Activities for diabetics in Galicia


Leisure, Diving

We propose you a series of adventures and leisure experiences, that as a diabetic you will be able to carry out, always in a controlled way. The person who knows his or her body best is yourself. However, depending on the activity, you will need a medical certificate as you are able to do it (as in the case of diving).

As Instructors IAHD (International Association for Handicapped Divers) we have the necessary training so that you can carry out diving activities safely. Always, depending on the level of diabetes you have.

Diabetic Diving

To perform any diving activity you will need a medical certificate as you can perform scuba diving with self-contained equipment. This is something that all divers must meet, not just you.

Once you have your medical certificate, it is important to know your pre-exercise blood glucose levels and whether you will need a carbohydrate supplement before entering the water. Your own doctor can best guide you in this direction.

For diabetic diving , we recommend starting with a baptism of diving . In this activity you will be able to experience sensations in a controlled and calm environment. You will know the basic aspects of diving and you will be able to feel how your body responds to it. Diving for safety’s sake will be considered an intense exercise activity and we will ask you to take the same precautions as if you were to run or play tennis.

Leisure Adventures

Of the leisure proposals that we have in the center, we have the Paddle surf you can do it normally in areas and quiet routes, always with accompaniment. You can also do guided snorkeling (in quiet areas, without current), since both are experiences with a low to moderate intensity. We will have a refreshment area if you need anything during the activity. In order to do this, it is important that you tell us that you are diabetic.

The wakeboard on the contrary, is a physically demanding activity and requires to be alone in the water. Although you could do it, we recommend choosing other less demanding experiences .

If you have children under 16, we can adapt events specifically for them. We will make sure that they have a great time in a safe way. We can prepare groups any day, from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00.

Levels and prevention

Hypoglycemia should be prevented because physical activity lowers your blood glucose level. This is more likely in people who take insulin or diabetes medications. It may also be reflected if a meal is missed before exercise and may occur up to 24 hours later. If you have a level lower than 100, you must take hydrates before the activity, and with a level equal to 100 or higher, you must also take a supplement after the activity.  All this always under the recommendations of your doctor for the activity to be performed.

Avoiding danger

To avoid problems we recommend that you do not perform any activity with a blood glucose level higher than 300 mg/dl. If you have diabetes type 1, you should avoid any activity if you have ketones in your blood or urine. Ketones occur when the blood glucose level is too high (hyperglycaemia) and the insulin level is too low. If you are physically active in this situation, your blood glucose may rise. Talk to your doctor about what level is dangerous and how to know it.

We will limit the activities to maximum 1 hour the first times (20 minutes in the water in case of diving) so that you see how your body reacts.

Contact us

For more information, please contact us at 607083551 or by mail If you belong to an association, we will be happy to send you a personalized proposal of activities. We make proposals adapted to each of the associations and their participants.

You can also visit us at any of our stores whenever you want. We are in:

C/ Rafael Picó nº 24 36970 Sanxenxo (Portonovo)

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