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. ”


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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Departure information

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.  
Accessible overview:
We designed our boutique hotel for folk with limited mobility in mind. We want our guests to feel comfortable staying and diving with us, no matter their physical limitations. My father-in-law walks on one leg as a result of childhood polio so I guess he’s partly responsible for the inspiration.
Please note that where one to one instruction is required, the price of the holiday will be a little higher - please talk to us for more information.
Limited mobility:
Our team, who have been with us for many years, have a wonderful ‘can do’ attitude to helping folk and not making a big thing of it. We have several guests in wheelchairs who come to us every year for this reason. Our infrastructure makes it much easier too; the whole hotel is one level and a slight ramp to the equipment cleaning area. All our doors are extra wide 1 meter +. Our Garden Rooms have one level and an open wet room style bathroom, with grab rails and low basins. Most transport here is done in a pick-up which means it is super easy to pop the wheelchair in the back. The diving here is shore based, which again makes it easier to get in and out of the water and there are always helping hands available.

We built our property with wheelchair users in mind and as well as the facilities detailed above, we do also cater for wheelchair users who wish to dive. Despite trying hard to keep the prices the same, there has to be a slight increase in dive prices as most wheelchair users need 1-1 help form their instructor...so we can adapt the trips we already have, but might need to add a slight uplift to the dive prices. Please talk to us for more information.
Blind/ limited vision:
We have had guests with limited vision before and we managed to adapt their depth gauge for diving so they could feel the bumps on it and know what air they had etc. The hotel itself is small and easy to find your way around, testament to that is our blind cat, Lady, who knows every cranny and finds her way around easily ;)
Deaf/limited hearing:
At least half of our staff have written English skills and this will help deaf guests to communicate. Also, scuba divers are all well versed in basic sign language for communicating underwater.
Our local community is made up of a mix of many nationalities from all over the world... so we all have lots of experience crossing language/communication barriers. There are also many deaf folk in our local Bedouin community and so it is very natural to communicate in sign language.
Cognitive conditions:
We encourage our prospective guests to let us know if they have any cognitive conditions or special requirements so we can cater to their needs as best as possible. We try to cultivate a relaxed atmosphere and allow our guests to guide how much or little interaction they want.
Our place has a maximum capacity of 22 guests so even during a peak season, it’s not overwhelming with regards to the number of people around the resort. We have many quiet areas around our resort – At the rear of our Garden Rooms, there is a small, private space to just sit and be away from everyone.
Our main outdoor communal area has a grassy lawn fitted with hammocks – perfect for an afternoon siesta. We also have two cushioned Bedouin-style seating areas – one on the beach and one in the garden area (which also has a fireplace for winter). We provide curved partitions (windbreakers) for privacy while sunbathing on our beach area.
'Free from' food:
All our food is locally sourced and we endeavour to cater to specialty diets upon request. We do encourage our guests to bring any hard to find ingredients with them if they are a necessary part of their diet, and our chefs will include it in their meals.
All our food is freshly prepared by our chefs to order, which means they can adapt to most dietary requirements. We have already catered for gluten free, lactose intolerant, nut and other allergies or specific dietary requirements. We do not serve seafood or shellfish at our restaurant, as part of our environmental awareness and local reef conservation efforts.
We do not discriminate against anyone and provide an inclusive atmosphere without judgement.

Responsible tourism

Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


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.


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.

37 Reviews of Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2018 by

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)...just a wonderful time. Looking forward to continuing my dive training/excursions there. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by

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! Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

Excellent - 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

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 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

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2012 by

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 . Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2012 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2012 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was getting my dive certificate and riding a camel into the mountains for New Year's Eve...The team is very relaxed and welcoming, but still efficient. They are fun to be around and care about the guests. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2011 by

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! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2010 by

A really excellent week. Good diving, good food, and good weather... Being amongst the fish and the coral every day - unbelievable colour and variety. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2010 by

Highlights were the spectacular location and amazing waters for diving, friendly and knowledgable staff. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2010 by

My diving instructor was excellent and managed to get me to advance open water level within a week. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2010 by

The reef and fish were amazing and the dive instruction was perfectly tailored for our needs Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2010 by

Some of the best scuba diving in the region but what really made it for us was the people. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2009 by

This is the best holiday I've been on for a while... I will definitely be returning very soon, thanks to all at the dive centre for a wonderful holiday, especially Lionel for putting up with me & teaching me to dive. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2009 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was either doing my first night dive which was amazing and I would definitely do one again. Or it would be going on a camel ride into the mountains... Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2009 by

Most memorable was learning how to dive! Enjoying the blue hole dive site in Dahab. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2009 by

Most memorable was the amazing world opened up by learning this new skill - a staggering underwater world... and some inspiring people to introduce you to it!! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2009 by

Very enjoyable and stress-free... Learning to dive, in a well-organised and friendly environment, and being taught well was the most memorable part. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2009 by

For sure learning to dive was what the holiday was all about and this was a fantastic experience. The instructors gave me so much confidence that I completed both the PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water during my trip which was way beyond my expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2009 by

Snorkeling over the reef and finally seeing those fish! The Bedouin mountain dinner was fun, and the people at the dive centre were unfailingly friendly and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2008 by

Most memorable were learning to dive and being made welcome and looked after so well. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2008 by

Most memorable? All of it! The people are some of the friendliest we have ever met. Nothing is too much trouble. Staying here is more like staying with friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2008 by

Fantastic, just what we wanted - relaxing, laid-back, good food, sunshine and sea. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2008 by

Diving on coral for the first time was the highlight. Moving from Attenborough on the TV to being there was a great thrill. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2008 by

I went there to learn to dive and enjoyed every minute of it, which no doubt is largely due to the very friendly, encouraging and professional instructors/guides and the efficient way the diving was organised. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2008 by

Superb - I had great accommodation and facilities and as much or as little as I needed on a day to day basis. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2007 by

Fantastic! Great diving, friendly people, nice weather, excellent food. Too much to list! Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2007 by

The diving was excellent and we loved the corals and the fish - as well as the turtles. The accommodation was great and the restaurant is wonderful - everything is freshly cooked, reasonably priced and delicious and they are so flexible about wants and needs - great team. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2007 by

I had a great time. I went on my own to learn to dive. It was an ideal place to go on your own - small, friendly and safe - and to learn to dive - small groups. I was very lucky to have one-to-one sessions with my instructor, who was lovely, very friendly and I had complete trust in her. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2007 by

A fantastic week - fabuous staff, superb instruction, excellent safety & equipment - I'm looking for my next diving break! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2007 by

The highlights were the diving (it was my first time and it was memorable); "the islands" dive site (majestic!); the breakfast; spending the night on the mountains with the full moon Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2006 by

The most memorable part was the amazing colour of the sea & barren spiky mountains. Superb weather. Wild jeep rides across the desert scrub to the dive sites. Really pleasant, friendly and professional dive organisers & instructors. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2006 by

Parachuting down the Canyon dive site to a depth of 30m was the most exciting and thrilling part of the holiday. The most memorable part was the individual care and attention given to us by both the hotel staff and the dive instructors. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2005 by

Each dive was a new experience with memories that I will treasure for a long time. The camel safari was quite special, as were the night dives. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2005 by

The most memorable part of my holiday was some of the fish I saw when underwater... I would certainly recommend this operator to anyone wanting this sort of holiday. Read full review

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