While I was traveling around Asia I got my scuba divers license and ever since then I’ve been wanting to get back in the water. I was hoping to go diving with a friend in Malaysia but sadly that didn’t happen. However, with a family holiday to Tenerife booked, I knew this was another chance for me to get back in the water. I had to go scuba diving in Tenerife!
I’d found a dive centre around the corner from my hotel and went straight there when we arrived in Tenerife to organise a dive for a few days time. I was excited but also quite nervous. This was my first time diving since getting my license in Thailand and I wasn’t sure if I was ready.
Luckily for me Daniela and Claudio were fantastic and very reassuring when I told them this was going to be my first real dive. What I really liked about them was that they treated their business and their customers like a family. When you dive with them you aren’t a customer, you’re a person with specific needs and requirements and they do their best to cater for this.
Before we set off we got my equipment ready as I don’t have my own yet and I felt like a complete newbie, which I am! They were asking what sizes and thickness I had worn before and I had no clue! It didn’t occur to me to make note of this when I was doing my diving course! Thankfully Daniela and Claudio were patient and understanding and helped me find the equipment that was right for me.
Once we had my equipment sorted it was time to make sure I knew what I was doing with it. Claudio was fantastic and took the time to walk me through every step like I was a complete beginner to refresh my memory. It was just what I needed to calm my nerves down!
With all the checks done it was time to head towards the water. We hopped in the car and headed towards Playa Paraido (Paradise Beach). While in the car I found out we would be entering from the rocks on shore. In Thailand I had always entered the water from a boat so this was something completely new to me.
We arrived to the misleadingly named Paradise Beach, got our gear on and made our way to the entry point. I was quite impressed with myself for not slipping on the rocks! I found entering the water this way was quite awkward but it was something I needed to learn and Claudio was the perfect teacher. He was a great mix of supporting me but also having a laugh with me.
Once I had finished making a complete mess of the entry it was time to dive. The descent went well but I was still having trouble with my buoyancy. I guess that is going to take more practice! My confidence must be good though as afterwards Claudio pointed out how I was trying to swim away. Never leave your buddy when diving!
The dive was great and it was so fantastic to be under the water watching the fish swim around. If you’re a diver you know that it is one of the most relaxing experiences. I even felt confident enough to take my GoPro out with me. Claudio was great and took it for a bit so I could get footage of me diving. Sadly, the GoPro ran out of battery during my dive so the clip didn’t save. One day I’ll get footage of me diving!
Overall, the dive went great. Yes I was nervous but Claudio was the perfect diving buddy. It was only my fifth ever dive and he was very positive about how I did which is the confidence boost I needed. I can’t wait to go back and do some more diving in Tenerife with them. With over 50 points to dive you are spoiled for choice with TenDive! I would love to dive to a sunken ship with them one day!
Where to Find TenDive?
If you’re thinking of diving with TenDive, and I highly recommend it, they are based in Southern Tenerife in Los Cristianos. You can find them along the Las Vistas Beach, just behind the McDonald’s. For more details on how to contact them head over to their website
Where to Stay in Tenerife
Most people visiting the island of Tenerife head south to Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas. A good luxury hotel option in the area is Sir Anthony. If you’re looking for a good mid range hotel there is Hotel Cleopatra Palace. For a budget friendly hotel there is Catalonia Oro Negro.
Most people don’t realise you can go hiking in Tenerife but there are some beautiful hiking trails towards the north of the island. If you’re looking to do more hiking a good place to stay is La Laguna. A good luxury hotel in La Laguna is Laguna Nivaria Hotel & Spa. A good mid range hotel is La Laguna Gran Hotel and a good budget option is Patio Hostel. Due to the islands size, it is easy to travel down to Los Cristianos for a day of diving with TenDive.
Need more inspiration? Why not use this handy widget to find the best accommodation for you. In Tenerife you’ll find plenty of options for spa resorts, hotels, apartments, hostels and more!
New to Scuba Diving?
If this post has inspired you to go diving in Tenerife, or anywhere, but you’re not sure about getting your diving license check out my post on What To Expect From Your Open Water Diving Course.
Please note that while I was working with TenDive, the reviews and experiences written about in this post are 100% genuine. I value you guys too much to lie to you. This blog would be nothing without you and your continued support!
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