FAQSCUBA LEGENDS DIVE CENTER LANZAROTE
Life is better underwater.
Everybody loves to plan their holidays, especially when it is about diving. As we all know, even the most experienced diver has open questions in his/her mind. We hope the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions will help you. At Scuba Legends we want to provide a personal and individual service. We work in small groups and on request even one on one. Therefore in many situations there is not only one way to plan your diving experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for specific requests or needs. We are open minded and always happy to send you home with a big smile!
Diving in Lanzarote with Scuba Legends
About Scuba Legends
Where are you located?
You can find us within the complex of the commercial centre “Puerto Cinco”. Just walk up the stairs next to the big supermarket HiperDino Express Las Viñas. On the 2nd floor, local 50, you will see our dive center. The exact address is as following:
Scuba Legends S.L.
C.C. Puerto Cinco
Calle Anzuelo 54
2nd Floor, Local 50
35510 Puerto del Carmen
Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Spain
What’s a day like at Scuba Legends?
Diving in Lanzarote starts early, usually we meet between 8-9 am at the dive center or directly at the dive site.
Concerned about breakfast? Ask you reception, many hotels offer “early bird breakfast” or a lunch package.
1/2 day activities usually finish at around 13:00, whereas full day courses etc. finish around 17:00h. Keep in mind, you might have a decompression drink at our dive center or in the bar whilst enjoying a beautiful sea view. Invite your non-diving friends to join us, everybody is welcome.
Sometimes there will be a theory session with your instructor included or we have to give you a bit of homework. But who wouldn’t like to read a diving book on the beach?
Which languages do you speak?
International language is usually English, since it is a common language for most of our divers. We offer a variation of Catalan, Spanish, English, Italian, French and German. Course Materials are available in many more languages.
Where are you based?
Scuba Legends Lanzarote is located in Puerto del Carmen, within the commercial centre “Puerto Cinco”. You find us right on top of the Dino Express Supermarket.
Diving in Lanzarote
In winter the water temperature ranges from 17-19 degrees Celsius. Until the end of summer temperature rises up slowly to a maximum of 25 degrees.
How is the visibility underwater?
Since Lanzarote is an island located in the Atlantic ocean, we have to adapt regularly to tides, wind and waves. Usually the visibility is about 20-35m, on a bad day it might drop down to 15m. Visibility also depends a lot on the dive site and daily conditions, therefore we try our best to choose a great places.
What’s the best diving season in Lanzarote?
First of all, we are so lucky being located in the canary islands, we operate all year long, so does most of the marine life! Of course during winter periods the weather is not as constant and predictable as in summer, but also the island is in a more relaxed status. Especially in winter season you will notice that there are loads of angle sharks and different kind of rays around, since those guys prefer the colder water temperature.
How big are the diving groups?
As written earlier, we are highly interested in working in small groups. During recreational courses and dive excursions we are usually 1-4 divers, plus professional per group. The ratio for technical diving courses and excursions is usually smaller than in recreational diving. If you wish individual service for yourself or you and your beloved ones, please let us know in advance!
Do you offer private and individual service?
Yes, of course! Sometimes it is nicer to have an exclusive guide/instructor only for you or your couple/family. Many divers like to train certain skills or need more or less training than others and don’t want to feel pressure from the rest of the group. Therefore, upon request and availability, we offer all our recreational and technical diving courses and excursions with a private instructor or guide. Please consult us in advance for prices and availability.
Where do we dive?
Here in Lanzarote we are lucky to have some amazing shore dives available as well as incredible boat dives. The good news are that many dive sites are well protected from wind and weather, easy to access and enjoyable for all levels of experience. Please check out some of our dive sites.
We will always try to follow up on special requests but will never guarantee a certain dive site. In the end of the day safety and logistics determine the choice of dive site. Apart of the daily changing weather conditions, the dive sites also depend on individual experience and your booked adventure.
What underwater life does Lanzarote offer?
We believe that there is a lot of diverse marine life to see. Our favourites are definitely the angle sharks. Also we have butterfly and electronic as well as sting rays. We love to great our followers, the big groupers and the parrot fish. Shoals of barracudas, trumpet fish, canarian lobsters, shrimps, groupers, crabs, flounders and nudibranchs. Our instructors love to find and point out marine life for you, if you are lucky he might even find sea horses or frog fish for you. During the boat rides sometimes we are surprised by turtles, dolphins or whales on the surface. Obviously we are not a tropical destination, but one thing is sure, there is plenty of stuff to enjoy. Our instructors still enjoy diving here day by day, so will you!
Can I go to the toilet between the dives?
Depending on the chosen dive site, there might be a public toilet available. If we do our surface interval at the dive site or on the boat, feel free to use the nature! Hydration is very important, please do not drink less due to the toilet situation.
How deep will I dive?
This depends on your level of experience, weather conditions and the course you might be doing. We stay within the standards of PADI and the Spanish law.
What should I bring with me for diving?
Please bring your diving certifications, dive insurance and your medical statement with you.
Take some sun cream, swimwear, towels and clothes to change. For boat dives a beanie/ hat might be useful. Depending on the dive site it might be a bit windy, therefore we recommend you to take a sweater with you during winter times.
You can always leave your personal belongings in the dive center or car, though we do not take any liability.
Please only take what you really need.
Should I bring food and drinks?
Feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you. Nonetheless, if you are doing a course or staying several days with us, there is a supermarket just below the dive center and a restaurant next door. During the dives we will provide some water and cookies. Take some extra cash with you just in case you want to get a coffee between the dives or find some souvenirs on the way ?
Can I study at home?
Thanks for asking! Yes, you can study at home and we highly recommend it. Let’s be honest, there are better things to do during your holidays than studying…you could spend your time underwater or on the beach! Many of our students ask us to send them the materials before their arrival. Most PADI Courses are available via eLearning. It is very simple and convincing. In order to register you for the PADI eLearning we will have to charge the costs (included in the course prices) in addition to the deposit. The access to your PADI eLearning will be for a lifetime and no heavy bookes need to be carried home.
Not everything can be written in a single book, of course your instructor will teach you a lot more important knowledge after your arrival. We will do our best to assist you at any time, answering questions and tune up your knowledge. But please keep in mind, you are responsible for studying and your own learning process. Without theory we might not be able to take you diving.
How will my course be scheduled?
Generally we split the day in morning and afternoon with a little lunch break between. For courses we prefer to train you in consecutive days, since it shows the best learning curve. Usually we start about 8 to 9 o’clock in the morning an finish either by 2ish or 5ish in the afternoon, depending on the dive site and planned theory session. If you need a day off diving during your stay or have something planned in the afternoons, just let us know in advance, we always try to make the most out of your holidays.
How long will the dives be?
Recreational dives usually are 45-60min, whereas technical dives will be 60-90min average.
Are we diving from shore or by boat?
Since Lanzarote offers amazing dive sites that can be accessed by shore, mostly we do not need a boat. If a boat is required, we go out in a RIB. Please keep in mind, that the chosen dive sites depend on weather conditions and skill level.
Do you charge extra for study materials or certification?
No, all course prices include the necessary manuals and PADI certification fees.
If you are a certified diver and have your own gear, why to leave your precious gear drying out at home? It is very important that you feel comfortable during diving, therefore we recommend you to bring, if available, at least your own mask, computer, compass, lights, fins, boots and suit. Do not hesitate to contact us in your individual case. Let us know what you need and we will take care of it. There is nothing what cannot be sorted out.
Do you provide Equipment?
All our offers include basic dive equipment: wetsuit, regulator, buoyancy device, mask, fins, weights and a tank. Additional accessories like torches, surface marker buoy & spool, dive computer, wetnotes etc. can be rented at extra charge.
Do I have to buy a diving computer or can I rent one?
No, you don’t need to buy a computer. On request we rent out dive computers, depending on availability.
Which suit should I wear or bring?
In summer we usually dive with a 5mm wetsuit. In winter we recommend a 7mm wetsuit, semidry or drysuit. Your own suit is the most comfortable one, just bring it. If you are limited in baggage, our rental suits are 7mm.
Which size is my tank?
For recreational diving we use 10/12/15L steel tanks.
Which brands of gear do you work with?
Regulators: Scubapro (recreational); Apeks, Tecline(technical)
BCD`S/ Bladders: Scubapro (recreational), Apeks, Tecline (technical)
Are weights included in the prices?
Yes, weights are included in our prices. Our sidemount bladders have integrated weight pockets whereas backmount divers use a weight belt. If you prefer to bring your own belt or weight harness, feel free to do so. Please let us know in advanced.
Can I store my own equipment in the dive center?
Yes, you can clean, dry and store your equipment in the wet room during your stay.
Many people are concerned about tec diving, which we believe is good, as long as it is a “healthy” concern.
Most sports include a risk, so does recreational diving. The risks in tec diving are obviously higher, since you might be diving deeper or cannot just ascent to the surface due to deco stops.
But exactly this is the reason, why the training in tec diving is so strict and why there are different levels of tec diving. We simulate scenarios and “play” before things become serious.
You will repeat the drills again and again and your instructor will not, under no circumstances, certify you before being ready.
Is tec diving only for very experienced divers?
No! As anything in life, also tec diving can be learned at any time and age. We wouldn’t recommend tec diving after just finishing an open water course, but if you have some decent diving experience and feel confident in the water just give tec diving a try.
Everybody has to go through intense training and learn step by step the drills and procedures, so will you!
Can I tec dive, I am just a recreational diver.
Generally anybody can tec dive, you just have to fulfil the course requirements. The step from being a recreational diver to the first level of tec diving (Tec 40 Course) is actually pretty small.
You will learn things step by step and slide smoothly into the world of tec.
Which tanks do you use?
For technical diving we are using aluminium tanks. As bottom gas we are diving with S80’s, available as twinset or sidemount. If you prefer smaller tanks, on request we can also arrange 7L tanks as bottom gas. The deco stages are generally 7L tanks.
Which gas mix do you offer?
Air, nitrox, trimix and oxygen.
Do I have to pay extra for the gas mixes?
All technical dive courses and excursions include up to two deco stages with nitrox or oxygen. Further stages and trimix is available at extra costs on request.
What is tec diving about?
We hear very often that tec diving is just about diving deep. Unfortunately we believe that if this was the only reason, it would be very sad.
First of all tec diving is about trying new gear and improving your skills. You will get more comfortable with yourself and learn to rely on yourself.
Tec diving gives us the chance, due to its configuration of equipment, gas mixes and education to stay longer underwater, break recreational no stop limits, and yes, as well to dive deeper!
Do I have to be a certified TEC Diver to dive with you in a twinset or sidemount configuration?
The answer is simple, no! Many divers, especially those that are used to dive in cold waters, dive in twinsets or with two stages.
Using a redundant system like two regulators makes diving more safe. Many recreational divers like to use this configuration as well during their holidays.
But most centers in touristic areas usually dive in single tank backmount configuration.
At Scuba Legends we offer our recreational divers to dive “TecReational” in twinsets or sidemount configuration and staying within recreational limits.
What does “TecReational” mean?
Very simple, the expression can be split into the “Tec” from tec diving and the “Reational” from recreational diving. It means diving within recreational limits in technical diving configuration such as redundant systems, twinsets, sidemount, long hoses etc.
As explained earlier, why not to make diving safer by adding redundancy or more air supply?
TecReational Diving is perfect for divers that dive in cold waters, dry suit divers, frequent divers and all those ones that are not sure yet to actually start proper tec diving but want to get confident and experienced in tec diving configuration. Let’s simply make diving safer and adventurous!
What’s the difference between deep diving and tec diving?
A deep dive is defined as any dive deeper than 18m to a maximum of 40m, which is the recreational limit. Recreational dives are planned as no deco dives, which means the divers can ascend to the surface at any time by only performing the usual safety stop for 3min at 5m, if required.
Technical diving instead involves going beyond recreational scuba diving limits and includes one or more of the following:
- Diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet
- Required stage decompression
- Diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet of the surface
- Accelerated decompression and/or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive
- Use of extensive equipment and technologies
I have been diving already deeper than 40m with other companies and have done decompression stops in recreational dive gear, why wouldn’t you let me join the tec dives?
We hear this question very often and actually it is very concerning. We understand best how exciting it can be to dive deep and to stay for a longer period underwater. Anybody can dive deeper than 40m and break recreational limits in normal recreational configuration carrying one tank filled with air on your back and running into deco.
It is always easy to get down, isn’t it? But did you ever wonder what happens if an error occurs?
It could be just a minor leak, a free flow, currents, higher air consumption due to stress? Maybe it is not you, maybe another diver of the group has a problem? At this depths any tiny issue can have enormous consequences, if you are not well prepared and equipped. You cannot just go up to the surface and ignore your deco stops.
As long as nothing happens it’s fun. Though you should ask yourself if it is smart to do so and also if this is safe? You have done it several times, it was easy and you came back to the surface with no problem? Congratulations, you were lucky!
At Scuba Legends we strongly believe that safety and professionalism always comes first. Diving is a risky sport, but we like to reduce the risks to the minimum.
There is a reason why recreational and technical diving requirements are so different.
We strictly follow standards and you have to understand that in the end of the day it is in your own interest. Therefore we do not take recreational divers above their limits!
I just want to dive deep, is that ok?
Yes, it is totally ok, but please keep in mind that diving is not a competition.
Everybody has different motives for going diving. Some divers are happy just to be underwater, others need to see immense aquatic life. Some like diving in dark and cold lakes whereas others prefer tropical pristine and warm waters. But of course there are many divers that love the challenge of the depth. Tec Diving is the path to train to dive deep performing the correct safety procedures and be independent.
But tec diving is definitely not only about diving deep. It is also about gaining confidence, getting prepared, visit exclusive dive sites and spend more time underwater.
If you are interested particularly in diving deep, you should definitely seek for technical training to assure safety and all required procedures. Do it the right way, do it technical!
Do I need to be Nitrox and or Deep certified to start tec diving?
Yes, you find all obligatory requirements to start your course on each course page. If you do not fulfil the requirements yet, don’t worry we are happy to assist you sorting everything out either before your arrival or arrange a personal schedule for you here in Gran Canaria. Keep in mind, you can also study at home to enjoy your holidays better.
First of all, no worries not everybody can be a diver, but feel free to ask us about our snorkelling experience or beginners courses. Depending on the logistics, there might or might not be space available for a passenger. During shore dives it might be possible, whereas during boat dives we will have to charge a boat fee for an extra person (consider sea sickness for passenger). Please consult us in advance.
Transfer & Accomodation
Many of our dive sites are just within the holiday resort of Puerto del Carmen. Often it is faster by walking than by car, depending on where you stay. We offer transfer on request. Depending on where you are located we might charge a small fee.
Where should I stay during my holidays?
We recommend you to stay in Puerto del Carmen. There are long beaches and promenades to walk along. Some areas are more busy, whereas others are pretty quiet. Within the area of the dive center there are lots of options to stay. Room rentals, holiday apartments and bungalows, family hotels to high class luxury hotels, whatever you prefer. If you have specific questions, go ahead and ask. We are always happy to help.
Payment & Prices
Is the dive equipment included in the prices?
Yes, all courses ,dive and snorkel excursions include basic equipment. Additional accessories like torches, surface marker buoy & spool, dive computer, wetnotes etc. can be rented at extra charge.
Why are dives at Museo Atlantico more expensive than normal dives?
The Museo Atlantico is a private property. The additional supplement includes boat transfers, official guide and entrance fees.
Why do I have to make a deposit?
It might sound weird to you, to pay a deposit without even seeing us, we understand. Unfortunately, nowadays, since it’s so easy, many customers book an activity in advance and then suddenly change their mind. We like to be organized and provide professional service to you and other customers. Especially technical diving is very different from recreational diving in the matter that everything has to be much more organized and bullet proof. Before your arrival we have to order materials, arrange gear configurations and individual gas mixes as well as book boats for specific dive sites. Therefore we kindly have to ask you for a deposit to confirm your booking.
How can I pay the deposit?
Depending on the booked activity, a deposit is to be paid as confirmation of the booking. In case of an online booking through our website you will pay the deposit immediately. If you book via email, we will send you our bank details and the deposit has to be paid via bank transfer within the agreed time period. The deposit for local bookings, at the dive center, can be paid, at the moment of booking, in cash or by card. You will always receive a confirmation of the booking and deposit.
When and how do I pay the rest of the open payment.
After paying the deposit, the rest is to be paid at arrival at the dive center, prior to diving. You can pay cash in the center, there is a cash machine nearby. If you prefer to pay the full price via bank transfer, just let us know before your arrival and we will ask you for a proof of transfer.
Safety, Insurance & Medical Clearance
Safety is our highest priority. Therefore any diver is required to have a medical diving statement signed by a diving physician (not older than two years) prior to any in water activities. Please notice that medical clearance is required by Spanish law and important for your own safety. Just because you were never asked for it, does not mean that you don’t need one.
Do I need a diving insurance?
The Spanish law requires every diver to have a personal diving insurance. Please bring proof of your diving insurance prior to diving or contact us to sign up for a policy of our daily or long-term plans.
If you are a frequent diver, it might be useful to have your own annual insurance. If you do have one, check at home if technical diving is covered (usually it is).
Apart of a diving insurance we highly recommend a general travel insurance by your local provider to cover non diving related incidents while being abroad.
How long do I have to wait after diving till I can fly home?
After one recreational dive you should wait at least 12 hours, after 2 dives 18 hours. Keep in mind, that in case you join us for technical diving, you might break recreational limits and/ or stay longer or deeper underwater. We recommend you to calculate 18 to 24 hours from the moment you surface from your last dive till your flight departure. Please let us know about your flight schedule.
For the ones that like to spend some time hiking in the mountains on the neighbouring islands please consider that in fact the guidelines are exactly the same as flying after diving. The guidelines apply to going to altitude greater than 610m/ 2,000 ft, by any means, whether flying, hiking or driving.
I have not been diving since a while, is that a problem?
We will do a check/refresh dive first, to evaluate your skill level. During the booking process you will notice that we also ask you some questions to estimate you diving experience and offer the best service.
Do I have to do a check dive before diving with you?
We notice very often that most divers do not want to do a check/refresh dive. Please keep in mind that a check dive is not any kind of punishment, but it is for your own safety as well as for the rest of the group and, yes, also important for your instructor in charge. We decide in every individual case if we make a check dive obligatory or only recommend it. Especially in tec diving it is a great idea to start with a check dive to get familiar with the gear, check if everything is working and get used to your instructor.
Bookings & Cancellations
Do I have to book my dives in advance or can I just pop in?
Usually we are underwater instead of sitting dry in the office…Since some courses may last 1-2 weeks and we like to offer individual services, we highly recommend you to book as early as possible to gurantee your desired dive schedule.
Why do you have such a strict cancellation policy?
In recreational, but even more in technical diving everything needs to be planned ahead and we cannot cut corners. If you would cancel your booking because you have changed your mind, don’t feel like diving on a rainy day or had a drink too much the night before, we still have to (and want to) pay our instructors and suppliers.
We want to assure you and all other customers a great diving experience and high quality service. Quality has its price. We understand that the cancelation policy might sound harsh to you or turn you away, but we are a serious company and employer that wants to show appreciation towards staff as well as other customers. Thanks for understanding.