Chris Garley stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Sharm El Sheikh from the 18th – 25th March and learned
to dive with Red Sea Waterworld who are partners with the Red Sea Diving College.
The PADI Open Water Course:
The dive center has a number of different nationalities of staff, to deal effectively with a variety of
nationalities of people wishing to dive. I was greeted by Matt, who appeared to be the main instructor at
the dive center. He was friendly and efficient and clearly enjoyed his work at the center. Whilst filling in
the variety of medical and personal information forms, Matt and I chatted about diving generally and my
interest in learning to dive. He was clearly passionate and knowledgeable about diving in this region,
having spent the last 4 years working in Egypt.
Whilst I waited for the other students to arrive I was given the necessary materials for the course (log
book and PADI dive manual). At the same time the Local Egyptian members of staff helped me gather
necessary equipment for the dive; including wetsuit, boots, mask and goggles, as well as the SCUBA
equipment itself. The centre had a good range of equipment to cater for all sizes of students.
The course instructor was Marnie Starr; a dive master and qualified instructor with extensive knowledge
of diving in Egypt, having lived in Sharm El Sheikh for over a year (and having experience of diving all
over the world).
The PADI Open Water course consisted of 2 people; myself and one other student. I spoke to the staff at
Red Sea Diving College and they said this was usual, with instructors normally having between 1 and 3
students per course. Apparently PADI allows the dive centers to have up to 8 students per class but the
Red Sea Diving College do not like to have more than 4 students per instructor.
At the outset, Marnie explained that the course was "our course" and that we would be able to dictate the
pace of the teaching. As a result of the fact that there were only 2 students, our instructor explained tha