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Enrolling in courses beyond the PADI Open Water Diver is a good way to gain more confidence or even learn more about new equipment trends and technologies. There are numerous possibilities for you to experience new adventures, improve your diving skills or try out special diving activities.

 

Prices for all below courses can be found on our Pricelist Trips & Courses page.

 

Please visit our Kids page for specific programmes dedicated to children from 8 to 14 years old.

 

Included in all course prices

  • Boat trips

  • Tanks & weights

  • Dive guide/instructor

  • Transfers from and to other hotels

Not included in any of the courses

  • Diving equipment

  • Course student materials and certification fees

  • Food & drinks on the boats

  • The daily Environmental tax

  • The daily Marine Park Fee for the Marine Park dive sites

What you need to bring

  • 2 passport-sized pictures (or have them done at one of our dive centres)

  • Medical certificate stating that there are no medical conditions preventing the participation in any scuba diving activity

A medical certificate is only mandatory if you answer yes to one of the questions within the PADI Medical Statement that you will have to fill out prior to enrolling on any course at Dive Point Red Sea. Therefore, if you have any doubt, it is highly recommended that you check with your physician before coming. Please find the complete PADI Medical Statement in Acrobat format on our Download page.

 

Most of the courses can be taken only partially. Either you have already completed some of the modules before coming to Dive Point Red Sea or you start the course with us and complete it somewhere else later.

 

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PADI Discover Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox Level I)

 

Duration: 1/2 day

From 15 years old

Number of dives: 0

 

This course introduces you to diving with Nitrox. It allows you to dive to a maximum of 30 metres using EANx32 (Nitrox diving with 32% Oxygen) within the no decompression limits of the air Recreational Dive Planner, dependant on your certification. This course can be combined with the PADI Open Water Diver course or with a dive package very easily.

 

Prerequisites:

  • Open Water Diver Course student who has completed Open Water training dives 1, 2 and 3
    OR

  • PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox Level II)

 

Duration: 1/2 day

From 15 years old

Number of dives: 0

 

This has been the major trend in recreational diving in the last year. Profit from more safety and longer no-decompression limits. In a short time you can learn, through uncomplicated training how to plan and dive with Nitrox (with up to 40% Oxygen). This course can be combined with the PADI Open Water Diver course or with a dive package very easily.

 

Prerequisites:

  • Open Water Diver Course student who has completed Open Water training dives 1, 2 and 3
    OR

  • PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Digital Underwater Photography (DUP)

 

Duration: 1-2 days

No minimum age for snorkellers, from 10 years old for divers

Number of dives: 0 - 2 dives, depending which option is chosen

 

The future is digital. Thanks to PADI’s Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty, this even applies to the underwater realm. If you believe that digital underwater photography is complicated and hard to do you are wrong! Taking digital photos on land and under water is easier than ever before. This much should be said to begin with.

 

You can shoot as many pictures as you’d like, store them easily, give presentations directly from the screen or print out your snapshots... all this without significant quality loss as compared to analogous photography. The required skills can be learned easily while one is having great fun. By the way: picture processing included! The new PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty allows for all of this.

 

Learn by the exclusive S.E.A. method by PADI: Shoot – Examine – Adjust! This way photography is great fun!

 

THE PADI DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALTY

The new specialty is based on a two-level course concept. This system allows for rapid success in learning. Working with the camera warrants additional positive experience for progress becomes immediately visible. Each course level takes four hours. Please read below for a description of the indi-vidual learning steps:

 

Level 1: It is the main goal of this part of the course to show you how easy it is to shoot good photos. Even if you have never used a digital camera before! You learn all about the equipment required to take fascinating underwater pictures. You will also learn how to prepare your equipment so that it is protected from water damage.

 

During your Level I course you will learn to apply the basic techniques of underwater photography and to make sure that you don’t damage the underwater realm while taking pictures. On this dive you will use the White Balance technology, which is a method used to take natural-looking photos without a flash. And you will learn how to disassemble, clean and care for your equipment after the dive. Below is an overview of the most important learning steps:

 

Level 1:

  • What are the options and features of Point-and-Shoot cameras?

  • What is “white balance” and how does it work?

  • How and when do I use color filters?

  • How do I take good photos without using the flash?

Level 2:

During level 2 of the course you will learn how easy it is to improve the quality of your underwater photos. You will broaden the skills learned in Level 1, areas of special interest being “File formats for digital photos”, “Selection of resolution”, “Brighter and darker pictures”, “Natural colors”, “Photo composition”, “Downloading of pictures on the computer”, “Photo processing on the computer”. Here is an overview of the most important learning steps of level 2:

 

Level 2:

  • How do I use and interpret histograms?

  • What file formats are there and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

  • What must be considered regarding resolution?

  • How do I achieve an attractive photo composition?

  • What are the best concepts for photo organization and archiving?

Starting on the course is easier than you think! Divers: Certification as a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty requires a divers’ certification; for level 1, for example, students must have successfully completed the PADI Open Water Diver course and for level 2, they must have successfully completed level 1. Divers with a PADI certification who have completed level 2 can have level 2 credited as “adventure dive” to the PADI Adventures in Diving program. Minimum age for course participants is 10 years.

 

Snorkelers/swimmers: The Digital Underwater Photographer course can also be completed by snorkelers. There is no minimum age for participants who are using standard snorkeling equipment. Participants using Supplier Air Snorkeling (SAS) systems must be at least 5 years old. Snorkelers may take the course in two parts or as a single program. After completing Level 1, snorkelers may receive the Digital Underwater Photographer Level 1 (Non Diving) certification card. Upon completion of Level 2 (or when taking both levels together), they receive the Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty (Non Diving) certification card.

 

WHY DIGITAL?

Nothing has revolutionized photography as much in the past years as the dawning of the digital age. Digital photography uses electronics and computer technology to produce pictures, instead of films and chemicals as was the case in traditional analogous photography. Today digital photography is rapidly becoming the most popular form of consumer photography. Read below the four most important reasons for this phenomenon.

 

1. Digital photography is cheaper After you have purchased your digital photo equipment or rented it from Dive Point Red Sea, you need not buy any more films. And above all, you need not pay for the development of negatives. You can try out and learn all kinds of tricks without further cost.

 

2. The results are immediately visible. You need not have your films developed. This means that you can look at the pictures immediately on the LCD monitor of your digital camera.

 

3. You can process your pictures. During the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty you will learn to subsequently improve the quality of your pictures, select the desired area of the photo and process the pictures in various ways in order to make the most of your snapshots.

 

4. You can present your photos more easily. You can copy, print out or e-mail your photos with a simple mouse click on your computer. Via internet you can send your photos across the whole world within seconds.

 

In terms of the Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Dive Point Red Sea is an “All-in-One” supplier. This means that you can attend the course and obtain the educational materials and the camera including underwater housing from us. This way you can complete the specialty even if you don’t own any digital photo equipment. You can rent anything you need and, if you’d like, you can purchase it from us upon completion of the training.

 

Prerequisites:

  • Being a snorkeller (non diving course)
    OR

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent (diving course)

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PADI Boat Diver

 

Duration: 1 day

From 10 years old

Number of dives: 2

 

Through the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course, you can learn the techniques and procedures for diving from different types of boats.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Deep Diver

 

Duration: 2 days

From 15 years old

Number of dives: 4

 

You will learn deep dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and hazards. You will also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18 - 40 metres

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Adventure Diver or equivalent

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PADI Drift Diver

 

Duration: 1 day

From 12 years old

Number of dives: 2

 

Drift Diving is effortless and relaxing because you simply glide with the current and feel the rush of flying underwater. But, with this type of diving, come special procedures that you need to know so you can maximize your fun underwater. During your PADI Drift Diver certification course, you will learn about drift dive planning, organisation, techniques and potential hazards, as well as special equipment and procedures like buoyancy in currents.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Night Diver

 

Duration: 2 evenings

From 12 years old

Number of dives: 3

 

When you go night diving you will see a whole new world. Even your local dive site takes on a new personality at night, as many underwater creatures and plant life (different from those you see during the day) are active at night. You will learn about night dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You will also learn how to control your buoyancy, navigate and communicate at night. Since many of the plants and animals you will see are different, you will also get an introduction to nocturnal aquatic life.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI AWARE Fish Identification

 

Duration: 1 day

From 10 years old

Number of dives: 2

 

This course will introduce you to the most common fish families and species found in temperate and tropical waters. You will also learn basic fish identification and scientific survey techniques as well as how important personal involvement is in aquatic conservation.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (Scooter) Diver

 

Duration: 1 day

From 12 years old

Number of dives: 2

 

If you want an introduction to the excitement of moving through the water with no effort, then this is your course. During the program, you'll learn the techniques you need to know for safe scooter operation, including: scooter dive planning organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards, equipment considerations and how to avoid harming fragile aquatic life.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Dry Suit Diver

 

Duration: 2 days

From 10 years old

Number of dives: 3

 

If you want to dive back at home or feel more comfortable diving in the Red Sea during the winter months, you will need to stay warm and that means a dry suit. During this course, you will not only cover the background knowledge related to dry suit diving, you will get into confined water to put that theory into practice. Then, you will apply that knowledge in open water, including dive planning, organisation, techniques, potential problems and buoyancy control.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Equipment Specialist

 

Duration: 1 day

From 10 years old

Number of dives: 0

 

This course will familiarize you with the operation and maintenance of your personal equipment. Your instructor might also provide the opportunity to review new or unfamiliar dive equipment.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Scuba Diver or equivalent

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PADI Full Face Mask Diver

 

Duration: 2 days

From 15 years old

Number of dives: 3

 

The purpose of the PADI Full Face Mask Distinctive Speciality is to familiarise divers with the exercises, the knowledge, the organisation, the procedures, the techniques, the problems, the hazards and the pleasure typical to diving with a Full Face mask. Learning to clear, equalize, adjust and emergency procedures. This is an extremely useful piece of equipment for diving in cold or dirty water which gives the possibility to speak with an inbuilt communication system.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Multilevel Diver

 

Duration: 1 day

From 12 years old

Number of dives: 2

 

You will learn what multilevel diving is and why you want to plan for multilevel dives. You will also get to see the various types of multilevel dive calculators (including the Recreational Dive Planner, Wheel version and dive computers), as well as learn about multilevel dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, and potential problems.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy

 

Duration: 1 day

From 10 years old

Number of dives: 2

 

This course teaches you to fine-tune your buoyancy and soar over reefs, extend bottom time by reducing air consumption and prolong the life of your dive equipment. During your Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, you will learn to determine the correct amount of weight for you. Then you will practice the fundamentals of peak performance buoyancy including the buoyancy check, fine-tuning buoyancy underwater, weight positioning for trim, streamlining and visualization.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Rebreather Draeger Ray or Rebreather Draeger Dolphin

 

Duration: 2 days

From 15 years old

Number of dives: 4

 

Almost all of those who try it love the feeling of silent, bubble-free diving, breathing warm and moist air. Get close up to the fish and extend your dive times.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent with proof of at least 10 logged dives beyond training dives for Open Water Diver certification
    OR
    PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
    AND

  • PADI Enriched Air Diver or equivalent (Nitrox certification that qualifies the diver to use any blend up to 40 percent oxygen)

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PADI Search & Recovery Diver

 

Duration: 2 days

From 12 years old

Number of dives: 4

 

This course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. You will learn search and recovery dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You will also cover limited visibility, search patterns and safe object recovery using lift devices.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver + PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course or equivalent
    OR

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Underwater Naturalist

 

Duration: 1 day

From 10 years old

Number of dives: 2

 

If you are interested in aquatic life then the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course is for you. This course is an introduction to the underwater aquatic environment and it will help you develop safe and responsible aquatic life interaction techniques. During your PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course, you will also get an overview of the major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Underwater Navigator

 

Duration: 2 days

From 10 years old

Number of dives: 3

 

When you are underwater, knowing where you are and where you are going is important, especially if you are looking for that beautiful reef that you have heard all about. During this course, you will learn underwater navigation dive procedures, techniques, planning, organisation and potential problems. You will also be introduced to natural navigation, underwater patterns, distance estimation and improve your compass navigation skills.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Underwater Videographer

 

Duration: 2 days

From 10 years old

Number of dives: 3

 

This course will teach you the skills necessary to shoot your own underwater footage to bring home. You will learn about selecting, maintaining and caring for your underwater video equipment as well as safe diving practices. Further, you will learn videography fundamentals, such as exposure, focus, shot types, moves, story line and shot sequencing.

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent

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PADI Wreck Diver

 

Duration: 2 days

From 15 years old

Number of dives: 4

 

This course introduces you to wreck diving and helps you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for safe and fun wreck diving, including the planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of wreck diving. You will learn the preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels, limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures

 

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Adventure Diver or equivalent

 

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