I just returned from my Mod 3 training at "The Dive Shop" in Lanzarote with Rich Stevenson. We were ably assisted by the excellent Simon from The Dive Shop who tirelessly provided us with gas, Sofnolime, cylinders and stages and his expert in-water guidance each day.
We were a mixed group consisting of me and Rich on an inspiration and two others on Megladon rebreathers. Servicing and Spares were no problem as Simon stocks both models and keeps parts on the shelf. This made our lives a lot easier as there was a lot of planning and diving to be done on the course. It was great to know that Simon and his facility were there to look after our kit requirements.
The location is perfect for all levels of training, with a short surface swim to bring you to any depth you like. Because we were doing Mod 3 we were consistently in 80+ metres and could easily have been in 100m.
Equally, this location has some excellent shallow reefs running from 40m up to 6m with lots to look at on decompression stops or while doing drills and skills. We were even 'pursued' up a slope from 40m by a very large Manta. Rich said it looked like it was going to bite my head off
Given that its mostly shore diving without much current and in very clear water, Lanzarote is a very good place to concentrate on training. No worries about boats, tides and being 'blown out' by bad weather - and the flights, food and accommodation were really very good value. I think I could have spent almost as much doing the training in the UK - with the only additional expenses being on flights (£135) and accommodation which us three students split between us.
Simon and Dez run a very tidy operation, stocking everything from rental rebreathers to lime and helium. The compressor room is very well equipped with a large booster, Helium analyzer and just about everything that the average technical diver could possibly need.
The team are very helpful, and if you need anything you only have to ask.
PM me for more information of if you want to discuss my experience at The Dive Shop or the Mod3 with Rich Stevenson and Simon. I have no affiliation to either.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending The Dive Shop at Lanzarote.