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
£760To£830 excluding flights
Price is per person based on 2 people sharing a room for 7 nights on a B&B basis, including airport transfers from & to Sharm el Sheikh, PADI Open Water Diver Course, dive equipment, eLearning App and PADI certification.
Description of Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea
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.
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.
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.
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.
11 Reviews of Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2023 by Sandra SmithExcellent. Read full review
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 (vacation), 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 vacations 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 vacation! 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 vacation than you would have at other resorts in the region The whole operation was centerd 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
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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.