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If you love nature, adventure, exploration and interesting new challenges, diving is for you. There’s always something new to see, somewhere new to explore and some new way to enjoy it.


At El Quseir we have a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre and  Resort where we offer a full range of courses from the exciting PADI Bubble Maker for the youngsters through the novice grades of PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water Diver right up to professional PADI Instructor training.

Our first class facilities on site include a purpose designed 3 metre deep diver training pool with a private beach and protected bay for the warm water open water dives, add to that private experienced instruction and you have simply the perfect destination to learn to dive.


The PADI Open Water Diver course is flexible and performance based, which means that we offer a wide variety of schedules, organized according to how fast you progress.  It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in three or four days by completing the knowledge development portion online via PADI eLearning,


Your PADI Instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable diver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need – to become a competent scuba diver.

Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure and the journey to certification is in three phases:


1. Knowledge Development


During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you'll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as


  •     What to consider when planning dives.
  •     How to choose the right scuba gear for you.
  •     Underwater signals and other diving procedures.


You'll learn this valuable information by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual or by using the tablet version - PADI Open Water Diver Touch, or online with PADI eLearning. At the end of each chapter, you'll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your PADI Instructor know if there is anything you don't understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics.


You'll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you'll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.


2. Confined Water Dives


This is what it’s all about – diving. You'll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:


  •     Setting up your scuba gear.
  •     How to get water out of your mask.
  •     Entering and exiting the water.
  •     Buoyancy control.
  •     Basic underwater navigation.
  •     Safety procedures.


You'll practice these skills with an instructor until you're comfortable. When you're ready, it's time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.


3. Open Water Dives


After your confined water dives, you'll head to "open water," where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you'll get to explore the underwater world. You'll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the amazing Red Sea environment has to offer.




1. Physical


For safety, you complete a brief questionnaire about medical conditions that may be a concern, so answer

completely and honestly. If a condition applies to you, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t dive. You’ll consult

with your physician to determine how it may or may not be an issue.


2. Waterskills


You demonstrate basic waterskill comfort by swimming 200 metres or 300 metres with mask, fins, and snorkel. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you wish. You will also float in deep water for 10 minutes using the method you choose.


3. Materials


You’ll use some learning materials during the course, and reference them afterward. Choose any one of these three:


  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch
  • PADI Open Water Diver Online
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual and Video


4. Age


You must be at least 10 years old to enrol on a PADI Open Wat course. There is no upper age restriction.

The PADI Bubblemaker program allows children who are at least 8 years old to use scuba gear under supervision



PADI Open Water Diver Touch & E-Learning


Watch, listen, read, scroll, tap and interact while you learn to scuba dive with PADI Open Water Diver Touch. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s portable and it’s your entry to the underwater world as a scuba diver.


The Touch integrates the PADI Open Water Diver Manual with the PADI Open Water Diver Video into a powerful, tablet-based learning experience. When you dive in with the Touch, you’ll:


Learn diving facts, principles and safety concepts in preparation for your confined and open water dives.     Watch video clips that show you the world of scuba diving. Take simple quizzes to make sure you understand the material as you progress.


After you download the Touch, you don’t need to be online to use it so you can truly learn anytime, anywhere.


If you don't have a suitable tablet then PADI E-Learning is an on line browser system which provides the same programme but requires an internet connection.







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