Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea

“Gain confidence in open water and learn to dive safely in the beautiful Red Sea under the expert supervision of our PADI instructors, staying in comfortable, family-owned accommodation. ”

Highlights

PADI certified Open Water Courses | Max 4 students to one PADI instructor | E-learning theory course available prior to arrival with discount if purchased direct from us | PADI 5* Gold Palm, family-owned resort | Daily beach breakfasts | Bars & restaurants of Dahab within easy reach | Options for boat safari, Ras Abu Galum visit, candlelit Bedouin dinners and help with celebrating special occasions

Description of Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea

Join us at our boutique family-run PADI 5* Gold Palm resort and learn to scuba dive in Red Sea with the beaches of the famous Eel Garden area in Dahab, on your doorstep. Just 10 minutes’ walk from the restaurants and bars of the main bay of Dahab, we are close enough to enjoy the vibrant bustle but far enough away to enjoy the stars.

The open water dive course is designed to take you from a beginner to a certified diver in just four days, beginning in the shallows to learn the necessary skills and progressing to deeper water as the course progresses (max 18 meters, 12 for juniors). We pride ourselves on our safety and eco travel standards and offer responsible dive holidays in every sense. We keep our groups deliberately small, with a maximum ratio of four students to one PADI Instructor, so you will learn to dive under expert supervision. We go out of our way to teach good buoyancy skills underwater as the key skill for minimizing unintentional damage to the marine environment we will be exploring.

To help you get the most dive time in whilst you are with us, we suggest getting the theory part of the course out of the way before you arrive with some PADI E-learning – leaving you more time in the water or relaxing on the beach and less time studying whist you’re here. This can be booked either via PADI or directly through us and us easily downloadable onto most smart devices, along with your Open Water manual. Non electronic copies of the manual are available to buy for around £35.

In addition to the open water beginners course we have several other PADI course available which can be taken after you complete the first. These include the PADI Advance course, PADI specialities (including photography, night, and deep dives), PADI Rescue course and PADI EFR course which will teach you all the most important aspects of first aid - ask us for more details.

While staying with us, we have various accommodation options available within our grounds including sea-view rooms, garden chalets and two family and friends’ suites. All rooms are fitted with air con, wet room style showers and include breakfast which can be enjoyed on the beach (we recommend trying the lemon sugar pancakes)! Our restaurant is open all day, serving freshly cooked local delicacies to satiate post-dive hunger.

All dive holidays can be supplemented with additional activities which we are more than happy to arrange. From boat safaris to explore un-spoilt reefs and expeditions to the remote national park of Ras Abu Glaum to unforgettable candlelit Bedouin Dinners at the top of the Wadi where you’ll get the chance to make fresh Bedouin bread and enjoy post dinner fireside games.

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Courses are run throughout the year, courses start day after arrival.
Single use plastic-free:
We feel in many ways that scuba divers and even snorkellers are most aware of the impact of plastics on our oceans as they see the effects for themselves first-hand. We have been aware of the issue for quite some time and as such have put a number of plastic reduction and eradication schemes into place at our resort.
preserving food:
We use re-useable tubs for our food and try to use paper for preserving food stuffs. Glass pots are used for our jams and butter at breakfast and ceramic dishes for our ketchup.
Bags:
We provide cotton bags in guests’ rooms for local shopping, so they can say ‘no’ to plastic shopping bags. We also use these and cardboard boxes to transport the shopping we do for the club.
Tea & coffee:
Our rooms also feature a coffee and tea making tray without any plastic in sight. We offer coffee in a jar and a carton of milk, rather than the single use plastic pots.
Straws:
We have been plastic straw-free for more than 3 years now. We have also persuaded many cafés and restaurants in Dahab to follow suit and go ‘straw free’ too….and our 3 kids 11,14,19 are all committed to this and regularly make sure the cafes are on track.
Water bottles:
We use glass bottles with purified, filtered water throughout our club. Glass re-fillable water bottles are provided in the guests rooms and we have water stations available 24 hours a day for re-filling. We do ask guests to bring their own re-fillable water bottles for their own personal use but do also sell vacuum cooler bottles 500 ml if they forget or don’t have any. Even our restaurant will only sell water from glass bottles and we also provide a fill up service for a small fee, for guests not staying with us.
Rubbish:
As well as picking up rubbish whenever we see it, in or out of the water, we also are heavily involved in many local schemes to improve Dahab. One of these, ‘Plastic Free Planet’, is run by a Sea Shepherd member and involves the local kids being paid to pick up rubbish. This scheme means that the kids who would have been fishing for money are now employed to pick up rubbish. This raises awareness of the problem with the next generation as well as keeping the beaches super clean.
Education:
We continue to look for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, both with reduced plastic use as well as energy saving techniques. Our biggest goal alongside these is to raise awareness, not only amongst guests, but also our team who are both Egyptian and Bedouins….and the effect of this growing awareness is starting to show.
Change Making:
In response to Responsible Travel's  call to  reduce no single use plastics, we conducted some research and are pleased to say that we have managed to eradicate plastic drinking bottles at our resort. We now provide glass water bottles both in the guest rooms and our restaurant, have re-fillable steel bottles for sale and offer refill stations throughout our club.  
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Environment
We use glass bottles with purified, filtered water throughout our club. Glass re-filable water bottles are provided in the guests rooms and we have water stations available 24 hours a day for re-filling. We do ask guests to bring their own re-filable water bottles for their own personal use but do also sell vacuum cooler bottles 500 ml if they forget or don’t have any. Even our restaurant will only sell water from glass bottles and we also provide a fill up service for a small fee, for guests not staying with us. We encourage reduced use of Air Con systems and ask you to switch them off when not there. We provide a cotton shopping bag to all our guests to reduce plastic bag use. These bags are also used by our team when shopping for groceries. We only clean rooms on request, no unnecessary washing. All watering of our garden is done with recycled water from the dive rinse pool. We use fish caught in deep sustainable waters only. We post environment advise in all our rooms of how to reduce your impact on the environment whilst you are here in Dahab.

We strive to ‘make a difference’ to the environment with our diving. With a MAX ratio of 4-1 divers to guide, means that we can control our divers and make sure they do no damage, dramatically reducing the impact of our divers on the reef.

All our instructors are aware of the importance of protecting the reef and they remove rubbish from underwater, if they see any. This doubles the effect as customers see us taking care of the environment and follow suit and show a good example by removing anything underwater that should not be there.

We believe you will come as a guest and leave as a better informed, more responsible, non coral bashing, and more environmentally aware diver.

- Sourcing locally grown or produced food (with lower food miles)
We are based in a desert, far from any farm but we do support the local organic farm initiative set up in nearby Nuweiba. We buy all our fruit and veg locally, supporting independent businesses.

- Offering vegetarian/plant-based and low dairy foods (which reduce CO2 emissions)
We cater for all types of diet including vegetarian, vegan and anyone who is lactose intolerant and require low dairy foods, many folk choose these diets to help reduce CO2 emissions. We also recommend local vegan places, we have 2 superb ones in town: The Vegan Lab and Marine Garden, which is run by a lady who volunteers for Sea Shepherd.

- Reducing transport emissions - encouraging rail, public transport, walking, cycling, electric cars; and designing itineraries that reduce internal flights
Many of our guests come from Cairo and therefore drive here or take the bus. Once they are here, we encourage the use of bikes, via local hire shops which is a great way to get around Dahab.

- Using renewable energy - either generating it yourself (solar) or switching energy supplier
Solar power is not yet available easily for businesses of our size, but we are constantly monitoring it and will be investing as soon as it is available and viable.

- Reducing energy use - energy efficient buildings, heating, air conditioning, fridges, hot water, low energy bulbs, laundry, etc.
Our Garden rooms are energy efficient as they are built with a curved design which reduces the heat, and the need for AirCon.
We also ask that guests keep their A/C at 27-28 not below as this puts less strain on the environment and is better for them too. We also reserve the right to turn off their A/C if they have left it on when they go out.
We use energy efficient lightbulbs throughout the club.
Laundry is done locally, by a family run business, which means there are full loads.
All our laundry is dried naturally in the sun ?

- Hiring local staff & guides to reduce international travel
All our staff are local, our team have family living in Dahab and use bikes to go back and forth from work to home. Our Bedouins staff all live locally too.

- Anything else you have thought of (we'd love to learn more)!
We are constantly looking at way we can be more eco-friendly and have listed many above. Our next big project will be Solar Power, which is starting to become more possible in Egypt and let’s face it, we have more sunny days than any other country, so hopefully it won’t be long until this is supported for small businesses like our very soon.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We are proud to be member of Responsible Travel and take our role as vacation providers in this precious area very seriously, and are committed to finding new ways to reduce impact from tourism.

We employ Egyptian, Bedouin and Nubian workers as our full time team here. Local Bedouins run our dive cars, Camel Safaris and all the trips we do. We consider our Bedouin friends to be an extension of our family.

All of our kids are very aware of how precious this environment is and as they are bi-lingual are also able to chat away to the local kids about why it is wrong to fish, why not to throw rubbish in the sea etc and is very effective. This is the only way, via the kids, as the adults are too stuck in their ways to want to change. We pick rubbish from the beach at every site we go to both above and below water.

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Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Wonderful to return to diving after 30 years

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Busy times are October and April, due to school holidays.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Very conscientious about diving etiquette, use of less toxic sunscreens, and use of less single use plastics.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent experience, beautiful diving, and great staff.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The feeling of belonging, of being part at the accommodation, AND all
the diving

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't over think it, just do it

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most certainly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Best ever, most relaxing and fantastic.

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were many memorable moments but the standout for me was
our first open water dive. It was my first experience in the Red Sea and the
corals and sea life were stunning.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for a very relaxing time in a fabulous environment a world away
from life in the UK.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The dive centre had a strong local feel from the indigenous team and use of local produce, and also an environmental conscience.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was fabulous and a great experience for me and my three active children.

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part I guess was having the best dive-buddy a man could ask for (she was very calm and relaxed- perfect for my personality), and
chilling out with the blind cat "Lady"; she was adorable!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Hmmmm......I would say not to come expecting some ritzy pent-house type suite where you have every amenity you can possibly imagine. The place is
really nice, clean, environmentally-responsible, provides everything you'll need, and if you happen to be lucky enough to spend time with the family that
owns the place, you'll likely want to go back. I felt like an extension of the family while I was there, and all of the staff went out of their way to make my stay
there very warm, welcoming, and best of all-relaxing, oh-so-relaxing! I think they were secretly putting Lotus flowers in my food because I really
considered not leaving. Also, anti-litter laws have not really been established so there is a bit of trash around the city in general (none in the resort though)
but you get used to it quickly. There are a lot of cats and dogs roaming freely on the streets but are mostly friendly and it was pet-heaven for me.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


If I spend money in a country I visit, then it benefits the locals. I did my best to adhere and contribute to environmental sustainability (except for the times I
forgot and used plastics bags- force of habit) which I don't find to be difficult, but it does require a little extra awareness that can be attained by maintaining
more consideration for the environment in the little things.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This might be the best vacation I've had. I can't say enough good things about this place: The family, the friends of family, the dive instructor, my dive buddy
(DB), the blind cat, the goats down the street, the terrible imported wine at the liquor store ;), the free upgrade to Sea-View, the great food with an amazing
chef, the perpetual sea-breeze, how cheap everything was (at least after coming from holiday in Iceland)......just a wonderful time. Looking forward to continuing my dive training/excursions there.

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The incredibly relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the resort. Made to feel like part of the family.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just be aware of the FO advice for travelling to this area and then, as we did, notice that the experience is pretty much the opposite of what you're supposed to expect . . you think you'll have to be somewhat wary / on edge of potential problems and then find nothing other than a wonderfully friendly and relaxed
atmosphere.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely. There is a lot of plastic / litter around in Egypt but the operator and many locals are fighting really hard to put things right and certainly have an
excellent environmental / conservation ethos.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


One of the best holidays I've had. Went for a week for our youngest son to learn to dive and we're now planning to go back next year with the whole family.
Can't wait!

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


My final dive - I really could do it!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with the flow - its very laid back

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - it's a family run business and all the staff were local. Diverge were doing their best to recycle and clean up the beaches of plastics.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent - if you want a friendly open hearted place to stay and learn to dive then I couldn't recommend it more highly.

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Learning to dive in such a beautiful place is the obvious answer but it was the
overwhelming friendliness of everybody that we met. The whole team made sure that we had the most amazing experience and we were treated as if we were part of their family.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do not hesitate to book this holiday! The people are fantastic, the place is beautiful and the more relaxed nature of the area due to its more remote location made for a far more relaxing holiday than you would have at other resorts in the region

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The whole operation was centred around local people and the local economy. We were actively encouraged to reduce our environmental impact and respect the environment which we were lucky enough to see

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An exceptional holiday that will live in the memory for many years to come. We will be returning to the area, staying and diving with the same people before too long.

Read the operator's response here:

We are so happy that you enjoyed your holiday with us and it was pure joy to have you
and Hannah join us. Thank you so much for all your positive feedback and we all look
forward to welcoming you back sometime soon.

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything was fantastic but the most memorable part was the diving. We went
diving every day and saw lots of coral and fish. Staying with this operator was also very relaxing. They looked after us wonderfully, everything we wanted was
provided and nothing was too much trouble.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book it! You won't regret it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the local people were employed by Dive Urge and they actively recycle
anything they can.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was fantastic. Can't wait to go again.

Reviewed on 28 May 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


For me as a ecently widowed -70 year old. The most exciting part was trying for the first time a difficult and active adventure type holiday. Starting as a novice I went solo to Dahab in Egypt into a Dive School and enrolled into the Padi Scuba Open Water Dive course. This involved 10 dives (mainly two per day plus rest days)to pass the waterside part of the course,starting with confined water dives and moving onto - open water dives. Having confirmation of passing,on my 9 night stay I was able to enjoy two more rest / relaxation dives before I came home. Determined to do more diving anbd progress onto other skills.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Preparation - The thought on Scuba had been with me for some years . I now prepared thoroughly by reseaching the Dive School offered by Responsible Travel . More info on Scuba in general and most importantly realising there is a set of 6 comprehensive learning / exam papers , gave myself time to complete as e-learning / distance learning - before I flew into Dahab. This meant I could wholly concentrate on the actual diving process and between dives with no book work to do , was able to fully relax and enjoy the experience - Dahab and Egypt

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


These principals are 100% fundamentalm to the Anglo/ Egyptian management at Dahab and are reflected in their staff relationships - Bedoin connections , care for the local environment - use wherever practical of local resources.The " care principles "are shown/ demonstrated to their guests, who are fully encouraged to participate and follow while in Dahab and to support when returning back to UK.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Five Stars as described below . Yes for me it was a revalatory experience - Not only am I already planning a return to Dahab to further my Scuba skills, additionally I have now booked two other adventure / active solo holidays for September 2012. I hope to remain fit enough to explore yet more -different/ active holiday experiences from the Responsible Travel /Eco sites area and to widen my knowledge of the World . other peoples and their culture .

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Scuba diving was awesome. Wonderfully friendly and helpful team. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Ahmed was a great instructor and we all loved the diving. I thought I would be too scared but it was very relaxed and Ahmed and Kimberley gave us lots of confidence.

2. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Lots of local people and family working for the operator.

3. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent, A fantastic balance of activity and relaxation.

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Getting my dive certificate and riding a camel into the mountains for New Year's Eve.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


No specific tips, apart from relax!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. The recycling and the information about how to minimse impact were all good and clear. It was clear that it was more than just tokenism - that the staff are committed to environmental issues. The vast majority of the staff - who were all fabulous - were local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. The team is very relaxed and welcoming, but still efficient. They are fun to be around and care about the guests. The hotel itself is in a lovely setting, and despite my initial uselessness at diving, they didn't give up on me - were very encouraging and Ahmed was an excellent and patient instructor as well as fun to spend time with. Thanks to everyone!

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Definitely the diving!!! I LOVED learning to dive in the Red Sea and the staff at the dive centre couldn't have been better. I also went on a Bedouin Mountain dinner which was amazing... lying under the stars was unforgettable!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book a trip to Dahab and stay at the dive centre if you want to dive - or even of you just want to have a relaxing holiday in a beautiful location. The staff, accommodation and food were all fantastic and I would recommend staying there to anyone.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Definitely. I chose to stay at the dive centre because of their attitude towards responsible travel and they did not disappoint! There were recycling bins around the centre, advice on how to reduce the impact of your actions and the dive instructors were clear about their expectations when we were in the water. Also, most of the staff at the centre were Egyptian which meant that you were learning about a new culture first hand, from the people who live there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I LOVED my trip to Dahab and I'll definitely be going back. I just want to thank everyone who helped make it one of the best trips of my life.

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