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FAQs about Diving

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 diving courses for qualified divers of all levels.

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.

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.

Is all diving with a guide?

Yes. Daivoon offers guided dives only. 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).

What can I see underwater?

We have divesites 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.

Do all divers go in the same group?

We usually try to split the groups by their experience/interests e.g. a group for try outs, photographers, deep, wreck etc.

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.

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+.

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.

Can I dive on the last day of my holiday?

You should have 12-24h 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.

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.

Can I use my own underwater camera to take some pictures?

Yes, absolutely fine. 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.

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! 

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.  

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 fees. The surcharge is usually taken as a deposit and is non-refundable since we book the boat with a separate business.

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 we book the boat with a separate business.

Can I do the course theory before I start the holiday?

Yes. You will need to pay a non refundable deposit to cover the costs of the online materials (typically 120€). Send us an e-mail and we will send you all the information you need.

Can I finish my diving course, that I started elsewhere?

You certainly can. Just send us a mail with information about the training organisation (SSI, PADI, SUB), 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.

What are the group sizes?

We try to keep our group sizes as small as possible: max. 3 divers per instructor for beginner groups and up to max. 6 divers per instructor for advanced groups.

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 and to be able to take our time on the dive and not have to rush.

The group sizes generally depend on experience level of divers,  weather conditions and divesite choices.

What is the visibility like in Lanzarote?

Typically, Lanzarote boasts year-round underwater visibility of up to 20m.

Obviously local conditions can vary with the weather, but the centre staff are always on hand for any advice.

What about tides?

The tidal range in Lanzarote is about 2.5m.

Our divesite choices take into account the effect of tides on exit and entrance points as appropriate.

What about currents?

We don´t usually have strong currents, but the tides can cause some strong movement underwater.

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.

What is the water temperature?

Sea temperatures vary from 18°C towards the end of winter to 25°C towards the end of summer.

FAQs about Insurances + Medicals

Do I need a diving insurance?

Yes. 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).

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.

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. 

Will my travel insurance or credit card insurance cover diving?

Some do – some don´t. But it is always worth checking.

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.

What does the insurance need to cover?

The insurance needs to cover diving related injuries, search & recovery, transport, as well as all necessary treatments (e.g. hyperbaric chamber).

Do I need a medical?

Spanish law requires anyone participating in diving activities to provide a valid, diving medical questionnaire.

This new medical questionnaire allows you to self certify your fitness to dive without visiting a doctor, providing none of the precluding conditions apply.

Please read and follow the instructions carefully.

Download document

Do I need a medical for Discover Scuba Diving?

You do not need a medical signed by a physician to partake in our Discover Scuba Diving / Basic diver programs. But you need to fill in a medical questionnaire. If you can successfully complete this self-declaration form – which means you don´t have any medical problems – you are good to go.

If however you are suffering from a medical condition, please double check with a physician first or ask the centre for advice.

Download document

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.

Our diving buddy Juan, who happens to be a hyperbaric physician, kindly offers medicals in the centre for 59€, including ECG & Spirometry.  

Is there a standard form for the medical?

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.

You can get an examination for diving on the island too. 

 

FAQs about Booking + Payment

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.

How to book?

Just drop us an email, give us a call, send us a message via whats app or use the contact form on the website. Find all details here

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 40€ deposit per person.

If you want to start the online training at home, we need to ask for a 120€ deposit before you arrive.

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).

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.

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.

Are the taxes included in the prices?

Yes. Our prices included taxes.

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.

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 we need to hire the boat with a seperate business.

Do I need to pay if I cancel a dive?

As a general rule: if you enter the water, we will charge for the 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 reservations with external businesses).

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.

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 €26 cancelation fee for general boat diving, €45 for the Museo Atlantico trip and  120€ for diving course materials. You won´t pay for the actual dives if you haven´t touched the water.

 

FAQs about Equipment

Do i need to bring my own equipment?

We have all the equipment you need right here in the centre.

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.

Do you have XXXXL suits?

Yes, we do. We have a large range of suits, from Kids sizes up to XXXXL and all the other equipment to suit (BCD’s, boots etc).

What sizes of tanks are available?

We have a selection of cylinder sizes from 5 or 8 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.

Do the courses include equipment?

The Discover Scuba Diving, Basic Diver, Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver courses 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.

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.

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 take some pictures of your dive.  That way you get to be in the photos too! 

How much do pictures cost?

For 25€ our guides will take about 50 pictures of your dives. You will get all of them via download link. 

Can I store my own equipment in the centre?

Yes, of course you can. We have enough space to store your private gear and the centre is alarm protected when not staffed.

We have washing and drying facilities in the centre for personal dive equipment.

Information about Lanzarote

How is the weather in Lanzarote?

Lanzarote enjoys year-round good weather and is generally subject to a north easterly wind, which can sometimes preclude dive sites in the north. The island has many dive sites sheltered from this north easterly wind. Finding somewhere to dive is usually not a problem.

The wettest months are the winter months, but even if it rains, it usually stops after 30min and clears up again. Really bad days are very rare.

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).

July/August are our hottest months, but we usually have a cooling north easterly which keeps things nice and comfortable.

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.