FAQs

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  • The water temperature depends on the season and where on the coast you are diving! In summer, we have enjoyed up to 29 degrees C at some sites, but the average is about 23C. In the winter, the temperature can drop to 16 degrees C. If diving near the Atlantic sites of Tarifa, a 7mm wetsuit is necessary all year round.

  • The visibility can be 40m+ and as little as 3m, depending on the wind conditions, dive site and time of year. Expect it to be consistently much better in the summer than the winter. Although around Marbella and in Gibraltar the viz can be supreme in the winter. Go figure!

  • As stated during your PADI Open Water Diver training, it’s important to dive at least once or twice a year. If you have gone longer than 12 months without a dive, you will be required to complete a Scuba Review, as per the worldwide industry standard.

  • No problem! For a small sum of €30, non-divers can join us on one of our dive trips. While you are underwater, they may want to explore the historic town of Tarifa, shop tax-free in Gibraltar or laze on the beach of the Costa Tropical. Full snorkelling gear will be provided too for 15 euros extra.

  • Absolutely! Take a look at our Special Offers page for discounts on group bookings. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, then email us for a tailor-made package to suit your group’s needs.

  • You will be required to complete a Course/Excursion Registration Form, the PADI Medical Questionnaire [PDF] and the PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding.

  • Before signing up for a PADI course, you will be required to complete and sign the standard PADI Medical Questionnaire [PDF], with any “YES” answer cleared by a doctor. We recommend taking the form to your doctor for completion before you travel to Spain.

  • All our course and dive trip prices include full equipment rental. Our dive school is stocked with top of the range Scubapro kit and we have an in-house team of certified service technicians to ensure the equipment is in the best working condition.

  • Unless on a specific PADI course, there is very little diving to be offered in the immediate areas near the busy resort towns of Benalmadena, Torremolinos or Fuengirola. Because of a lack of proper reefs, it’s much better to travel along the coast to where there is plenty of marine life to see. And as we do the driving, you can take a siesta or enjoy the views!

  • Simply Diving offers diving trips and courses all year round, 365 days a year.

  • It is a legal requirement in Spain to be covered by insurance for diving. Please check to see if your travel insurance covers medical treatment for diving accidents or injuries. If not, we can sign you up for insurance for as little as €7 a day or €10 for a weekend.

  • Simply Diving is a PADI 5 Star Career Development Dive Centre, the highest award given for excellence, safety and professionalism. Our PADI accreditation means we are regulated and follow PADI’s General Standards & Procedures. So you can rest assured you’re in safe hands.

  • Absolutely. You can get started by signing up for the PADI Open Water Referral with your local dive centre and completing the Confined Water and theory sections of the course. You’ll then join us for Open Water dives 1-4 to gain your certification. The other option is PADI eLearning, where you learn the theory from the comfort of your own home.

  • In accordance with worldwide industry advice, to avoid the risk of decompression sickness we recommend that you do not fly for a minimum of 18 hours after your last dive.

  • Simply Diving believes crowds can ruin a dive. All groups will be a strict maximum of six per guide, although you are more likely to dive with just two or three others of similar experience.

  • The Costa del Sol has the perfect weather for taking a PADI course or just diving for fun, with over 300 days of sunshine per year. Hence it’s name! Summer daytime temperatures average 30°C (86°F), with winter around 16°C (61°F). The water temperature from May to September ranges between 19°C – 29°C (67°F – 85°F). The water temp from October to April range between 14°C – 18°C (58°F – 65°F). Due to our variety of dive sites, Simply Diving is the only 5 Star PADI centre in the area that can take you diving 365 days a year.

  • All course and dive trip prices include full diving kit rental from our range of the latest, most modern Scubapro equipment; transportation to and from the dive sites in one of our comfortable, air-conditioned mini-buses; light refreshments throughout the day (bottled water, fruit juices, muffins, after-dive beer); plus PADI certification where applicable. Extras: Course materials and diving equipment can be purchased from the Simply Diving shop.