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!
Where are you based?
Scuba Legends is based as a Technical Diving Devision within Blue Water Diving in the Holiday Club in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria.
What is the water temperature in Gran Canaria?
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 Gran Canaria is an island located in the atlantic ocean, we have to adapt regulary to tides, wind and waves. Usually the visibility is about 20-25m, on a bad day it might drop down to 10m. 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 Gran Canaria?
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 periodes 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 courses we are usually 1-2 divers, plus professional per group. During fun dives it might grow up to 4 diver plus guide. If you wish individual service for yourself or you and your beloved ones, please let us know in advance!
Where do we dive?
Here in Gran Canaria we are lucky to have some amazing shore dives available aswell as incredible boat dives. The diving in the north is very different to the south, which gives us a graet variety and options. Please check out some of our dive sites.
We will always try to follow up on special requests but in the end of the day safety determines 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 Gran Canaria offer?
We believe that there is a lot of diverse marine life to see. Our favorites are definetly the angle sharks. Also we have butterfly and electronc aswell as sting rays. Shoals of barracudas, trumpet fish, canarian lobsters, shrimps, groupers, crabs, flounders and nudibranches. 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 turtels, 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 our dive schedule we might stop in a port between the dives, usually there are public toilets available (0,50€). 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. With the Tec Deep Diver we dive to a maximum depth of 50m.
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 bring to the dive center/ dive site what you really need.
Should I bring food and drinks?
Feel free to bring food and drinks with you. Also there is a supermarket near by and a bar/ restaurant within the resort. During the dives we will provide some water and a small snack for inbetween. Take some extra cash with you just in case you want to get a coffee between the dives or find some souveniers on the way 😉
Is tec diving dangerous?
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 jsut finishing an open water course, but if you have some 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 fullfill 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.
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, aswell 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 reduntant system like two regulators makes diving more safe. Many recreational divers like to use this configuration aswell during there 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 reduntant systems, twinsets with or without extra air stage, sidemount, long hoses and and and.
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 inbetween 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 perform the usual safetey 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 periode 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 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 definetly 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 particulary in diving deep, you should definetly 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 our website. If you do not fullfill the requiremtns 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.
Why do I have to bring a medical statement and was never asked that before?
Safety is our highest priority. Therefore any diver is required to have a medical diving statement signed by a diving physican (not older than one year) prior to any inwater 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 short or longterm 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 depending on your dive schedule 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, please consider that the rules for flying might apply if you wann to go up high.
I have not been diving since a while, is that a problem?
We will do a check dive first, to evaluate your skill level. During the booking process you will notice that we also ask you some questions to estiamte you diving experience and offer the best service.
Do I have to do a check dive before diving with you?
We notice very oftern that most divers do not want to do a check dive. Please keep in mind that a check dive is not any kind of punishment, but it is for your own safety aswell as for the rest of the group and, yes, also important for your instructor since he will be in charge. We decide in every indiviudal 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.
Which dive equipment should I bring?
Since we offer diving focused on certified/ experienced divers we noticed that most of our customers have their own basic gear. 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?
In all our offers regulators, bladders, tanks and weights are included. Please also check the terms & conditions.
Do I have to buy a tec diving computer?
No, you don’t need to buy one. Bring your normal diving computer and we we will take care of the rest.
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. To keep yourself warm we recommend any extra layer like a rush guard, shark skin, hoodie, socks or gloves.
Which brands of gear do you work with?
Regulators: Apeks, Tecline, Mares
Bladders: Apeks, Tecline
Suits: Waterproof, Scubapro, Cressi
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.
What’s a day like at Scuba Legends?
We are pretty flexible on our schedule since we usually plan individually in advance. We like to start as early as possible (8/9am), at this time the sea is still calm and the dive sites are not busy. No worries about breakfast in your hotel, you can usually ask at reception to go earlier into the restaurant. Depending on what you have booked we might finish our day inbetween 13:30 and 17:00. Sometimes there will be a 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.
Do you offer transfer from/to my accomodation?
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 the south/southwest of the island. If you prefer a quiet atmosphere with a little promenade, we recommend you to stay in Puerto de Mogan. Taurito might also be interesting, it is a nice little bay with all inclusive hotels, great for couples and families. Aswell Amadores, known for its beautiful white sandy beacch, offers lots of hotels. If you like it a bit more busy, like going out at night then you should check out Puerto Rico or Meloneras/ Maspalomas/ Playa del Inglés.
Apart of hotels there are lots of holiday apartments available in Gran Canaria, simply check online. If you have specific questions or you are looking for a cheap hostel, let us know.
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. Depending on your course you might be able to choose inbetween digital and/ or an oldschool printed materials. Depending on where you live shipping costs might apply.
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?
If you have other plans than diving during your holidays, no problem, just let us know in advance. We will make an individual schedule that fits to your needs.
Usually we try to start about 8 or 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.
How long will the dives be?
Training dives in confined open water (max. 10m depth) can last up to 90 minutes. The real tec dives to deeper depths have usually a duration of maxiumum 75min.
Are we diving always from the boat?
First of all the dive sites depend on weather conditions and skill level, therefore we cannot do all dives from the boat. Fortunately Gran Canaria has lots of amazing dive sites that can be reached by shore. We will do our best to offer you a nice combination of both.
My partner is a non diver, could he/she join me during the day?
First of all, no worries not everybody can be a diver, but feel free to ask us about recreational diving aswell. Depending on our schedule 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.
Why can’t I find exact prices online?
The services we offer are very individual and specific. To start with we give you a price range just to get an idea. On request we will calculate a final offer for you based on your needs. Don’t be afraid, simply ask us!
Why do I have to make a deposit?
It might sound weird to you, to pay a deposit without even seeing us, we understand. That’s why we like to explain it. 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 aswell as book boats for specific dive sites. Therefore we kindly have to ask you for a deposit.
How can I pay the deposit?
Please transfer the deposit to our bank account which you can find in your booking confirmation.
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 near by. 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.
Please also check our terms & conditions.
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 cancelation policy?
In technical diving everything needs to be planned ahead and we cannot cut corners. We might turn other customers away because we have to reserve one instructor only for you and your buddy, since we don’t operate in big groups. 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 a great diving experience and individual 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 aswell as other customers. Thanks for understanding.
Please also check our terms & conditions.