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Divemaster Final Blog for Armande… Paradise Divers – Tenerife

It can be mind blowing how much you can learn in two months when you set your mind to it!! When I compare my knowledge when I started to now, I am proud of what I´ve learned, although I also had my moments of information overload aka saturation (no not the nitrogen kind). Dan and Carly are wonderful people who, as I mentioned in my earlier blog, value quality and precision. I have much respect for them and in the future will always look out for diving with or working for a high standard dive center because of that. I am grateful for their patience to explain theory and skills and teaching me so much about running a business in diving.

What I appreciate most about the internship program, is that this 5 star PADI dive center combines theory with practice. Skills are shown in front of you with customers and when they feel you are ready it is expected of you that you can perform them under their guidance in front of the next customer. If you don´t get it right the first time, you´ll get another opportunity to try. The internship is educational, versatile, a lot of fun and it makes you fit! I don´t need the gym with all that cylinder lifting!

In the words of Jacques Cousteau: ¨The sea, once it casts is spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever¨. Which in my case refers to me continuing on my mission. I have decided to stay in Tenerife for a while and want to be certified to become a full on Dive Instructor. I started the Assistant Instructor (AI) program with Dan and am planning to learn as much as I can about diving before I present myself at the IDC&IE. Making the decision of doing this internship is the best decision I´ve made this decade. Thank you Dan and Carly, and instead of sad goodbyes, see you tomorrow!

Paradise Divers Tenerife – Divemaster Intern Blog – Darri

A long time ago (2 months) I landed on an island far, far away. These two months have been probably the best time of my life. The first two weeks were more about settling in on the job, learning the operations of the dive center, as in paperwork, how to deal with customers, book customers for dives etc. Including also, what my actual role here is all about, how to act on our boat and how to beahave in the water with customers.

The settling in on the island was easy, the weather makes you feel like you’re constantly on holiday and people are in general very nice. Dan and Carly also made it incredibly easy to settle in at the dive center, they are so nice understanding people that even after my first two weeks on the job, I felt like I’ve worked at the dive center much longer and known them even longer.

About the marine life, which is waaay different from what I’ve seen in the cold waters of Iceland, it is just amazing here. Here there are so many different colorful and interesting species, crabs, turtles, octopus, barracuda, cuttlefish and especially the sting rays and adorable angel sharks. Just thinking about the marine life gets me excited for every dive.

As time went by, we completed our EFR and rescue diver qualifications and the focus could be put on the divemaster element. The instructors at Paradise Divers, really are world class, they make the learning a lot easier and so much more enjoyable than I could have imagined, they don’t just teach you what you need to learn but they also enjoy so much watching you learn that you can see it in them. I’m really looking forward to my last month here as there are a lot of things still to get done.

Tips for better Scuba Buoyancy

Always seen divers cruising along effortlessly like they were part of the environment, wish you could do the same, check out our 5 tips to better Buoyancy, test them out on your next Scuba dive.

  1. Weight

Being weighted correctly is essential for good buoyancy, on your weightsnext dive do a weight check before you exit, see exactly how much you need to submerge, use 1kg and 1/2kg blocks/pouches to get it right – don’t forget to breathe out to descend. Spread your weights out and don’t forget when you change equipment such as Cylinder or suit you also may need to adjust weight.

  1. BCD Control

Little by little is the key, make yourself negatively buoyant then add small amounts of air while breathing be patienbcdt it may take a few seconds after you add air to start to rise. After you have it set small depth change shouldn’t make a big difference – don’t keep adjusting if you don’t need to.

To let air out of the BCD use the most logical dump, you will have several, normally at least one button with the inflate button, one at the end of the inflator hose which you pull to use, a shoulder  dump and a rear dump – depending on your position in the water use the one highest on the body. Be familiar with all your dump valves how to use them ad where they are so you can instinctively dump air if required.

  1. Trim

A big problem a lot of people experience with buoyancy is due to incorrectPeak Performance Buoyancy position of weight, spread the weights out many BCDs have trim pockets and integrated systems use them wisely.

Don’t wear your weights too far back especially women, try to get the weight over your hips to help balance out the weight of the cylinder on your back. I recommend 50% of your weight on a belt and 50% in your BCD favouring more weight on the BCD than the belt.WeightTrim

Try ankle weights, they are not suitable for everyone but can help some with their position in the water.

  1. Breathing

Your lungs have a large capacity and breathing in and out is a lot like inflating and deflating a BCD, if you need to go over Just Breathean object then try it by just taking a big breath, you shouldn’t need to add air to do this. In normal situations don’t breath too deeply you may find yourself having to dump air due to you just taking a really deep breath and beginning to ascend.

Remember before heading straight for your inflator try using your breath to control your position.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice

You have probably heard it 100s of times, practice makes perfect, with buoyancy it really counts, the more you do it easier it gets, DSCF4719challenge yourself on your next dive try using breath control to go over objects, practice with your buddy, take a 1kg weight and pass it to each other trying not to change depth.  Make it fun and soon it will just come naturally and everything will just fit into place then you will spend more time enjoying the underwater word and less time worrying about controlling your buoyancy.

Why don’t you book yourself on the next PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty with us in Tenerife (1 day 2 dives) to learn more. Book online and get a 10% Discount.

Green Sea Turtles – Don’t Do it…!

Hi all, it has been a while since we have made a blog about our resident turtles.. After all we are surrounded by them in Tenerife..

This blog was written after an incident in one of our dives where another Dive Centre made a wrong move in front of our customers..

It was a sunny day (usual here in Tenerife) and we were just about to enter the water when we reminded our divers that if the turtles show up then no grabbing, no feeding, don’t be scared, stay still if they swim towards you etc… The usual stuff…

Just behind us, there was another Dive Cecropped-turtle12.jpgntre entering the water which I had spotted.

As we entered the water and descended to about 4-5m we were greeted by Jose and Juan (the two biggest turtles in El Puertito). They were very friendly that day and wanted to play and investigate our divers… All was good, and I again spotted the other dive centre coming towards us. At this stage, we were in a circle with the turtles over our head and the divers with their guide from the other dive centre slowly came to sit next to us. At this stage the turtles were going up to the divers, looking around then moving to the next and carried on being gentle as usual. To my surprise, the guide took out dead fish aDSCF2311nd started to cut and hand out to his divers, the only reason I see in doing this is to get the turtles even closer to his divers for his guaranteed photos. I am not going to get into the details but I have never seen Jose behave the way he did as soon as he was fed, he became very agitated and changed his behavior around my divers, I had to get in between the turtles and my divers, I must say, at this stage I exchanged some gestures with the other guide and he quickly took the fish off from his customers hand, but unfortunately the damage was done and I slowly pulled my divers away from the other divers and continued our dive as we usually do..

There is no excuse, there is a big sign at this dive site explaining not to feed the turtles but some people will always ignore things like that..

Feeding removes the greatest pleasures of venturing into the wild observing natural behavior. Marine animals that are fed behave completely differently from those that forage on their own.
Marine animals in the wild have very particular diets. Eating other foods can weaken and sicken wildlife.
Feeding causes wildlife to lose their natural fear of humans. These animals become easy targets for people who do not respect wildlife and would hDCIM100GOPROurt them intentionally. Also, people who become fearful may injure an animal in an attempt to defend themselves against a mistaken “attack.”
Feeding causes injuries and harmful interactions between marine animals by forcing competition and confrontation among individuals and species which otherwise would not interact. We see this at the same site, There is always a large barracuda swimming around the turtles… This is most probably due to the feeding happening at this site.

No doubt the feeding will continue, but we will continue to educate as much as we can..

Happy Safe Diving
Dan