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Thursday, May 07, 2020

Arona and Granadilla allow aquatic sports

Windsurfers at El Médano in the before times

The town halls of Arona and Granadilla have removed their prohibitions to allow the practice of amateur aquatic sports. Basically, this means you can go for a swim, dive or surf, etc., as exercise, but you cannot lie on the beach sunbathing

After several days of intense controversy over the refusal of municipalities in the South of Tenerife such as those of Arona and Granadilla to allow the practice of amateur water sports, despite the fact that state regulations authorized them since Saturday, both have finally had their arms twisted. Granadilla was actually allowing them, while Arona, has modified its interpretation. Although the State had allowed non-professional water sports, they had thought they could not be practiced because the beaches are closed.

Although in most of the Spanish territory, including the municipalities of Güímar, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the practice of non-professional water sports was allowed since the aforementioned order came into force, that is, since Saturday, the majority of southern municipalities had vetoed their practice.

In Arona, amateur water sports can now be practiced from Thursday, May 7, only on the beaches of Los Cristianos and Las Galletas. In Granadilla, on the other hand, different beaches have been assigned for each sport. Adeje has not issued a statement, but it already authorizes non-professional water sports, as stated on its Facebook page.

In Arona, the following beach areas can be used:

  • Los Cristianos beach and Sailing School area. Areas suitable for water sports, such as swimming, and sports such as sailing, windsurfing, paddle SUP, etc., for amateurs, federated and professionals. Time slots: from dawn to 10 am and from 8 pm to dusk for those over 14 years of age, and from 10 am to 12 noon and from 7 pm to 8 pm for those over 70 years of age.
  • Playa Honda. Area for surfing, as well as spearfishing in the areas and days enabled for it, only for federated and professional, appropriately accredited by the Higher Sports Council or federations. Professionals must justify training day and time.
  • Las Galletas beach. Water sports activity, such as swimming, and water sports, such as sailing, windsurfing or paddle surfing, for amateurs, federated and professionals.
  • Las Galletas (breakwater behind the pier). Surf activity for amateurs, federated and professionals. Time bands and age conditions are repeated.

Provided the following rules are followed: 

  • Comply with the schedules and conditions established above.
  • You can only access the beach through the designated areas.
  • You can only do the sports activity once a day, except professionals and federated athletes
  • The federated athletes and professionals will have to be duly accredited in the exclusive areas for them.
  • Public toilets and showers may not be used.
  • Avoid physical interrelation on the beach and its surroundings, such as shaking hands, stopping to talk, kissing or hugging, and especially crowds.
  • Maintain a minimum interpersonal distance of two meters.
  • For sports activities, it is recommended to maintain a distance of at least four meters in moderate winds and greater than this in strong winds.
  • The prevention and hygiene measures against Covid-19 indicated by the health authorities must be complied with.

Meanwhile in Granadilla, specific activities are permitted in specific areas: 

  • Swimming: Leocadio Machado and La Tejita Beaches:
  • Paddel surf, windsurf and kitesurf: El Médano, El Cabezo and La Jaquita beaches.
  • Surf and bodyboards: on any beach not assigned to the exclusive use for swimming.
  • Fishing: Agua Dulce and El Confital
  • Spearfishing, photo hunting and underwater photography: in the areas authorized by the consistory and the Canary Islands Government.

Again, currently following the rules on time slots for your age group, staying within your municipality and, always providing that the beach is no more than 1 km from your home. Some of these restrictions may be relaxed as the phases of deconfinement progress.