This combined course takes you from beginner to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in the idyllic location of Dahab, on the Sinai Peninsula. Formerly a simple Bedouin settlement, Dahab is now a thriving mecca for divers from all over the world. Facing the Gulf of Aqaba, the diversity of marine life in the Red Sea is considered to be one of the world’s natural wonders. Its also a great place to learn to dive with shallow reefs and professional dive schools, and a relaxed atmosphere.
We meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to a 4 star hotel (normally the Oasis Hotel). The rest of the day is free for you to
settle in and relax.
We enjoy a full day tour today to the majestic Pyramids and Sphinx at
Gisa, and also to the famous Egyptian Museum. In the evening we transfer
to Dahab on the overnight coach.
After arriving in Dahab and checking into your hotel, we take you to the dive centre, Dahab Divers
which is located in the Lighthouse area of Dahab where we will introduce
the team there.They will go through the various components of the Open Water and Advanced courses with you and then you will begin the course after this.
The PADI Open Water course consists of confined water training followed
by 4 open water dives. The confined water training in Dahab is actually
done in the sea in the shallow water in the Lighthouse area. it has a
sloping sandy bottom making it perfect for training dives.
You continue today with the confined water training dives where you will
learn to master a number of tasks which include mask clearing, out of
air situations and controlled emergency ascents. There is also some
theory to be completed in order to qualify as a PADI Open water scuba
diver and this will be done in between dives with your instructor and
also in the evenings after your days diving.
You continue the course today with the open water dives which is where
you now are able to go out and enjoy some of the other dive sites of
Dahab. Some tasks will need to be done again whilst on the dives and
your instructor will let you know before each dive which task he will
ask you to complete.
You will now do your remaining 2 open water dives required in order to
complete the course. You will also be required to do a final exam which
you will need to pass in order to become a PADI Open Water Diver. Once you have completed your Open Water course the remainder of the day is free before starting the Advanced course tomorrow.
You start the Advanced Open Water Course today which consists of
5 speciality dives. There are two speciality dives which are compulsory
and then the other 3 can be chosen by yourself and your instructor. The
two dives which must be completed for the course are the underwater
navigation dive and a deep water dive.
We continue with the Advanced Open water course today doing the dives that you and your instructor have chosen. There are a wide range of speciality dives you can chose to do from Underwater Naturalist to Night Diver.
Today will be the last day of the Advanced Open water course when you
will do the remaining dives which have been chosen by yourself and your
instructor. There is also a manual to accompany the course which you
will need to read and also an exam to be successfully completed at the
You may need to finish any theory or dives today but after this the rest
of your time in Dahab is free. You can arrange to do some extra dives
with the dive centre as you will now be an Advanced Diver you can dive
more of the dive sites of Dahab such as the Bells and the Canyon which
are 30 metre dives and can only be done by advanced divers.
You have another free day today to do some more diving or you can try out some of the other
activities and options available in Dahab, such as the Jeep Safari to the
Coloured Canyon, quad biking or horse riding which can all be arranged locally. This evening we take the overnight coach back to Cairo.
After arriving in Cairo and checking into your hotel, we have a short city tour today to explore the mosque
and museum at the Citadel, overlooking the city, and to wander around
and possibly do some haggling and souvenir shopping in the busy
Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. In the evening we include a sunset felucca ride on the Nile.
The tour ends today and your time is free until we transfer you to airport for your flight home. You can add extra nights in Cairo if you wish to explore the city further.