“From infancy most of us feel a magical attraction to water. For 9 months before we are born, we live in water, like the sea many believe is the origin of all life. The sea many of us spend their lives trying to get back to.“
(“Ocean Men: extreme dive”, directed by Bob Talbot, 2001)
WHY FREEDIVING IN TENERIFE?
The South West of Tenerife is a small paradise where eternal spring reigns, with daily temperatures that in the colder months of January and February never go down 20-22°C and settle between 25-26°C for the rest of the year. Moreover, the limpid, crystal-clear water of the bay of La Caleta and Costa Adeje, and the good water temperature allow the practice of freediving all year long.
In the bay of La Caleta, ideal for beginners to practice at sea, you gradually find a seabed with a depth of 10-12 meters. A few minutes walking from the bay, you can find one of the top-class sports center Tenerife Top Training, where your training sessions with Apnea Life will take place. A few minutes driving other sea spots with greater depths (25-30 meters) are available, for the practice of more advanced freedivers.
Tenerife is an island surrounded by a wonderful ocean, inhabited by an intense marine life which is able to convey unique emotions. The sea area between the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera is a special area of conservation, inhabited by a wide range of marine mammals, from the common dolphin to the colossal blue whale. During the last Apnea Academy instructor course in October 2019, the group of candidate instructors were lucky enough to see a shoal of dolphins get close to the training ropes underwater. Instinctively, Antonio dived underwater and swam towards them, seeking for interaction. Among the twelve specimens, a couple of them approached a few meters – intrigued – and then went back to follow the trajectory of the group. They are amazing animals, able to transmit a feeling of blissful lightness through their singing and the elegance of their movements.
For us at Apnea Life Tenerife, watching a dolphin swim is a bit like seeing a reflection of that desire for freedom and love which brings our work to life. Love for life, love for ourselves and for other people, love for nature. Love for the sea. And for the sea within us.