Children as young as 6 years old can experience the fun of scuba diving by doing a SASSI! The SASSI program is a 0.5m “dive” on the stunning Four Seasons House Reef, with a private instructor. Following a simple information and skills briefing, the instructor and child jump into the sea from the Resort’s private jetty and experience the sensation of scuba diving as well as seeing the wide range of fish playing around just below the surface. Once completed, the new diver is presented with a personalised SASSI certificate!
The Bubblemaker program really is as fun as it sounds! It gives children as young as 8yrs old the chance to experience scuba diving whilst playing games together with their instructor in the swimming pool. We can take up to 4 children in the pool at the same time making it even more fun for the children (and the instructor!) and once completed the children receive a Bubblemaker certificate, a sticker and a temporary tattoo!
Scuba diving is so far removed from everyday life that the first dip in the sea is something that is never forgotten. Experience flying without wings, hovering motionlessly and defying gravity whilst being weightless and breathing underwater, not to mention all the incredible marine life to be seen here in the Red Sea as well!
Here at Sinai Blues we offer Introductory Dives to 5m on our stunning House Reef where many different species of fish and coral can be seen in the clear warm water with a private instructor. Once the House Reef has been mastered, there is the option of taking a course to become a qualified scuba diver or doing more Introductory Dives, venturing a little further afield by RIB (rigid inflatable boat) on reefs away from the resort.
Scuba diving is the closest feeling we are ever going to experience to flying… Here at Sinai Blues we can give our guests that feeling as well as get them up close and personal with the breath-taking marine life of the Red Sea.
The Discover Scuba Dive (DSD) teaches skills in the swimming pool that can be useful for the 12m dive that follows on our beautiful House Reef.
The beauty of doing the DSD is that for those who wish to continue to get a diving license, they have already completed the first day of the course! Alternatively, for those who feel the course isn’t for them, they have the opportunity to make more 12m dives on reefs away from the Resort by RIB (rigid inflatable boat).
For anyone who has ever thought about becoming a qualified diver, the Red Sea and more specifically Sinai Blues is one of the best places in the world to make that happen.
We are incredibly fortunate at Sinai Blues to have one of the finest house reefs the area has to offer which is where we teach our guests to become divers. With flawless visibility, barely any currents and a reef teeming with marine life, there is nowhere else you would rather be learning to dive.
The PADI Scuba Diver course is the perfect diving course for those who do not have or do not want to spend much time on becoming a qualified diver. 2-3 days, 3 theoretical segments, 3 confined water skill sessions in the pool, and 2 open water dives completed on the House Reef is all it takes to become a qualified PADI Scuba Diver, trained to dive to 12m with a PADI professional. Students have the opportunity to save studying time whilst in the Resort by registering for and completing the theoretical work online with PADI prior to arrival.
Divers have the opportunity to upgrade from the PADI Scuba Diver license to the PADI Open Water license either on the same holiday if time allows or at a later stage.
The Red Sea, and in particular Sinai Blues, is one of the best locations in the world to learn to become a diver.
With endless visibility in the water, minimal currents and a reef bursting with marine life, we have one of the very finest house reefs in the area providing the perfect environment to learn to dive in. We are confident there is nowhere else our guests would rather learn to become a diver.
The most common learn to dive course is the PADI Open Water course. Following 4-5 days of pool training, theoretical study and diving on our House Reef, our students receive a PADI license that is world renowned and confirms the holder is trained to dive to 18m. Students have the opportunity to save studying time whilst in the Resort by registering for and completing the theoretical work online with PADI prior to arrival.
Should divers wish to improve their diving skills, they can further their education by considering the PADI Advanced Open Water course, alternatively PADI Speciality courses.
The PADI Advanced Open Water course is one of the most popular courses newly qualified divers go on to do. “Advanced” doesn’t mean ‘difficult’ it simply means advancing diving skills and knowledge. During the Advanced Open Water course, through a variety of Adventure Dives, divers build their confidence and improve on their diving skills.
The course is 5 Adventure Dives completed over 2-3 days, each consisting of a small amount of theoretical study. 2 dives of the course are pre-selected by PADI; Deep and Underwater Navigation, however, students have the flexibility of choosing the 3 other adventure dives, the most popular being; Drift, Boat, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night and Fish Identification. Students have the opportunity to save studying time whilst in the Resort by registering for and completing the theoretical work online with PADI prior to arrival.
There is a short course or program for almost anything anyone can think of to do underwater. And if there isn’t one, it is possible to make one! There are currently over 30 different Specialty Courses available, however, divers should choose wisely as some are hard-pushed to complete here in the Red Sea such as ‘Ice Diver’ and ‘Altitude Diver’!
Between our highly qualified team of instructors we are able to offer most specialities, but for any divers who have a particular speciality in mind, it is always wise to drop us an email to be sure we offer that speciality.
There are 76 recognised diving sites within daily boat distance of Sharm El Sheikh. A good collection of these are to be found within a few minutes by RIB (rigid inflatable boat) from the Four Seasons Resort’s private jetty, offering diving conditions for a wide range of abilities. Thanks to the 1200+ different species of marine life, the Red Sea is recognised as one of the leading diving destinations of the world. Sinai Blues divers can enjoy, reef systems, coral gardens, wall diving, drift diving, night diving, wreck diving or just pottering around the shallows on our Resort’s charming house reef. Water temperatures rarely drop below 22C in the winter and rises to 30C in the summer making Sharm El Sheikh a year-round diving destination.
What Makes Sinai Blues Different?
We are very proud of the fact that we offer an unrivalled diving service in Sharm El Sheikh largely due to our fleet of luxury boats, facilities and handpicked crew which allow us to offer a convenient, efficient and tailormade, unique diving experience.
At Sinai Blues everything is taken care of. Freshly rinsed wetsuits are laid out on the briefing table along with a diving computer, whilst your scuba unit has already been set up on a fresh tank and loaded on the RIB along with weights.
Following the briefing, it’s wetsuit and life jacket on with the assistance of the dive centre crew, leaving just the mask, fins and boots to be collected from the jetty prior to boarding the RIB. The boat crew are on hand to assist with kitting up as well as helping divers in and out of the water. After the dive, fresh towels and a bottle of mineral water are offered for the journey back. The disassembling and rinsing of your kit are all taken care of between dives as well as a full kit wash and equipment pack after the last dive.
Our RIBs move directly from our private jetty three times a day for a one tank dive, either in the Northern Reefs of Sharm or the Straits of Tiran, a round trip of 2hrs, offering complete flexibility, allowing our guests to enjoy the facilities of the Resort or time with their family or friends between their dives.
Our twin engine RIBs take our divers to either Ras Mohamed National Park or SS Thistlegorm for 2 dives and have them back in the Resort in time for lunch.
Spending the day on the sea on a big daily diving boat with family or friends is a well-established pastime in Sharm which is why we also offer all these destinations by luxury daily boats as well as by RIBs.
Our diver to dive guide ratio does not exceed 6:1.
Sinai Blues has access to dive sites that no other dive centres do, so unless you have dived with us before, we will be able to take you to new dive sites that you have never done before!
Too often in diving we’re told not to go deep or go into decompression. Well in recreational diving we shouldn’t. With a single tank and limited time, we’d soon be in trouble if we broke limits. The problem is that denying the means doesn’t dampen the desire. The curiosity we have for what is down there is a healthy and natural human reaction.
If your favourite wreck or reef was suddenly placed at 40-45m deep instead of 30m then you’d probably still want to visit it. Now the depth and time available will conflict with your recreational qualifications.
Technical scuba diving agencies also recognise these recreational limits but provide the additional training through structured courses to reach new depths and time durations in an extremely safe manner.
The good news is that when you take a beginner level tech course ALL of your diving improves. Why wait several years prising information from reluctant dive guides when you can have a big injection of knowledge and development in one hit? This ‘spike’ of learning reverses back into recreational and sport diving; you’ll be surprised at what you can learn on tech courses.
As you see, tech divers don’t just ‘chance their arm’ but acquire a broad range of skills and knowledge just like soldiers, pilots, captains or anyone else in occupations of increased responsibility or higher risk environments. You can do it too, with a bit of dedication and commitment. You’ll be surprised at what you might find out about yourself.
The list of courses follows a natural progression for divers. Read about each course, some reasons for doing it, what you’ll learn and how you can put them to good use. You can start when you like and progress as you see fit. The important thing is to know that the training is there if you ever want it. Never do anything for reasons other than your own.