Scuba Diving in Spain? Our Kids’ 1st Dive w/Lanzarote Non Stop Divers

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Anyone interested in scuba diving in Spain, listen up. There are lots of places to dive in Europe, but many of them are too cold in winter. If you want a place to take lessons any time of year, then you need to try scuba diving in the Canary Islands. We just returned from Lanzarote (one of the Canary islands), and we all had a blast.

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Scuba Diving in Lanzarote w/Non Stop Divers

Lanzarote is a fascinating little island off the coast of Morocco. Part of the Canary Islands, it’s Spanish territory and part of Europe. We had such a great time here, chilling on a boat, exploring the island’s volcanic elements, surfing, and of course learning to scuba dive. Our goal was for the kids to take two introductory dives and have enough training to visit the island’s new Museo Atlantico, and underwater sculpture museum.

There are many places for scuba diving in Spain. Even more scuba lessons in Europe and elsewhere. However, there are few places on Earth that compare to the Museo Atlantico.

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Winter Scuba Diving in Spain? Why not?

We were in Lanzarote for the first week of January. Who thought there was warm enough weather to try scuba in Spain in the winter? Mornings and nights were chilly to our standards, but we’re wimps when it comes to cold weather (one of the many reasons we chose to live in places like Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, and especially Malaysia). The water is chilly, too, but with a wetsuit on, your body stays warm where it needs to.

We arrived at Lanzarote Non Stop Divers at 9am. We met the owner, Carlos, and the kids’ instructors: Paulina and Alex. Before the lesson began, we filled out a little paperwork. The kids had to run through a series of health questions to make sure they didn’t have any condition that could be dangerous underwater. Health check and consent forms complete, it was time to learn to scuba dive.

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Learning to Scuba Dive

For the first 30 minutes, Paulina went through every part of the gear needed for diving and showed each of the kids how to use it. Then she taught them the signs they would use to communicate underwater:

  • Thumbs Up: I want to go to the surface
  • Thumbs Down: I want to keep going
  • The “OK” Sign: I’m good
  • Rocking hand back & forth like “so so”: There’s a problem or danger to avoid
  • Flat palm going up & down: Slow down
  • Arm extended, palm out, facing the person you’re addressing: Stop

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Prepping to scuba dive

Then it was downstairs to get geared up. Paulina and Alex helped the kids pick out their gear and made sure it was the right size. Our girl was nervous, I could tell. After all, she’s only ten years old. She’s been tubing in Indonesia, whitewater rafting in Japan, and surfing (twice) in Spain (oh and wild swimming, canyoning, rock climbing, and ziplining).

In other words, she’s no stranger to adventurous activities, but she’s never been scuba diving in Spain or anywhere else, and scuba diving is another level. There is a lot to remember when you first put on all the gear. Paulina and Alex did a great job of relieving her anxiety and prepping her for the water.

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Once suited up, the kids and instructors piled into a van and drove about five minutes down the road to Flamingo Bay, a cove sheltered from the waves. The beach itself was quite nice, and along the walkway I found several cafes and restaurants where I could sit and work while I waited for their lesson to finish. This was a great place to have a first lesson: a clean beach with a protective wall. For Keiko and I, it was great because we could have a coffee and a comfortable chair to wait in.

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SCUBA Diving in Spain Our kids learn to dive in Europe getting in water Flamingo Bay

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Diving with Lanzarote Non Stop Divers

Everyone we dealt with at Non Stop Divers was friendly and professional. To be honest, at first I thought the class was moving too fast for the kids, but when I saw how well they did on their first scuba dive, I knew that the instructors knew their stuff. I loved that the kids had one-on-one instruction, but in the high season, instructors like Paulina and Alex may have more students to attend to. For our kids, they picked it up super quickly, and loved every minute of it. They saw an octopus and hundreds of fish.

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Unfortunately, unusually strong winds and ocean currents cut their lessons short. Indeed, these very same winds made us have to reschedule our Chill Out Cruise — not very “chill” if you’re battling the sea). The surf coaches at Calima Surf School had also mentioned the winds, saying they were the strongest they’d seen in years.

This meant that we didn’t get to see the Museo Atlantico with our own eyes, unfortunately. Keiko and I planned to snorkel above it (visibility be damned) while the kids had their final lesson amongst the sculptures on the ocean floor. Now they are both asking us when we can return to Lanzarote.

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Diving in Lanzarote: Our Verdict

Both our son and daughter loved their first experience learning to dive in Lanzarote, and are now hounding us to tell them when we come back. We had a great experience with Nonstop Divers, and will plan to use them again if we can. Thanks guys!

Have you been Scuba Diving in Spain?

Where did you dive? Where did you learn? Any advice for people considering taking scuba classes in Lanzarote or another place in the Canary Islands? Tell us in the comments, or contact me directly.

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Disclosure: Nonstop Divers offered this trip to us, but my opinions are my own and I only recommend places/services that I believe will genuinely help your travel. We loved our diving lesson and plan to return. 

Comments

  1. Scuba diving is one of my biggest passions. The main reason I love diving is the adventure, because you never know what you will found below the water surface. In the past years I’ve collected a series of underwater photos which I proudly store in the Dive.site logbook, along with all my diving logs. It’s cool that I can also search new dive spots or even add my own.

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