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Things to Know Before You Go: Scuba Diving in Sharm el Sheikh

Things to Know Before You Go: Scuba Diving in Sharm el Sheikh

A trip to Sharm el Sheikh puts you at the Red Sea Europe’s favorite scuba diving destination thanks to its vibrant coral and clear, warm waters. Here’s what you need to know before you don your tank and descend below the surface.

Book a Trip That’s Right for Your Qualification Level

You don’t need any previous experience to join a “discover scuba diving” trip. Your instructor will give you training in the basics before you enter the shallow water, and closely supervise you at all times. Other trips, particularly multidive packages, are suitable only for divers who are already certified—and some deeper sites, such as Dahab’s Blue Hole and the Thistlegorm wreck, require advanced certification.

Don’t Dive Right Before a Flight—or a Mt. Sinai Climb

Flying after diving can be dangerous, leaving you at risk of decompression sickness (the notorious “bends”). For safety’s sake, plan for at least 24 hours between finishing your last dive and flying—or climbing mountains such as the 7,497-foot (2,285-meter) Mt. Sinai.

Bring Sunscreen

Most dive boats seem well-protected from the sun, but it’s easy to burn while lounging on deck or waiting for pickup after your dive. While dive professionals usually carry goodies such as mask cleaner, when it comes to sunscreen you’re on your own.

Hydrate and Eat Before You Dive

For a low-impact sport, scuba diving can be hard on the body. Ensure you’re thoroughly hydrated—a hangover increases your risk of decompression illness—and have had a solid breakfast before you set out. Keep your fluids up while on the boat, and don’t drink alcohol until you’ve finished diving for the day.

Don’t Touch the Coral

A popular dive saying goes, “take only pictures, leave only bubbles.” A single misplaced fin can wipe out coral colonies that took decades to grow, so watch your buoyancy, mind the coral, and don’t take marine souvenirs.

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Learn to Dive PADI Open Water Diver Course

Learn to Dive PADI Open Water Diver Course

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Dive Sharm El Sheikh on a 3.5-day, PADI Open Water Diver course, and explore the Red Sea’s thriving reefs and vibrant fish.  Learn dive theory in the classroom, try out your skills in the dive club’s pool, then head for the open ocean. Swim alongside a divemaster for multiple ocean dives over three days; watch for bright clownfish and moray eels, hover over slender rays and discover coral gardens on the seafloor—and finish your course as an internationally-certified Open Water Diver.
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  • 3 days 12 hours
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PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Sharm el Sheikh

PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Sharm el Sheikh

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Explore Sharm El Sheikh’s vibrant sea life with a 2-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving course, and swim alongside brilliant fish, graceful coral formations and slender rays. Learn the basics of theory and safety in a classroom and pool on your first day, then take a morning dive into one of Sharm El Sheikh’s most iconic sites. Dive up to 40 feet (12 meters) at Far Garden, Temple or Ras Nasrani, and watch for the moray eels, masked butterfly fish and angelfish that live in the clear waters of the Red Sea.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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PADI 3 Days Open Water Course

PADI 3 Days Open Water Course

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Complete a 3-day PADI Open Water course in Sharm El Sheikh, and discover the Red Sea’s vibrant coral and thriving marine life.  Acquire the basics in a classroom and in the water as you cover dive theory, safety and equipment. Start diving in the safety of an enclosed pool, then head for the ocean; over the course of 8 open water dives you’ll practice buoyancy skills and navigation as you explore undersea gardens alongside schools of brilliant clownfish and graceful rays.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Scuba Diving 2 Dives from the Boat

Scuba Diving 2 Dives from the Boat

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This small-group dive in the Red Sea from Sharm el Sheikh offers an incredible value. Visit two top diving sites such as Ras Mohamed and the Tiran Island coast—12 liter tanks and Nitrox are included—and then relax onboard a 16-passenger boat between destinations. Optionally, upgrade to include a buffet lunch with meats, salads, and rice.
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Intro Diving In Sharm El Sheikh

Intro Diving In Sharm El Sheikh

Escape the hustle and bustle of busy Sharm el-Sheikh and make the most of every aspect of the city on this private, full-day Red Sea scuba tour. Take advantage of your guide’s expertise—and the provided equipment—as they take you to different dive sites tailored to your confidence and skill level, before enjoying the complimentary lunch and soft drinks.
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  • 6 hours
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6 Dive Package at Ras Mohamed and Tiran Strait

6 Dive Package at Ras Mohamed and Tiran Strait

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Dive Sharm El Sheiks’ most vibrant sites on a 6-dive package at Ras Mohamed National Park and Tiran Straight. Dive from sandy beaches and a private jetty, then head into the heart of the marine park; customize your trip with dives at Shark Reef, Ras Za’atar and Jackfish Alley, on half- or full-day boat tours with two dives per day. Dine on board, then slip back into the water. Watch for clusters of clown fish, moray eels and graceful rays as you explore the warm waters of the Red Sea. 
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Scuba Diving 2 Dives from the Shore, Sharm El Sheikh

Scuba Diving 2 Dives from the Shore, Sharm El Sheikh

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Dive Sharm El Sheikh from the shore on a 2-dive scuba trip to Paradise and Ras Um Sid. Step into the clear, warm water of the Red Sea and watch for the barracudas and rays that haunt the thriving reefs. Swim above bright clusters of anemones and slender fans, join schools of darting clownfish and coral groupers and enjoy the tranquil shore waters at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba.
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  • 5 hours
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PADI Open Water Diver Course

PADI Open Water Diver Course

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PADI Open Water Diver course is conducted by PADI certified professions and provides is a life long certification to dive to 18m independently which is recognized world wide. Comprising of 4 Open Water Dives, 5 Confined Water Dives and 5 Theory sessions the course is completed in 4 days. The open water dives are conducted in the beautiful waters of the Egyptian Red Sea providing the opportunity to see the diverse array of marine life.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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PADI Discover Scuba Diving

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

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Want to scuba dive while vacationing in Sharm el-Sheikh but don’t have time to get certified? Try this guided, full-day ocean dive into the Egyptian Red Sea. It’s not a scuba certification course but it is a quick, easy introduction to the underwater world, under the supervision of a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) member. Climb aboard on one of Pyramids Diving Center Own  boats and experience a fascinating underwater world. All the necessary diving equipment plus a buffet lunch and soft drinks are provided. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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