All about diving

1. How much experience do I need?
We offer programs to suit all experience levels, from the absolute beginner (Discover Scuba Diving – DSD) to guided dives and courses for qualified divers of all levels.

2. Do I need to be able to swim?
All you need is a basic level of swimming confidence and fitness and we can get you started on an adventure of a lifetime.

3. What is the minimum age for children?
The adventure can start as young as ten and we have equipment to suit all shapes and sizes.
Keep in mind, scuba diving is a sport and does require a basic level of swimming confidence and fitness. The equipment can seem a little heavy, but here at Daivoon there is always a helping hand nearby.

4. Is all diving with a guide?
Yes. Daivoon offers guided only dives. All our guides are professional and friendly, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on all the cool things that they can show you (sea horses, cleaner shrimp, morays, angel sharks and rays to name but a few).

5. What can I see underwater?
We have dive sites to suit everyone’s tastes, shallow reefs, wrecks, walls, caves and abundant wildlife. There are loads of animals like Angel Sharks, Rays, Sea Horses, Giant Groupers, Morays and Nudibranchs among other things. All of this coupled with typically year-round good weather and up to 30m of visibility.

6. What are the group sizes?
We try to keep our group sizes as small as possible (typically 1 – 5 customers per guide), this is not only important for us from a safety aspect, but also ensures the guide can point out the many interesting species to each member of the group, allows time for pictures and to be able to take our time on the dive and not have to rush.
There may indeed be a large group on the boat or in the bus whilst traveling to a dive site, but we try where ever possible to add extra guides to keep the actual dive groups small and keep those with similar interests together (photography group, deep, shallow, wreck etc).

7. Do all divers go in the same group? Or do you have different groups for different experience levels?
We usually try to split the groups by their experience/interests e.g. a beginner’s group for try outs, a 6 – 18m group, photographers, deep, wreck etc.

8. What are the dive sites?
We have dive sites to suit everyone’s tastes, shallow reefs, wrecks, walls and caves. North to south and all around the island.
For a sample of the dive sites on offer, check out our site descriptions here.

9. What are the depth ranges?
We usually start from the shore in chest deep water and dive down to a max. of 40m, according to your experience/qualification level. We are lucky here in Lanzarote with the underwater topography, in that normally within 50m or less from the shore we can reach depths of 20m with the bottom of the reef wall at 30+.
It is worth noting however that most holiday insurances that cover diving carry a max. depth of 30m or your qualification depth, whichever is the lesser.

10. Boat diving and shore diving?
We offer both shore diving and boat diving. Most of the dive sites are easily accessible from the shore.
Our boat dives include the Harbour Wall Wrecks and the Wrecks at Punta Tinosa along with the many dive sites parallel to Grand Playa all from Puerto del Carmen. The Museo Atlantico in Playa Blanca is also a boat dive.
All our boat dives are from RIBs, all fitted with a ladder and none of the sites are more than 10 minutes away.

11. Can I dive on the last day of my holiday?
You should have 12-18h between your last dive and your flight home depending on the number and depth profiles of the dives you made throughout your holiday. Typically we recommend a full days rest before flying for anything over 12m. Better safe than sorry, so don’t risk missing out, get your diving booked for the early part of your holiday, and leave the last day for relaxing.

12. Will you pick me up or do I need to come to the centre myself?
We offer a pickup and return service from all Hotels in Costa Teguise and Arrecife. This is included in the price and doesn´t cost you anything extra.

13. Can I use my own underwater camera to make some photos?
Yes, absolutely fine, we welcome both budding and professional photographers alike and our guides will do their best to point out things of interest. The camera however must remain your responsibility at all times, our team can’t take responsibility for closing or cleaning etc.
Leaks and breakdowns can happen to the best of us, so if you are ever worried about taking your own camera on a particular dive, just ask one of our team to take a Daivoon camera, that way you can be in the photos too! We can then burn you a CD of your dive for just 19€ and includes our own wildlife photo album.

14. What is the Museo Atlántico?
The artist Jason deCaires Tayor created this underwater installation, which was first opened March 2016. The structures create a huge artificial reef made up of a some 300 pH neutral cement sculptures which encourage a wide variety of marine growth and attract huge shoals of fish.
The museum lies at about 12m and so is accessible to all diving grades. This installation is the first of its kind in Europe and we are very proud that its home is here on Lanzarote. Other examples of Jason’s work can be found in Mexico and Grenada.
You can check out our full price list here. And for a sneaky peek of what to expect in the museum you can click here.

15. Do you offer trips to the Museo Atlántico?
Yes, we do! This is a truly magical trip to Playa Blanca to experience the wonder of this underwater art installation. The trip carries a surcharge of €45 to cover the boat and museum reservation fees, included in this; two dives, a local reef and the museum itself. The surcharge is usually taken as a deposit and is non-refundable since the museum and boat captains are separate businesses.

16. How much is the extra charge for the Museo Atlantico?
It is 45€ extra and is usually taken as a deposit which is non-refundable since the museum and boat captains are separate businesses.

17. Can I do the theory for my courses before I start the holiday?
Yes. There are a number of options which allow you to start the theory part of your course at home. Send us an e- mail and we will send you all the information you need.

18. I have already started my diving Course elsewhere; can I finish it with Daivoon?
You certainly can. Just send us a mail with information about the training organisation(PADI, SSI, CMAS, BSAC etc), what you have already completed (theory, confined dives, open water dives etc.) and we will send you a price together with any additional information you need.

Insurances & Medicals

1. Do I need a diving insurance?
A Diving Insurance is a legal requirement in Spain. If you arrange your own, you must provide us with proof before diving (please bring policy number and period of cover).

2. Can I purchase a diving insurance through the centre?
We can arrange insurance packages for you through IDASSURE (daily or weekly) which is a DAN affiliate. The insurance prices can be found here on our web site.

3. Is my BSAC Club Insurance enough?
BSAC insurance is great for UK diving, but when diving abroad you will need to take out extra diving insurance unless your holiday insurance explicitly covers you. The BSAC Insurance only provides Third Party cover, it does not cover you personally for diving problems. In the UK the NHS and rescue services covers all emergency transport, recompression chamber and any other medical requirements. When diving abroad however you need specific insurance.

4. Will my travel insurance or credit card insurance cover diving?
Some do – some don´t. But it is always worth checking.

5. Do I need to have my own insurance for beginner courses?
No, it is not necessary to have your own insurance for Try-out dives, Discover Scuba dives, Basic Diver courses or Open Water Diver courses. The centre will cover you for those courses. Only qualified divers need to have their own insurance.

6. What does the insurance need to cover?
The insurance needs to cover diving related injuries, transport, as well as all necessary treatments (e.g. recompression chamber).

7. Do I need a medical?
Every qualified diver needs to have a diving medical certificate signed by a doctor. This is a legal requirement in Spain.

8. Do I need a medical for Discover Scuba Diving?
You do not need a medical to partake in our Discover Scuba Diving program, if you can successfully complete our self-declaration form – which means you don´t have any medical problems, if you are suffering from a medical condition, please double check with a physician first or ask the centre for advice.
The limits for this diving are 5m for dive one and 12m if you make a second dive.

9. Can I do the medical on the island?
You can arrange your own before you travel, or we can arrange an appointment with a local Doctor here in Costa Teguise. Prices range from €30 – €120 depending on age and any pre-existing medical conditions.

10. Is there a standard form for the medical?
Yes. We can provide a general form via email or in the centre. Alternatively, medical forms can be downloaded from your training organisation web site:
PADI, BSAC, GTÜM; We can send you the SSI one per mail.

11. I have a medical condition, can I dive?
If you have any health problems, you will need to have a medical statement of a physician to prove you are fit for diving. Especially if heart, lungs, ears or sinuses are involved. As long as you can prove that a physician has signed you off as fit to dive, we are happy to take you with us.

Booking & Payments

1. Do I need to pre-book?
It is always a good idea to pre-book your diving, especially at busy times (school holidays), or if you want to dive on a specific date.
Alternatively, just pop into the centre once you arrive, we will always do our best to fit you in.

2. How to book?
Just drop us an email, give us a call, check out our web site for contact details.

3. Do I need to pay a deposit before I go on holiday?
For most diving courses/trips you don´t need to pay a deposit before you arrive in the centre. Once you are in the centre and filled out the paperwork, we may ask for 20€ deposit per person depending on individual arrangements.

We need to ask for a 45€ deposit when booking the Museo Atlántico Trip, as the boat and museum entrance fee we pay in advance are none refundable (unless activities cancelled by the museum itself e.g. adverse weather conditions).
We also need to take a 50€ deposit if you wish to use the SSI online training before you arrive on the Island, we can then forward you the link.

4. How do I pay the deposit from home?
You can make an online transfer through your bank or pay per telefone using your credit card. We will send the necessary details during the booking process.

5. How can I pay in the centre?
You can pay in cash, by card (credit or debit card) or by bank transfer (if by transfer, we need to see the conformation notice or confirm transfer before you leave the island – transfers can take up to 3 working days).

6. Do you accept all credit cards?
We accept the most common credit and debit cards, like Visa, Mastercard, etc. We DO NOT accept American Express or Diners Club.

7. Are the taxes included in the prices?
Yes. Our prices included taxes.

8. How much is the diving?
We have a number of dive packages to suit all your needs, from that very first steps into the water right up to experienced divers and those wishing to extend their training with speciality courses.
Check out our full price list here.

9. How much is the extra charge for the Museo Atlantico?
It is 45€ extra and is usually taken as a deposit which is non-refundable since the museum and boat captains are separate businesses.

10. Do I need to pay if I cancel a dive?
If you cancel beforehand because you become sick or simply don´t feel well, we won’t charge you for the dive, unless of course we have had to make boat/museum reservations for you, in which case there is a €45 non-refundable deposit.
If you book in for a double dive for example, and you go into the water and you can´t equalize or something like that, we will charge you for this first dive. If you then decide not to try the next dive, then we won’t charge you for the second one.
When we arrive at a dive site and you are simply not happy with the conditions, we would never pressure anyone into making a dive they were not happy with and we would not charge you for the dive.
If at the dive site the guide is not happy with the conditions and cancels, we do not charge for the dive.
If Museo Atlantico closes the museum and the trip is cancelled, then we can make an exception for the €45 deposit.

So as a general rule, if you enter the water, we will charge for the dive.

11. What if I cancel the museum dive, a boat dive or a course?
You will need to pay the boat/museum reservation fees or for a diving course, any materials ordered on your behalf. Usually this is a €24 cancelation fee for general boat diving, €45 for the Museo Atlantico trip and 50€ – 100€ for diving course materials. You won´t pay for the actual dives if you haven´t touched the water.

Equipment

1. What about equipment?
We have all the equipment you need right here in the centre, so there is no need to book those extra bags for your flight. Of course if you prefer to bring your own gear that is absolutely fine, check out our diving packages here for prices with and without equipment.
We have washing and drying facilities in the centre for personal dive equipment, we even have room to store your dive bags during your stay.

2. Do you have XXXL suits?
Yes, we do. We have a large range of suits, from Kids sizes up to XXXL and all the other equipment to suit (BCD’s, hoods, gloves etc).
We have a selection of cylinder sizes from 5 litres for the kids, 10 litres, 12 long and 12 short litre tanks all the way up to 15 litres. If you have a particular requirement, pre-booking is always advisable.

3. Do the courses include equipment?
The Discover Scuba Diving and Open Water courses both include full equipment as part of the price.
For other courses you can take advantage of our equipment rental packages or bring your own. You can check out our equipment rental packages here, we have rental options of 9,50€ per dive for complete equipment or 4€ on an individual item basis.

4. Do you rent torches and computers?
We have several lamps and computers for rent, but during busy times it is obviously first come first served unless you make a prior reservation.

5. Do you rent cameras?
We no longer rent out cameras but on request your guide will be happy to take one of the centre cameras to record your dive for you. That way you get to be in the photos too! We can then burn you a CD of your dive for just 19€ and include our own wildlife photo album.

6. How much do pictures cost?
A CD with approx. 40 pictures of one days diving is 19€ and includes our own wildlife photo album.

7. Can I store my own equipment in the centre?
Yes, of course you can. We have enough space to store your private gear, the centre is alarm protected when not staffed. We have space to store your dive bags during your stay, we also have a small lock cabinet for phones, wallets, passports etc which you do not wish to take to the dive site.
Our vans are locked during the diving, secured with a master lock box containing a spare key for access to emergency first aid and oxygen.
Generally, Lanzarote is a very safe destination, but always better safe than sorry where personal items are concerned.

Infos about Lanzarote

1. How is the weather in Lanzarote?
Lanzarote sits in the sub-tropical zone and typically enjoys year-round good weather. Lanzarote is generally subject to a north easterly wind, which can sometimes preclude dive sites in the north. Lanzarote has many dive sites sheltered from this north easterly finding somewhere to dive is usually not a problem.
The wettest month is December with an average of 29mm of rain. But even if it rains, it usually stops after 30min or so and clears up again. Really bad days are very rare and generally only occur in the winter months.

2. What are the temperatures in Lanzarote?
August is the hottest month in Lanzarote with an average daytime temperature of 29°C (85°F) with the coldest average temperature in January at 20°C (68°F). The middle of June sees the longest days with nearly 14 hours of daylight,
July/August are our hottest months, but we usually have a cooling north easterly which keeps things nice and comfortable, especially on the coast and up in the mountains.
The wettest month is December with an average of 23mm of rain. But even if it rains, it usually stops after 30min or so and clears up again.
Sea temperatures vary from 18°C towards the end of winter to 23°C towards the end of summer.

3. Does Lanzarote have a Decompression Chamber
Lanzarote has a fully staffed hyperbaric Chamber in Arrecife. This is why diving insurance is a legal requirement, so that chamber costs are covered in the event of an accident.

4. What is the visibility like in Lanzarote?
Typically, Lanzarote boasts year-round underwater visibility of up to 30m. Obviously local conditions can vary with the weather, but the centre staff are always on hand for any advice.

5. What about Tides?
The Tidal range in Lanzarote is about 2.5m. All of our site briefings take into account the effects of the tide on our entrance and exit points as appropriate. Our guides always take local currents into consideration, they are not always quite so easy to predict, but there is always a plan B, should conditions change during a dive. Local tide and wind information can be found with the following links – Tides Wind