I owe thanks to Sharon (SharonR), a good friend who gave me the gift of a dive for my 60th birthday. This was so much fun and I enjoyed it immensely.
Took Tal's boyfriend Itzik along so I would have a friend to share the experience with later.
The Sigala Diving School is just a one room affair in the back of a building that looks like a shack just across from the Almog Beach in Eilat...no sign, no fanfare, just a small group of divers who want to share the experience of being in the new underwater world with you. Just ask around and you will get directed there. Dekel was both my instructor and later dive guide. He told me that many people feel uncomfortable underwater the first time. Well I guess I did not since I had a great time and he let me weave in and out of the small coral reefs that line the beach in Eilat almost without interference. Just sometimes directing me to special spots or to look in a certain direction to catch some of the denizens of the deep in action.
If you have the time, I would suggest this to anyone, it only takes about 1.5-2 hours, which includes preparing your equipment, suiting you up, the instruction, entering the water, EXPERIENCING THE DIVE, and then stripping down and showering before getting your underwater photos taken by the dive guides. DO IT, you will not regret this experience.
If you do this, ask for Dekel and tell him the grandfather whale sent you !!! Or better yet, show him the photo. I will post more in the travelogues.
The following link lists other diving facilities in Eilat:
A full PADI diving course for a single star takes about 5 days or you can go for the two stars and it will take an added 3 days I believe Dekel told me.
Barracuda diving center is one of the most professional diving centers in eilat.
Diving in the red sea is an amazing experience, and its available for anyone interested, even those who are not qualified divers and have never dove before. (escorted by a qualified diving instructor of course.)
That is called an introductory dive and is meant to introduce people to the wonderful world of diving..
Barracuda diving center offers a verity of diving courses starting from the basic open water courses and following with instructor courses and all different technical diver courses, including the fascinating close circuit system diver.
They also do guided dives for qualified divers to different interesting diving sites in the red sea
The satil wreck
The yatush wreck
The underwater university,
So which experience is the right one for you??
Dive Sites in the Red Sea- Eilat: Private Diving in Eilat with www.divetelaviv.com
· The Satil wreck
· The Yatush wreck
· Eel Garden
· The Caves
· Coral Beach Reserve
· The Paradise
· The Amphitheater
· Neptune Tables
The Satil wreck: Once an Israeli navy missile ship and now a wonderful dive site. This 45 meter long wreck was sunk in 1994 to attract fish and divers. The ship is completely intact and can be reached easily from the shore.
Depth – 24 meters.
Diving level – Beginners and experienced divers.
The Yatush Wreck: Built in The US to serve the US Navy in the Vietnam War. The Yatush boat carried American troopers in the Vietnamese rivers. During the mid 80's was brought to Israel to serve the Israeli navy. With its rich military history the Yatush boat now rests its final sleep at the depths of the Red Sea.
Depth- 32 meters.
Diving level- Experienced divers.
Eel Garden: A cool diving site located on the way of many other dive sites.
A garden of Eels. A great dive site.
Depth- 10 meters.
Diving level- Beginners and experienced divers.
The Red Sea in Israel is one of the best dive places in the world.
with great visibility and warm temperature all year long, You are almost certain to catch an excellent dive each time.
Dive Tel Aviv diving center specializes in private diving and private scuba diving instruction in Israel. Diving with an expert diver can really upgrade your diving experience.
The Instructors at Dive Tel Aviv will help you make the most out of your
diving vacation in Israel. As expert divers of the Red Sea,
we know the best location and the best time to visit each of our Diving Sites.
* Professional and experienced diving Instructors.
* Personal Service.
* Loose the crowd 2-4 divers max.
* New and properly maintained diving gear, at all sizes.
* Great Dive Sites and diving locations.
* Longer Dives. All Dives are private dives.
* Pure enjoyment, 100% Fun.
I would like to recommend Red Sea Lucky Divers to anyone looking to scuba in the Eilat/Gulf of Aqaba Red Sea. As others have noted, you do not need to be certified to take an introductory dive and the coral reefs of the Gulf of Aqaba around Eilat are beautiful. Regarding Red Sea Lucky Divers, they are a 5 Star PADI Dive Center and both my daughter and son-in-law have been certified there, and my son and I have gone on many dives with them. They are a family owned well established shop with top notch instructors/guides. They can take you on dives that correspond to your level of training and comfort. They also can teach any level of classes from Intro to Instructor. The Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat/Red Sea has the most Northern coral beaches in the World, and the water is warm all year around. I have dived there in the Spring and recently just did two days of diving in the end of December.
Prodive in Eilat is the best dive centre in Israel.
The gear you use is some of the best in the world and its fun, safe, friendly and an amazing experence at Prodive
website in english and hebrew
Diving in Eilat is awesome! If you are certified, take a guided tour from the coral beach resort. The Japanese gardens are amazing, but you will need a scuba boat to get you there. The “Yatouche” (mosquito in Hebrew) is a fun little wrack sitting comfortably at 30 meters. Never done SCUBA before? No problem. Take an intro dive and see the underwater world for the first time from a different point of view. Deep dive resort was our underwater adventures “home base”. Ask for Ariel, a friendly American/Israeli instructor.
The SCUBA diving in Eilat is nice but not world class. Its certainly fun but the shoreline nature reserve is simply just okay. We hear that Coral Island (boat trip) is the place to go but we did not have the time.
Make sure you do not use Dolphin Reef as your dive center. They provide a decent snorkel trip to get relatively close (3 meters) to the dolphins, but they provide a horrendous SCUBA experience. The SCUBA guides are nasty, rude and only interested in the customers wallet. Ilan, the dive manager, is a condescending SOB. Rather, use the dedicated SCUBA centers that are near the nature reserve. A much better experience.
IF you do not have certification its ok! This is such a great experience and there are so many ways to do it. If it is your first time diving, the red sea is a great place to start. There is amazing sea life in the red sea, and you do not have to go far to get there. An instructor will go down with you, and hold your hand the entire time if necessary. Just relax, breathe, and make sure you get the underwater camera! They rent them, and the pictures are AWESOME!
If you're there and your health allow it then you must do it.
If you have a licence then its easier, if not you can go to any of the diving clubs and do the Intro diving, thats a dive with a guide that will lead you hand in hand and show you how it feels under the water.
Do it once and you'll Love it !!!!!
There are many diving clubs in Eilat and most of them are very good and safe.
You can also make the course but that takes a week if im not wrong...