Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Diving Tenerife ~ Shark Fin company Tenerife

OK so the latest news is that a new Company is to open up in Tenerife, this company is to be set up to offer a drying service for shark Fins cut from living sharks!

The company will face a lot of opposition from locals, dive centers and anyone with a sence of decency.

We urge anyone and everyone to sign this petetion and help us stop this company from starting.

Sharks are very inportant to the life cycle of the seas.

We need not kill sharks un-necessarily to make soup!!!....come on!!!

This company could also be detrimental to the tourist industry here in Tenerife.

If you agree that this should be stopping, then PLEASE help us to STOP this


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Diving Tenerife ~ Divemaster Intern update for June 2012

So after a busy month a May and saying goodbye to 3 of our interns Dannii, Hannah & Manon, we was left with Chris & Alex.

 However we have also been joined by Suzy a Rescue Diver & Jason a non-diver.

So lets start with Alex who joined us in April.

He joined us as a non-diver and was previously working on the Cruise ships as a photographer. Alex has managed to complete lots of PADI courses whilst here with Amarilla Divers. Here is the courses Alex has completed

PADI Open Water
PADI Advanced Open Water
PADI Rescue
EFR primary Care
EFR Secondary Care
PADI Divemaster
PADI Deep Diver
PADI Digital Underwater Photography
PADI underwater Navigation
PADI Night Diver
PADI Enriched Air Diver
PADI Master Scuba Diver.

He has also had over 70 dives at many different dive sites and has spent lots of time with his skill circuits, skill demonstration, theory exams, dive guiding, customer services, try dives and much more.

Alex has come a long way and we are very happy to send him off into the world if diving as a confident Divemaster. He will be leaving for Scotland this week and then will be travelling and we think his first stop will be Thailand.

The team at Amarilla Divers wish him the best of luck and safe diving. Well done Alex

Next we have Chris who also joined us in April from the North of Tenerife.

Chris came to Amarilla Divers as an open Water diver with only 5 dives. Chris is an avid surfer and normally spends most of his time on top of the water. This has changed since he joined our Divemaster Internship. Chris has been very busy whilst down South and has completed all the following courses.

PADI Advanced Open Water
PADI Rescue
EFR primary Care
EFR Secondary Care
PADI Divemaster
PADI Deep Diver
PADI Digital Underwater Photography
PADI underwater Navigation
PADI Night Diver
PADI Enriched Air Diver
PADI Master Scuba Diver.

Chris has accumulated over 70 dives whilst on his internship and has been guiding dives, briefing dives, conducting try dives in the pool and much more. 

We now have 2 new Divemaster interns and we start with Jason, who is from the South Coast of the UK and came to Amarilla Divers as a referral...in both meanings.

Jason is a close friend of Mary's sister who recommended he join our team for the summer. He also had just completed a PADI referral from the UK where Jason completed the pool sessions and theory for the PADI Open Water course. He then joined us here for his open water dives and the rest of his PADI courses to meet requirements for Divemaster status.

We will be keeping you updated with his progress over the next few weeks.

Our latest divemaster intern to join our team is Suzy.

Last year we met Suzy' Dad Stephen who came over for some dives. Stephen met some of our divemaster interns at that time and mentioned that maybe Suzy would like to join the team for the summer as part of her Gap Year. 

Suzy is already trained to PADI Rescue Diver with 20 dives and will be spending around 6 weeks here at Amarilla Divers to complete her PADI DIvemaster certification and also her PADI Master Scuba Diver with the 5 PADI Specialties.

We will be updating the blog with the divemaster interns progress over the coming weeks.

If you would like to join our Divemaster Internship, or know someone who may be interested, then please contact Mary directly on mary@amarilladivers.com 

We have internship placements throughout the year and ALL training is FREE aswell as all the diving. Interns are responsible for their own material costs, PADI fees and living costs.

Check back soon.

Best Fishes...

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Diving in Tenerife May 2012

WOW has it really been that long since I last blogged!!!! Well here is a quick round up of what has been happening at Amarilla Divers throughout May 2012.

You may have guessed we have been rather busy ! and yes we have been doing lots of diving and lots of courses. So lets start with the courses we have been completing.

We had some of our regular divers back for their Rescue Diver course and also some Specialties. Chris Kelly was here for 10 days and managed to complete his Rescue Diver, Deep, Navigation, Night, Project Aware & Digital Underwater Photography courses. All this amounted to Chris being able to achieve his Master Scuba Diver certification too. Well done Chris.

Chris was joined for his Rescue by Tanya & John who all did a great job and it was very lovely to them after spending a great week in Egypt back in January.

We also has a visit from Karen, Bob, Sam (Doc) & Gareth (Pat) during may and Pat & Doc also completed their Rescue Diver course and their Emergency First Response course too.

It has been a great month for course and had Gary doing his Open Water course, lots of Discover Scuba Diver courses, Advanced Open Water course with Sarah, Divemaster courses finished with Dannii, Hannah & Manon and also some Assistant Instructor courses with Dannii too.

We had lots of Specialties going on including Project Aware, Fish Identification, Deep, Night, Nitrox and lots more.

The Amarilla Divers Team has been collecting rubbish all month for their Dive Against Debris and managed to accumulation lots of debris and we are still logging this with Project Aware currently. We estimate that we have found over 60 Kgs of rubbish at various dive sites and this is only a small portion of the debris left in our oceans.  We will still be collecting on every dive and all our divers have been helping raise awareness of this cause.

We have been to lots of dive sites this month but El Puertito has  been the favourite and here are some of of our divers enjoying seeing the Green back Turtles.

Divemaster Update.

OK So whats been happening with the divemasters here at Amarilla Divers in Tenerife!

Dannii who has been with us since October has completed her Divemaster course and also her Assistant instructor course. Dannii has been great to work with and has been a fantastic Dm and diver. She also completed 5 Specialties to reach her Master Scuba Diver certification too and now leaves Tenerife to travel to Thailand and then on to Australia & New Zealand. We are very proud of Danni and we wish her all the best of luck with her travels and we know we will see her again soon for her Instructors Course.

Well done Dannii xx

Hannah also completed her Divemaster course and went back to the UK for 2 weeks and is now back again and has decided to saty in Tenerife. She will be helping round the shop and gaining her 100 dives and experience in readiness for her Instructors course. Hannah managed all her courses from open Water through to DM and even some specialties too.

We also said goodbye for now 'abientot' to Manon after she finished her Divemaster course with Amarilla Divers too. Manon went away with all her courses to Divemaster and also her Master Scuba Diver certification after completing her Deep, Night, O2, Digital Underwater Photography, Nitrox and Underwater Navigator Specialties.

We are hoping that Manon may be back with us for the Summer as she is searching for a job now. We wish her all the best of luck and look forward tyo seeing her again soon.

Chris & Alex are alomost there and only have a few small tasks left to do before completing their Divemaster course and we will update you with that shortly.......well so long as Mary wakes up again !

Thanks for reading and if we have missed anything, I will update again !

Safe Diving