Due to the heavy dosage amount of tourists, great climate, and many places to go diving, one might need years in order to go diving in every spot in the Canaries. And of course, weather and water conditions change over the year so certain dive spots might look differently as well particularly in the animal migration schedule. The one great thing about going in the winter time is the lack of tourists wanting to scuba dive which is also a great reason since they are only in the Canary Islands to sun bathe. Well… that and get drunk which reminded me of being in Hurgada, Egypt with the hordes of European tourists trampling down at the resort hotels guzzling alcohol in the Egyptian sun by the pool or the beach. Nope, not during this time in the Canaries!
And yes, that’s a good thing for me because my efforts and time shall be spent economically out on the water and in the water for the scuba diving experience since most people do not scuba dive at all. Not way to get off the beaten-down tourist paths. I was told that the water in the Canaries can be unpredictable since the water temperature is generally warmed by the Gulf Stream and waters coming from warm Africa but it’s always that chilling water coming down from the cold wintery Arctic of the north especially during the winter. That’s what causes the water temperature to drop so it can be cold diving instead of warm water diving like I encountered in Spain and France. But even cold water will not deter me from accomplishing one of my goals of scuba diving the Canaries so off I go!
The first day of scuba diving began with the usual sizing up equipment, loading up, and then off to the dive spot. I was with some other divers whom happen to be beginners and they were not in thrillsville about being at rough water shore dive. I didn’t think much of it because I’ve been through far worse.
After some deliberation, the others decided to go ahead and do the dive which I think was to the relief of the divemaster because he looked at me and my dive partner and we just gave that, “Meh. Whatever. Let’s dive!” And once everyone was in the water, I think everyone’s scuba diving training took over and we were off to go see some amazing things down there.
The second dive was a little more productive for the other divers because they were not used to looking around carefully. I saw them all and a few others that they missed including some massive fish that I would have loved to have on a hook, line, rod, and reel.
I have to admit that it was cold but I think I was more cold from the blistering winds that were blowing at me once I was out of the water that chilled me more. Sure, the water temperature was warmer and better compared to chilly Iceland’s diving waters, but you have to wear a thick wetsuit. Maybe it might be a different story in the winter but hey, it’s diving.