Monday, 27 February 2012

PADI Divemaster internships

Amarilla Divers are now recruiting for Divemaster Interns from 1st March 2012 for 6 to 8 weeks, depending on current level. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who would like to work as professional divers. We have limited FREE places available.Non Divers are welcome. 
The minimum age requiremnet is 18 years old. No experience is needed but could be a benefit. We do however train  from beginner level.
 PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. 
Divemaster pool Training

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives   
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving (pool session)
  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
    • surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
    • when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission.
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor's indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.
You can even do  the theory work ONLINE from where ever and when ever you like. All that leaves is the practical work of diving and training in one of our pools.
If this is YOU then please contact Mary at for more information. Join the PADI Pro team with Amarilla Divers.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Dive Master Intern update.

So here is a quick round up of our current Dive Master Interns progress.

Dannii is now currently a Rescue Diver and has the required amount of dives need for her Dive Master cetrification. She has also been studying hard for her Emergency First Response course, which will be completed this week. Dannii also has completed some PADI Specialty courses with Digital Underwater Photography, Night Diver and Enriched Air Nitrox so far.

Danni is now reading through her Dive Master manual and will soon be ready for her theory work. In the mean time we will be completing the Skill circuits and stamina this week and possibly even the dreaded 'kit exchange'!!

 Sam has just finished his Rescue diver with danni this week and has completed his Emergency First Response reviews and will now do his practical  this week with Dannii. Sam is also now reading through his Dive Master manual and will be trying out his skill circuit, stamina and some standards questions.

Sam has half the required 60 dives for his certification and so will be dive dive diving in the next few weeks. Sam has been to his chosen dive site for his mapping project and has started to take down some notes for his map & emergency assistance plan.

The week we have our new Dive Master interns joining us so we will be busy with their courses too. This will also give Dannii & Sam the oppourtunity to sit in on their courses as part of their Dive Master course, plus they will be able to do some dive guiding and dive briefings too.

Sam will hopefully complete his Assistant Instructor course with Neil before he leaves...... time allowing. :)

We are looking forward to seeing all their progress.

Check back soon for more updates.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Rescue Diver Courses

So this week started out with our 2 current Dive Master Interns Dannii & Sam plus a new diver to Amarilla Divers called David. They were all joining us for their PADI Rescue Diver course and Emergency First Response course with one of our instructors Iain.

We had lots of helpers for the pool training sessions and were joined by Mary, Melinda and Andy. This was an excellent session in the pool where the candidates were put through their paces with skills practices on the surface and under the water.

During the Rescue Diver course you learn how best to help another diver in distress or even how best to handle emergency situations. The training in the pool can be hard going and we were all rather tired afterward, but the main goal was met by learning how to deal with different types of stress and problems that divers can have.

One of the most important skills during the Rescue Diver course is the 'lift' and rescue breaths.

We focus highly on this skill in the pool and in the ocean, with particular points being made regarding the rescue breaths. Our divers made some exceptioanlly good lifts during the course and they also managed the rescue breaths time keepimg well.

The open water sessions are always good as you never know what the instructors will throw at you!!!  yes one minute you are swimming along nicely and the NEXT boom........ someone is 'out of air' ...... You need to react fast, correctly and calmly. You then find that as you ascend the 'victim turns panicked at the surface whilst you are in reaching distance!!!  Oh yes we have a lot of fun during this course, but every diver comes out learning something new.....even the staff!!

There is also some theory involed with this course and the Amarilla Divers team are close at hand to offer support and answer any questions that may arise.

This week Danni & Sam managed exceptionally great scores and we are very proud of both of them. David will be doing his exam a little later in the week.

All in all a great start to the week.

Dannii & Sam will now go on to their Dive Master course and we will keep you updated on their progress.

Thanks for reading and if YOU are interested in the Rescue course OR any PADI Dive Course, then please let us know. Email


Friday, 17 February 2012

A week of courses.

So..this week we have had some of our regular divers back with us and also so  new ones too :)

We have been completing some PADI courses that have included Advanced Open Water, Peak Performance Buoyancy Specilaty, Scuba Diver and some Discover Scuba Diver courses too. All the students managed to gain their certifications and have some fun mixed in aswell.

We have been some great dive sites including EL Puertito with the Turtles, The Moon Pools at Black Cove, Yellow Mountain Marine Reserve, Tabaiba Wreck and the good old House Reef.

There has also been a lot of life round with the odd Jelly fish thrown in too. We have had some nice Sting Rays on our nights dives, along with some Octopus, more Sting Rays, Trumpet Fish, Grouper and the array of common fish we normally see, Damsels, Wrasse and weavers.

Amarilla Divers has also been doing lots of 'try dives' in the hotel pools and trying desperately to get a sun tan!!!

We have lots going on for the next few weeks with our Dive Master intern Sam and have some new Interns arriving at the beginning of March :)

Thats all for now, check  back soon for some more updates and even some special offers.

Ciao :)

Online Marketing
Add blog to our blog directory.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Annual group trip to Egypt 2012.

Amarilla Divers has been having annual dive  trips for the last couple of years and this January we went with a group of 19 people to Sharm EL Sheik.

This year we spent a week on a fantatsic liveaboard with the King Snefro Fleet, the boat we had was the Target. This boat was out of this world and catered for every need that ourt divers had.

It had a lovely big dive deck that supplied us divers with air or nitrox, depending on training, and had enough space for all our equipment to be stowed away and stored. It also had some very nice bar areas and lounge areas where we had fun playing silly games in the evening or even watching a DVD :)

The food was very good and everyone had lots to eat and drink and the even made us a roast turkey :) There was always food around an with 3 meals a day plus all  the snack we had, no one went hungry.......well aprt from when we went home ! lol

The crew were great and they cleaned our rooms regularly and left everything nice and tidy and pretty much made our lives great for the whole time we was on board.

The diving in Egypt is great and although the visibility can be better here in Tenerife, the fish life and corals that the Red Sea hold, is absolutely STUNNING!!!...

We had many encouters with Lion Fish, Blue Spotted Rays, Arabian Angel Fish, Giant Moray eels and even some Feather Tailed Sting rays. We visited many of the wreck that are gathered in the entrance to the Suez Canal along with the Thistlegorm. We dived 2 dives here and one was a night dive!!!... some excellent diving had be all our divers and some great pictures that followed. Neil has also made a video  that will be added to our youtube account.

Our trip went so well infact, that we are doing it all over again in January 2013 and so far most of the Amarilla Divers 'family' have already booked their flights and paid their deposits!! YES they are eager little beavers.

If anyone is interested on our trips or even jjst to come and experience diving within our Tenerife waters, then just drop Mary an email at and we will give you details.

We are definitely looking forward to seeing you all again soon and doing it all again in the Red Sea.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Welcome to Amarilla Divers

Amarilla Divers is a British family run, Professional PADI 5 Star Dive Resort based on the Aguamarina Golf Apartments in Golf Del Sur Tenerife. The dive resort is owned and run by husband & wife team Neil & Mary, who have been in Tenerife for 6 years and been in the diving profession for around 5 years.
Neil is currently a high level instructor & is a PADI IDC Staff instructor, whilst Mary is a PADI Specialty Instructor.
Both have experience of diving in different environments and are very experienced in the underwater world.
Amarilla Divers has a very good team of Dive Masters & Dive Master interns to help out in the center and only uses PADI affiliated professionals.

Being a family run dive centre means that we can offer a more personal service without the commercial feel. We have found that this works well and our customers appreciate this approach.

Amarilla Divers are able to offer differing levels of dive courses ranging from beginners to professional levels and even has specialised courses for children aged 8 & 9 years old.  We also offer different types of diving, like wreck diving, boat diving and the very popular night diving.
Training can start from half day courses, which gives you a 12 month Certification, to courses that last for 3 to 4 days and will allow you to dive anywhere in the world to a depth of 18 meters.

Our dive day normally starts at 9am, although earlier if needed,  we then complete two dives during the day and also Night Dives if requested.  We always make sure we have suitable surface intervals in between.
Some of our divers only join us for the one dive a day and this is perfectly OK with us.
Most of our diving is based round the shore areas of Tenerife. This is great for us, as it opens up more dive sites for us to use.  We don’t have the problem of not being able to get out of the harbour if the wind blows the wrong way! We do offer boat dives on request & this means we will meet at the dive center in the morning and then make our way to the Las Galletas harbour to meet our boat captain. 

We have many repeat customers who come back year on year and get very good reviews and feedback from our customers on our Facebook page and also on our guestbook page on our website.   We also have some regular resident divers who are like part of the family and live locally here in Golf Del Sur.
If you are here on holiday and want to try some new and exciting activities here in Golf Del Sur, then Diving is the one to try. With the feeling on weightlessness under the water and the stunning views you can see, this makes diving a new and wonderful activity to try.