We at Dive UK Hurghada get asked a lot of questions so we have compiled the most frequently asked. Should you have a question that is not answered here please do get in contact with us as we are more than happy to help.
Frequent Questions and Answers (Q & A’s)
We are very lucky in the Red Sea and have almost perfect diving in Hurghada conditions all of the time. There are mainly 2 seasons here, summer and winter. Visibility is generally good all year round and most days we have up to 30m visibility. Even on a poor day you will still have excellent Vis of approx. 10m.
Summer water temperatures can reach highs of 31 degrees in the months of June, July, August and September. October and November the Water temp starts to drop and reaches its coldest of 22 degrees. In the months of December, January and February starting to rise again in the months of March, April and May.
In our opinion yes, one of the best places in the world, we say this because of many reasons. Firstly, the Red Sea has great conditions to learn in and has almost zero current most of the time, its warm and has an abundance of sea life to see. When you learn to Scuba dive its very important to chose a good Instructor, one who will take his time and one who LOVES to teach. If you have these two factors you will learn to a higher standard and be a much better/safer diver. We offer a full range of PADI Courses from beginner to PADI IDC Courses for Instructors.
If you are confident in the water and know for sure you want to become a Scuba diver then we recommend you start with your PADI Open Water Course. We offer this course over 3 days which involves 3 elements, theory work where you will watch a video and complete knowledge reviews in your very own PADI Open Water Manual. Confined water exercises before moving into Open water. You will learn a set of skills to become confident in the water and be able to Scuba dive safely. At the end of your training, you will take a small exam to become qualified to dive to 18m anywhere in the world. Our specialist Instructor will be with you every step of the way and you will be introduced to the world of Scuba in a safe and fun way that you
will not forget for the rest of your life.
If you just want to try Scuba for the first time and have a taste of the underwater world, we suggest you book onto one of our amazing PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences. This is a one-day programme where you will be introduced to equipment and get to breath underwater for the very first time. Our Instructor will explain all and give you the most memorable day ever. 99% of our students who try Scuba or the first time then enrol onto the PADI Open Water Course to become qualified.
Prices vary between operators but most are very similar. Dive UK Hurghada offer very competitive prices and also offer an all-inclusive price. The price you are quoted is the price you pay and we add no extras. Many operators add taxes at the end of your holiday which comes as a surprise to most. Some operators also offer a cheaper price but you may find yourself in a group of 12/15 divers of all abilities.
We offer small group diving only and you will only be with a maximum of 4 divers at a time, we do this to ensure a high level of customer service and great/safe diving. Dive UK Hurghada pride ourselves on being the best Dive Centre in Hurghada and offer the highest of standards in all that we do.
We offer a fully inclusive price and list all that is included in your personal quote. We are very clear about what you will get and promise never to charge any extras.
We believe being honest and upfront allows us to build trust and gives our customers confidence in us as a company. Contact us with your personal requirements and we will give you a personal written quotation.
To confirm a booking after you have had a personal quote, we take a 25% deposit. A further 25% payment is taken 4 weeks before arrival and the remaining 50% is paid on arrival. Payments are made by bank transfer or cash.
Unfortunately, we do not take card payments.
Yes, you can, when you book your package, we ask you to confirm your days you want to dive, if you want a day off in between this is not a problem with at least 24hrs notice.
We always suggest you bring sun cream, a swim suit, any medications you may need and a towel. There is a water dispenser on the boat but often customers wish to bring their own bottle of water with them.
Yes, we do, the only time we do not dive is if the coastguard says the sea is closed.
Other than this reason we dive 365 days per year.
Yes, we do and this is included in most activities. We offer a free transfer from Central Hurghada, if you stay out of the central Hurghada locations a small fee will be charged for the return transfer but you will receive written conformation of this when booking. There are zero hidden surprises and zero hidden costs with Dive UK Hurghada.
This does depend on where you are staying but usually pick up is between 07:00 and 08:00. Drop offs vary due to where the boat goes on any given day but usually times of drop offs are between 15:00 and 16:30.
The boat usually sets off approx. 8:15am and usually arrive to the first dive site at approx.9:30
After the first dive we have a rest period and then a light lunch at approx. 11:30.
The second dive is usually around 1pm and then head back to shore for approx. 3pm.
This can vary depending on dive sites and sea conditions.
Diving in Hurghada is voted the 2nd best in the world. We are very lucky to have over 100 different dives within 1 hours of shore. With over 45 different dives sites and 5 wrecks we are very spoilt for choice and have such a variety of Marine Life and beautiful Corals.
Dive UK Hurghada visits all the sites and not just the ones close by so if you dive with us you will get to see all the best spots and have the best chance to dive with Dolphins, Eagle Rays, Turtles and much more.
Being nervous or anxious is very normal, our British Instructor is very patient and specialises in working with nervous and anxious people. We have a way to put your mind at rest by explaining everything and going though things nice and slowly.
Prior to being a PADI Instructor he used to teach children Football and various Martial Arts back in the UK. He is a qualified FA Coach and used to teach children with disabilities and Special needs. We understand how different people learn and we are able to teach in many different ways to suit all individuals.
We have not seen any Sharks close to shore in Hurghada, however we do know there are sharks in some of the far-out dive sites. We do not take anybody to these places unless they are experienced enough to dive with sharks and the individual wants too. We are very experienced in diving with Sharks and will always give the correct briefings for these encounters.
Diving with Sharks can pose a risk but if you follow the rules and guidelines, we give you this can turn into the most amazing experience of your life and something you will remember.
Yes, we do, we offer a full package which includes self-catering apartments, Dive Packages, trips to Cairo and Luxor and trips to the Salam Express Wreck and Marsa Alam on a day trip. Our Diving Holidays in Hurghada are very popular as it gives our customers total flexibility and the opportunity to have a fully managed holiday just the way you want it.
Please take a look at our diving holiday page for more details. We can fully tailor your holiday to your exact needs and you have it exactly the way you want it.
Yes, you can, we have many pods of Dolphins in Hurghada and the best way to see them is via our Private Speedboat trips. It’s a 4-hour trips and you have a speedboat all to yourself. While there are no guarantees we will find them 95% of our trips do get the chance to swim with these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
Seeing dolphins while Scuba Diving is an amazing experience as they often stay with us and play around us for the whole dive. They love to interact with humans and its always a pleasure to see them. Again, we can make no guarantees to see them but we often do.
Yes, you can, all of our equipment is brand new Aqualung and is looked after to the highest of standards. We sterilise all equipment after use to ensure cleanliness for the next user.
All of our equipment was purchased late 2020 and will be services by the main dealer here in Hurghada when required as per the manufacture. We also offer specialized equipment hire, have brand new X-Deep sidemount equipment and offer Twin tanks rental. The prices for hire can be found here.
We meet all of our students a couple of days prior to starting the course to set out the course content and to give you your study manual. We believe its important none of our students feel rushed and have time to read their books prior to starting the course.
Many operators here will give you the books on the day your start and we have found this often causes stress for the student and the course then becomes very rushed.
We teach to the highest of PADI standards and cut no corners in any of our training, we fully understand everybody learns different so work to your speed to make you feel comfortable. Our Instructor ensures the student is happy at all times and only teaches in small groups to give you the attention you deserve.