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PADI Open Water Diver course

Dahab (15)
from/per person 295
  • Scuba Diving
  • Beginner Course
  • Certification provided
  • eLearning available


Learn scuba diving with us!

PADI Open Water Diver is the most popular diving course in the world. It will qualify you to dive to 18m and give you a whole new way to travel and explore the world.

  • 4 day course
  • Maximum 6 students per instructor
  • Includes theory, learning underwater skills and 4 Open Water dives
  • Beautiful Red Sea aquatic life
  • Full equipment rental included
  • PADI manual (digital pdf or book) included
  • Optional upgrade to PADI eLearning or Touch manual, with integrated video and interactive quizzes
  • Fully qualifies you to dive to 18 meters

Course Content

Learning scuba diving isn’t difficult, but like any activity worth doing, it requires some time and effort. You will learn Theory, Underwater skills and Open Water Diving:


The PADI Open Water Diver Manual and Video explain the basic principles and procedures of scuba diving. You will learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best equipment and what to consider when planning dives. You’ll also see underwater skills demonstrated and explained.

You review what you studied with your instructor and take short quizzes to be sure you’re getting it. At the end of the course, you take an exam that makes sure you understand all the key concepts of scuba diving.

You can do all of the theory in Dahab, or you can get started in advance with PADI’s excellent digital learning materials. Once your deposit is received, we can email download codes for a digital pdf manual or for the optional eLearning/Touch version of the manual with integrated video – either way, you’ll get the ‘homework’ out of the way before your holiday!

Confined Water skills

This is where scuba diving in Dahab has a big advantage. Instead of spending time in a swimming pool, we are lucky in Dahab to have calm shallow pool-like conditions on our doorstep in the lovely Red Sea. You’ll learn everything from setting up your gear, to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing – and you’ll enjoy the Red Sea fish life right from your first step in the water. You’ll also practice emergency skills like sharing air.

There are five confined water dives. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need for scuba diving in open water.

Open Water Dives

Now we move to the Open Water diving at Lighthouse reef. This is where you have fun putting it all together and fully experience the underwater adventure. There are 4 Open Water dives, by the end of which you will feel comfortable, safe and in control of your scuba diving. This is the most fun part of the course because you get to have fun enjoying beautiful diving in the Red Sea.


10 years for Junior Open Water Diver and 15 years for Open Water Diver. Good health, reasonable fitness and comfort in the water.

Booking options

  • You can book the PADI Open Water course only
  • You can add accommodation, airport transfers, etc – as you book
  • If you’d prefer to contact us , we’ll be happy to tailor a package for you.
  • You can even get started on your course today with PADI eLearning!

Get started now with PADI eLearning

PADI eLearning is becoming a very popular way to learn to dive! It costs a bit more, but it gets all the ‘homework’ out of the way before your holiday 🙂



The PADI Open Water course is modular. Each section must be completed before moving on to the next, and so timings are flexible. Generally, a course looks something like this:

Day 1
  • Check in 9am (or at agreed arrival time)
  • Theory
  • Fitting equipment
  • Lunch
  • Dive briefing
  • Confined Water
  • De-briefing
  • Theory
Day 2 & 3
  • Dive briefing
  • Confined Water
  • De-briefing
  • Theory
  • Lunch
  • Dive briefing
  • Open Water dive
  • De-briefing
  • Theory
Day 4
  • Dive briefing
  • Open Water dive 3
  • De-briefing
  • Lunch
  • Dive briefing
  • Open Water dive 4
  • De-briefing
  • Final exam
  • Celebrate!


And now that you're a certified diver, there is a whole new world of adventure waiting for you! Read more about diving Dahab


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15 Reviews
  • Overall Experience

- Nov, 04, 2017 -

Mette P

Beautiful people and spirit, such relaxed Dahab stile place. We stayed only one week this time in Dahab, and since my daughter was now old and strong enough to learn to dive, i had no hesitation, but knew we would be treated so well at Desert Divers, as i know Said forme long time ago, back in 96, when i worked as a dive master for a year in Dahab and Sharm el sheikh. I have returned many times since, and got to meet Saids beautiful Wife Tanis. They together run Desert Divers, and have a good group of staff working for them, all very friendly and relaxed, very good divers. My daughter is 16 and she was taught to Dive by Tarik, she was a single student, and was so lucky to be shown a lot of interesting stuff in the water, as Tarik also is an underwater fotographer. He also took some great pics of her diving, and filmed some of their great experiences under sea level. We can surely recommend this Cosy corner of Dahab. Desert Divers is the place you must find, you won't regret it, such a warm hearted group of people will make it all worth it. Have fun, and we will be back in 2018.

- Jun, 13, 2016 -

Iselin Wiehe, via TripAdvisor

“Amazing, relaxing and absolutely perfect for diving!” Me and my friend took our open water diving license here. It was very easy to complete, with help from an amazing instructor. The staff working here is also amazing. The place has very good energy and is very chill.

- Jun, 29, 2015 -

Zoumbatlis, via TripAdvisor

“Simply fantastic!” I went to Desert Divers for the first time to do my Open Water diving course. I had a wonderful experience! My instructor was as professional as can be, super fun, and very flexible. The passion that my instructor has for diving radiates so clearly- she didn't just teach me skills... she shared her passion with me. The staff are very friendly and welcoming (not to mention diverse and cultural)! I HIGHLY recommend this center! Desert Divers, thank you so much for all you do. Till next time!

- Jun, 13, 2015 -

Mag3d_M, via TripAdvisor

“Amazing people, Dive centre - Great experience!!” I've been back the second time and it was just great! My journey with Desert Divers started back in January 2015, I contacted them via email, with a list of 'wish-to-do' list & questions. I wanted to finish the Night diver speciality, with a trip to SS Thistlegorm shipwreck. They were extremely quick, and PROFESSIONAL in their 'reply', No confusing or general replies! They will simply organize everything for you. In early June 2015, I returned back & spent a week diving with them. My lil bro. finished his Padi O.W & A.O.W courses with the amazing, professional and fun instructor Claire. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience with the dive operation and the dive sites. The instructors, DMs/guide staff are very friendly, understanding and they're truly know what they're doing, complete experts! Besides the professionalism, excellent equipment, reasonable prices, location is great. Dahab is gold and with Desert Divers, it's super Gold. Desert Divers people are very fun and relaxing to be with. After a few minutes with them you feel you have met friends and when the diving vacation is at an end you wind up missing them too in addition to the great diving. Also, staying at Marine Garden camp is superb, especially for a laid back people like me. Thanks to Desert Divers owners and team, Tanis, Said, Claire, Khalid, Samih, Hamid, Mohamed/Marine Garden Camp people & Am Abduallah our driver, for a wonderful and inspiring dive vacation. I will see you all again around October 2015.

- Apr, 09, 2015 -

Jens Glahn, via TripAdvisor

“Diving with Desert Divers" Totally fantastic week with Claire and Annemie as highly skilled and very pleasant diving instructors at the Desert Divers!So much fun.( and concentrated reading!). And staying at Marine Garden is superb with excellent service and so close to the sea. We need to come back and do some more diving and maybe desert trips:-) Dahab is such a nice, friendly place, no tourist rush. Highly recommended!!

- Apr, 09, 2015 -

Kristian K, via TripAdvisor

“Great diving experience” Instead of paying a lot of money for my PADI Open Water course in Denmark, I decided to do it in Dahab - and what a good decision. The staff was very nice, professional and made me feel welcome from first minute. As a diver student, there is a lot of things to remember, but the instructor made sure not to rush anything, made sure everyone on the course felt comfortable and that was very nice indeed. All in all a very good experience, and I for sure will return to Desert Divers and Dahab :-)

- Sep, 03, 2014 -

Alphalil11, via TripAdvisor

“Top Class” This is a hardworking, friendly, intelligent, professional and safety conscious organisation. The people involved clearly care about their environment, have lots of local knowledge which they are happy to share. Desert Divers benefits from having a cross section of staff ranging in age and from different cultural backgrounds. Desert Divers were conscientious in their approach to any anxieties we may have had about our 16yr old daughter completing her PADI OW and AOW safely and their positive and constructive approach meant that it was an entirely fulfilling experience for her. We are unlikely to forget the adventures we had on the two day Camel/Dive safari we took part in. We discovered that Camels are magnificent creatures and the landscape is beautiful and dynamic. We discovered what an untouched coral reef looks like, we developed some understanding about how robust and resourceful the Bedouin people are and we now understand what it means to be part of the universe (big statement I know but just try sleeping on the beach under the starry sky). Finally, we really appreciated the jokes...some were really bad but some were just top class!

- May, 30, 2014 -

Yulia, via TripAdvisor

“Best diving in Dahab” This place is absolutely amazing! If you're willing to start scuba diving but still not sure, self-confident, or have any questions - just go to Desert Divers! All the doubts will vanish immediately. - Very friendly and professional team! Million thanks to Tanis, Ellen, Khaled and the rest of the team! Special BIG thanks to our instructor Claire who is the most patient, helpful, nice, and inspiring instructor ever! I was a student who really needed a lot of attention and time - and I fully got it! - Comfortable location: 3 minutes walk to Dahab's key scuba training spot (Lighthouse). - Variety of scheduling possibilities; you can go with a small group. - Reasonable prices! - Nice and relaxed atmosphere. Began as a scared rookie - after 2.5 weeks finished as a self-reliant Advanced Open Water Diver! Highly recommend!

- Apr, 27, 2014 -

Aaron H, via TripAdvisor

“Excellent diving classes!!” Spent 6 days in Dahab and completed the Open Water and Advanced PADI diving classes here. They were super responsible, safety conscious, and above all - very friendly! Highly recommended.

- Jan, 20, 2014 -

SynneH001, via TripAdvisor

“Perfect week diving in Dahab!” I have just returned from a week spent completing my Open Water and Advanced PADI diving courses with Claire at Desert Divers. I can't recommend them highly enough - I have learnt and experienced so much in just a week and feel like I have really got to grips with diving from the instruction I received. If you do a course, you get a variety of different dives, like night diving and deeper dives and you learn different skills like underwater navigation. They always emphasized safety which is something you have to be careful about as not all of the dive centres are as safety-conscious as they should be. Most of all though I had fun and was always excited to get back in the water for each dive. I also did a half day of climbing with Desert Divers and came away having climbed routes that I started off thinking I would never be able to get up. A real confidence boost! I went as a female solo traveller and soon found that doing activities with Desert Divers was the perfect way to meet other like-minded people. It was all such an enjoyable experience and I'm already looking forward to getting back out there next winter.

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