Nov 2014

Learn to Dive in Egypt

By Russell Nicholson

Spoiler Alert: If you choose to learn to dive in Egypt, you may get a skewed perspective on diving!

There are few places that can offer the varieties of corals and up close encounters with marine life like the experience you will find in the Red Sea. However that should only be an encouragement when choosing a location for your scuba certification.

A brief overview of the Open Water certification starts with the theory of diving. This can be completed in the dive center guided by an instructor or online through the PADI eLearning process which provides the necessary resources to complete the dry section of the course.

Your first diving experience will be in shallow, confined waters to learn required skills for the open water. We have found that most confined sessions are completed in a lagoon just off the beaches. The benefit to this being that you get familiar to the buoyancy of the sea and a few fish right away! The highlight of the course is the Open water dives where you will apply and practice the skills you have leaned from the theory and the confined session.

It takes some people longer than others to become accustomed to the Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA), however the beauty of the Red Sea offers constant encouragement to people at all levels! My experience so far is that the dive boats are very flexible to accommodate their customers’ needs and wants. The abundance of dives sites allows charter boats to choose sites appropriate for any level divers. And on a personal favorite note, we only visited the same dive site twice when it was requested by the majority.

Marine Life:
Depending on the season, you may find yourself swimming alongside manta rays or getting a glimpse of the exquisite Thresher Shark. On an average day of diving you will encounter moray eels, squid, napoleon wrasse, giant tunas, queen fish, groupers, trevally, blue spotted stings rays, reef sharks, turtles, octopus and an assortment of tropical fish that seem to enjoy the attention! And I haven’t even mentioned all the soft and hard corals who’s colors capture the sunlight and make you feel like your on a completely different planet.

This being said, allow me to reiterate that any diving in the Red Sea is worth the journey, however for those who are looking for an introduction to the underwater world, you will start off with very high standards!

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‘Learn to Dive in Egypt’ was written by Russell

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Russell Nicholson

I began my diving career during my world travels in 2010 and It only took the first dive for me to become addicted, so with no hesitation I went straight on to my advanced open water. During a briefing, I saw the excitement in my instructor's eyes as he told us there were two baby eagle rays and we would spend the dive looking for them. When we spotted the rays, I understood and knew I wanted to incorporate diving as a main focal point in my life.

After completing my advanced in Thailand, I continued my travels to Australia where the lure of the Great Barrier Reef was too much to resist. I found a live aboard that spent three days and two nights for a total of 11 dives. After working in Australia, I had logged around 40 dives and saved enough money to travel back to Thailand in 2011 for my Divemaster and a dive school I would eventually call home, Davy Jones Locker.

That year I worked as a DM for DJL and then headed to Philippines to expand on my experience as a Divemaster. In the Philippines I was able to do some amazing Deep, Wreck and Nitrox combination diving but it was in Thailand where I really honed my skills as a diver.

I returned to DJL, Koh Tao to complete my Instructor course in 2012. After passing my IE, I completed my MSDT internship at DJL before going on to work in Abu Dhabi for a season in 2013 where I learned how to teach and handle students in conditions very different from Thailand, Australia and the Philippines. However the diver lifestyle just wasn't there, so for one more time, it was back to Koh Tao and DJL where I had the opportunity to manage one I the fastest growing dive schools in south east Asia.

I am now diving the Red Sea and completing one of my diving dreams... Teaching in Egypt!