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Dive Review of Red Sea Diving College/Marriott Na'am Bay in
Red Sea/Na'am Bay

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Penhearow, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 5828
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Dominican Republic, Philippines (Boracay & Malapascua)&
St. Lucia. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
26   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time, air 750psi & depth - limits established at each dive site.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was a dedicated tank, but some of the boats had nowhere to recharge
camera batteries.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Red Sea Diving College is a professional, efficient diving operation
located at Naam Bay. They currently operate 6-Boats with a average length
of 18- washrooms on board. All tanks and personal equipment is placed in a
plastic crate and loaded on and off each dive boat, ready for the next day.
The dive guides are very knowledgeable with an impressive amount of
experience. Dive briefings are thorough as were the diagrams. Depth, time
and air limits are established on each dive with Nitrox usage carefully

After a compulsory check out dive, you chose your dive sites: local, Ras
Mohammed or day excursions: Tiran, Dahab and Thistlegorm. Lunch is provided
for 50 Egyptian Pounds on the day excursions. You place your name on a
whiteboard for your desired dive site, as soon as there is a set minimum of
divers the excursion is confirmed. Recommend you do this right away. Use
cash (any major currency) for the deeper discounts generally given.

Of the 14-dives in total, I used a 15 Litre steel tank with 32% Nitrox.
Some highlights:

Ras Mohamed (4- Dives): Rated as one of the top 10 dive sites globally,
enjoyed the dives & coral. 
Tiran (2-Dives): Excellent dive sites. The two best are Jackson and Thomas.
However, at Jackson beware of strong current NW of the Island  you will be
swept away, as were 2-DMs!
Thistlegorm (2-Dives): Definitely worth the 3.5 hrs to get there  a sight
to behold. You go down the shock-line and explore. Usually first dive is
external and second internal  lots to see  trucks, motorcycles, rifles,
ammo etc. There was little current on my dive.
Dahab (2-Dives): Excellent shore dive, but beware of sharp rocks! Enjoyed
the Canyon (easy dive), the Bells was exciting and the drift dive to the
Blue Hole enjoyable.

In summation: Enjoyed the 14- dives in total with Red Sea Diving College.
Am thankful to three outstanding instructors: Nasser Shaban who kept an eye
on an inexperienced/nervous diver, Ali who took me around Thistlegorm and
Ahmed with his willing helping hands at Dahab! A little disappointed that I
did not see some of the larger pelagic fish, but was informed the best time
is in the summer: June-August. If I can brave the heat, will return then! 

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