Learn to Dive
Us & FAQ's
Doc & Hyperbaric
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Apts. Las Gaviotas 16, Costa del Silencio, 38630, Arona
We are situated close to Los Cristianos & Las Americas
transport is free of charge to our centre and it takes 5 minutes.
GEOFF AND DEBS
Myself, I have been diving for over 20 years,
mainly in the U.K., a B.S.A.C. instructor of old, and an ex Joint Forces Sub Aqua Diving
Supervisor (S.A.D.S.) .I have however, recently completed and qualified as a
Water Instructor. That wasn't easy. Trying to convert me from B.S.A.C.!!!! Also a Nitrox
Instructor and Emergency First Response, (EFR) instructor, amongst other
Deb's is a none diver, in fact you'll be lucky to
get her in the sea. Challenge on lad's. Got to be worth a pint... Seriously, her expertise
will be in running the centre smoothly in her usual relaxed way, as well as
arranging accommodation for you guys. We give
only the highest standards in training and safety that we have set over the
years. We will also give you the fun side of diving, after all, it is a hobby and
when here, you guy's are on holiday! So, unfortunately you will still be getting the usual
abuse and micky taking.
Kerry, one of my daughters, at the ripe
old age of 20!!!, is also a PADI and BSAC Open Water instuctor,
qualified EFR Instuctor and qualified boat handler. She works very hard
with me full time now, and is always at hand to assist with any problems
So once again, a big hello, and hopefully we
shall see you in the near future for a dive and beer, or beer and dive...
Geoff, Deb's and Kerry.
- WHAT IS THE NORMAL PROCEDURE FOR THE DAY
We will do 2 dives a day. One at 0930 hours one at mid-day and one late afternoon
around 15.45 hours, but the third boat is a mixture of snorkellers and beginners.
These are the times the boat leaves. The first dive is the deepest dive of the day most
people are picked up or drive in at 0830 in the morning and they will do 2 dives and be
home early afternoon. As the diving area is not in the tourist area in Tenerife
it is very hard with logistics in busy months if somebody only wants to do one dive a day
and then wants taken home. Winter time is different.
- WHAT IS THE SURFACE INTERVAL
You will always have between 60 minutes and 90 minutes out of the water before
you next dive. Lunch is spent in a Spanish tapas bar as the food is excellent and
cheap. Our staff will change all your tanks and reload while you are having lunch.
- DO YOU HAVE OXYGEN AND FIRST AID
Oxygen and First Aid are available in 3 areas. In our diving centre, on the
boat and at the harbour.
- HOW MUCH IS IT TO HIRE EQUIPMENT
Equipment is for free, you pay us for the diving and if you need to borrow any
equipment then feel free to take whatever you need. If you pay to go jet skiing you
get the jet-ski as well, diving with us is the same you pay one price there are no extra
- IS IT BEST TO DRIVE OR TO GET TRANSPORT
If you have a hire car we do ask that you drive to us as it does make our life a
little bit easier.
- HOW WILL I FIND YOU
We provide a free transport service to and from your hotel if you don't have a
hire car. But click for directions
if you don't want to wait for transport. Families and partners can also come along
providing there is enough room in the bus. But be warned bring a towel some days to sit
- Click for Driving Directions
- DO WE STAY OUT ON THE BOAT ALL DAY
No, as Tenerife is really deep water all the diving is done on the coast.
We do one dive come back for lunch and go back onto the boat for the second dive.
We spend the lunch break at the harbour watching the surfer's. (what a wonderful life)
- DO WE OWN OUR OWN BOAT
Yes we do own our own boat. We don't use the taxi boat system here we have our
own boat for our customers so all your equipment and diving holiday is completely safe and
- ARE BOAT DIVES BETTER THAN SHORE DIVES
This is a question I am asked all the time. The answer is
yes. When I
say shore dive we don't mean walking in from a beach, there are only 2 dives we do where
we walk in from a beach. As I said in Tenerife we dive along the
coast> The shore dives usually require only a few steps and
giant stride into the water. Most of the dives we do are from boat as people think
that if they don't dive from a boat then they are going to walk for miles and the dive
will be rubbish. They couldn't be more wrong. We take the boats out
everyday so if you don't like boats then don't think you are missing out.
- CAN WE DIVE WITH WHALES AND DOLPHINS
The answer to this is no. It is illegal to dive with these, we do see
Dolphins near the dive sites and I have been under the water with them about 7 times this
year. It's just your luck. If we are driving and we see dolphins of course we
- WHY SHOULD WE DIVE WITH ATLANTIC DIVERS
First of all, unlike most dive centres on the island, we dive everyday, we don't sit
down and let staff do everything. .This is just the way we do things, our standard is very
high. We know the dives and when is the best time to do the dives.
Everybody who comes and dives with us ALWAYS comes back. You will be our friend
not just a customer who pays us money. Our timing and organisation is
hopefully near perfect!!
We will help you as much as possible on the boat and off the boat.
- DIVING RULES
This sounds very serious I know but as qualified divers we know you like to do your
own thing but we have some rules. Everybody must dive with a buddy, if no buddy then
with the instructor. All buddy checks must be done. Nobody leaves the boat until we give
the clear sign. Our instructor will go in first and everybody will follow him or her
to the bottom. We want to know when you are on 100 Bar and when you are on 60
Bar. We allow ourselves 10 Bar to ascend. Everybody must also do a 3 minute
safety stop at 5-6 meters.
- THE DEEP DIVER
As we have been diving for years we understand the need for experienced divers wanting
a bit extra, we do split a lot of the time very qualified people and experienced divers
from the rest. We have dives to Black Coral, wreck, reefs, at 40 meters, and other
deeper or more challenging dives.
- DO YOU CATER FOR GROUPS AND CLUBS
Yes we cater for groups and clubs. We have several clubs all over Scotland,
Ireland and England and Holland who use us regularly. Read our comments
page for a sample.
- I WANT TO TAKE A COURSE BUT NOT MY WHOLE HOLIDAY
Learning to dive doesn't need to take a long time. There are lots of different
programs which suit people. You can take a short course in 3 hours or one whole day
or two days or 3-4 days. You decide how much you want to learn.