LANZAROTE

Sport Diver - - Training -

Born of vi­o­lent vol­canic erup­tions off the coast of North Africa, Lanzarote is a DPV diver’s par­adise of plung­ing walls, dra­matic arches and thrilling swimthroughs. The east­ern­most of Spain’s Ca­nary Is­lands is also a mag­net for ma­rine life thanks to a con­stant bast­ing of rich open-ocean cur­rents that lure ex­cit­ing pelag­ics, from ham­mer­head sharks to ea­gle rays and mola mola. Add to the equa­tion an im­pres­sive di­ver­sity of sites, in­clud­ing sev­eral wrecks and the Museo Atlán­tico un­der­wa­ter sculp­ture gar­den by artist Ja­son de­caires Tay­lor, and you have a po­tent draw for trav­el­ing divers, says Paul Slater of Lanzarote Dive Cen­tre in Puerto del Car­men.

“The waters are clear, with great vis­i­bil­ity, and many dive sites are ac­ces­si­ble from shore with plen­ti­ful en­try and exit points,” Slater says. “DPVS are great for ex­plor­ing, and Playa Chica is a prime launch spot for vis­it­ing top sites such as the Eye, the Har­bor Wrecks, the Far­i­ones and the Wall.”

Slater says most stu­dents “have a big smile on their face that lasts all day” af­ter a scooter dive. “Com­plet­ing loop-the-loops, de­creas­ing gas con­sump­tion and not hav­ing to fin are the big ben­e­fits, along with go­ing far­ther and see­ing more,” he says. “Most first-time DPV divers can’t stop talk­ing about it and can’t wait to do it again.”

CA­NARY IS­LANDS

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