What about sharks in Lanzarote
We have included this as number one frequently asked question because it normally is. In general no animal in the ocean, sharks included, present a danger to divers or snorkelers as long as WE are responsible. This means not to touch or harass any of the creatures we find and to be careful to avoid contact with the reef or sandy bottoms. Fishes can be defensive but not aggressive, so by only looking your are extremely safe. Consider learning more with Andy on the PADI naturalist or Shark diver course.
I want to make my first dive, but I am scared of what to expect?
Diveyourway has some of the most experienced instructors in the business, and have literally conducted thousands of first time dives each. Our approach is very simple, that to have a great first dive you must feel relaxed and confident in the water. Before we take students in the ocean we have a pool session to get you used to the equipment, breathing underwater, the technique of SCUBA and above all relaxed. Our goal on your first dive is too make a fantastic, safe and enjoyable experience; we are not trying to scare you.
What’s involved in a SCUBA diving course?
Basically there are three areas that we train people in:
What about exams?
1/ Knowledge – all diving courses require students to learn principles and theories out of the water, and this is normally done with DVD lessons and informal discussions with the instructor.
2/ Motor skills – This is the portion where students practice dive skills in a safe environment of a swimming pool or water that offers the same conditions. This is time you get to practice (maybe make mistakes) with your instructor there working with you.
3/ Practical – This is where we take the knowledge and the motor skill and apply them to the actual aquatic environment, simply this is taking what you learnt and we go diving to apply what you have learnt.
Exams do worry people, however the exams when you learn to dive are not complicated and normally the information is learnt by the students during the course, so no late nights with a book and highlighter. Ninety percent of diving is really common sense, the other ten percent is what we teach using PADI’s prescriptive teaching method.
What is PADI?
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world's largest recreational diving membership and diver training organization founded in 1966 by John Cronin and Ralph Erickson. Cronin was originally a NAUI instructor who decided to form his own organization with Erickson, and to break diver training down into different courses instead of the single universal course then prevalent.
PADI courses range from entry levels (such as "Scuba Diver" and "Open Water Diver") to "Master Scuba Diver" and a range of instructor certifications. Under their PADI TecRec brand, PADI also offers various technical diving courses, including decompression diving, trimix diving and gas blending. Similarly, PADI's sister company Emergency First Response Corp provides a range of first aid and CPR programs for lay people, including workplace specific programs in Australia, Canada and the UK.
The PADI system is composed of modules with standardized learning objectives divided into theory and practical skills development. Theory is mainly conveyed by way of self-study using books, computer based training using CD-ROM or online learning. All study options are supplemented with video to help the student diver visualize what they have read. Confirmation of the student diver's level of mastery in standardized knowledge review sessions is carried out by a scuba instructor. Practical skills mastery is obtained through confined water training (pools or relatively shallow water) and performance evaluations in open water. Upon completion of each course, a certification is issued to the student.
PADI courses are performance based dive programs, and at the introductory level emphasize practical knowledge, safety and motor skills. The foundations of diving physics, physiology and chemistry are built during entry level programs. The more esoteric details of these concepts are left for later courses when the diver has gained practical knowledge and experience beyond the entry level. These practices fall within current modern learning philosophies and receive regular updates via peer review.
Do I need to be able to swim?
The answer is yes and no. For the DSD program there is not a requirement that the participant can swim, however for certification course you must be able to swim 200m (there is no time limit).
How fit do you need to be?
Anyone participating in SCUBA needs to be of reasonable fitness and health. Please follow this link to download a copy of the PADI medical form, if you have any of the conditions you will require Doctors approval to dive.
Is there an age limit?
There are minimum ages, the youngest is 10 years old for the PADI DSD and Open Water Course (8 years for the bubblemaker program). There is no upper age limit as long as the participant is medically fit.
How dangerous is diving?
Diving is like a lot of things in life, there is a risk involved. However with diving we know what the risks are, so applying a few basic rules and common sense means that you can have a lifelong safe pastime. .
Why learn with Diveyourway?
Learning to dive is a life changing experience and we want you to have fun. Our instructors are extremely experienced divers that use their extensive knowledge to train you to become a good, safe, confident novice diver. Who would you rather learn with, an instructor with 400 logged dives or 8000, experience counts! See our staff profiles here.