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About Happy Divers Marbella

• Year round sunshine
• Swimming pool training for beginners
• Courses run every week
• Brilliant kid’s courses
• PADI 5 star IDC & CDC centre
• Dive centre operating for 18 years
• Boat and shore dives
• Dive sites to suit all levels
• Daily local dives
• Wreck Diving in Gibraltar
• Day trips to Tarifa
• We speak 5 languages


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Frequently Asked Questions

Following the answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have different or additional questions please send us an email or enquiry.
I'm not sure if I want to take a course or not, can I try it first?

Yes you can! If you have never dived before and you are not sure if scuba diving could be something for you and possibly be an exciting new sport for you, you should start with a PADI Discover Scuba Diving in the pool.
At Happy Divers generally all scuba diving programs and courses are starting in one of our pools.

What is involved? After a short course orientation in the class room, where the instructor will tell you what to expect and how it will be all done, you go off to one of our pools equipped with mask, snorkel and fins. After practising some snorkelling skills for about half an hour to 45 min. you will be mastering this basic diving equipment and you will be already a comfortable snorkeler.

Now you are ready to take the next step using the scuba equipment which consists of a scuba tank, a regulator and a buoyancy device (BCD). Back in the pool we will practise some basic concepts using this new equipment. Once you are comfortable and confident it’s time for a decision! How do you want to continue?

If you find during your pool part of the Discover Scuba Diving program that diving is your new activity and you want to learn more about it, you can either:
- head off to experience a fun dive on one of the shallow and beautiful reefs of the
  Mediterranean or
- change and/ or upgrade at any point of the program to the Open Water Diver course
  and this, without starting all over again.

How old do I have to be to become a certified diver?

You have to be 10 years old to become a certified diver, but don't worry if you're not - our PADI Bubblemaker or Seal Team programs will set you on your way to become a scuba diver from the age of 8 years old upwards.

Which language does your instructor/ guide speak?

Teaching languages at Happy Divers are English, Spanish, German and French.

All of our instructors are well trained and multilingual. We are trying to teach you in our mother tongue. If that shouldn’t be possible at all times you will have at least your PADI materials in your language.

English Spanish German French

In which language PADI course materials are available?

As a standard we have all PADI course materials available in English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch and Russian.

If you need any other language, please let us know in advance and we will have the course materials available in your language when you arrive.

English Spanish German French

Dutch Russian

Shore or boat dives – Dive times?

Shore or boat dives?

Depending on season and weather conditions it might not always be possible to do boat dives. In these circumstances a good option is doing the dives in a shelter area from shore.

As any dive center and diver we prefer to do as many boat dives as possible – season and weather permitting.

Divers who prefer shore diving due to sea sickness etc. should let us know this beforehand and we will organize accordingly.

Dive times

We usually organize our dives as two-tank-dives. This means that we are doing two followed dives at different dive sites.

This way our two morning dives are finished between 2:30 – 3:00 pm.

Local fun dives are meeting for preparation at: 10:00 am for the morning dive – two-tank-dive

First time clients are asked to be 15 minutes earlier in the dive center to do the necessary paperwork.

The number of daily dives can vary according to the season and demand. In this case dive times can be changed.

Meeting time for day excursions is 8:00 a.m.

What are the water temperatures in the Mediterranean?

The diving season is year-round.

Water temperatures range from 14°C in the winter months to 25-27°C in summer and in autumn.

The water reaches its lowest temperatures between January to March and starts warming up from April onwards with its peak temperatures between July and October. Depending on winds the water can be still very nice and warm in November and December.

What size equipment do you have available?

Mask, snorkel, regulators are standard.

Pool fins sizes 30 – 47,
Open heel fins XXS - XL
Boots XXS - XL,
5 – 7 mm full wetsuits sizes 36 (XS) – 56 (XL),
BCDs and 7mm full wetsuits for children

Further to that there is TEC diving and Sidemount equipment available.

Please check our rental equipment for full details.

Do I need insurance?

According to the Spanish law, every diver needs his own dive accident insurance.
If you have insurance, e.g. a travel insurance which covers scuba diving it is important to check the depth limit.

Some are for 18m only and others are valid for your certification level. If you want to dive deeper, e.g. you are on a deep diving specialty or TEC course, it is important to check properly.

If you don’t have insurance we can provide this in the resort for a small charge.

What is the best time of year to dive/ take a course?

Happy Divers Marbella is a (almost) year round resort.

There is no real “best time” to dive. It is possible throughout the whole year.
Visibility varies between 10 – 30 m. Very often the water is clearer during the winter months.
In January and February it is possible to find periods with lots of wind and also some rain. The rest of the year is usually dry and rain is not common. Air temperatures are nice and warm during the whole year.

All types of courses are run throughout the year.

What marine life should I expect to see?

The stretch of coast between Marbella and Estepona is especially interesting for its variety of marine life. In this area two seas are meeting each other – the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean.
Abundant marine life from both seas is guaranteed. Don’t expect the “big ones”, you won’t see them. They are here, but more in deeper waters. It’s more the small and pretty animals you`ll see.

Typical marine species to see are: octopus, cuttle fish, different types of shoaling wrasses, blennies, gobies, scorpion fish, spider crabs, conger and moray eels, many different nudibranches and a lot more…

Scorpion fish Spider crab Nudibranch

Night dives
Ever wondered if fish sleep? How do fish hunt in the dark? Want to see the eye of an urchin? A night dive is a completely different experience!

We are doing night dives on request. Start times vary according to the season. During the winter and spring months (November until April) we are leaving the dive center between 6 – 8pm and during the summer months (May until October) between 8 – 10pm.

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Diver enjoying night dive Octopus Beautiful soft coral