Frequently asked Questions – FAQ
Questions about equipment
What equipment do I need when diving in the Canary Islands?
In addition to the legally prescribed equipment, I recommend a torch, because one has so better chances to find life in the littered lava rocks.
In addition, I can advise to wear shoes with a firm sole when diving from land. The paths sometimes lead over sharp-edged rocks and on the beach there is also a stone here and there. It is then simply more pleasant not to notice every step in the foot.
Which connection for the breath regulator do I need?
Since the Canary Islands belong to Spain and therefore to Europe, DIN connections are standard in the diving centres. However, actually every dive centre has adapters, which is simply screwed into the tank. In doubt just write them or get your own adapter!
Which suit is recommended?
Well, everyone has to know for himself. I am a freeze ass and dive almost all year in the Drysuit. There is also people that diving in the summer with a shorty only!
From my point of view it should be at least a 7mm suit, since the water temperatures in winter fall to 17°C. In the summer you can also try it with 5mm because then the temperature of the water reaches to 25°C. If you want to dive a lot, you should rather take a thicker suit.
Legal regulations for diving in the Canary Islands
First, there is a list of all approved diving centres in the Canary Islands.
What equipment is required by law?
Legally prescribed are BCD, tank, regulator with pressure gauge, depth gauge and two 2nd stages, time device or computer, buoy and a knife. In fact, the buoy must be visible on the surface during the whole dive.
Do I need an insurance?
Yes! It is mandatory by law that every diver has an accident insurance that includes treatment in the decompression chamber. If you want to do it yourself, Aquamed and DAN are good addresses. At Aquamed even an travel insurance is included, with DAN it can be added on request.
If you do not want to make the effort, you can usually also take insurance in the dive centres.
Do I need a health certificate?
Again, the answer is yes. If you want to dive in the Canary Islands you need a doctor’s certificate, which is not older than two years. Self-reports are tolerated in many places but, If you want to be on the safe side you should be checked by a doctor.
How deep can I dive on the Canaries?
In general the limit of 40m is valid for diving with compressed air. In exceptional cases (whenever this happens), it is up to 55m. Nitrox is recommended to finish dive.
By the way, there are no depth regulations for technical diving!
Can my children dive?
Spanish law prescribes a minimum age of 16 years. Various diving organizations and thus also diving centres have offers from 8 years. Despite the prescribed minimum age, there are diving activities on Canary Islands for children and I have never heard of any legal problems.
Can I dive alone?
No! Solo dives are only permitted in exceptional cases when a safety line is placed on the surface, being connected to someone. So you have to be at least in a Buddy team.
Questions about dive sites, flora and fauna
What big fish can be seen on the Canaries?
There are a number of big sea dwellers in the Canaries, which are regularly sighted, along with various rays and the Angelshark there are bone fish such as the Dusky Grouper, tuna fish, various mackerel and turtles. Of course, you do not necessarily see them at every dive but some are quite common. Among the rarer species are mobulas, sunfish and whale sharks. In addition to Angelsharks there are occasional sightings of hammerhead sharks and tiger sharks.
In any case, it is said that there are no guarantees! A little luck always belongs to it and when it is time, you are even more pleased.
What are the best diving spots in the Canary Islands?
Difficult question, very difficult. I always say where I have not been for longer time.
In principle every dive site is nice. The best thing to do is to find a bit of a picture here. Since there are different preferences, I can not make a statement here. Surely I can say that something is available for all tastes. Be it wrecks, steep walls, caves or species-rich dive sites.
Is there a dangerous or poisonous sea-dweller in the Atlantic?
Yes, there are. On the one hand there are species which can defend themselves when they are harassed. These include, for example, rays, sharks and moray eels. On the other hand there are poisonous species which can poison inadvertently. Apart from scorpion fish and Anthozoa, these include jellyfish and the Portuguese Man-of-War.
However, if you are careful and respect your environment, you should not get any problems.
What is the best time for travelling the Canary Islands?
When is the best season for diving?
Again such a difficult question. I like the high summer simply because the water has chilly warm 25°C. From the point of view of life underwater, the spring is best. Rays and Angelsharks prefer the lower temperatures and are observed more often. In addition, one sees snails and growing juveniles. Temperatures on land can also be tolerated during the winter months.
In addition, it should be added here that in the summer mostly the west side is quieter, while in winter it is the east side. This is not a law, but it is mostly true.
What is the temperature of the Atlantic?
Temperatures range between 17 and 25 ° C. They are only rarely outside these brands. On reise-klima.de you can find a nice year overview of Tenerife. This, of course, does not apply to the entire Canaries. In the northerly regions of the Canary Islands it is usually somewhat colder than in southerly areas.