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How to cool off in this heat wave

Posted by dolly diver on August 1, 2009
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I’m considering myself very fortunate at the moment. Whilst Los Gigantes sizzles in this heat wave I’m lucky enough to be able to cool off twice a day in a very pleasant 23° diving beneath the waves off the coast of Los Gigantes.

Temperatures in the shade are reaching a staggering 39° in Los Gigantes and we’re the lucky ones, residents of towns and villages higher up are baking in temperatures over 40°. A staggering 45° was recorded at Guia de Isora making it impossible for those without air conditioning to sleep at nights.

So when will it end? Well it depends which news source you listen to. One source says it will cool down as from today, another predicts record breaking high temperatures tomorrow (Sunday).

Well I’m now off for another dive too cool off again, this time with the amazing stingrays of Los Gigantes.

To dive with these amazing creatures you need to hold the minimum qualification of PADI Open Water (or similar).
For more info visit http://www.divingtenerife.co.uk/index.html

If diving isn’t for you then view the video of these amazing creatures http://www.divingtenerife.co.uk/Video.html (scroll down to No.6 – Hand feeding stingrays)

Part 1 Diving with Turtles

I have not neglected the news this week, there just hasn’t been anything interesting to report. All news sources constantly remind us of the current credit crunch, so this morning I’m taking you well away from all the doom and gloom.

A few weeks ago I received a call from an old diving buddy, Dave Oldale, an underwater photo journalist of many years, who has worked with us on several adventurous projects.

“I’ve got flights for next week, I need a really good special story, something different from Tenerife for the dive show issue of Holiday Diver” (an on line magazine for divers). The office was busy and I had no time to talk, “Ok leave it to me and I’ll see what I can do”.

Oh dear, was my first thought, I’d have to clear the spare room – a task and a half! Later on when I had a bit more time to think, it occurred to me that I had nothing different for him this time. He’s been out here at least twice a year for the past 8 years and I was running out of new dive sites to show him, in fact I think he’d seen them all. He’s interacted with whales and dolphins as well as angel sharks, he’s fed the stingrays of Los Gigantes many times, I’ve taken him to all the wrecks including the aircraft wreck near Puerto de la Cruz, he’s seen all the black coral at Punta Teno, and has tagged sea horses with us. (Over the next few weeks I will cover those visits here on Losgigantes.com news). I was well and truly stuck!

 	sheila-with-camera-and-scooterLater that day it suddenly occurred to me that I did have another special dive he hadn’t done, and it was certainly something different. A few weeks ago I received a call from a friend who owns a dive centre in Las Americas. They had a group of Russian divers who wanted to be filmed diving with the Turtle at El Puertito, a small bay between los Gigantes and Las Americas. I had heard of this dive but had never made the time to check it out. Any excuse to get out of the office and go diving. I was off like a shot.

That was the answer. I called him back.

Click here for the story

Click here for the video of the Russian divers with the turtle

2 divers missing at Palm Mar

Posted by dolly diver on March 21, 2008
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Statue of the Virgin del CarmenAn intense search is underway in the south of Tenerife for two divers who have disappeared from the area of El Palm Mar, near Punta Rasca in Arona yesterday at around 11am.

The buddy pair, a 46 year old Guardia Civil Sergeant Luis Santamaria, from Seville, but based in Santa Cruz and his diving buddy a Belgian, 33 year old Philip K, who lives in Arona were with a party of ten on an organised dive to explore the seabed and caves in the Palm Mar area. They failed to surface with the rest of their dive group.

Palm Mar cave is one of the South’s most famous dive sites. A reef wall housing a variety of Moray eels leads to a cave at 28m with schools of shrimp and possibility of rays inside. However, strong currents often make it a difficult dive. The cave goes in deep and should not be penetrated without special equipment and cave dive training. It has claimed lives in the past.

A memorial to two lost diversA memorial to two lost divers lies outside the cave entrance as well as a large statue of the Virgin del Carmen, protector of local fishermen.

It is not known at this time if the two divers reported missing yesterday were lost in this cave.

A 50 man emergeny services team continue their search in a four mile radius along the South coast.