After visiting Lanzarote for 8 years Phil decided 2017 was the year to become a certified diver & visit the other world that Lanzarote has to offer!
Phil completed his PADI open water referral, he completed the theory and confined water dives in England before jetting out to sunny Lanzarote to complete his open water dives! This meant that he could spend 2 mornings diving the dive sites in Lanzarote and be certified as quick as possible so that he wasn't away from the family for too long!
On his first morning at the dive centre Phil went over a quick refresh of the skills he learnt during his PADI confined training with Rachel before heading down to Playa Chica to jump in the water. Playa Chica is the main dive site in Lanzarote and offers a choice of over 10 different dive sites from shore and the bonus is it's only 100 metres from the dive centre! After a quick decision of where they would dive they headed off from the beach. This was Phil's first time diving in the ocean, everything he had done previously was all in the pool, now was the perfect time to see some fish!
During these 2 dives they ventured off down to a depth of 12 metres, exploring the dive sites Midnight Reef and the House Reef! They didn't disappoint! Within minutes of each dive they were surrounded by the fish - what a way to practice his skills and buoyancy control! One of the highlights of this morning's diving in Lanzarote was seeing Phil's first ever Flabellina, nudibranch!
Day two it was time for 2 more open water dives, today was the day to head to 18 metres and become a PADI certified open water diver! Phil was excited, the kit was on and they were underwater before 9:30! They headed down to Blue Hole Reef with the hope of seeing a seahorse, unfortunately after last weekend's storm they are still hiding at the moment! After a surface interval it was time to jump back in for Phil's qualifying PADI open water dive! They decided to visit the dive site the Blue Hole and swim over the top of it! What a choice that was! As soon as they were diving over it they spotted a small shoal of around 5 barracudas - fantastic! They continued along and all of a sudden they were surrounded with hundreds of barracudas! It was amazing to just hover and watch as they hunted the sardines! Before they knew it was time to head shallower up to the Harbour Wall, they turned around and there were even more barracuda! Hundreds of them! We think we should have named that dive in the logbook as the Barracuda dive!!