2017 was a year of new beginings for Island Watersports Dive Centre as George and Iain formed a new partnership and, along with John, moved to a new location in the Old Town Harbour of Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote.
Still with all the great facilities that our divers expect – hot showers, toilets and changing rooms to make our diving experience as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.
Below is a look back at some of the many highlights and hopefully some special memories for our divers too.
Work is finished on the new dive centre in February and our first visitors arrive, welcome to the Voigtlander family, Sally and Diane who took the snorkelling challenge and Nick who kicked off the year by becoming a Master Scuba Diver.
March saw our first clean up dive of the year , thanks to all our volunteers, Charles,Peter, Ailsa, John and Iain.
We where invited by Rooftop Entertainment to watch the 6D Cinema Underwater experience at the Biosfera shopping centre, Puerto Del Carmen.
We went dressed to impress! It was a great evening and we have been back since but not in dive gear
Our trips to the Museo Atlantico proved to be incredibly popular with our divers and that is still true today, as Europe’s only underwater museum it is a must see when diving in Lanzarote.
We were joined by so many diving friends in May and it was drinks all round when we surprised Christoph and Thomas with a little party as they celebrated their 10 year anniversary and 200th dive while they were on holiday.
The outside seating area of dive centre is proving to be a great place for a chill out after the dives, thanks Marco and Trui for the great pictures.
We were delighted to hit 1000 likes on Facebook this month thanks to all our divers, family and friends.
Worlds Ocean Day in June was celebrated by another Ocean Clean Up Dive and again we were joined by our wonderful diving volunteers.
Just a quick note – we do clean up dives every 3 months or so , all certified divers are welcome to come along and join us , we provide the tanks and weights for free.
More great news for June, we were awarded with another Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.
The whole team at Island Watersports were absolutley delighted with this award as it is a result of all our divers reviews and feedback.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write these reviews, it really makes a huge difference to our business.
July was an eventful month – we were joined by Caroline, Heidi, Ailsa, Corinne and Marie for PADI Womens Dive Day. Caroline and Heidi had never dived before and completed their first scuba diving ‘Try Dive’experience. They were just amazing and great fun was had by all.
Ollie celebrate his 18th Birthday which meant he could complete his PADI Dive Master course, something he had always wanted to do since he first started diving with us. Thanks for the great party guys. Bring on next year Hattie and Alice!
We met Nadine and her family who were keen Geocachers and they completed our Geocache, GC 6C00N, training dive package.
It was dive courses all the way through August and nice to see so many regular diving friends continuing their diving journey with us.
Max , Lena, Basti and Christina all completing PADI Deep and Advanced courses, Ross doing his PADI Rescue Course and Brian practising skills for his BSAC Dive Leader qualification.
The Old Town Puerto Del Carmen celebrated the Feria Del Mar in September and Island Watersports were invited to join in with a stand at the show. Georg and Marie were there for 4 days and met many new divers and visitors to Lanzarote.
Our very own Pokemon guru Christoph finally left us after diving for 5 weeks, so celebrations began and ended at the Tapas evening where too many local tapas and wines were sampled. Living the dream!
On to October and again it really was a month for courses with Steve and Colin crashing in their PADI Advanced courses and the Nitrox specialities all over a long weekend, nice skills boys. Also a very determined Claire travelled down from Costa Teguise everyday to complete her PADI Open Water Course.
Our ‘Try Dive’ experience was again very popular this month along with night dives as the days grew shorter.
Finishing touches were completed to our new web page in November, many thanks to Stevie for all his hard work over the last few months.
The addition of a flights and accommodation page has proved very popular with our diving friends and we are happy to be able to recommend to our divers an ABTA bonded travel agency in Camel Travel .
December saw John retire after 7 years with Island Watersports. We wish him and Ailsa a very happy retirement as they ride off into the sunset. The kettle is always on John xxx.
Christmas hats at the ready for our Christmas Day dive, many thanks for the bubbles Ally, Cheers !