PADI Open Water
in Gran Canaria
PADI Open Water Course
For many people, the PADI Open Water Diver course
the best way to learn to scuba dive. It is possible to start
the week with no previous experience of scuba diving, and by
the end the week you are ready to enjoy diving in open water
anywhere in the world, with your world-recognised PADI Open
Water Diver certification. With your PADI qualification you
can float alongside beautiful coral reefs, teeming with fish,
or start to explore shipwrecks or the amazing soft corals and
marine life which surround the British Isles.
There are five key recommendations for getting the most out of your PADI Open Water course:
- To help you quickly pick up the skills and help you with any skills that challenge you, work with a seasoned, experienced instructor
- Make sure you can relax both during and between sessions so that you can focus on the important details in comfort
- Make sure you are using latest technologies such as dive computers during your course
- Pick somewhere with lots to see on the dive sites as this will give you a great showcase for future dives
- You will learn faster if you are in a small group with an experienced instructor who speaks your language
Our PADI Open Water Course is not just any PADI Open Water
course, as unlike other schools, all your dives take place in
the beautiful waters of Gran Canaria's only marine reserve,
the El Cabrón. Even your 'confined water training' takes
places in a sheltered seawater pool where the fish watch as
you practice basic skills. And as Gran Canaria is the most
Southerly tourist destination in Europe
sub-tropical waters around the island stay warm all year
round. So you get not only a week of fun
course with our expert and highly rated instructors, three of whom have been awarded PADI 'Elite Instructor' Awards, but you
also get four open water dives in one of Spain and
Europe's best places to dive
The problem you are probably struggling with is
however a common one – how do you choose where to
learn to take your PADI Open Water Course when you don't
really know what makes a good dive centre.
That's why PADI created its Five Star Dive Resort
to recognise dive centres who, like us, have mature,
experienced dive educators who can make your course a lot
of fun while teaching you all the vital safety elements. As
you can see from the comments below, our customers think
our Instructors are expert trainers, our service is top
class and the diving here in the waters of the marine
reserve is fantastic. So have a look at the details of the
course below, then select one of the links to contact us so
that we can start to arrange your PADI Open Water Diver
Course and take the first step into the wonderful world of
The main advantages of doing your PADI qualification with
Davy Jones Diving are:
- All the dives are in the Marine Reserve
- Full Insurance cover is INCLUDED in the course
- You get to use a dive computer as part of the full
- Davy Jones Diving are one of the leading PADI Centres
in the Canaries and in the team has three experienced instructors who have all gained 'PADI ELITE Instructor' awards, so you are diving with some of the top instructors in the Canary Islands.
Over the years, we have been asked many questions
about the courses we run, and have tried below to cover all
the answers. Scroll down to read all about how we will
organise your course for you, or check now if we have an
instructor free by asking
us about availability
Jump to: Minimum Requirements
, Course Content
, Class Size
Duration and Logistics
, Dive Computers
, Distance Learning
, Junior Courses
What you get
, Your Safety
, Next Steps
, what is Included
, How to
, Other Questions
Your PADI Course in Gran Canaria - details
Your PADI Open Water Diver Course starts with five
lessons in the pool. You then do four lessons in the sea in
the Arinaga marine reserve, some reading, video sessions,
knowledge reviews and tests/quizzes. You start in safe, confined waters
and learn essential basic skills including breathing
underwater, clearing your regulator and mask, buoyancy
control, fining techniques and techniques for safe diving.
You then build on these basic skills and practice them both
in the confined waters, and then in open water (in the Marine Reserve),
all the time under the supervision of one of our qualified
and experienced PADI Instructors. All the teaching and
support materials are used to ensure that you understand the
simple physics behind diving and to give you the confidence
and enthusiasm to continue diving after your course, and open
up for the many beautiful divings spots around the world. In
addition to the prescribed skills we aim to develop your
confidence in the water, so that you leave us as a safe,
competent and qualified PADI Open Water Diver.
You can read more about the content and options for your PADI Open Water Course at the PADI website.
Your pool for confined water training!
We are extremely lucky to have a seawater training
in Arinaga! You do not have to suffer a cold sterile
hotel swimming pool, with Davy Jones Diving you swim with the
fish all the time! The pool at Zoco Negro is only about 300m
from the dive centre, and in addition to having lots of
marine life, it has a deepest point at 4m (ideal for mastering
buoyancy control and ascents) and a big underwater area so
you can swim around and explore! Two sessions (which
cover 5 lessons) are held in this pool.
Learn to dive with Dive Computers!
PADI now recommend that all students on this course get
to use a dive computer as part of their training. The dive
computer monitors depth and duration constantly, and
calculates a remaining dive time to avoid decompression
illness, and helps monitor ascent rates. Using a dive
computer properly contributes to increased diver safety and
more enjoyable dives. At Davy Jones Diving, we include the
use of the Dive Computer for part of your course free of
charge, so you get a good understanding of how they work and how they can
help you stay safe your dives.
How many people are on each course?
We like to keep our courses small, so we only have a maximum
of three students per instructor on a course. This means you
get great personal attention, and helps to keep the course
timetable short and maximises the amount of 'swimming time'
rather than sitting watching other students practice their
skills. You may join one or two other students on the same
schedule, however if you want a 'private' course, this can
also be arranged.
How long will it take?
We usually schedule an Open Water Course over four
days, pool sessions will be in our sea-water pool here in Arinaga. All the open water dives will be in the
beautiful waters of the El Cabron Marine Reserve, and in
each dive about one quarter is spent on specific skills,
and three quarters just exploring and practicing the core
skills of fining, breathing, buoyancy control and enjoying
your diving. In the past our students have been delighted
by trumpetfish, barracuda, stingray, angelshark, octopus,
cuttlefish, and many more species while developing their
We teach in small groups, and you can come on your
own; with a partner or friend; or as a group, and the parts
of the course will be timetabled to suit any other holiday
or partner commitments.
With sub-tropical waters around Gran Canaria, we run the PADI
Open Water Diver course all year round, and the
temperatures in open water rarely drop below 17C. The
Canary Islands have always had an excellent reputation as a
'winter sun' holiday destination. We also have our 'Go-Warm' clothing for winter of extra thermal shirts, gloves and hoods for all.
Can I do the theory before I arrive?
You don't have to wait until you get here to Gran Canaria to
start your PADI Open Water Diver course, as you can now start
to learn to dive at home before you depart using one of our
distance learning options. The simplest way to start is to
get the PADI Open Water course manual before you come to Gran
Canaria for your diving course, and do all the reading at
home. Alternatively you can register for the new PADI
system, nominate Davy Jones Diving as your
partner, and do much of the coursework and quizes online. In
both cases we will be able to answer any questions by phone
or email before you arrive to do the practical parts of the
course. We work with a UK partner (Roho) to help you get the
right materials. Finally you can complete the reading, tests
and confined water training with one PADI school before you
depart, and the rest of the PADI Open Water Diving Course in
Gran Canaria when you arrive (See the
page). For more details on any of these
options please use the
Express course enquiry and reservation form
Full Insurance Cover for all Students
When diving in Spain, the laws require that every diver is
covered by both suitable medical insurance and a type of 3rd
party insurance called 'responibilidad civil'. For most
tourists this is not a problem, as their holiday insurance
will cover both of these. However there may be some people,
such as residents or backpackers, visitors on a group policy,
or long term visitors, who are unaware that these are not
covered entirely by their policy. To prevent anybody having a
nasty shock when their insurer tries to wriggle out of any
payments, we obviously work extremely hard to make sure that
we have no accidents in the first place, and indeed our Open
Water students have a 100% safety record over the last eight
years. However, to guard against any future problem, we have
taken out a group policy with a Spanish Insurer which
guarantees to cover all medical and Spanish legal issues for
every single Open Water Student that we teach. So rest
assured, you do not need to dig out that policy and check it
word for word before you learn to dive .. we've got you
PADI Junior Open Water Diver Course
A student who is over 10 and under 15 can follow the normal
syllabus and if they complete all the requirements of the
course they will be qualified as a PADI Junior Open Water
Diver, which allows them to dive to 12m when accompanied by
an adult. However we normally recommend that students aged
ten or eleven take the (easier) PADI Scuba Diver course. Our
page on PADI
gives more details about Junior PADI
Courses and diving in Gran Canaria.
English - Instruction, Books and
Deutsch - Instruction, Books and
Español -Instruction, Books and papers,
Nederlands - Instruction, Books and papers, Video
Italiano -Instruction, Books
and papers, Video
Exams and tests also available in French, Danish, Swedish,
Finnish, Norwegian *
Verbal instruction is available in English, German, Dutch, Italian
What you get
We try to make your course a lot of fun.. within a serious framework of diving safely. We want you to enjoy your experience so we help you relax in our garden as we prepare for each dive, and our experienced instructors are used to finding strange and wonderful things to show you as you progress with their help through the course.
Your PADI Qualification Card is sent to you at the end of
the course, which qualifies you to dive to 18m (12m for
Juniors) in open water. You can then go and DIVE THE WORLD!
Other students said ..
"Great experience to start my diving life."
I completed my PADI open water certification, I was lucky enough to be the only open water student so my course was one on one. I'd never dived before but I found their course the perfect level of challenging as I progressed along. The crew are laid back and the atmosphere is social and friendly.
Thanks to Brian and the guys for the memories. Highly recommened this crew.
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Jessica and Raymond truly are top-notch dive instructors! I did my Open Water Diver course with Jessica who was very patient and dedicated towards helping me develop a strong foundation in diving. She was sincere about ensuring I got the basics right before progressing on to the next set of skills.
I then proceeded to do my Advanced Open Water Diver course...
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Thank you for a gret time - finaly got my long time
wanted open water certificate - 4 days of Joy. Especially I
would like to thank Brian and Marilyn for making this
possible. You are very calm and easy both of you - and it
feels safe diving with you. I hope that I'll return with
Statsraaa Lehnkuhl next year so I can join you for another
dive. Wishing you all the best for the future.
Morten Haagh-Jensen - From: Frederiksberg, Denmark
I write to thank you for the excellent experience I had
diving with you. I am glad I did the four day course though
I just made it through that little PADI quiz at the end.
The teaching and service I thought was very professional
and all the instructors had shown a lot of patience with
me. Especially thank Brian for his time and pool sessions
and his patience. Hope to dive in the red sea after this
war is over, though I might be back to Gran Canaria before
then. Once again thankyou for the experience, the water on
the last day was crystal clear. Hope to bring my digital
camera next time.
Arif Shukralla - From: Dublin Ireland
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Keeping you safe
Safety is part of our culture, and is part of everything we
do. By assessing all the risks carefully we have planned
safety into each step of your course, and a large part of the
course is teaching you how to be safe when you dive. There
are many aspects to keeping you safe, from the equipment we
use, through the low ratios of instructor to students, to the
use of a very safe area for the training which has plenty of
marine life to thrill any beginner, and you will recognise
these as you progress through the course. If you have any
concerns about safety then please do not hesitate to voice
them, and we will be delighted to explain how we keep our
accident rate so minimal.
No previous diving experience is necessary before you start
your PADI Open Water Diver Course. Must pass PADI Medical,
and be over 10 years of age (Junior Open Water Diver). You
must be able to complete and pass a swimming test by swimming 200m and
floating for 10 minutes. You must be declared fit to dive by a doctor.
What Next ?
Do a few more dives to build you skill and confidence and
then consider taking the PADI Advanced
Open Water course and broaden your knowledge, increase
your confidence, and take part in some really good
adventure dives. Or you could go to a 'specialist' area
Digital Underwater Photography, or try diving with
The main thing however is to have fun, enjoy yourself and
learn more about the waters that cover two thirds of earths
surface. Here are some of the things you can see if you
dive around the world:
How much will it cost?
- The price of obtaining your PADI Open Water
Qualification in the marine reserve at El Cabrón is
€415 per person for web
bookings at least 7 days in advance, which includes
your on-line registration with PADI, your PADI Divers Card, mandatory Spanish insurance, use of dive computers, compass and other equipment,
and all the services listed below. A single person
supplement of €20 may be charged if you want to do
your course on your own with a private instructor. Prices also include Canary Sales Tax (IGIC).
- Spanish law requires you to have a medical examination. This can
be done before you get here, or in Gran Canaria where the
cost is about €25-€40 per person.
- If for any reason you do not complete the course a
pro-rata price will be charged.
What is included
This is an 'all inclusive' course, and includes four open
water dives in the Marine Reserve in Arinaga, The five
'confined' water lessons, usually in the sea-water pool, all
transfers to and from your hotel in Gran Canaria and use of all the equipment
for all dives (including mask, fins, snorkel, jacket,
regulator, wetsuit and boots, compass and experience of using
a dive computer). You also get great help from our mature
experienced dive instructors, you are covered by our special
insurance for open water students, and you get free tea
coffee in the dive centre, all tuition, tests and final
certification. It also includes the PADI Registration
- If possible you complete your reading of the PADI
Open Water manual and watch the PADI video/DVD before
you come to Gran Canaria.
- All students on all courses should have a log-book in
which to record their dives. We have several different log
books from €8 to €25.
- That by the end of the course you should have tried and
found a comfortable mask and snorkel.
Referrals from other PADI Instructors or centres.
If you have completed part of the course already, (eg
confined water training, PADI Scuba Diver) we can accept the
PADI referral providing you present us with the signed PADI
training/referral form. Pricing will depend upon content
already completed. If you have started your training with
another organisation (eg CMAS, NAUI) it may be possible to
'credit' this towards your PADI course.
Reserve your place in Gran Canaria on a great PADI Open Water Diver course !
To Start planning or book your course now
You can click on some of the dates shown below or fill in the Express course
enquiry and reservation form
or use the information
on our contact page
to email or call us to enquire
about or reserve a place on your Open Water course.
Summary of your PADI Open Water Diver Course
The four-day PADI Open Water Diver Course is the most popular recreational diving course
in the world. By taking it in the El Cabrón marine Reserve with PADI 5-Star Diving Centre
Davy Jones Diving you see the authentic Canarian Marine life at one of the island's top diving sites,
with one of the leading dive centres in the Canary Islands.
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