The first dive is the first dive a person makes in scuba diving, and what better way to get started than with a diving baptism in Tenerife?
One of the most spectacular areas for the baptism is the Bahía de las Rayas or Los Chuchos, home to several species of peaceful and friendly rays, as well as a large number of underwater animals and fish.
If you are lucky you may see a sea turtle, but remember that these are wild animals and sightings are not guaranteed.
- Meeting point: Edificio Guayero, Los Cristianos. Av. Juan Alfonso Batista, 14, 38650.
What does diving for beginners include?
In the booking calendar, you can choose several dive options for beginners:
- 20 minutes diving baptism under water
- Introduction to scuba diving 40 minutes underwater
- PADI DSD – Introduction to PADI Diving 30 minutes underwater
The diving baptism is designed for people with no previous experience and is suitable for children from 8 years old.
During the program, you will receive 30 minutes of training in a language you understand before you dive into the ocean.
An individual instructor will be by your side at all times, with a maximum ratio of two to one for comfort and safety.
In addition, you will be provided with high quality diving equipment, and if you wish, you can opt to have photos or videos of the experience for an additional fee.
The duration of the underwater stay will depend on the dive option you choose, but keep in mind that the preparation and the dive as a whole will take about 2.5 to 3 hours.
What is the difference between the baptism of diving and the PADI DSD?
Both the Discover Scuba Diving and the PADI DSD are options for beginners with no previous experience.
However, the PADI DSD (DiscoverScuba Diving) includes a more comprehensive training in which basic diving skills are acquired, and is counted as the first lesson of the PADI OWD (PADI OPEN WATER DIVER) dive course.
Upon completion of the PADI DSD program, the diver also receives a diploma.
What are the requirements for the diving baptism in Tenerife?
The minimum age to participate in the diving baptism in Tenerife is 8 years old, and no previous experience is required.
However, please note that diving is not recommended if you have asthma, epilepsy, chronic heart disease, take medications that prevent you from driving or are unable to play sports.
In case of any illness, prior medical approval is required to dive.
This activity is not recommended if you are going to fly or climb Teide in the next 24 hours, due to pressure changes.
How to book your first dive in Tenerife?
In the booking calendar, select the day, time and mode of baptism you prefer. You will also be able to select photos and videos of the activity and transportation to the dive center.
If you need transportation, you can book a free transfer from your hotel to the dive center.
However, please note that this is a group transport, so you must be on time at the meeting point. If you have your own transportation, you can reach the dive center by car or on foot.
You can book online and take advantage of lower prices this month. Please note that the price promotion is only valid if you book online, and if you cancel more than 24 hours before the tour, you can get a refund.
It is important that you provide us with a contact phone number and check emails to be updated on the start time and duration of the program.
How is the activity performed?
To get started in scuba diving, it is best to be accompanied by professional expert divers to ensure safety and comfort for a wonderful experience.
For this reason, the diving baptism in Tenerife begins with a theoretical explanation, where you will receive all the instructions and recommendations to enjoy diving underwater in complete safety.
Once you have learned the basics, you will walk to the shore with the instructors. Then you will move to a calm area where the dive will take place.
During the time of the dive, the only thing left to do is to enjoy the spectacular seabed of Tenerife, with its fauna and biodiversity.
During the baptism, the staff will take pictures that you will later receive in your email. Thus, in addition to diving for the first time, you will have a precious memory in images with which you will at least succeed in your Instagram.
What equipment will you use on your first scuba dive?
Remember that all equipment is included if with us.
- Diving mask or visor: with it you will have a clear view underwater. It also includes a nose cover to balance pressure and prevent the suction effect.
- Neoprene wetsuit: it maintains body heat and the ideal temperature underwater, as well as protecting you from contact with some marine animals such as jellyfish. Neoprene wetsuits have different thicknesses depending on the needs of each user.
- Air bottle: it stores the compressed air that will allow the diver to breathe underwater. It is made of steel or aluminium, and has a capacity ranging from 5 to 18 litres.
- Regulator: this is responsible for reducing the pressure of the air in the tank so that the diver can breathe.
- BCD: holds the tank on the diver’s back and compensates for buoyancy. Thanks to its push buttons, the BCD can be inflated or emptied, allowing the diver to move at different depths.
- Fins: are placed on the feet and allow the diver to propel himself/herself into the water. A basic element for swimming and diving with little effort.
What marine fauna will you be able to see during your baptism?
Some of the most frequent species in the waters of Tenerife are:
- Trumpet fish
- Angel sharks
- Sea turtles
And many more! If you are interested in knowing more, you can get more information about the marine fauna of the Canary Islands by clicking on this link.
Tips for first time divers in Tenerife
Diving is a wonderful activity in the middle of nature, capable of transporting you to a new world to discover.
Unique sensations for an unforgettable experience. But that does not mean that it is not also an activity that involves some risk.
Fortunately, thanks to the fact that the diving instructors are professional experts, our baptism in Tenerife is a totally safe activity.
Even so, we want to bring you recommendations and practical tips to make your first dive a great one:
- Don’t hold your breath: It is normal to hold your breath because you are used to snorkelling or scuba diving, but if you are diving with equipment it is something you should avoid. The reason is that if you ascend quickly, it could lead to lung damage because the expanding air would not be able to escape from the airways.
- Take care of the pressure in your ears: pressure changes underwater cause an uncomfortable sensation and can lead to ear injuries. To avoid this, simply block your nostrils with your fingers and blow through your nose.
- Learn how to empty the water from the mask: if you get water in your mask, it is not necessary to interrupt the baptism, as emptying it is simple. To do this, tilt your head upwards, press the upper frame of the mask against your forehead, and finally blow through your nose. The rest of the water will come out from underneath and the mask will be clean and empty.
- Don’t be in a hurry: relax and enjoy your first dive in Tenerife. Not only so that you don’t miss the beauty of the seabed, but also so that you don’t consume more air and shorten the dive time.
- Respect the marine fauna of Tenerife and the Atlantic Ocean: not only the creatures that you see, but also those that you don’t see and are attached to the rocks or on the bottom, such as sponges and other living organisms. The best way to do this is not to touch anything and just observe the fascinating underwater scenery.
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