PADI dive courses

PADI dive courses - Dive Academy Gran Canaria

Dive Academy is a Padi 5 Star Centre. It is also Europe’s most southern dive centre and is the only dive centre on the island with its own private swimming pool. Our swimming pool is the perfect place for all our divers to learn or practice skills both as qualified divers or beginners. In our 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 fully 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.

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 multilingual 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 2-3 Hours
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!!

Padi Bubblemaker Experience 2-3 Hours
This is a course for our young adventures aged 8-10 years. We start this experience with a brief explanation on how the equipment works and to cover all the required safety aspects. Then it is in to our private pool where we will play games and teach them how to have fun under the water. They can even experience how it feels to be weightless like an astronaut. We guarantee the Bubblemakers will leave with a smile on their faces and also their first diving certification from Dive Academy.

Padi Discover Scuba Diving 4 Hours
This is a half day experience for our guests that wish to try diving for the first time. We will pick you up from your resort and bring to the dive centre (free of charge) and after completing some registration paperwork will start with a short 35 minute 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.

Padi Scuba Diver Course 2-3 days
This is a 2 day course that will teach you the basic information and skills needed to Scuba Dive. Each day you will be picked up from your resort and dropped back off at the end of the day (free of charge). 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 videos of about 35 minutes 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 basic dive theory. 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 license you to dive to 12 metres anywhere in the world with a Padi professional. You will receive a temporary card to take home with you, until you receive your licence by post to your home address.

Padi Open Water Diver 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 resort and dropped back off at the end of the day (free of charge). 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 videos of about 35 minutes in length, each giving you the information for the next part of your adventure. By the end of the course you will make 4 quizzes to check your understanding of the course. Then you will make a final exam which covers everything you learned 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 license you to dive to 18 metres anywhere in the world independently with another certified diver . You will receive a temporary card to take home with you, until you receive your licence by post to your home address.

Padi 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 30 meters. 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 allow you to dive to 30 metres anywhere in the world. You will receive a temporary card to take home with you, until you receive your licence 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 completed a recognised first aid course in the last 2 years.

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 licence by post to your home address.

Padi 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 video 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 steps of an effective 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 chance to put all that you have learnt to the test. During the course you will also be shown how to use different search patterns to locate missing divers. This is a really fun course, with a serious side that you will find 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 licence by post to your home address.

Padi Divemaster Course 2 weeks to 3 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 dive 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 Divemasters 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 40 open water dives prior to entry into PADI Divemaster training, and completed and logged a minimum of 60 open water dives with experience in deep and search and recovery 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 weeks, where you will receive one to one tuition on becoming a PADI Divemaster. You will have to have made some home study before you start the course as this is an action packed two weeks.

The second way to complete the course (and the one which will give you a better understanding of the role of a Divemaster) is that of an internship. This is held over 2 months and will cover all the aspects of becoming a good Divemaster. 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 be a 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 Divemaster manual and Encyclopedia 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, BCD 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 thorough dive site briefings.
8. Create an emergency action plan for a dive site.
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. Divemaster conducted programs.
12. We will also teach you basic compressor operation and other common dive centre duties.

You will also need to complete a stamina test which involves swim tests, treading 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) – both versions (Table and eRDPml including associated Instructions for Use booklets)
- The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
- Diving Knowledge Workbook
- Divemaster Slates
- PADI Divemaster Video
If you want all the information on this course from us, please Contact us. We will happy to send it to you.

PADI Open Water course - Dive Academy Gran Canaria

PADI Open Water course

Another busy day here at Dive Academy, today is the final day of the current PADI Open Water course. And we have smiles all around. Thanks a lot and enjoy your new PADI Open Water certificate!... read more »