) the equipment is included. If you’re a certified diver and you bring (some of) your own gear, you'll receive a discount on the equipment rental.
Question: I’m bringing my own equipment and my regulator is INT. Do you have INT adapters?
Answer: Yes, our tanks can either be DIN or INT.
Question: Do you rent underwater cameras?
Answer: No, but we take photos of the beginner divers; images are available to purchase at the end of the day.
Question: Where is the closest hyperbaric chamber?
Answer: There is one hyperbaric chamber on Tenerife and one in Lanzarote. From end of August 2017 there will also be one on Gran Canaria.
Question: What if I am unable to dive due to medical reasons after I purchased a package?
Answer: If you’re unable to dive for any medical reason, a full refund will be given upon providing a doctors’ certificate. We do our utmost to reschedule the dive/snorkel/excursion without extra cost if illness precludes you from diving. If rescheduling isn’t possible within your holiday’s timeframe, we provide vouchers that are valid for 3 consecutive years at all our resorts. And, of course, you’re always welcome to join us for snorkelling if your health allows!
Question: What brand is your equipment?
Answer: We are an Aqualung Centre Partner and so all our rental equipment is Aqualung.
Question: How often do you maintain your equipment?
Answer: We maintain our equipment fully twice a year.
Question: Can I clean and store my equipment at your base?
Answer: Yes, you can leave all your equipment at our centre so it’s on-hand for when you need it.
Question: Do you accept dive referrals?
Answer: Yes, we accept referrals from both PADI and SSI dive organizations.
Question: Does the Divemaster give a briefing on the dive site?
Answer: Yes, before every dive you will get a full briefing on the boat, dive site, hand signals do's and dont's underwater as well as fascinating facts about the marine life.
Question: Can I do a PADI course or is it just SSI?
Answer: If requested we also teach PADI courses.
Question: Can I go up to volcano El Teide after diving on Tenerife?
Answer: No, El Teide is over 2000 metres high; you should never go above 300 metres above sea level after diving. It can be dangerous for your health due to the pressure change and the amount of nitrogen you’ll have in your system after diving. Depending on how deep you've been diving and the amount of dives you’ve done, you should stay at sea level for at least 12 hours.
Question: Do you offer transport to and from my accommodation?
Answer: Transport can be arranged for independent and package holidaymakers. All Blue Explorer travellers/divers will automatically be collected and returned to their accommodation. In Gran Canaria, our transport service includes areas from Bahia Feliz all along the coast to Taurito and Mogan. In Tenerife, it includes areas from Los Gigantes on the south-west coast of Tenerife to Abades. If you’re staying in the north of the island you can easily make your way to us by public transport or rental car.
Question: Do you offer dives with Nitrox?
Answer: Our dive centre in Gran Canaria offers Nitrox on request. In Tenerife, we don’t offer nitrox at the moment, but it is possible to get your Nitrox certificate as the course consists of theory only and can be done in one-day.
Question: Do you offer internships?
Answer: Yes, you can join our team any time you like if you’re studying any appropriate educational course. It depends on your ability and dive level as to how long your internship might last, but expect to stay around 2.5 months. During this time you'll join our crew and become part of our team. You’ll learn and work on every aspect of the dive centre such as; guiding certified divers, assisting during courses, the sales of our programs…. but also cleaning and other mundane jobs that are essential! Food, salary and accommodation are not included, but we can help you find a place to stay.
Question: Are there cash machines in Abades, Tenerife and Taurito, Gran Canaria?
Answer: Unfortunately, there is no cash machine at the moment in Abades, Tenerife. The closest village with a bank and cash machine is El Poris, about 5 mins away from Abades. In Taurito, Gran Canaria we have two different cash machines.
Question: Can I pay with credit card at the dive center?
Answer: We do have a credit card machine at the dive center, and so do most of the restaurants, but unfortunately the internet connection sometimes lets us down. It’s wise to bring cash and keep some money on you for food and drinks too.
Question: What is technical diving?
Answer: Technical diving (or tech diving) is usually defined as diving beyond recreational diving limits in terms of depth and / or dive time. The dive sites are often inaccessible for recreational divers. Technical diving frequently requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures.
Question: Who can Scuba Dive and how old do you have to be?
Answer: Diving (scuba diving – underwater, breathing compressed air) can be partaken by any healthy person over the age of 10 years. If you have a medical problem please, before diving, ask your doctor (preferably a diving specialist) for a note or certificate that says you are allowed to SCUBA dive.
Snorkelling (diving with ABC - mask, snorkel, fins) can be done by anyone and there’s no age limit.
Question: Do I need a diving license to be able to try Scuba Diving?
Answer: No. You can take part in our try-dive program (Snorkel and Scuba Experience), intended for people who have never dived or for those who do not have a diving certificate. In order to participate in more advanced diving you must have a certificate issued by a diving federation, such as SSI, CMAS, NAUI, PADI or another. Check out our courses for possibilities to achieve you licence.