Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Island Watersports Re-Opens after Covid-19 Lockdown

wreck diving with Island Watersports Lanzarote










Island Watersports Lanzarote, is now open and running again after the
Covid-19 Lockdown in Spain.

We are taking bookings for diving, however you must follow basic rules
and we have to have reduced numbers of divers around the center.

Covid-19 safe practices



Saturday, 5 October 2019

Dive In – What are you waiting for!

 Welcome to Island Watersports Lanzarote

So, you have decided to try scuba diving while on holiday, diving in Lanzarote is easy and amazing.

Our Try Dive experience takes around 2.5 hours and at only 55€ per person it will be one of the highlights of your holiday.

We brief you on land and introduce you to the equipment you will be using before heading out to our local house reef.

All our beginner dives and courses are carried out in small groups, max 2 people per Instructor;  your safety is our No1 priority at all times.

Remember we fully understand that you may be nervous, there is no rush – relax and enjoy.

We have put together some pictures to show you a little of what to expect.

OK, now that you are comfortable on land, lets get you into the sea to start your underwater adventure !

Time for those first breaths underwater and again there is no rush so just relax and breathe, once you are happy and comfortable we can descend a little deeper to try some basic skills. Don’t worry – we practise the skills in shallow water so you can stand up at any time.

 Your first dive is very special, take it easy and enjoy looking at our underwater world, there is so much to see, it really is a fantastic experience. Dive time is around 45 minutes.

So there you have it, a little preview of what your first dive involves, we  hope this encourages you to give scuba diving  a try. There really is a truly amazing world down there and it is waiting for you.

Email us at info@divelanzarote.com.

  Check out our website http://www.divelanzarote.com

Saturday, 8 December 2018

The Man Behind the Mask

So he started diving to get away from his girlfriend and he likes to Gamble!

Lets find out more about Iain Irving, Instructor/Co Owner Island Watersports Lanzarote.

Why did you start Scuba Diving?

Well, Marie and I went to Thailand in 2001 and the airline lost Marie’s case.  After 3 days of bad tempered girlfriend I needed to find something to do or one of us would not have left the Island!  I enrolled in a PADI Open Water Course and got hooked.

 

In your spare time what do you like to do?

Spare time? I like watching Rugby now as I am too old to play anymore and motor cycling.  I would like to buy an enduro  bike to tour Lanzarote but Marie wants a new bathroom first.

What drove you to become a Scuba Diving Instructor?

I always wanted to live abroad and totally agree with the old adage ‘choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life’. OK it is not that simple and it didn’t happen over night.  I really enjoyed my diving while Marie had  some fantastic holidays  along the way.

 

Do you have a favourite type of dive?

If I had to choose I would say Night Dives, it really is so different at night. I love encounters with the larger animals like Rays and we see them feeding at night which is just amazing. I enjoy all my dives, but seeing Angel Sharks and Rays on a daily basis is just a privilege.

Apart from Lanzarote, what is your favourite scuba diving destination?

That is such a difficult question, it really is, I have dived in some excellent locations all around the world. It’s not just about the diving , it’s also about the other divers you meet,  the friends you make and the memories.We have made so many great friends here in Lanzarote.

For the total experience I would say Barbados while diving with Ram on The Scotch and Soda in Carlisle Bay. Ram was the Instructor who got Marie to dive, now that guy had patience. We met some lovely people there and the horse racing at Bridgetown was a real bonus, I remember we won 1500 dollars on one trip.

 

 What is the Best thing about being an Instructor?

Whether it is a non diver discovering scuba for the first time, or a certified diver learning new skills, it is just a great job. I get as much enjoyment out of our students success as they do.

  

Why did you decide to move to Lanzarote?

We felt at home straight away, we visited with our dive club from the UK in February 2014 and by November 2014 we had moved here. That pretty much sums it up. Lanzarote is unlike any other Canary Island thanks to the influences of Cesar Manrique. Friendly people, relaxed safe environment and obviously fantastic diving for all levels.

Any Regrets?

Probably the obvious answer here is that I didn’t do it earlier.

 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Museo Atlantico

  

 

ISLAND WATERSPORTS ARE DELIGHTED TO  BE AWARDED  BEST DIVE CENTRE AND BEST ECO GUIDE FOR THE MUSEO ATLÁNTICO FOR THE SECOND TIME RUNNING.

 

 



 

Located in Playa Blanca in the south of the Island, just 30 minutes from our dive centre is Museo Atlantico,  Europe’s only underwater museum.

We organise a variety of trips to the museum daily.

Morning or afternoon dives available. We provide return transport from our dive centre. Our instructors are with you for the whole excursion.

Our popular  2 dive trips offer  either  Las Coloradas + Museo Atlantico or Playa Flamingo + Museo Atlantico.

 

museum

All our instructors will talk you through the story of artist  Jason deCaires  Taylors creation before hand.

This is a fantastic dive with an abundance of marine life suitable for all level of certified divers.  A true photographers paradise.

We recommend you book with us in advance as this is proving to be a  very popular trip with our divers.

 

 

 

Non-diving partners are welcome to join us on the trip to Playa Blanca as the boat trip leaves from the harbour where there is a selection of shops, bars and cafes to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Never to Old!

Ocean Clean up Dives


The guest blogger this month is our very own Ailsa ‘Granny’ Pearce. Ailsa has worked in the diving business in Lanzarote for many years and made lots of friends along the way.
PADI Womens Dive Day

It is easy to see how passionate Ailsa is about Lanzarote both on land and under the sea.She always joins us on  PADI Womens Dive Day and  Ocean Clean Up Dives to keep our beautiful play ground a clean and healthy enviroment.

Ailsa now dives for fun and is such an ambassador for the sport. All our divers love chatting with  her, Granny’s stories are always the best!

Photo’s courtesy of Ailsa’s dive buddies , Marie Hanson and John Rayner.

NEVER TOO OLD!

Puerto Calero wreckYesterday, I was driving towards the beautiful Ajache Mountains in Lanzarote on my way to Puerto Calero marina.I was struck by the breath taking views, Los Lobos Island, Fuerteventura beaches, glistening and seductive, and the mountains themselves basking in the midday sun.For the last 15 years I have revelled in the joys of life in Lanzarote, and with the stunning vista facing me on my drive I reflected on how fortunate I was to end up here.

 

My life has led me down many paths, and a lot of them via my sport, but the one thing I’d always wanted to do but never had, was to scuba dive! Like many, the quotes and magical films of Jacques Cousteau, Lloyd Bridges, Hans and Lottie Hass, had fired my imagination. A sequence of circumstances led me to begin my dream at the ripe old age of 59. Ridiculous, said some, a new hobby at your age should be knitting or painting! But undaunted I wanted to have a go!

That was the beginning of a new life for me! A new world of wonder, a new outlook on our messed up world and a new meaning to my whole being began!

island watersports lanzaroteSo, and as not to bore you, I set off to learn to dive. I was anxious to become competent and self sufficient as am very competitive (sporty background) and need to be totally comfortable in what is an alien environment to air breathing man! I just loved it, actually feeling more at home under the waves than above and still do! It was the start of an incredible journey, one I am still enjoying!

scuba diving in lanzarote

 

I had a couple of blips when I had to remain above water for a few weeks, which delayed my goal of 2000 dives in 10 years but I achieved it in the end, albeit with a few extra weeks needed to complete!

So, the purpose of this ditty, for those intrigued, is to say that whatever your dreams may be, they are possible, just hold on to them and go for it! Age is NO barrier! Live the dream, dive the dream, I did and still do!

scuba diving at black beach, lanzaroteIf your dream is to see the hidden underwater world, Island Water Sports is a good place to begin! You will receive informed and inspiring instruction measured to your individual progress and understanding, because, this is a sport where insufficient training and knowledge can be life threatening, so tailored teaching is essential.

All Island Watersports dives are carried out in small groups, whether it’s your first dive or your 1000th.

 

Right!!! Off you go!!!! I’m driving past my beautiful mountains again, on my way to…..?  Yes!!! Of course!!! To get my gills wet!! You are never too old to try something new!

 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Museo Atlantico Awards

 

Iain and Georg of Island Watersports

Island Watersports are delighted to be awarded Best Operating Company and Best Eco Dive Guide in the Museo Atlantico Winter 2017-2018 awards.

Grateful thanks to all our divers for completing the survey and providing feedback.





reunion anual EOMAs 2018

The Museo Atlantico dive is becoming one of our most popular dives and it is not difficult to see why.

Since the first installation in 2016 the sealife around the statues has grown to provide an  amazing display of marine life.

We dive the museum every week of the year so if you haven’t visited yet give us a call. Set in an area of 50 x 50meters at around 12 meters depth this is an ideal dive site suitable for all level of divers.

Did you know that you can also dive the Museo Atlantico even if you have never dived before?

Ask us about our Museo Atlantico Experience for non divers, after two training dives you can enjoy a guided dive to the Museo Atlantico, Europes first underwater museum.

Now that is what makes a holiday special!



Thursday, 7 June 2018

World Oceans Day June 8th

angel shark in Lanzarote
To celebrate World Oceans Day we have an amazing video to share,  Angels in the Water.

All the team at Island Watersports  just love this video starring our endangered Angel Sharks with some of the footage filmed in Lanzarote.

Thanks again to Michael Dann for this beautiful ‘Love Story’

Angels in the Water

Island Watersports Re-Opens after Covid-19 Lockdown

Island Watersports Lanzarote, is now open and running again after the Covid-19 Lockdown in Spain. We are taking bookings for diving, however...