Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea
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.
Please get in touch with us for the latest prices and flight advice.
10 Reviews of Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea
Reviewed on 10 Aug 2022 by Dave StapletonEverything was provided by local operators, from the community, all living in Dahab. Diving, horse riding and quad bikes all from the accomodation, or within a couple of miles. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Apr 2022 by Marlene Brüggemann5 star Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019 by Mark SchmidtExcellent experience, beautiful diving, and great staff. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019 by Sheryn JonesBest ever (holiday), most relaxing and fantastic. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019 by Chris EganThere 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. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2018 by Jonathan LockwoodThis 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)...just a wonderful time. Looking forward to continuing my dive training/excursions there. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by Nigel LambOne 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! Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by katherine ChurchExcellent - if you want a friendly open hearted place to stay and learn to dive then I couldn't recommend it more highly. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Mar 2015 by Gareth JonesDo 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 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 Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jan 2014 by Diederik KohnhorstEverything 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. Read full review
PlanetWe 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.
We are excited to be a part of the Green Fins International initiative.
Green Fins is a proven conservation management approach – implemented internationally by The Reef-World Foundation and the UN Environment Programme – which leads to a measurable reduction in the negative environmental impacts associated with marine tourism. It aims to protect coral reefs through environmentally friendly guidelines promoting sustainable diving and snorkelling. It provides the only internationally recognised environmental standards for marine tourism and its robust assessment system measures compliance.
Having passed a strict audit in March 2022 to establish that we are both following eco protocols, as well as continuously looking for new ways to be more eco.
Obviously COVID had an impact on our existing practices, for example we had managed to irradicate plastic bottles and replaced them with glass bottles but this was not accepted by the CDWS who police diving facilities in Egypt.
So we found a way round this by providing water dispensers in every room, so now our guests can continue to use their refillable bottles in the comfort of their own room.
We have replaced the obligatory single jams, ketchup, mayo etc with squeezy bottles which are sterilised and reused for example.
Our latest endeavour is the rubbish collection nets which we attach to every BCD, ensuring everyone can make a difference and pick up any rubbish found in the sea.
PeopleWe 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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