Why you should dive with Canary Diving in Gran Canaria
Founded and run by fanatical divers Jerry and David O'Connor, Canary Diving has been doing things right since it was founded in 1998. It's in the Taurito Princess Hotel right by the beach at Taurito and is still run by divers and for divers with a fanatical focus on safety and customer experience.
This is reflected in its impeccable safety record, top ratings on both Facebook and Tripadvisor, and all-round good reputation. We recommend Canary Diving because we've know Jerry for over 20 years and we know that as a true diver he always puts his customers first.
Canary Diving is simply the best place in Gran Canaria to do a PADI Discover Scuba Diving day or to get certified as a PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. It uses experienced Instructors for all its courses and dives and is based right by the Taurito reef, one of south Gran Canaria's best diving and snorkelling spots.
It also has convenient dive shops at Hotel Gloria Palace Royal and Hotel Gloria Palace Amadores located at Amadores beach near Puerto Rico, and at the Hotel Gloria Palace San Augustin located in Playa del Ingles/ San Augustin; ideal for anyone staying in south Gran Canaria.
Canary Diving closes on Saturdays.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving with Canary Diving
Your first diving experience is a safe and thoroughly enjoyable day when you do it with qualified and experienced teachers and a PADI Discover Scuba Diving course with Canary Diving is the best way to do it.
It includes an introductory video and a briefing on the scuba equipment, underwater communications and the confidence building skills you will practice in the pool. Then you head into the pool for your first underwater experience, followed by a shallow dive from the beach at Taurito Bay where you will be surrounded by colourful fish and sea life.
Discover Scuba is a fantastic activity for couples and the perfect exciting and romantic gift. Spend a few hours together diving and it won't just be wetsuits that you'll want to peel off at the end!
Lex Says: I'm a qualified PADI Instructor with thousands of dives under my belt and the sea dive at Taurito has to be Europe's top place to experience your first Scuba dive.
PADI Open Water Diver with Canary Diving
The PADI Open Water Diver is the most popular diver program in the world and Gran Canaria is the place to start off on a lifetime of intense underwater adventure.
Do this course in Gran Canaria with Canary Diving and you'll have a few days of intense fun and leave Gran Canaria with a certification that allows you to dive all around the world.
Over a 3 or 4 day period, you'll learn about scuba fundamentals, equipment and techniques and practice the skills by diving in a pool and experience several open water dives with an instructor. After completing the program successfully you will have earned a certification that is recognized in more countries than any other and allows you to rent or buy equipment or expand your diving skills with the PADI Advanced or Specialty Diver programs.
The PADI Open Water Diver course costs €340 plus €57 Certification fee and Materials and places are limited so we advise you to book in advance.
PADI Scuba Diver Course in Gran Canaria
If 3-4 days takes up too much of your holiday, the Scuba Diver Course is the perfect alternative. It gives you a solid grounding in the skills needed to Scuba Dive and you leave with a certificate that allows you to dive along with an instructor all over the world down to depths of 12 metres.
The Scuba diver course is an excellent way to see if diving is for you and start along the path of becoming a fully-qualified Scuba Diver.
A Scuba Diver to Open Water course costs €160. If you are already a Diver and want to get the full Open Water certificate, this costs €160 plus a €70 certification fee.
Discover snorkelling in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is one of the best places in Europe to snorkel and the shallow, shaltered reef at Taurito bay is one of the best spots on the island. Clouds of wrasse, damsel fish and colourful bream swarm around you and there is even the chance to see eagle rays, turtles, cuttlefish and octopus.
Canary Diving off an excellent value Discover Snorkelling activity which includes a guided snorkel along the reef and use of snorkel equipment for the rest of the day. It includes info on everything you need to know about skin diving equipment, dive science, the environment, problem management and safe skin diving practices.
This is an excellent family activity and excellent value for money at just €40 per person.