PADI Pro Level Master Scuba Diver

As a PADI Career Development Centre we are always looking for opportunities to help you expand your skills, and theory, or improve your chances of employment.

For 2021 we are proud to introduce 2 new Dedicated PADI Master Scuba Diver certifications.

The PADI PRO Master Scuba Diver certification is for those wanting to make a career in scuba diving, so need to learn about the actual running of a dive centre. 

We  include 5 PADI Specialties dedicated to helping you on the day to day tasks you will be probably carrying out as a Pro, so can start your new job ready to work with confidence.

With the PADI Pro MSD you actually receive 6 certifications, the 5 PADI Specialties plus the Master Scuba Diver certification. 

This amazing PADI certification is unique to us here at the Academy and is currently available on Special Offer to those enrolled on one of our Divemaster or Instructor courses.  

For full details contact us here 

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PADI Pro Master Scuba Diver


Happy New Year 2021

2020 is drawing to a close and whilst it has certainly been a challenging year we won’t focus on the negative, but all the positives that happened.

Highlights for the Dive Centre are;
For the 6th year running we are the official Number #1 PADI Dive Centre in the region.
We achieved the amazing accolade of becoming a PADI Career Development Centre
Received another award from PADI for Outstanding Achievement.
Kim, for the 3rd year running is a Platinum Elite 300 Course Director.

We are, again by a long long way, officially the Number #1 PADI Dive Centre in the region and would like to thank everyone who has been a part of that.

Also, thanks to the Instructors and Divemasters that have been part of our Team this year and done an amazing job at the sharp end;
Millie, Becky, Sophie, Gabi, Jason, Raphael, Cydney and Aidan.
We look forward to the official announcements for the PADI Elite awards to recognise the hard work done by the Team.

A special thanks to the Instructors, who assisted during our PADI IDC’s (Instructor Development Courses) Nicole, Zeke and Thom.

And time to mention the PADI Staff who helped us make this possible;
Sascha, Jason, Barry, and Rebecca and the many back room staff who never get a mention.

Finally our Team is getting bigger next year as we look forward to the birth of our daughter in June, so we have much to look forward to.

We wish everyone an awesome, healthy, and happy 2021 and hope to see you soon.

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PADI Divemaster 2021

PADI Ocean Aware Master Scuba Diver

As a PADI Career Development Centre we are always looking for opportunities to help you expand your skills, and theory, or improve your chances of employment.

For 2021 we are proud to introduce 2 new Dedicated PADI Master Scuba Diver certifications.

The PADI Ocean Aware Master Scuba Diver certification is dedicated to the oceans we love.

This includes 5 PADI Specialties dedicated to increasing your knowledge of the ocean environment we all love so much.

With the Ocean Aware MSD you actually receive 6 certifications, the 5 PADI Specialties plus the Master Scuba Diver certification. 

This amazing PADI certification is unique to us here at the Academy and is currently available on Special Offer to those enrolled on one of our Divemaster or Instructor courses.  

For full details contact us here 

#ProjectAware #PADIMSD #PADIMasterScubaDiver #BeTheBest #TDA #TenerifeDivingAcademy #PADIDivemaster #Divemaster #PADIIDC #PADIInstructor #OceanAware #2021 #TenerifeDivemaster  #DivemasterInternship #CDC #CareerDevlopmentCentre #PADICDC #PADIPro #DivemasterInternshipTenerife #NumberOneAndProud #DivingTenerife 

PADI Ocean Aware Master Scuba Diver


Merry Christmas from the Tenerife Diving Academy

We just have time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope you all stay safe.

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#PADICDC #BeTheBest #XMAS2020 #PADIPlatinumCourseDirector #PADIPro #PADIDivemaster 
#DivemasterInternshipTenerife #InternshipTenerife #PADIDiveCentre #PADIIDC #NumberOneAndProud 


Tenerife Diving Academy says Merry Christmas

PADI Master Scuba Diver

Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master Scuba Diver.

The Master Scuba Diver rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training.

Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating. When you flash your PADI Master Scuba Diver card, people know that you’ve spent time underwater in a variety of environments and had your share of dive adventures.

Every diver should aim for Master Scuba Diver as it shows in-depth knowledge, additional diving experiences, a wider variety of dive environments than most other recreational divers.

The path starts with earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification, followed by PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certifications). You also need to earn five PADI Specialty Diver certifications and have logged a minimum of 50 dives.

For the options for the PADI Specialties check the options here.





Last PADI Divemasters of 2020

Congratulations to our final #PADI #Divemasters of 2020 on successfully completing their #DM

Leroy and Leo also managed to complete the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification #MSD with 5 PADI #specialities

We wish them well on their travels.

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#PADICDC #BeTheBest #PADIPro #PADIDivemaster 
#DivemasterInternshipTenerife #InternshipTenerife #PADIDiveCentre 
#NumberOneAndProud #BecomeAPADIPro

PADI Divemaster 12020

Farewell PADI MSDT

Huge congratulations to Gabi who has just reached the epic level of #PADI #MSDT

He joined us for the PADI #IDC back in September and stayed on to gain experience as a working PADI #Pro

Gabi leaves us now to visit #Venice and celebrate #Christmas

Hopefully we will see him back next year to join us for his Staff Instructor course.

Safe journey and see you soon.

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#NeverStopLearning #CDC #PADICDC #BeTheBest #PADIPro #PADIDivemaster #DivemasterInternshipTenerife
#InternshipTenerife #NumberOneAndProud



Our House Reef Turtles

Do you know who I am?

Would you like to get to know me better?

Join us for our #PADI Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty and get to know our House Reef #Turtles

Coming soon: 2 new unique PADI Dedicated Master Scuba Diver programs …..

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#CareerDevelopmentCentre #NeverStopLearning #CDC #PADICDC #BeTheBest #PADIPro #PADIDivemaster 
#DivemasterInternshipTenerife #InternshipTenerife #NumberOneAndProud

Tenerife Turtle Tenerife Diving Academy

What is a PADI Career Development Centre?

A PADI Career Development Center (CDC) classification is the highest accolade awarded to a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers that dedicate their businesses to professional development beyond regular scuba instructor training and meet the highest requirements for training PADI scuba diving leaders.
PADI CDCs offer career-oriented training to prepare scuba diving professionals for employment in the dive industry, as well as offering job placement assistance for program graduates.

We are the ONLY PADI CDC in Tenerife and the only active CDC in the whole of the Canary Islands!
With our 2 PADI Course Directors (including one Platinum Elite 300 Course Director), PADI Master Instructors and PADI IDC staff instructors our training Academy is the best place to begin a professional career in scuba diving.

PADI 5 Star CDCs offer career-oriented training to prepare dive professionals for employment in the dive industry as well as offering job placement assistance for program graduates. PADI 5 Star CDCs are committed to training dive leaders and conducting career development programs.

Are Dive Centre offers vocational oriented continuing education training to prepare individuals for dive industry careers and provide job placement services within the dive industry. PADI Members and the dive industry at large benefit from the PADI 5 Star Career Development Centres commitment to professional development and excellence, and their unique ability to provide qualified candidates to fill industry employment needs.

A PADI 5 Star Career Development Center (CDC) is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center (5 Star IDC) that meets all PADI 5 Star IDC requirements and also offers additional professional development training. Our dive centre are well-established businesses with proven success in training PADI Instructors.
Because of the services offered, PADI 5 Star CDCs are places where candidates receive training to prepare them for careers in the dive industry. PADI divers, members, and the dive industry at large all benefit from the PADI 5 Star CDC’s commitment to professional development and excellence. A PADI 5 Star Career Development Center (CDC) may also offer graduates of their six-week career development program special credentials and recognition materials.

Special Instructor Examination option for PADI CDCs

Candidates enrolled in five pre-and/or post-IDC courses OR candidates of a six-week career development program who successfully complete a PADI IDC, conducted by the CDC, may attend a PADI IE if they have been certified divers for at least six months, have logged 60 dives and are certified PADI Assistant Instructors (the AI course is part of the new IDC).

PADI CDC candidates who successfully complete an IE and subsequently meet the 100-logged-dive certification requirement will be certified as PADI Instructors when their paperwork has been processed by PADI.

PADI IDC CDC Centre Tenerife

How much does PADI Divemaster cost?

The cost of the PADI Divemaster certification varies depending on the scope of the question.

The PADI Divemaster certification fee is currently €109 plus tax at the local rate. 

If wanting to know the cost of a PADI Divemaster Crewpack, the PADI materials required, to complete the PADI Divemaster course this is in the region of €180 – €299.

If wanting the cost of PADI Divemaster training this varies depending on how many dives you have, what your current level of diving experience is and how long you want to spread the training over. 
For an up to date and accurate figure check our website for full details. 

PADI Divemaster costs

How much do Divemasters get paid?

How much a PADI Divemaster gets paid is more to do with what skill set he / she brings and the attitude as a person!

A salary is relative to your cost of living and your personal situation.  It’s important to realise that there are a lot of different salary structures. Some are fixed per month, some are daily rates. Some involve commission or include housing etc.

You need to decide how much you need to live and what is your worth. You do the research and the math to figure out if this is worth it to you. If you’re chasing the money, there are plenty of ways to do so but SCUBA probably isn’t going to be it. However, if you’re looking for a lifestyle that allows you to pursue your passion, it’s definitely still a way of life that’s viable.

Here is a summary of the salary of some of the latest opportunities we have found in various Countries. 


PADI Divemaster Salary – A fixed monthly salary of 1100 EUR  including accommodation as included as part of the salary. Tips are common and are added to the salary.
*Average monthly salary, for all jobs, in Greece: 1060 EUR per month

Mallorca, Spain.
PADI Divemaster Salery – The salary comes in at 1300 EUR per month for a six day work week. No other extras are included but tips are of course possible.
*Average monthly salary, for all jobs, in Spain 1318 EUR 

Malta in the Mediterranean.
PADI Divemaster Salary – An advertised position has 1200 EUR per month for a 6 day week plus commission.  That’s just a base salary though and this increases easily by working an extra day per week, conducting a third daily dive or night dives. On top of that, there’s a commission of 10% on every customer generated and this particular dive operation offers pay raises per year of seniority. 
*Average monthly salary, for all jobs, in Malta: 1553 EUR

PADI Divemaster Salary – For a diving job in Exmouth, Western Australia as a casual worker, paid a day rate. 130 AUD for an average day.  Pro rata 5 days is 2,600 AUD per month.
*Average monthly salary, for all jobs, in Western Australia 5262 AUD 
** Living costs are significantly higher in Australia compared with most of Europe. 

PADI Divemaster Salary – In the Dutch Antilles a full time position for a PADI DM has a salary of 2,500 NAFL for a 5 day week including free health insurance but not accommodation. 
PADI Divemaster Salary – In Curacao a similar role as a PADI DM is receiving 1,200 USD. 
*Average monthly salary, for all jobs, in Curacao is 5772 NAFL . 3,390 USD

In conclusion an average wage for a PADI Divemaster will be a little below the national average for most Countries, however this can be made up with commission and additional days worked. 

If starting out on your scuba diving career you need to bear in mind the Divemaster level is either a stepping stone to becoming a PADI Instructor or a means to travel the world and dive places others only dream of, whilst being paid! 

And finally what do you ring to the PADI Divemaster role? If you are a genius with Social Media or can build websites, repair boat engines or sell sand to the Saudis then you can easily add 50% to those salaries. 

*Figures correct at time of writing. 

PADI Divemaster salary

PADI Instructor Development Course – Day 7

It’s always amazing how far people come in such a short time. Day 7 in Open Water and looking more and more like PADI Instructors with each day.

Some Skills Presentations and an in water run through of Rescue Skills as well as a few presentations and workshops on Teaching in the afternoon!

PADI DUP Specialty with Jake and PADI Instructor, Jess

One of Jake’s photos taken after learning lots of new techniques from his PADI Digital Underwater Photography Speciality with our PADI Instructor Jess.

Last couple of assessments this week before he is also a PADI Divemaster!

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PADI Deep and Wreck Specialities at Tabaiba

Some great dives and brilliant conditions up north doing PADI Specialities with Jake.

He can now safely dive wrecks and has increased his maximum depth limit to 40m!Nice!!!

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How to mentally prepare for your PADI IDC in 5 simple steps

Do you have your PADI IDC coming up? Starting to panic? No need! I know how you feel, all Instructors I know, including myself, have gone through this stage and look back at their course wishing they had known why they didn’t need to be nervous at all. Great news; I’m going to do my best to explain the reasons why you can stop stressing in 5 simple steps, so you can look forward to your course and start in a positive way.

PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

Step 1
Let me cover the most important reason first; the PADI Instructor Development Course is exactly that; a Development course. That means that during the course itself, you will be taught everything you need to know to be able to pass the exams. Now just let that sink in for a second… You are not expected to know everything at all, that’s why your PADI Course Director will be there to teach you! It’s a bit like your first driving lesson (advantage: you as a Divemaster already know how to scuba dive!). For your first driving lesson you were probably pretty nervous, excited too, but as it comes closer, the stress starts to creep in. You get in that car for the first time, your palms are sweating, the Instructor asks you to start the car – Succes!! Immediately after you probably stalled it but hey, that’s all part of the learning process! As the lessons progress, you keep getting better and better at driving, and if you make a mistake, the Instructor corrects it, he’s in control, and he’s there to guide and assist you.

PADI Divemaster internship

Step 2
This might sounds strange, but I recommend that you make as many mistakes as possible in your IDC, and learn from all of them. Learn from other people’s mistakes too, and before you know it, you have learned more in 1 day than you ever have in a single day before! You and the other candidates will be given assignments, these are for practice to start with. You will be able to see many skills and presentations, and you will all learn from each others mistakes. That way, by the time you get to the examination, you will have seen most things the way they should or should not be done, and you can implement this.

PADI IDC Tenerife

Step 3
Now, has the thought about taking the exams been bugging you at all? You’re probably thinking, you’re talking about driving tests, but you have heard lots of people fail them. True, many people fail DRIVING tests, but in the PADI World it’s different, in a good way! PADI’s aim is to have everyone pass, not to go on a certain number people they need to pass or fail. So even if you think you will be the worst one of the the group (odds on you won’t be) you can still easily pass. It is in everyone’s benefit for you to pass.


Step 4
Preparation is key. Luckily there is a lot you can do to prepare. As a PADI Divemaster, you have gone through the diver levels of PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response, PADI Rescue and PADI Divemaster. First of all, make sure you re-familiarise yourself with the theory behind those courses. Every course builds on the last, so make sure your foundation is strong. With that, you’ve probably done half the work already! Diving experience-wise, you need 100 logged dives. Never stop logging your dives! The diving part is easy by now, 100 dives is a lot so you know how to dive by now! Then there is the diving skills part. You should definitely be very familiar with all the skills. The IDC will teach you more in depth knowledge about the skills, but the foundation should be there, and you should be comfortable with doing every skill. Once you’re confident about these few things, you’re ready to go!

PADI IDC Canary Islands

Step 5
Have fun! You might think, fun? I’m going to be doing exams, presentations and all kinds of scary stuff. Well, don’t worry, the course has been put together to cater for everyone, and to make is as easy as possible to learn and understand the process. If you’re part of the 99,9% of the world that has a fear of public speaking, even that has been thought about. The PADI System provides you with a very clear and short sequence to follow. All you need to do is follow the list, say what is says on your paper and that’s it! It really has been made super-easy, to allow for anyone to be able to do it!

Now you should feel a little more relaxed about getting prepared for the IDC! If you have any questions, send us an email and don’t forget to read our other blogs!

50th Dive, 1st Wreck Dive!

50th Dive, 1st Wreck Dive!

This week has included more different PADI Specialty course dives which have been a good fun and made the week very interesting.
The week started with PADI Fish ID course which was to learn about different species that live here in the Canary Islands. Very interesting topic and I learned a great deal more about the aquatic life in Abades. Dives were nice and relaxing.
We noted over 25 species during dives. I also did AWARE Coral Reef Conservation which included to spot different corals that one can see in Abades. There were not many but still interesting. I also did my Night Dives on Monday which was brilliant. We didn’t see that many new species during dives but it was amazing to dive at night and see the bio-luminescence underwater.
On Tuesday I did my first ever wreck dive which also happened to be my 50th dive! We went to Tabaiba wreck to conduct the first three dives of the wreck diving specialty course. The objectives of the dives were to identify different hazards in the wreck, map the wreck and practice to set the penetration line outside of the wreck. I found that the wreck itself was very interesting dive site and quite convenient as a first wreck to dive since it’s not as intimidating as I would assume some other bigger wrecks would be.
On Wednesday we practiced PADI Divemaster skills in water with Dominic in the morning and on the afternoon we went to make our PADI Deep Diver speciality dives in El Poris. We were incredibly lucky and we spotted 4 Canarian lobsters, a species that is very rare and very hard to see. They were amazing, looking like living fossils.
On Thursday we ended the week with PADI Surface Marker Buoy specialty dives and practiced with Alice the proper SMB technique.


I start my PADI Specialities

I start my PADI Specialities

My second week in PADI Divemaster training has involved different PADI Specialty courses for the PADI Master Scuba Diver program. We started the week with Peak Performance Buoyancy with Sas, Simon and Dominic. From a rusty beginning it was a good fun practice different positions, play with hoops and basically challenge oneself with different approaches. Next day’s agenda included Underwater Navigation course learning first the basics of the compass and then applying the same skills underwater.
Firstly we figured out our fin kick distances per 10 meters and then we did basic mapping with a heading directions underwater. I enjoyed to see the new part of the reef as I haven’t dived in Montana Falda before and it was really interesting to see the big rock formations. The navigation practices gave me more confidence for my own diving and trust to my compass and sense of direction. Mapping was an interesting challenge but I enjoyed the brain teaser. I also did my first Project AWARE dive picking rubbish and killing black longspine seaurchines. Seeing the areas where the black longspine seaurchines have started the invasion really gave me a new perspective of the problem in hand and I think that should be every diver in Tenerife should be aware of. I spend Thursday studying skill courses theory and PADI Divemaster manual and Friday we completed Emergency Oxygen and Nitrox courses. So now I’m certified O2 and Nitrox diver. I also observed Stan’s PADI Rescue course scenarios as a part of PADI Divemaster training. On a personal note I said goodbye to my room mate Charlene this week. The house is definitely more quiet and now I’m just waiting for new room mates.


PADI Divemaster almost finished…….

PADI Divemaster almost finished…….

Seventh week – Divemaster internship
Sunday Hazel and I were to do search and recovery dive however when we got into the water we were then told it was going to be kit exchange underwater. Apparently you are not told that it will be kit exchange with lots of time to plan as it’s a problem solving exercise, first time we tried to descend with one regulator I was not able to get a good enough breath so we came back onto the surface and tried again but this time it was hazel who couldn’t get a breath so the instructor Tania advised she would do it one on one with us. In the end I got top marks.
Monday I went on 2 fun dives with Hazel and Simon in the morning and that afternoon we went on a skills practice dive and helped each other recognize our mistakes.
Tuesday I done another skills practice dive with the instructor Laura and the new girl Kate and Hazel. In the afternoon hazel and I were buddied up to do a search and recovery and the boys Simon and Dom were buddied up the girls found there item in 2 minutes but the boys took 30 minutes we also learned how to take an item to the surface using a buoy.
Wednesday it was my birthday so we all went on a fun dive to Tabaiba where there is a shipwreck that was really awesome to see and then the boss took us for Non alcoholic beverage when we got back to the shop we had to do the 100m tow and I had to do kit exchange with Kate and she needed to be marked for hers.
Thursday was a skills dive practice again as my assessment is next week so all the practice is needed. In the afternoon I had my dive master written exam which I passed meaning I have 1 week left till I become a dive master.


Birthday dive in Tabaiba

Birthday dive in Tabaiba

Lucky to return to diving on Sunday however was thrown right into it and ended up having to do a kit exchange with Charlene. I panicked a bit but managed to get through it. I also was shown the skills by Tania and Sass which seemed to be a lot of skills to have to learn which got me a little worried. We also got to meet a new student who was doing the PADI Divemaster this week – she seems very nice but she had signed herself up for a lot of work.
On Monday I had my first dive as a leader ! I was lucky in that I didn’t mess up the navigation and we ended up getting to trumpet fish cave ok! Killed a lot of urchins and saw a baby cuttlefish and a very big pink dentex fish followed us around the urchin patches. This was followed later by practicing the skills with Charlene and Simon. They were both really good and I felt quite far behind and I also struggled a bit with the mask skills- but practice makes perfect so hopefully I’ll get it eventually ! Tuesday was more practice as well as completing the search and recovery part of the course , I was buddies with Charlene and we found our item quite quickly whereas the boys were taking a while to find their item. Simon’s equipment was malfunctioning all over as well so we didn’t spend too much time in the water. We were also taught how to tie a bow line knot and inflate and use a recovery bag lift.
Wednesday was Charlene’s birthday so we got to head out on a wreck dive to Tabaiba. It was quite deep but really fun to get to do a dive in a new place. Dominic apparently saw a huge stingray and there were really big starfish there too! We took some fun pictures underwater too. Afterwards we came back to Abades for the afternoon and did the 100m tow. We also went and practiced skills for a little while and I got a really good hover while Simon and I were waiting for Charlene to come join us.
Thursday was skills practice with Laura down with us at the bottom to tell us what we were doing wrong – I was just having a really back day of it and so didn’t get a lot of good positive feedback on the skills. I later went on a dive with Dominic and Stanislav to trumpet fish cave and was hoping to do the three 20 minute dives but only ended up doing two dives because I had taken only a 12 tank and we went out quite far. Managed to get back fine though and had 70 bars left so it wasn’t too bad. My briefing is getting better and so are my skills so I think/hope that I’ll be better with next weeks practices!


Enjoying the aquatic life of Tenerife

Enjoying the aquatic life of Tenerife

Sunday started off with a fun dive lead by Charlene with Craig, Abi and Dominic. I did the dive check as we walked down to the beach. We headed out towards trumpet fish cave and got a little lost along the way so tried to get our bearings again, going back on our tracks we passed over the sea grass and saw a baby stingray! After our surface interval we were snorkeling for a bit to swim back towards the cave and saw seven more rays from the surface! They were all relaxing and eating some of the sea grass. We descended again and kept our distance but watched them for a while, after one of them swam off Craig tried to measure the size of them with his arms. Coming back to shore was really difficult as we had a strong current working against us (this didn’t do us any favours in the stamina that morning either…) Later on Tania joined us on another dive and we tried to find the rays for her again but failed in doing so, we hung around the reef saw a Plain fish and killed a few long black spines sea urchins and Tania spotted an octopus which was really cool. Next ( again on a difficult swim back to the shore) we saw three more rays. At this point everyone was really tired and we shared tows going back. Eventually we all got out and everything worked out fine and by the end of the day I had gotten up to 30 dives !

Only 10 more until I can start the PADI Divemaster!!! Monday was my first dive with Simon and was lead by Abi ( I was asked to do the brief but didn’t have all the notes so was unsure what to include … ). We saw some really cool starfish that were so contorted they practically looked like sea cucumbers. We all spotted a baby cuttlefish and Abi thought it was really cute. Then somehow Abi spotted a hermit crab in amongst a tangle of seaweed. Again sticking in around the first reef we saw a lot of the usual things but I didn’t mind because I felt it was a good dive to get to know my sense of direction a bit better. This being said, we ended up in the shallows and were practically crawling out of the water as we were at 1.1m! We collected so much rubbish from the reef and sea floor. Saw another mature cuttlefish and he got very close to me which was close to see up close. We had our surface interval and then descended again to swim back in towards the shore because Simon was getting low on air (which was a first because normally it’s me that is low on air and causes dives to end sooner!) on our second descent we swam through clouds of ink and ended up seeing that it had actually been a dead cuttlefish that caused it. That night I also did my first night dive -I was very excited so took my camera. We saw more rays which was really cool at night time and Tania said she saw an octopus and I only managed to see part of its tentacles as it crawled around under a rock. I also had improved on my air usage and ended up finishing the dive with about 90 bars (possibly a record for me!). Overall, a very good experience and I would love to do another night dive soon.
Unfortunately the next morning the back pain I have been experiencing had gotten to such an extreme that I couldn’t get out of bed without a struggle with pain. I decided to pass on the diving for the day to see if it would improve after a day of relaxing it. Unfortunately this was not the case and I ended up have to go to the doctors and I was told to rest and given anti-inflammatories to take for my back. Hopefully I can start back again soon! Only 6 more dives until I can start the PADI Divemaster course!! WOOHOO!


My turn to start my PADI Divemaster course for real

My turn to start my PADI Divemaster course for real

Week number six is starting time to get real !
Sunday I went on five fun dives with hazel, Dom, abi and Craig with myself leading the first 3 dives. We went around the Abades reef and went to trumpet fish cave we managed to see eight stingray which is the most that we have seen on the reef. After the dives they gave me some constructive feedback, point things out more and to check that everyone has completed their safety stop.
The other two dives Tania joined us and we see more stingray and a white spotted octopus. We also picked up loads of rubbish that was found in the sea.
Monday I was assisting on the rescue course for Robert, Miia and Lucia we complete all 10 rescue course exercises however on the Tuesday only Miia could complete here rescue course as the other two had issues with their ears.
Wednesday we went to El Poris to do our deep water entry with Simon, Tania and I, I scored a 4 out of 5 as I forget to check for objects or people below me before entering.
We then went out of 2 fun dives with Miia leading for the first time, I handed her my dive slate as she had not prepared a dive brief so I tried to help her as much as I possibly could and give her some hints and tips, she was then to lead the dive on the reef but she had not yet been in the reef to dive so she wasn’t too sure where and how to get to places. She buddied up with Abi so she could lead the dive. Beforehand we discussed how best to buddy people up and I was asked how I would of done it and the way I explained the instructors agreed they would of done it the same way which made me feel more confident in my own dive briefs.
Thursday I was granted a day off as I had an issue with my back muscles.
Let’s see what next week brings.


This has been my first week in scuba diving in Tenerife

This has been my first week in scuba diving in Tenerife

This has been my first week in scuba diving in Tenerife
I arrived on Friday which meant I had one and half day to get to know to Abades and other divers before the actual course began. Upon arrival, Tania showed me my housing facilities and I met some of the other interns and house mates.
The course started on Sunday. First day was full of information that was poured onto us with a quick pace with all the gear set ups and other practicalities. Since I had no idea what to expect from a first day, this was lot to process and the day left me overwhelmed. I started my Divemaster training as Open Water Advanced diver which meant that first weeks agenda was to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course. First training day we practiced different rescue techniques and skills in water. We also went through all the daily routines from setting up gear to cleaning it and going through daily jobs.
Second day included training session in water with two different rescue scenarios to practice skills learned the day before. I practiced to use the compass for the first time in missing diver scenario and towing a unresponsive diver to the shore with relatively big surf was definitely a challenge. The rescue course exam was on a third day. I passed the exam which made it officially me a PADI Rescue diver. Excluding two rescue training sessions I hadn’t yet dived in Abades reef and that’s why decision that I was to lead the fun dives in the afternoon was a surprise. But well, I got to see the trumpetfish cave for the first time and killed my first black longspine seaurchine.
On Thursday was more fun dives, which include a lucky sighting of a common stingray.
We end the week with a good scrub of the dive center so that it would be in a top condition for the PADI inspection.
Next week I will be absent due the visit home to Finland and in weeks time I’ll be back to continue my training.


PADI Rescue and EFR courses Week 5

PADI Rescue and EFR courses Week 5

Fifth week on my internship and now a Rescue Diver
Sunday was the start of my PADI Rescue course where we learned how to help an unresponsive diver under water and how best to hold the regulator and when you should and should not put it back into the divers mouth and how to cradle the tank so you are able to ascend with them. We also learned how to tow the unresponsive diver and how to give rescue breaths and get them out of the water to begin CPR. We learned how to approach a tired diver and a panicked diver learning how to take control of the situation and how to calm them down when towing them back to the shore.
We learned how to search for a missing diver underwater.
Monday we put everything we learned into practice but with a much further distance and depth than before which we all managed to pass. In the afternoon we were shown how to provide oxygen and showing the different ways to administer it.
Tuesday was classroom day where we learned the complete emergency first response with Anne the doll that is used to practice on, we had to make sure we knew he correct term to help someone so we were protected by the Good Samaritan Law and how to perform CPR, in the afternoon we were given real life scenarios to help us understand and give us the confidence to help the person in need.
All exams passed and officially a rescue diver now.
Wednesday we came in to find that most of us were going on a fun dive to a new area called Turtle Bay half way across the island we were not lucky enough to see any turtles but surprisingly the boss and his wife came along which was nice as it was my first time diving with both of them and on the way back we stopped for a quick refreshment which was nice as the boss paid.
Thursday I went on a fun dive with Craig and Hazel, was nice a relaxed and I showed hazel how to kill a Black long spined sea urchin and she was amazed to see that all the fish follow and know exactly what you are about to do before doing it. They knew it was dinner time.
Let’s see what next week brings.


Beginning my diving adventures in Tenerife

Beginning my diving adventures in Tenerife

Beginning my diving adventures in Tenerife on Sunday I began my PADI Rescue Diver course and EFR training. First dive was with Tania to be taught underwater rescue navigation, how to rescue an under water unresponsive diver and we also completed a short version of a tow of surface non-responsive diver.
On Monday we also repeated the exercises but were tested in them to make sure we had the correct techniques and procedure order. We completed a longer tow of a surface non-responsive diver as well as removing the victim from the water and beginning rescue breaths and CPR.
Tuesday we had EFR training taught by Alice, Tom and Charlie. We were given scenarios to test us in how to respond to an emergency situation. We then followed up the training with exams in both the PADI Rescue and the EFR theory.
Wednesday – Finally got to go on a Fun dive! Went with Pete and Alice and some of the other interns in a place called Turtle Bay. Unfortunately the memorable part of the dive was that we saw a lot of ray skeletons. Got the chance to have a good chat with everyone on the way back – along with one or two of us getting a quick nap before disassembling the gear. Luckily for me I had another fun dive on Thursday with Charlene and Craig! Went to the famous Trumpet fish cave that everyone has been talking about and got to see a lot of the local marine life! I also was shown the invasive long spine Black Sea Urchin and how some of the divers kill them in order to feed the fish. The wrasse went crazy for it and all the while there was a little black fish who was very curious and followed us around for a while ! When we were coming back in Craig found a 5€ note and myself and Charlene were picking up rubbish for Project AWARE – including a pair of underwear… I guess some people have all the luck!!!

Mapping a Dive Site in Tenerife

Mapping a Dive Site in Tenerife

Fourth week on my Divemaster internship.
Sunday I went on a dive to do my first ever map of the Abades reef with Charlie who is studying for his IDC, Lucas was to count the kick cycles and I was to take notes of the depths while Baptise was to take down note of bearings. When we got back to the dive shop we were to then make a map showing what we learned including natural reference points, however the kick cycles were nit accurate so when I attempted to do my map to scale it was not correct and I had to redo the map three times. Also managed to get 2 minutes 30 seconds off my original 800m snorkel swim.
Monday I went on a fun dive with Baptiste and Lucas and was able to learn some more fish and also managed to kill a few Black long spined sea urchins.
Tuesday I went on fun dives with Baptiste and Craig this time and we managed to see Barracuda for the first time at the trumpet fish cave and then out of nowhere there was a whole school of them but they were pretty far away to get a good look at them.
Wednesday I was out on a fun dive with Baptiste and Lucas but before that it was my turn to do my first diving brief, Pete thought I done really well.
Thursday I done my second briefing in front of another instructor this time I felt more confident and was able to do it without making any mistakes, Baptiste, Lucas and I went on our fun dive but this was a dive I would remember as on our way to trumpet fish cave we came across a large school of white bream and it was mesmerising all of a sudden there was a large school of barracuda right in front of us in between the white bream it truly was amazing to see and I loved every minute of it.

PADI Rescue course begins next week so let’s see how I get on with that.


Fun dives in Tenerife

Third week of my Internship.
Monday I was put on fun dives with Craig, Abi and Álvaro it was my first time I got to dive with the 3 of them.
Craig was leading not sure if it was his first time but he done really well making sure all points were covered including the pre dive safety check and his de brief (nervous still not done mine yet) we had a really good dive got to see a cuttlefish for the first time also so that was pretty awesome.
On Tuesday I got to do some more fun dives with Craig and Abi and this time it was Abi’s time to lead she also done very well but we did advise that she had to check on us more often and turn around to check on us and also ask us about our air. Though we did have a great dive and again got to see Abades reef.
On Wednesday we went on a fun dive this time with Baptiste, Lucas, Charlie and I but this time we done some project aware dives and killed some longspined Black Sea urchins for me it was not the first time but I still found it difficult but I finally got into the swing of things and managed to do what was required, however the fish love to eat them so was cool how close they got to me and I could see them much closer in person.
On Thursday some of the team at the dive centre had their skills assessment coming up so they were doing the last skill dive practice so we went out and I watched and tried to pick up things I may of missed before but I was easily distracted when I seen an octopus (love seeing things you don’t see everyday) however my attention was back on the other divers watching them finish their practice I have my fingers crossed for them this week hopefully pass with full marks.


Deep diving in Tenerife

Deep diving Tenerife

Second week of my PADI internship
On the Sunday I was able to go to Las Eras and do my first deep dive this was going to be my first dive with one of the instructors called Tania.
I’m sure this women was a fish in her past life we managed to get down to 24.4 metres furthest so far I have ever dived. I have never felt a current as strong as it was in this dive location it was impossible to move without pulling yourself along the rocks but we managed to all get out safe and sound.
On the Monday unfortunately I had a common cold so stayed at home and out of the water, on the Tuesday I was still not feeling too great but went into the dive centre anyway to try and help out whatever way I could, we had paying customers in that day so I was able to help wash all their kit and do some daily jobs to try and help the other interns finish quickly and go home.
Wednesday I was better and knew I had to finish my advanced so I was able to dive I completed my peak performance buoyancy, fish identification and navigation with Sorcha.
Thursday we went out and done a 1 hour fun dive with one of the interns leading he took me to trumpet fish cave for the first time it was a really nice and relaxed dive when he got back to the dive centre we were advised we could go a night dive which would mean it would be my last thing to complete my PADI Advanced Diver certification.
So at 8pm we went on our night dive it was really good learning new signs using the torch. Once in the water it was very surreal I couldn’t see much and the torch only goes so far but in the dark ocean you really do feel very small in the big blue. I seen very large sea urchins and an octopus also an angel shark.

Let’s see what week 3 has in store for me.


First week as a Divemaster intern in Tenerife

PADI Open Water Diver

Arrived in Abades in a taxi and all the houses looked so alike that even the taxi driver took a long time to find the house, though when I finally found it I was greeted by a Spanish gentleman who was visiting his cousin who I later found out to be one of the instructors.

With his broken English we managed to establish that the instructor was on a night dive and suddenly an Italian girl arrived at the house and was able to give me access to the property. She showed me around the house explained the house rules and general everyday rules. We then went down to the beach where you could see the others doing there night dive.

Sunday arrived and it was my first day at the dive centre after going through some paperwork and buying some scuba gear I was ready for my first day in the water, however I first learned how to assemble as dismantle my kit, I done this 3 times while the instructors watched, then it was time to pack up and go home for my first day in the water.

Monday morning we geared up was shown how to do this on the previous day and headed out with 2 instructors to do my PADI DSD.

Tuesday morning more weight on my weight belt to see if this would help me descend better as I was now beginning to learn skills along with a customer, only issue I had was having to remove by BCD on the water surface on the afternoon dive.

Wednesday morning more skills with the same customer who was doing his PADI open water course also, this time more successful except I lost my right fin twice and my mask keep flooding but I was able to handle the situation well, that evening we learned some more skills and this again was a very productive and successful dive.

Thursday morning we kitted up went out in the morning to do our first part of the PADI open water course, in the afternoon we went back out to complete the open water course and complete the open water course exam, Woo hoo I passed so now I am a PADI OPEN WATER DIVER.


Almost at an end of my PADI Divemaster internship

PADI Divemaster internship

Hallo zum letzen mal,

das ist mein letzter Bericht, da ich nächsten Donnerstag den Kurs beende J ich habe nur noch eine Prüfung offen und das ist die praktische Prüfung zum Ablegen meiner Skills. Ansonsten bin ich fertig, mein Divemaster Exam habe ich auch am Donnerstag bestanden, jetzt heißt es noch üben üben üben, damit ich da auch eine gute Bewertung bekomme. Ich hab mich auch entschieden noch eine Fisch Identifikation Spezialkurs zu machen, da ich immer so viele Fische sehe, aber nie weiß, welche Art von Fisch es ist… ich hoffe das hilft mir, zudem heißen die Fische auf englisch meist ganz anders als auf deutsch.

Am Montag haben wir die Search and Recovery Prüfung abgelegt, das hat Spass gemacht, man muss unter Wasser in einem bestimmten Suchmuster nach einem Gegenstand suchen, diesen dann einen Bergungssack knoten und ihn langsam an die Oberfläche bringen. Am Nachmittag haben wir dann wieder Skills geübt, das macht immer mehr Spaß, sobald man sie besser und besser beherrscht, was bei mir zum Glück mittlerweile der Fall ist. Ich kann mich noch genau an den Anfang erinnern, als ich das zum ersten und zweiten mal gesehen habe und mir gedacht habe, shit, hoffentlich wird das… 😉

Am Dienstag haben wir auch nur an unseren Skills gearbeitet. Mittwoch sind wir dann nach Tabaiba gefahren und haben dort unseren deep entry abgelegt und im Anschluss einen kurzen Wreckdive gemacht. Der Tauchgang an sich kann schön sein, wenn man sich auf sich fokusiert. Ich hatte leider ein paar Unstimmigkeiten mit meinem Buddy, was mich den Tauchgang nicht genießen lassen konnte. Aber ich hab gelernt, erstmal auf sich konzentrieren und den Buddy Buddy sein lassen J Am Nachmittag ging es dann wieder weiter mit Skills.

Heute war der bisher beste Tauchtag, ich war mit meinem Buddy und unserer lieben Instructiorin privat tauchen in Las Eras, es war unglaublich viel zu sehen und ich muss da unbedingt nochmal hin!! Es ist nur 10 Minuten von Abades entfernt J

So, das war es von mir, vielleicht hört ihr wieder was wenn ich meinen Instructor mache 😉

viele Grüße,