Diving in the Canaries

Good to know the rules regulating diving the Canaries

After years of mystery on how recreational diving is rules, in 2020 the Spanish government clearly defines the goalposts for the recreational diving industry.

In July 1, 2020, the Spanish government issues a Royal Decree regulating all recreational diving activities.
This is important for you:

  • The minimum age for diving activities is 18 years. Nevertheless, as of the age of 8 excursions and training can be provided. Here the following depth limits apply:
    • From 8 to 9 years old: depth limited to 6 meters.
    • From 10 to 11 years old: depth limited to 12 meters.
    • From 12 to 15 years old: depth limited to 21 meters.
    • From 16 years to 18 years: depth limited to 40 meters


  • All divers are required to carry full diving gear. This includes including a dive computer, a cutting device, a surface marker buoy, and a sound signal for the surface.


Diving rules in the Canaries

Although we generally do not like rules and regulations, Scuba Sur welcoms this Decree as it gives us a legal framework to work in.We invest in all equipment and tools to give you the best dives whilst respecting these regulations.

All divers renting equipment receive directly all obliged equipment.
We supply certified divers with own equipment,  with any one missing item that is obliged.