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Dive Academy is a Padi 5 star IDC centre and Gold Palm resort. It is also Europe’s most southern Dive Centre and is the only dive centre on the island with its own private swimming pool!! This swimming pool is the perfect place for all our divers to learn or practise skills. Qualified divers or beginners, in our swimming pool you get all the time you need to learn the confidence building skills, in a safe and relaxing atmosphere.

We have something to offer the whole family! Whether you are a wannabe diver or a qualified diver, whether you want the kids to learn to dive or just do some fun dives yourself- we have something to offer the whole family! There are even sun beds at our swimming pool for divers and for the family or friends of the divers who do not wish to dive, to enjoy the warm Gran Canaria sun!!

Over 70% of the world surface is water. So 7/10 of the world is below the waves. Dive Academy can help you make your first steps towards exploring this underwater world in Gran Canaria!!

All our course are held in small groups of no more than 4 people, so that you will always have the full attention of the instructor and you will receive all the help that you need to learn to dive.

  • Dive Academy has multi lingual instructors and staff
  • We can on request cater for larger groups, please ask for details
  • The cost of all the course’s includes equipment rental and Padi registrations on completion
  • All you need to bring with you is your swimming costume and a SMILE!!

Snorkelling Safari

All you need to bring is your swimming costume, towel and smile and we will take care of everything else for you. You will have a presentation on the marine life you will be seeing and a brief explanation on how to snorkel safely. Then it is into the sea for a fun packed hour of Snorkelling!! Bubblemaker Diving Course at Dive Academy Gran Canaria Arguineguin Canary Islands

Bubble maker Course (1 day)

This is a course for our young adventures aged 8-10 years. We start this one day course with a brief explanation on how the equipment works and to cover all the required safety aspects. Then it is to our private pool where we will play games and teach them how to have fun under the water. Also if you want we can show them how to be a space man underwater with the weightless atmosphere under the water. We guarantee the newbee divers will leave with a smile on their faces and also there first diving certification from Dive Academy.


Discover Scuba Diving (1 day)

This is a one day course for our guests that wish to try diving for the first time. We will pick you up at 9. 30am and bring to the dive centre. (free of charge) and after completing some registration paperwork will start with a short 35minute video presentation, which gives a brief explanation on Scuba Diving. Then we will show you all the equipment you are going to use during the day. This will include an opportunity to take your first breath from the regulator (it is really easy!!). After that we will get you into your wetsuit and our private training pool. We will spend as long as you need playing games and teaching you how to swim, before showing you some basic skills on how to clear a regulator and mask underwater. When you are ready we will take a short break for dinner before making a dive in the sea. The dive will be in one of the bays in front of the dive centre, which is full of marine life including Octopus, Rays, Cuttlefish, Parrot fish and many more... On completing the course you will receive a certificate from Padi and you will be registered as having completed the course. When you are ready we will take you back to your Hotel (free of charge) with a smile on your faces!! If you wish you can stay with us for the rest of the day and enjoy the pool and the restaurants around the dive centre. We are sure that you will really enjoy your first diving experience with us!!



Scuba Diver Diving Course at Dive Academy Gran Canaria Arguineguin Canary Islands

Scuba Diver Course (2-3 days)

This is a 2 to 3 day course which will teach you the basic information to Scuba Dive. Each day you will be picked up from your hotel at 9. 30am and dropped back off at the end of the day (free of charge) at 5:00pm. Over the course of the days you spend with us you will make 3 dives in our private pool and 2 dives in the sea. You will also watch 3 DVD of about 35minutes in length, each giving you the information for the next part of your adventure. By the end of the course you will make 3 quizzes to check your understanding of the course. They are very easy and if you get any wrong, we will go over them with you. On completing the course you will receive a certificate from Padi, which will liecence you to dive to 12m anywhere in the world with a Padi professional. You will receive a temporary card to take home with you, until you receive your liecence by post to your home address.


Open Water Course (3-4 days)

This is a 3 to 4 day course which will teach you all the information you will need to dive independently with another certified diver. Each day you will be picked up from your hotel at 9. 30am and dropped back off at the end of the day (free of charge) at 5:00pm. Over the course of the days you spend with us you will make 5 dives in our private pool and 4 dives in the sea. You will also watch 5 DVD of about 35minutes in length, each giving you the information for the next part of your adventure. By the end of the course you will make 5 quizzes to check your understanding of the course. Then you will make a final exam which covers everything you learnt during the course. You will have already covered all of the information you will need to pass this exam, as the questions are very similar to that of the quizzes. They are very easy!! On completing the course you will receive a certificate from Padi, which will liecence you to dive to 18m anywhere in the world independently with another certified diver . You will receive a temporary card to take home with you, until you receive your liecence by post to your home address.

Advanced Open Water Course (2 days)

This is a 2 Day course which is designed to take you to the next step in your diving adventure, whilst safely being supervised by your instructor. You have to make 5 dives to complete the course. One of which must be a Navigation dive, where you will learn how to navigate under water with both a compass and using natural navigation. Also you have to make a deeper dive of a depth of approximately 30m. This will give you a better understanding of what it is like at this depth and also give you the knowledge to be able to make dives of this depth after the course. Then you can choose any 3 other sections from the Advanced Manual. They include Photography, Wreck, Nitrox, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Boat, Night, Fish ID, Search and Recover, Drift, Dry suit and many more.... They are all great fun and you will be happy to know there is no exam at the end of the course. You do however have to make the knowledge reviews, the same as you did in your Open Water Course. On completing the course you will receive a certificate from Padi, which will liecence you to dive to 30m anywhere in the world. You will receive a temporary card to take home with you, until you receive your liecence by post to your home address.

Emergency First Response (1 day)

This is a one day course which covers basic first aid and CPR. There are 2 parts to the course. The first part of the course is about Primary Care and covers all aspects of giving somebody life saving help as a lay person. The second part of the course is about Secondary Care and covers all aspects of giving somebody non life threatening care. The course is good fun, with a serious side to it.

This course has to be completed before you can attend the Rescue diver course, unless you have already a first aid course.

On completing the course you will receive a certificate from Padi, which states that you have completed a basic first aid course. You will receive a temporary card to take home with you, until you receive your liecence by post to your home address.

Rescue Diver Diving Course at Dive Academy Gran Canaria Arguineguin Canary Islands

Rescue Diver (2 days)

This is a 2 day course which takes you one more step up the Padi ladder. Up to this point you have learnt how to look after yourself and the basic information on how to look after others. Now we are going to teach you how to not only make sure that you are safe, but also be able to recognise and give another person help if they need it. We start of with a short DVD which will give you the basic information you will need for the course. Then we will spend the rest of the day in our private pool teaching you all the separate parts of self help rescue and to rescue others. After we have shown you all the separate parts of the rescue, we will then put it all together and make a full rescue from the bottom of the pool to the surface, then give rescue breaths whilst towing and removing both your equipment and the victims. On the second day we will make 4 scenarios in the sea where you will get the change to put all that you have learnt to the test. During the course you will also be shown how to make different types of search’s for missing divers. This is a real fun course, with a serious side and you will find it very rewarding!!

On completing the course you will receive a certificate from Padi, which states that you have completed a Rescue Diver Course. You will receive a temporary card to take home with you, until you receive your liecence by post to your home address.

Professional levels of diving Dive Master, Assistant Instructor and Instructor courses click here.


TecRec

Padi TecRec Diving Course at Dive Academy Gran Canaria Arguineguin Canary Islands DSAT TecRec courses provide the techniques and procedures necessary for diving beyond recreational dive limits. These are some of the most intensive, yet exhilarating, courses you'll find. Technical diving isn't for everyone but if this type of diving appeals to you and you're willing to accept the risks, responsibilities and obligations, you'll find it one of the most rewarding dive experiences you'll ever have. The fun part of TecRec is rising to the challenges as you dive deeper and longer than most divers ever do.

Discover Tec Diving - PADI TecRec Discover Tec lets you try technical diving equipment and procedures and is designed to let you discover what is around the next corner. The course is conducted over one pool session and one day in Open Water. To participate in Discover Tec Diving, you must:
- Be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
- Have a minimum of 10 logged dives
- Be at least 18 years old

If this is the path you choose to follow then why not sign up for your Tec40 today. Technical diving is just one step away enabling you to go deeper and stay longer than ever before.


Dive Master Course (2 weeks to 2 months)

For those of you looking to join the leaders of the pack, look no further. The PADI Divemaster programme is the first leadership level in the PADI System of diver education. This rating denotes you as a person who:
  • Has a high level of personal diving skill
  • Has instructor level knowledge of diving theory
  • Has had significant training in how to assist an instructor during training activities
  • Is able to assume appropriate responsibilities that benefit the welfare of other divers

As you may know, many PADI Divemaster's go on to become PADI Instructors. The training and experience you gain through the PADI Divemaster program helps shape your abilities and attitude toward becoming a professional level diving educator. As a PADI Divemaster, you'll be qualified to:
  • Organize, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities, both land and boat based
  • Assist PADI Instructors in conducting PADI Diver programs

To qualify for PADI Divemaster training, you'll need to:
  • Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent
  • Have logged a minimum of 20 open water dives prior to entry into PADI Divemaster training, and completed and logged a minimum of 60 open water dives with experience in night, deep and navigation prior to certification as a PADI Divemaster
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a medical exam form signed by a physician

This course is the first step on the professional ladder of diving. There are to options to complete this course.

The first is a paid course over 2 week, where you will receive one to one tuition on becoming a dive master. Because of this the price of the course is high. You will have to have made some home study before you start the course.

The second way to complete the course and the one which will give you a better understanding of the role of a Dive Master is that of an internship. This is held over 2 months and will cover all the aspects of becoming a good Dive Master. In return you will work at the dive centre in exchange for all your training cost. We promise that you will not be used as a slave, but will part of our working team and in this way you will be able to learn much more.

Here are just some of the things you will learn:

1. Increase your diver knowledge. Through self study of the Padi Dive Master manual and Encyclopädia of recreational diving. You will also receive presentations on Dive theory and the Recreational dive planner.
2. Increase your knowledge of dive equipment, with the opportunity to learn basic repairs on regulators, BCDs and suits.
3. Demonstrate skills from the open water course.
4. Increase your rescue skills and be able to demonstrate a full rescue to students.
5. Be able to both look after students, experienced divers and of course yourself.
6. Map a dive site. Detailing underwater obstacles, hazards and compass bearings.
7. Supervising general diving activities, including guiding experienced divers and giving briefings for their dives.
8. Manage an emergency.
9. Through pool work gain experience in underwater problem solving, including exchanging your equipment with your buddy, whilst buddy breathing.
10. Preparing equipment for clients before diving. Then clean and store after use.
11. Dive Master conducted programs.
12. We will also teach you basic compressor operation and boat handling.

You will also need to complete a Stamina test which involves swim tests, treating water and tired diver tows.

We have a very happy working environment at the dive centre which shows to all our guests when they are with us. One of the most important skills for a resort Divemaster is to be able to talk to people no matter what there age or nationality.

Materials you’ll need:
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) – all three versions (Table, Wheel and eRDP including associated Instructions for Use booklets)
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Divemaster Slates
  • PADI Divemaster Video

Assistant Instructor Course

Ok, you have by now committed to the final stages of your own Personal Underwater Journey, you have already made the transition to PADI Professional and joined the elite, so now this is your chance to face your next challenge. As a PADI Assistant Instructor you will now be able to help out and display your knowledge and experience in the classroom as well as in the water, you can even teach several courses independently!

This next part of your journey will be considerably shorter and most definitely more intense than anything you have completed so far, taking only 4 days from start to finish to complete. Now is your chance to independently stand out from the crowd, and show your PADI Staff Instructor how good you really are. Don't take this one lightly, at this level a genuine 90% of divers need not apply, are you one of the 10% that should?

The PADI Assistant Instructor Program is run on a full time basis over a 4 day period, and on most days involves an early start and a late finish. It will focus your attention to not only 'what' should be taught, but also 'how' to teach it. You are now beginning your own personal evolution to a fully fledged PADI Instructor. Yes this is, in simple terms, a grooming course before the next and final stage of your own Personal Underwater Journey to the pinnacle of all PADI Training. It, of course, is also a very valid and useful stand alone course, and should most certainly not be dismissed. Anyone that simply wants to give more, and who classes themselves as a generous and committed member of any training team can benefit massively by completing the PADI Assistant Instructor course.

The specific dates of your PADI Assistant Instructor course will be confirmed when you apply, however to give you an idea of the format we have included a sample schedule. This schedule is spread over a two week period, and of course also incorporates an amount of self study work and lecture preparation work.

With the PADI Assistant Instructor program you really do need to display an amazing level of both concentration and commitment. Here you are moving away from any last remaining traces of recreational diver, you are about to qualify at a level where you can conduct certain PADI authorised programs yourself independently.

Ok, so you now know what your next step is along your personal underwater journey and you also know how much is involved, so take some time and think it through. To some the PADI Assistant Instructor Program is simply more than they are capable of, but to you, we hope it is simply the next great (yet enjoyable) challenger to overcome.

To qualify for Assistant Instructor training, you'll need to be:
  • PADI Divemaster rating or qualifying certification from another certification organization
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 month

Emergency First Response Course:
As a PADI Assistant Instructor or Dive Master you are now eligible to pursue further Instructor Level training, to qualify you to be able to independently teach several PADI courses. The main course that the majority of our PADI Assistant Instructors choose to take, if they are not going to move straight onto the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, is the PADI Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor. The PADI EFR Instructor course is a single day course run at the end of every IDC, where the full instructor candidates complete this course automatically. On this course you will be taught and get to practice the fundamentals of how to teach both divers and non-divers the skills and knowledge that are contained within the Emergency First Response Course. You do need to be an Emergency First responder before attending this course. Not a first aid person from a different training agency.

Open Water Instructor Course 3-4 days

This is it! You’ve made it to the top; you are now at the pinnacle of your own Personal Underwater Journey. In a short time you have the opportunity to prove yourself to some of the world’s best diver trainers from PADI itself. At this point you have out performed over 95% of those that initially started their journey at the same time as you, right now you should be feeling incredibly proud of yourself and justifiably so!

Your PADI Instructor Development Course is part one of the two stages to becoming a fully qualified PADI Instructor and you will most probably feel by far the hardest. It is designed to fully prepare you, both in knowledge and skills, to face the second stage of the PADl Instructor Examination. The examination is completely external and run by PADI head office itself.

At this level of your Personal Underwater Journey, your course must be conducted by a very specific and highly qualified instructor. The complete Instructor Development Course will be run at Dive Academy by PADI Courses Director Clive Albon. The specific timings of the elements of your course may vary and will depend very much on the progress of the group as a whole. You will of course have a considerable amount of self study preparation work, before attending the course.

This is now the true sum of everything you have learned so far, whether is has taken you 12 months or 12 years to get to this level; you are now obviously ready to complete your journey. You are ready to become the one at the top who everyone else admires, and most likely secretly aspires to one day be equal to.

Once completed you will receive, on payment of your registration fee, a PADI Instructor Development Course completion certificate, this will then allow you to proceed to the next and final level, the PADI Instructor Examination.

The examination is totally independent of Dive Academy and is organised by PADI Europe themselves. The PADI Instructor Examination is a two day event, generally held here in Gran Canaria and as we have a Private training pool, most parts will be held again at Dive Academy.

Over the two days the examiners from PADI will assess and test every aspect of your instructor training, from swimming ability and confined water skills demonstration to comfort in both lecture and open water situations. The fees for this portion of your transformation into a PADI Instructor may vary and are payable directly to PADI; we can confirm this on application.

One additional portion of this program will be of special interest is the PADI Emergency First Response Instructor Course that runs at the end of the course.

This of course is a must for any PADI Rescue Diver courses you are planning on running, but also now may open other opportunities for you, as it is now a non-diving specific program. To find out more about this additional instructor level programme, check out the Emergency First Response Instructor Course.

So that’s it, you've done all the hard work, you've almost completed your own Personal Underwater Journey, you're one of only a handful that have shown the commitment, ability and skill to get this far lets go for it!

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Program Course Prerequisites

  • PADI Assistant Instructor certification
  • Certified diver for at least six months
  • 60 logged dives (with experience in night, deep, and navigation)
  • Proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months

What it takes:
  • Self-study – Knowledge reviews, quizzes, lectures, presentations
  • Confined Water – Skills review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open Water – Workshops, rescue assessment and presentations
You must have a minimum of 100 logged dives to become a PADI Instructor (though you can begin training as one with 60 logged dives).

If you want all the information on this course from us, please Contact us. We will happy to send it to you!



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