Dahab has such a rich variety of marine environments that makes it the perfect place to add to your diving experience by completing one of our speciality courses. All our courses will greatly enhance your experience and skills in diving. And we have several for you to choose from so why not book now and enjoy getting the most out of your visit!
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Those are but a few of our specialty courses offered:
There’s something magical and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you or perhaps wall dives, or even a giant fan or sponge. In this case, the Deep Diver Speciality is the ideal choice for you.
This course combines theory and practical dives. In the theory sessions you will become familiar with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems (and how to solve them), hazards and the pure enjoyment of diving deeper. This speciality will give you a supervised introduction to deeper diving within the limits of recreational scuba diving. You will develop your theoretical knowledge so that you will be able to plan, organize and make no-decompression dives to a maximum depth of 40m. At the same time we can guarantee that you will have a lot of fun while maintaining a safe environment. Plus, of course, you will be able to see some marine species that are only seen in deeper water.
In addition to the theory, you will execute four open water dives during each of which you will undertake some simple exercises and observations. Dives are normally carried out over two days. The Deep Dive from the PADI Adventures in Diving program may be counted toward the certiﬁcation requirements for this specialty at the discretion of the instructor conducting this specialty course. In this case you will only need to make three open water dives.
Upon successful completion of this course you will be certified to dive to a maximum depth of 40m. In addition, you will greatly increase your knowledge of your diving and planning skills, allowing you to adopt habits and procedures that will make you stand out as an excellent diver and someone other divers will actively wish to have as a dive buddy.
To join our Deep Diver Speciality you need to be at least 15 years old and hold a minimum certification of Adventure Diver (i.e. an Open Water Diver with at least an additional three Adventure dives) or have a qualifying certiﬁcation from another training organization.
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be Superman? To fly without actually moving? Do you ever imagine just going with the flow and using the sea’s own currents to move you along? If this sounds like just your cup of tea then our Drift Diver Speciality course is the perfect choice for you.
This course comprises both theory and practical sessions. The theory sessions are designed to introduce you to the benefits of drift diving and also the problems that may arise. You will learn about different types of entry, when to properly use them, which surface support may be needed for a drift dive, and how to assess the conditions and decide if they are conducive to a successful and safe dive.
The practical sessions consist of two open water drift dives during each of which you will be expected to carry out some simple tasks and will become acquainted with the correct drift diving procedures for the local area. If you have already made the elective Drift Dive from the PADI Adventures in Diving programme this may be counted as the first dive of this speciality course at the discretion of your instructor.
To join our Drift Diver Speciality you need to be at least 12 years old and have a minimum certification level of PADI Open Water Diver/Junior Open Water Diver or a qualifying certification from another training agency.
Enriched Air Diver
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is the most popular specialty scuba course. This is because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no-decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. Many Enriched Air Divers (commonly called ‘Nitrox Divers’) will also tell you that when using Enriched Air they use less air and feel much less tired after diving. Even better news is that this course can be completed in just a single day.
During this course you will learn why and how having more oxygen and less nitrogen in your diving cylinder makes a difference along with gaining an understanding of both the benefits and hazards associated with this new gas mix. By the end of this course you will be able to plan and make no decompression dives using enriched air nitrox blends starting from 22% to a maximum of 40% oxygen while remaining within accepted dive tables and oxygen exposure limits. You will learn to manage and avoid possible enriched air hazards and will be able to use and apply the benefits of enriched air for recreational diving. Alongside this you will be able to obtain and care for equipment used in enriched air diving. Furthermore you will be guided through the formalities and paperwork required to obtain an enriched air fill at a filling station and how to verify the contents of your diving cylinder before planning your dive.
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive the PADI Enriched Air Diver speciality certification which allows you to make and plan no-decompression enriched air dives within the oxygen limits. The Enriched Air Diver speciality is primarily a theory based course (dry course) although you may like to take the opportunity of making two open water dives using your enriched air with your instructor at an extra charge.
To join our Enriched Air Diver Speciality course you must be at least 12 years old and have a minimum qualification level of PADI Open Water Diver/Junior Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training agency.
Have you ever wondered if fish sleep? Have you ever seen a fish that seems to be hiding and wonder if it ever comes out to play? Are you curious to see that regular dive site in a different light? If so, it could well be time for you to discover how the underwater world changes as the sun goes down when the daytime creatures go to bed and the nocturnal organisms come out to party. See this for yourself by joining our Night Diver Speciality Course.
This course is designed to give you a safe supervised introduction to the eerie nighttime wonderland. We will help you to develop your practical knowledge of night diving and teach you how to safely organize and conduct night dives. You will learn to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, to control your buoyancy without reference, to stay with your buddy and to pay attention to details you may overlook during daytime dives.
This course requires you to execute three night dives during which you will be familiarized with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and the enjoyment of diving at night. Equally, the course includes choosing a dive site for the night dive, environmental considerations, managing your light and communications, entering and exiting the water in the dark, maintaining proper buddy procedures, basic navigation, identifying nocturnal species and noticing how the behaviors of some creatures change at night (for the purpose of training, night is considered any time between sunset and sunrise).
If you made the Night Dive from the PADI Adventures in Diving program it may be counted toward the certification requirements for this specialty at the discretion of the instructor conducting this specialty course.
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive the PADI Night Diver Speciality certification and will be qualified to plan, conduct and log open water night dives in conditions generally comparable to or better than those you were trained in.
To join our Night Diver Speciality you need to be at least 12 years old and have a minimum certification level of PADI Open Water Diver/Junior Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training agency.
Have you ever been diving and come across some wreckage? Have you ever come across a large sunken ship and wished you could go inside – why didn’t your guide allow this! What about all those names you keep hearing other divers talking about like ‘Cedar Pride’, ‘The Tank’, ‘Thistlegorm’?
There are many types of wrecks – ships, planes, cars, submarines and more. Some wrecks become wrecks by accident or as a result of a war while others are sunk on purpose to provide an artificial reef as a habitat for marine life and for the enjoyment of scuba divers. Some wrecks have been preserved under the water for hundreds of years and can give us an insight into our history. You may even be the person to discover something that everyone else has missed.
The Wreck Diver Speciality course combines theory and four practical open water wreck dives. The theory sessions will discuss the hazards of wreck diving and how to manage them safely. You will also learn to identify many interesting aspects of wrecks that might not be obvious to the untrained eye. By the end of this course you will understand the historical value of wrecks along with the social and legal issues attached to wrecks and the subsequent implications, both positive and negative, of removing artifacts from wrecks.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to assess whether or not it is safe to enter the wreck and how to penetrate it safely. During your open water dives you will learn how to navigate your way around a wreck, how to map a it for future reference, how to assess the hazards it may present, how to assess a safe entry and exit point, how to make a penetration using a penetration line while using a torch and, most importantly, how to maintain neutral buoyancy so that you do not disturb the sand or silt that has accumulated within the wreck. We can guarantee that each of your open water dives will provide you with a really fascinating experience.
To join this course you need to be at least 15 years old and hold a minimum qualification of Adventure Diver or a qualifying certification from another training agency at the discretion of your instructor.
The first dive of this PADI Speciality Diver course may credit you with an Adventure Dive towards your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
Peak Performance Buoyancy
When you dive do you usually take your camera with you? Are your photography or videography footage disappointing? Are you interested in penetrating wrecks but find once inside you can’t see a thing because you’ve managed to kick up all the silt and sand around you? In that case we can significantly improve your diving skills and experience tremendously with the Peak Performance Buoyancy speciality course.
Excellent buoyancy skills are what makes skilled scuba divers stand out from the rest. You can watch them underwater gliding effortlessly whether swimming along, ascending, descending or hovering with no effort. Using much less air than others. Their photos and videos are in demand, and they easily manage to observe the aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can do this too.
The Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality course will start where you left off when you passed your Open Water Course and take you to the next level. As a bonus it is a short course that concentrates predominantly on practical skills and can be completed in a single day with two open water dives.
There are many reasons for taking this course. Some of which are that your diving will become effortless and more fun, and you are likely to find you have longer bottom time as your air consumption is reduced. Equally, you will be able to get closer to aquatic life without disturbing them and prolong the life of your diving equipment (by not making contact with the reef or the bottom regularly). The basics covered in this course include:
- guidelines for estimating your weight requirements based on type and saltiness of the water body and the equipment you will use;
- making a buoyancy check and how to fine-tune your buoyancy underwater;
- how to best distribute and position your weight.
To join our Peak Performance Buoyancy speciality course you need to be at least 10 years old and hold a (Junior) Open Water Diver certification or higher or have a qualifying certification from another training agency. The first dive of this speciality course can be used as credit towards your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.