What you Must Know about Red Sea Diving
The Red Sea is an historical landmark, situated on the Gulf of Aqaba by the southernmost fringe of Israel. It is hedged between nascent waters and rough terrain of red mountains. Throughout the year, tourists from cold regions of the globe throng this landscape that is one haven for endemic fish species and a myriad of coral exotics.
Red Sea Diving Geography
Eilat hosts an enchanting resort that is a perfect holiday destination for divers and provides a grand avenue for Red Sea diving. The mountain range of the Red Sea reaches up to 1,500 meters and the peaks measure above sea level at 2,500 meters. The connection to the Indian Ocean is by the channel of Bab el Mandab and at Tiran straits; it joins to the Gulf of Aqaba
The straits record a shallow depth at 134 meters and are unaffected by the flow of cold water from the Indian Ocean. For the Gulf of Aqaba, it measures 23.5meters at its widest reach but has a depth of 1,829 meters at its deepest point. The water temperature hovers between 22 -28 degrees Celsius all-year round.
Red Sea Diving Infrastructure
The aquatic reserve of the Red Sea is proven to host over 1,200 fish species and more than a whopping 250 coral species. The year-long summer experience on these shores provides steady maintenance of the coral reef, boosting aquatic life.
At the Eilat end of the Red Sea, you have the perfect grounds for world class diving along with the allure of the natural reserve with a reef that is 1,200 meters long. Divers logically find it a natural attraction to come to this northern point to behold the splendor of the corals and other underwater wonders.
Red Sea Diving Training Centers
There are more than ten dive centers hosted at Eilat with entrance from the shores along with twenty other dive sites. Most divers who are on their way to the Jordanian city of Aqaba or the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, often use Eilat as a base. It is certainly the safest natural diving sanctuary on earth.
A lot of dive training centers can be found at Eilat, which take advantage of the acclaimed Red Sea Diving with its ready-made diving environment. More than a thousand diving certifications are issued each year here, and if you have an interest, you can access a few options.
As proof of certified diving, you will be requested to present the following:
- • A Diving certificate – Which shows your name and photo from a recognized dive organization like TDI, CMAS, ACUC, NAUI, SSI, amongst others.
- • Professional log book –Which indicates that you are involved in diving during the last 6months. If your documentation shows otherwise, you will be required to join a refresher class before joining normal dive routines.
- • Valid Divers Insurance – There are specified insurance cover for divers that accommodates recompression chamber treatment or such medical attention needed for diving mishaps. There are internet offers that can be readily accessed in case you do not have any.
There are daily guided dives hosted at several dive sites around Eilat, and certified divers have the privilege of admission for these routines. If you are experienced and documented to have made more than 20 dives, you will be eligible to rent dive equipment and go on solo dives, if you so wish.
A Real Red Sea Diving Experience
Eden recounted Red Sea Diving experience during her last trip to Eilat, and this is her story:
Ken was a long -time friend and has been urging me over the years to learn to dive but I was held back by primordial fears. This was to change last winter when I headed to the Red Sea resort of Eilat. I decided to face my fears and learn how to dive in the warmth of the Red Sea where you are bound to find several fun seekers relishing the waters with absolute thrill. Ken made reservations, and I was able to join a dive school with a reputation for safety, teaching, quality of equipment and commitment to marine life preservation and local values.
I started off with an Open Water Course, which centered on video learning, reading and a cocktail of self-assessment as well as tutoring from the Instructor. This combined 5 confined dive exercises in shallow water with 4 open water dive exercises in deeper water. This provides ample time to explore underwater and get accustomed with being at ease down there.
Providence worked out well, and I enjoyed one-on-one instruction as the class was thin, with the Dive center having groups of 4 people on the average. This was to aid personal experiences, rich instruction and limit the chance of environmental damage. Alora was my instructor, and she has taught Red Sea Diving for the last ten years and was excellent at allaying my fears, which gave me a great boost in confidence.
The Red Sea Diving lessons certainly took me out of my comfort zone but I relied on my Instructor who was my dive buddy. She took me through the motions of 100 percent concentration, equipment mastering and overcoming the basic fears of the unknown. Certainly, learning to dive was an astounding experience with the sensation of rising and falling underwater becoming a routine for me in about 10 days.
Looking back, it feels like yesterday, but my confidence has grown, I have recorded more than 45 diving entries in my log book over the last 12 months, and diving has almost become my second nature. I now appreciate the incredible depth of marine life.
Here are a few tips I recommend as you go on Red Sea Diving classes:
- • Get you diving manual and you can read as much as possible before your classes begin
- • Water is king: so, always take a bottle with you, to keep your water cool and you can get one from the Dive Center
- • Your Instructor can help you with underwater photos if you ask for them. You will treasure them much later.
- • Take further peak performance lessons after completing the Open Water course. You will be better placed to control your underwater movement and pose less risk to marine life.