For his 18th birthday his dad Paul gave him an awesome birthday present, to do his Advanced course and explore the diving in Lanzarote!
Starting off by completing the PADI ReActivate to ensure his skills were fresh. Then on Monday morning it was time to have some fun! The 3 adventure dives Sam choose were fish identification, wreck diving and underwater photography. What a great set of choices.
First up was navigation and then deep diving. These are the 2 compulsory dives for the PADI Advanced open water course. After learning how to use a compass on land it was time to practice underwater. During the dive Sam learnt how to navigate a reciprocal and a square underwater. On to deep diving! This is one of the favourite dives during the Advanced course, getting to dive beyond 18 metres for the first time. Looking at the effects of colour and pressure at 30 metres.
On Tuesday Sam went on our trip to the underwater museum!
Today it was a couple of boat dives, while learning about fish identification and underwater photography. The dive sites in Playa Blanca are great for learning about the fish, they have huge shoals of fish so its easy to spot the different characteristics to help with identifying them. Then it was time to dive the Museo Atlantico – what a place to learn underwater photography. From 300 sculptures to choose from Sam had lots of great subjects, plus the marine life there was posing nicely!
On his final dive Sam went for a couple of boat dives.
The Harbour Wrecks are around 5 fishing boats sunk for diving. They have been placed outside the old town harbour since the 80s. It’s a great place to practice the skills required for the Advanced course. Practicing navigating the wrecks, pointing out any potential dangers and most importantly looking at the fish too! This is the one dive site in Lanzarote that we tend to see trumpetfish for most of the year.