Complete your PADI Course or Referral in Warm Waters!

In Gran Canaria complete your PADI Open Water Referral with Davy Jones Diving, the local five star PADI Dive Centre

Can I do my PADI Course Referral in Gran Canaria?

Gran Canaria PADI Dive Centre

The PADI training system allows you to start a course with one instructor, and complete it with another. You can undertake the confined (pool) water training for a PADI Open Water course at home in Northern Europe, and do the open water dives here in the warm waters of Gran Canaria.
Our waters are warmed by the Gulf Stream and in late summer reach a pleasant 24ºC while in winter rarely drop below 18ºC. You can grab a short-break bargain to the Canaries and in a couple of days get some winter sun and complete your PADI course, and avoid cold quarries, drysuits and the poor visibility found in most of the winter diving sites in northern europe.
You just need to request a 'referral' form from your PADI instructor, on which he will list the elements you have already completed and bring it to us to get your course completed.
So if you do not fancy the prospect of getting 'stoney cold', diving in UK waters in winter with temperatures of about 3 to 4 degrees, then why not pop down to the Canaries for a few days ? With low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet now coming to the island several times a week; or a combination of Thursday/Monday flights with one of the major tour operators such as Thomas Cook, you take take a short break to Gran Canaria, complete your Open Water Course in the sunshine and warm waters of the Canaries. Even in winter the water temperature rarely drops below 18ºC, and visibility is usually around ten to fifteen meters!.
If you weigh up the costs of diving in the UK with special hire of dry-suits and other cold water protection, the high cost of overnight accommodation near many inland sites, and UK travel costs, you may be surprised how little difference there is in cost; yet the difference in experience is incredible. Diving among clouds of colourful fish in clear warm water helps build skills more rapidly and will build your confidence as well.

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Get your PADI card in Gran Canaria where al-year round sunshine means warmth and relaxed diving.
No need to be stoney cold when the warm waters of Gran Canaria with its wonderful marine life awits you
Take your PADI Referral in the warm clear waters around Gran Canaria

Which PADI Courses can be Referred?

All PADI courses are eligible for referral, so if you are taking any course and get prevented from compldting the last dive or dives (for example by bad weather, ear problems, boats not operating or no-fly restrictions) then we can complete those dives with you here in Gran Canaria and issue your PADI Qualification.

You can take any combination of unfinished components from your PADI training course, including confined water, open water dives, tests, knowledge reviews etc.

By far the most popular type of referral is to complete your PADI Open Water course in two parts, and do the confined water near to your home, and come to the sunshine of the Canaries to do the open water dives in warm water.

Casa Limon - the most relaxing dive centre in Gran Canaria

briefing before diving in Arinaga, Gran Canaria

Your base where you will complete your PADI course is 'Casa Limon' in Arinaga, which has an enclosed, shady garden where you can relax while your instructor gets you ready for diving. In 'Casa Limon' you can make yourself a drink, snack in the garden, get changed in privacy and comfort, and use other facilities such as the toilets, shower and free wi-fi. With more space, more facilities and more atmosphere than any other dive centre in Gran Canaria it is no wonder our customer feedback and scores won us three 'TripAdviser Certificates of Excellence' in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And if English is not your first language, between us can also talk you through the briefing in Spanish, German, Dutch and Italian.

Will I be safe with Davy Jones Diving?

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. For this experience for beginners 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 diving which has plenty of marine life to thrill any beginner. Over the last fourteen years over a thousand people have safely taken this PADI courses with us. 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 minimal.

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 'responsibilidad civil'. To guard against any potential problem, we have organised a specialist policy with a Spanish Insurer which guarantees to cover all medical and Spanish legal issues for every single PADI Scuba DIver or Open Water course 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 already got you covered.

Free use of Dive Computers!

Free use of dive computers on your PADI Open Water Referral Course in the Canary Islands

PADI now recommend that all students on Open Water courses 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 Open Water Course Free of Charge, so you can understand how they work and how they can help you manage your dives.

Other students said ..

5-star PADI Course Gran Canaria 5 stars - "Great team and a great experiance! Could not fault at any level. Highly recommend to all!!"

Gran Canaria diving centre recommended on TripAdvisor
Thank you Raymond and Brian for all your help over the last 4 days. You and your team at Davy Jones are awesome and i would highly recommend you to everyone i know no matter what their ability was. The team are all very knowledgable and obviously love what they do. I can honestly see why they have the great reputation that they do! It was a pleasure to study my PADI Advanced here and i will be sure to be returning to see Brian and the team again. The dive sites were awesome ... Thank you all for making my holiday one i will never forget and i will look forward to returning soon!

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Advantages of doing your PADI referral with Davy Jones Diving in Gran Canaria

You get more from your PADI Course with Davy Jones - Where else do you get all this on your PADI Referral Course?

You get to dive and explore the Playa del Cabrón (one of the best dive sites in Gran Canaria) under the watchful eyes of an experienced PADI Instructor.
Your Referral course normally includes all the diving equipment you need, including dive computers, and free drinks in 'Casa Limon' the PADI Five Star Diving centre in Gran Canaria with a Tripadviser Award for Excellence.
You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning and returned in mid-afternoon with a big smile on your face!
You are fully covered by our insurance for both rsponsibilidad civil and medical costs on Scuba Diver and Open Water referral courses.
You will find out how it feels to swim weightless among hundreds of small colourful fish.

What you get

If you complete all the performance requirements for your course with us, we will complete the certification documentation for you, and you will be awarded you qualification.


Exact pricing will depend upon the elements to be completed. Please contact us and we can work out an individual price for you to gain your PADI qualification.

  • To dive in Spain, you must be fit to dive. You will fill in an WRSTC/PADI self-certification medical form and if you reply 'No' to all the questions you need no further checks. If you reply 'Yes' to some of the questions you will need to get a medical check done by a doctor. These can be arranged in Gran Canaria for between €30 and €40.
  • In order to keep the centre free of COVID-19 we insist that all students are free of symptoms and recent contacts. When vaccination roll-out reaches your age-group we expect you to be vaccinated before arrival.

How to reserve your place on a course

You can 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 course.

Any Questions?

Check the frequently asked questions about training courses page, but if you still have some questions then don't hesitate to contact us by email to us at

FAQ and More detailed information

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Class Size

We like to keep our courses small, so we only have a maximum of four students per instructor on a course. As this course is usually very easy to timetable, we can offer this to individuals on their own. This means you get great personal attention, and helps to keep the course timetable short and maximises the instructor involvement during your course.

Junior Referral Courses

We can also support junior divers through the referral process, however we cannot support unaccompanied minors. Our page on PADI Junior Courses gives more details about Junior PADI Courses and diving in Gran Canaria for divers with Junior qualifications. 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 Scuba Diver or PADI Junior Open Water Diver depending on the course they select.

Duration and Logistics

We collect you from your hotel for your referral course at around 9.00am. We do two dives each day, the first around 10.30 and the second around 13.00, with a break in the dive centre between the dives. We aim to return you to your hotel in mid-afternoon. All transfers included.

The course usually has two days of diving for an Open Water referral, and one to two days for a PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Advanced referral. Timetabled to suit any other holiday or partner commitments and availability of special dives (eg boat dives).

Instruction in the following languages:
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Verbal instruction is available in English, German, Dutch or Spanish

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