During the dive
Our Discover Scuba Dive in Open Water usually lasts around 35 – 40 minutes and takes you to a maximum depth of 12 metres. The exact dive-time depends partly on how quickly each diver uses their air supply, and how quickly the group were able to perform the descent.
The Instructor will be monitoring the depth of each participant and taking responsibility to ensure that nobody drops too deep or runs low on air.
As mentioned previously, equalising the pressure in body air spaces can be a little bit tricky when you aren’t used to doing it, and this has to happen any time the diver descends more than a few centimeters. For this reason, we usually aim to begin the dive by going directly to our maximum depth, and then gradually ascending throughout the dive (body air spaces equalise themselves on ascent – no action is required from the diver).
In order to ensure the target depth is maintained, it is common (though not guaranteed) that the Instructor will physically hold on to each diver throughout the open water dive. Certainly, if you’d like them to hold your hand, arm or equipment then just say so!
If a diver seems capable of controlling their depth reasonably well and does not have undue anxiety about being underwater, then the Instructor may opt to swim alongside that diver, ready to intervene only if and when necessary.
During the dive, some attention and manipulation of the equipment is required. The Instructor will make it clear which tasks the diver should perform and which they will do themselves. Primarily this will involve changing the amount of air stored in the BCD (Buoyancy Control Device: the jacket divers wear); and checking the remaining cylinder air-pressure. These tasks are quick, and in some cases a you won’t even notice it happen.
What will I see?
There is lots to see during our Discover Scuba Dive.
Tenerife is famous for its volcanic rock formations which give us some dramatic underwater scenery. In addition, we have the varied marine life of the Atlantic Ocean and the benefit of exceptionally clear water making it easy to spot what’s there! Local life includes many types of reef fish, turtles, rays, octopus, cuttlefish, and various rays.
See more of our local marine species here.
Of course, there can be no absolute guarantees when exploring in nature, but we can be reasonably sure of encountering most of these on most dives.
As an added bonus, it is fairly common that we will see a pod of dolphins while we are in the boat on the way to or from the dive site!
After the dive
After the dive, you’ll return to the dive centre where you can shower and take a drink while you review the photos and videos of your dive.
You’ll also be registered on PADI’s online database as having completed the Discover Scuba Dive. This dive counts as the beginning of the PADI Open Water course (it makes up approximately 20% of the entire course). If you want to continue the training and earn a licence to dive, for the next 12 months, any PADI Dive centre worldwide will be able to see that you’ve done this much, and can credit this towards the course.
If you return to us within 12 months then we’ll discount 100% of the cost of the Discover Scuba Dive from the cost of your Open Water or Scuba Diver training.