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PADI Open Water Course in Gran Canaria
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PADI Open Water Course in Gran Canaria

By Blue Water Diving
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Ages 10-85, max of 6 per group
Duration: 3 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, English, Dutch, Spanish
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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • PADI Open Water Course
  • Printed PADI Open Water Manual (if option is selected)
  • Digital PADI Open Water Manual (if option is selected)
  • Certification
  • Insurance
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • Blue Water Diving, Calle Olimpicos, C. Doreste y Molina, s/n, 35130 Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
    The dive centre is located inside the Puerto Escala Marina in Puerto Rico.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 12120P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is PADI Open Water Course in Gran Canaria?
    PADI Open Water Course in Gran Canaria price starts from £397.36. Discover and book PADI Open Water Course in Gran Canaria on Tripadvisor
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    • Blue Water Diving
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      Spain
      Joined in April 2015
    • 993djh
      0 contributions
      Father and Daughter first time Scuba Diving
      Great experience, staff amazing and very Saftey conscious. If it’s your first time and your a little nervous then these guys will put you right at ease and take good car of you.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • 337PaulH337
      0 contributions
      Beautiful fish but lacked personal touch.
      Slightly disappointing overall. There was little warmth or friendliness from most of the staff from the pick up driver to the diving instructor. The instructions were rushed and not enough time was spent getting used to breathing under the water. This part was quite stressful. The clarity of water was good and lots of beautiful fish. However having a camera shoved in your face constantly quickly became annoying - the photos cost E20 extra; some great - most not. Tufia is beautiful, apart from the carpark - no toilets! Really poor communication as to what was going on after the dive as another group was waiting, so left to own devices for over an hour without any initial explanation as to what was happening or when the return journey was expected. Initially not a problem as beautiful setting but annoying not having this explained. The 4 hour "diving experience" includes a lot of waiting around.
      Written 18 February 2024
    • D9772VVdianas
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      Fabulous experience
      Really amazing experience & fabulous staff who put me at ease from start to finish! Great instructor, very professional & caring!! Thank you!!
      Written 9 February 2024
    • corinnag890
      0 contributions
      Divemaster Internship - Instructor!
      Did my divemaster internship here then ended up taking an IDC/IE to complete my instructors- best decision ever, was helped all the way through the IDC by great instructors and an amazing course director! Kate was really flexible as I was able to stay 3 months instead of the 5 weeks planned! The accommodation provided is in a nice area with only a short walk to shops, bars and beaches. Saw a turtle, many angles sharks , stingrays and butterfly rays on my dives! It’s hard work sometimes but that’s to be expected in diving- you learn a lot and gain so much confidence in diving and yourself. Overall a really great experience and was really sad to leave as met some amazing people here and made friends for life :)
      Written 8 February 2024
    • michellevC1067ZK
      0 contributions
      Great divecentre!
      For anyone wondering is this place is worth the visit, it sure is! I went there in September, starting my journey to be instructor! I started off with my dive master internship en straight onto my idc! I had no clue what to expect, but it sure paid off! I had the best time during my courses, made friends for life and enjoyed every moment of it! At the beginning of November, I finished my IE and became an instructor. Kate and Chris were so kind to let me hang on for a bit and gain some experience teaching. I had the pleasure of giving my first courses in a place I knew well. I left in December to start my new journey as an instructor in Bonaire. So the internship was absolutely worth it. And even now Kate and Chris still check in once in a while to wish me luck and see what im doing! So i’m very thankful for what this place did for me!
      Written 8 February 2024
    • erinhB6415WU
      0 contributions
      The Best Month of my Life x
      My experience as an divemaster intern, was honestly the best month of my life! I’ve made life long friends as well as incredible diving contacts, I learned so much and became the diver I am today because of Kate and Chris! Which has helped my work/dive in amazing places around the world. Hands down the best diving experience in Gran Carina! I love this shop and the owners/staff are absolutely brilliant, professional, knowledgeable, happy friendly faces, and great divers! If I could re-live my experience I would jump at the opportunity!! Their teaching/tours, guides/ courses and everything they have to offer is outstanding and I can’t wait to bring my family back to Gran Carina with me next time, so they can experience what Blue Water Diving has to offer too!! ❤️🥰 If you have the chance check this place out!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🤍🤍
      Written 7 February 2024
    • 903caseyp
      0 contributions
      Fantastic diving
      Fell in love with the life style there. Great location in Puerto Rico. Dive sites are great. The team showed me everything I needed make my dreams come true!
      Written 6 February 2024
    • dominikadA8628GF
      0 contributions
      Dive Master Internship
      I visited Blue Water Diving for a Dive Master internship and it was the most amazing experience in my life. I have learnt so much and really became a better diver. The owners Chris and Kate are the most amazing and sweet people you can meet and the instructors there Eileen and Gilles are extremly professional and will help you with anything you might need. It was everything I dreamt of and even more. I will for sure be back there for more dives and I recommend this dive center to anyone who would like to dive in a professional and friendly atmosphere.
      Written 5 February 2024
    • a_rono176
      0 contributions
      Great experience
      This was my second dive with these guys. We went by van to the dive site at the North of the island and geared up. My girlfriend went snorkeling along side the dive group. Eileen (probably the wrong spelling sorry!) was our dive master and overall instructor. She is a very talented diver, looks so comfortable in the water. We went into the water and everyone was assigned an experienced diver to shadow them. I can't for the life of me remember the man with me, tall and British! A real laid back guy, good craic. So we went down and I had an absolute nightmare with my mask not sealing and flooding constantly. It was quite stressing but my companion was very good and we resurfaced a few times to try fix it. Eileen noticed all of this and also got involved to fix the issue. Unfortunately it didn't rectify but Rosie saved the day. She was snorkeling with my girlfriend. She so very kindly swapped masks with me. It fixed it straight away and I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the dive. Felt very safe and in a controlled environment at all times. My air gauge was checked constantly and I was checked on all the time. Eileen, Rosie and my companion I want to thank you all so much and I wish you all the best in the future. Oh and Giles for getting us there and back safely. Highly highly recommend.
      Written 18 January 2024
    • Nel234567
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      Divemaster Internship was not as expected
      Where to begin... this review only pertains to the Divemaster Internship. 1. Lack of clear communication: From the get-go, I felt like there was no clear communication. In email correspondences, I had to be the one to ask questions while receiving vague responses - information had to be requested. I also struggled with the lack of communication from one of the instructors. There were many dives in which no dive plan was discussed, or was discussed extremely haphazardly at the dive site while the other dive group is getting geared up. There were several times in which I didn't know who my buddy was, let alone which dive group I was going with. This is absolutely not okay. I always felt very stressed when going in the water. There were also SO MANY THINGS that were not explained at all and I was expected to know, which I got yelled and reprimanded for. There were 'beer fines' where marks were given if anybody did anything wrong. This created a very tense atmosphere for me - absolutely no praises, but only telling me what I did wrong. There was no clear training for things like the steps to deal with clients - all had to learn on the go. 2. Accommodation: I had a pit in my stomach the moment I stepped foot into the accommodation. I was told shared accommodation with a kitchen - what they failed to mention was how they have you sleeping in a 6-person room with barely enough space to lay your suitcase down. The space the interns live in is in Kate's garage. Towards the second half of my internship, there were over 10 people sharing one bathroom along with a kitchen with only 2 burners and very limited kitchenware. There is a cleaning lady that comes once every 2 weeks, but with that many people, the bathroom was always a sopping mess. Not to mention tons of dead cockroaches on the floor every morning, and live ones almost every day. There were 2 tiny fans provided in the room, no AC or at least a real fan. Also found it weird to sleep in the same room as one of the instructors (who apparently also sleeps with interns)??? I ended up buying my own toilet paper, paper towels, dish towels etc. which is fine, but should've been mentioned beforehand. Had Kate given a more in-depth explanation of the accommodations, I might have had a chance to consider my options or at least mentally prepare myself. There were many times where I wish I could've afforded to stay at the hotel down the road. 3. Lack of orientation/organization: There was absolutely no onboarding process. Right on day one you were in the water. I expected a break-down of when trainings were happening and when my time would be dedicated for the clients. The only discussion to be had was payment right off the bat. I felt trapped. Also, very little information was shared with the interns. Why is there no shared spreadsheet/whiteboard with a weekly schedule or at least daily schedule so everyone knows what is going on? Why is none of the gear labelled? Every single day interns had to deal with leaky gear. We only knew what we were doing right before it was happening, not even for the entire day. Same goes for the accommodation. Seemed like every new intern had to figure out things for themselves - there was no system to strip old sheets etc.. The current interns would hog all the cupboard and drawer spaces - no system to make space for new interns. Also when I first arrived, I wasn't taken to the grocery store until a full 30 hours later - barely survived on granola bars for 4 meals. 4. Lack of consideration/unprofessionalism + safety concerns: It was very ironic how we were reading PADI material stating safety was of the utmost importance while also being told to dive when we were sick. There was a particular day where I could not equalize but was told to go dive because there were a lot of clients and they needed my help - I did not feel like I could stand my ground. My concerns were dismissed and I felt like I had no choice in the matter. Every boat dive felt like we were in the military. We were expected to gear up ASAP and get in the water and would be yelled at to hurry up. This caused SO MUCH unnecessary stress without enough time to do proper buddy checks. I would always have a pit in my stomach on the boat, mentally going through all the steps to do everything as fast as possible. Is this the conducive learning environment you want to create? 5. Clients were always above interns: The shop is always full of clients, so I always felt like our trainings were the bottom priority. Only when there was time and only when there weren't any clients, we would receive training. If a client came last minute and there wasn't enough gear, one of the interns had to stay back. If the client's gear was leaky, it would be switched out with an intern's. Also, interns had to be snorkel guides. I led snorkeling at least 5-6 times. I paid to be here and yet here I am leading snorkeling for other clients while not getting paid to do it. Felt like a massive waste of time. Clearly unpaid labor. As interns, we were ALWAYS filling tanks - could not even enjoy a 15 minute lunch break because we had to run to fill up tanks. We had to prepare all the clients' gear and wash gear and set up/take down the shop - which I'm fine with helping out with but not doing everything. We were running the entire shop while instructors and owners sat at the desk. Besides 2 instructors and Kate and Chris, there are no other full time staff. They rely on interns to do everything. Ironic how it felt like an unpaid internship yet I paid to be there. Also, Chris and one of the instructors regularly made sexist comments that were hard to ignore. One of the instructors was actively pursuing and sleeping with another intern. It's hard for me to imagine that Kate isn't aware of this behavior. Felt very predatory and unsafe. 6. Training: Honestly, the training felt mediocre. There were so many skills I should've practiced with them beforehand, but never got a chance to. Felt more like independent learning from videos and from other interns. Some trainings were not clear at all and I definitely do not feel very prepared as a Divemaster. 7. Unrelated to dive shop - but the visibility is absolutely abysmal. I could not get over how terrible the visibility was. I am usually quite flexible and understanding, but this experience was extremely uncomfortable. I felt like blindsided and unvalued. I guess I had never been in a situation where nobody cared or looked out for me before. Absolutely would not recommend unless you are okay with everything I've stated.
      Written 6 January 2024
    • 902vitalijusa
      0 contributions
      Amazing diving experience!
      We came as first-timers to Blue Water Diving. The prelim communication was friendly and easy. On the spot we were met with a welcomming smile and lots of encouragement. The team was infrormative and very effective. The diving experience was amazing! A must do in Gran Canaria! Much recommended!
      Written 28 December 2023
    • lulahelenea
      0 contributions
      Great experience
      Very professional and committed crew. Felt safe and the Cours was serious and fun! Would recommend to anyone interested in learning basic scuba diving in safe conditions
      Written 12 December 2023
    • 168jelenak
      0 contributions
      Amazing experience!
      Together with my partner Rene we had a great time experiencing diving for the first time! After booking Discovery diving, Kate reached us by WA and send us links and instructions what to do before. We did some theory before course that was interesting and easy. We met next day on the Anadores beach (meeting point) with the team instructor Eileen and students for master exam Corrine, Preston, Verina and Michelle. From the first moment team was so friendly. Diving under guidelines of Eileen was experience we will never forget! They are all you could wish for, patient, calm, knowledgeable and professional! Kudos to all from Rene and Jelena! :)
      Written 5 October 2023
    • Kate1716
      0 contributions
      This is definitely not for beginners!!!
      Terrible! The man running the scuba diving was very rude, angry, bad mannered, ignorant and wasted a lot of my money as I didn’t even get to dive! Other people in the group also said how angry he was and that he’d just forgotten about them! And left them to guess as to what to do!
      Written 5 October 2023
    • AliZumba
      0 contributions
      Last minute booking, great choice!
      A last-minute decision to bus it into Puerto Rico, from Vacendario with no real plan, when we came across Blue Water Diving. We were made to feel really welcome by the staff, (even the grumpy Northener owner was a pussycat really😅 ) All the equipment was provided and of a high standard. The short boat trip to the reef was great fun, and the hour-long snorkelling session was wonderful. I'd highly recommend calling in and taking a trip out.
      Written 4 October 2023
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    Flyer24701847630
    2 contributions
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    3 teachers accompanied me and gave me a lot of security
    Gilles conjured up my initial panic by making eye contact and breathing with me
    Incredibly, the first time I saw squid, giant rays & countless fish
    Thx 4 this unforgettable experience!!
    Written 30 September 2023
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    Andrew W
    United Kingdom2 contributions
    Aug 2023 • Family
    I qualified as an Advanced Open Water Diver back in 2001 with my wife so we always knew when we had our son as soon as he was old enough we wanted to give him the opportunity. Why is it important to share this?

    Well when you are trusting a team with your only child it has to be the right choice and a great team.

    The full team at Blue Water didn’t let us down in anyway they were nothing short of amazing. My son qualified for his Junior open water and we will be back in October when he turns 12 to do his Junior advanced.

    If you are brand new, fully qualified and really experienced or wanting to get your kids to try a lifelong skill then do not hesitate to contact Kate & Chris at Bluewater their knowledge, the team they have created and the warm welcome they give everyone is exceptional. Having been lucky enough to dive all over the world I have to say this is the best Dive club by far.

    Special mention to Eileen, Giles and Kate who trained and were buddies with my son. They have given him the bug (have to say I’m delighted) and he wanted me to pass on his thanks he loves you all.

    Steph who myself and my wife went diving with was superb and an awesome professional.

    Last mention (this is really bad of me) to the Scottish chap who was on holiday who took us on another dive with the Blue Water team he was excellent. Again the reason for mentioning is that he trained with Blue Water and goes back all the time to spend time with the team which just says everything.

    So how do I sum up the experience, 5 star you will struggle to find a better team to dive with.
    Written 16 August 2023
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    Vinny Butler
    10 contributions
    Fantastic experience for the family. The team were really welcoming, very flexible, professional and well organised
    Written 27 July 2023
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    Peter W
    1 contribution
    Apr 2023
    We did an upgrade from Scuba Diver to open water diver. Professional team, service minded and friendly. All we deeded.
    Written 27 April 2023
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    Keith K
    1 contribution
    Apr 2023 • Couples
    Really nice team, very helpful and great experience. Definitely try if you are in Puerto Rico or surrounding area.
    Written 24 April 2023
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    London-Whitstable
    London, UK7 contributions
    Apr 2023
    A wonderful place. Our kids did their open water and then advanced open water. Safe, lovely people.
    Written 16 April 2023
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    Martin D
    3 contributions
    My son and I had a fantastic experience with Chris, Kate, and the team at Blue Water. It was our first time diving and Chris, Guillem and Giles made us feel safe and prepared for every part of the course as well as taking us on 4 amazing and memorable dives to start our scuba diving lives.

    My son is 13 and Chris and Giles were so patient with him but firm on the importance of the skills we needed to stay safe under the water and to pass the course.

    I look forward to diving again with Blue Water and can recommend them wholeheartedly.
    Written 12 April 2023
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    Viktoria R
    1 contribution
    Mar 2023 • Solo
    Amazing experience with beautiful diving sites! I took the Open Water course with no diving or snorkeling experience, and I am glad I took the course at Blue Water Diving. Kate and Chris are highly professional, supportive, super friendly, and fun! In the beginning, I had trouble with equalizing my ears, but Kate encouraged me and made me always feel safe and well looked after. Thanks to her and her team I was able to finish the course successfully despite my initial difficulties with equalization. They were kind and patient but also serious and supportive when needed, which made it the perfect learning experience. Both Kate and Chris are incredible teachers, and it was an honor to learn from them. They were able to pay attention to each person's individual needs and make it an amazing diving experience for everyone. The balance between fun and learning was excellent. Even while driving to the diving sites spending time with the Blue Water Diving team was super fun!!! It’s a great bunch of people with highly trained interns who were very attentive and professional. A special thanks to my dive buddy Leonie who is an incredible diver and teacher as well. Her passion for diving was truly inspiring. I spent some more time with the team after diving, and it was so much fun and an absolute pleasure to meet every single one of You!!!! Thank you so much for this incredible time and experience. Anyone thinking about scuba diving should book Blue Water Diving. You’ll be in great hands!
    Written 7 April 2023
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    ChrisM
    6 contributions
    Feb 2023
    Highly recommend Kate and Chris for the open water course. My wife and I took this course with them and will be using bluewater diving for our next course. Kate was super helpful and friendly when we booked. Chris is an extremely professional instructor and his attention to detail was superb. Felt safe at all times and every exercise was explained very clearly. The balance between fun and learning was perfect. (And we had a lot of fun! ) All the dive masters and instructors were attentive and really nice guys. We passed our course and immediately booked another couple of guided dives with them. A superb team altogether.
    Written 27 February 2023
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    Esben H
    7 contributions
    Feb 2023 • Couples
    Chris, Kate and their team is both friendly and professional. We did the PADI open water course and followed it up with 2 dives. You’re in good hands with Bluewater Diving, I would recommend them to anyone.
    Written 26 February 2023
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