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What are the opening times of the dive centre?

The base is open daily from 08.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs.

Which diving certificates are recognized?

We accept the diving certificates of all recognized diving associations from scuba diver upwards.

What should I bring with me when registering?

At the start of your diving holiday with us, we need some information from you. Filling out the forms on site only takes a few minutes.
But you can save time by filling out the necessary forms already at home. The forms can be found here in the download section.
In addition to the forms, we need the following documents from you:

Certification card from a recognized diving association and two copies of your passport and a valid medical certificate, which for persons under 40 years must be not more than two years old and for adults over 40 it must be less than one year old. Also bring with you the vouchers for pre-booked dive packages.

Download the forms here at the Download Centre

How far away is the nearest decompression chamber?

Th nearest decompression chamber with specialist medical supervision is some 10 minutes away from the Dive Centre in Port Ghalib medical center.

For a donation of € 7 a diver will adopt the handling fee the first 6 hours decompression treatment in the pressure chamber financially.

Should I bring a medical certificate with me as a clearance certificate for participating in diving?

ES, the medical certificate should not be older than 24 months for persons under 40 years of age and no older than 12 months for persons over 40 years of age. Bring the certificate with you at check-in.

Forms in the download centre (see link on the top bar). A medical certificate can only be used here by the hotel doctor. The certificate can be obtained for a small fee

Are drinks and snacks available for purchase at the Coraya Dive Centre?

Water, Coke, beer and coffee and tea  are available at the Dive Centre.

At Coraya Divers where do the diving instruction courses take place?

At Coraya Divers we have air-conditioning classrooms with DVD/Video devices and large amounts of documentary material for instructional purposes.

Is there a shop at Coraya Divers?

Of course we have a shop! We have a large range of T-Shirts, equipment, swimwear, accessories, etc.

I have a pre-booked voucher for diving or a diving course. What do I need to pay attention to?

Please bring the vouchers with you when you check in at the dive centre. Important is also that pre-booked vouchers from tour operators dive packages and dive courses, cannot be refunded, nor used for any other services at the location.

Package dives (see price list) will be upgraded to boat or microbus dives.

The 1st dive at CORAYA Divers?

Our orientation-dive is compulsory for every new client!

It takes place on our beautiful house reef.

Each diver completes an orientation-dived during his/her first visit for safety reasons with one of our diving professionals.
Here certification and/or the number of logged dives is irrelevant. The orientation-dive is not only to assess the necessary amount of lead, the equipment and diving skills, but offers you the chance to get to know our house reef with a local guide (no extra charge for the dive guide).

The following exercises are required of us underwater:
Recovery of lung regulators, taking off, putting on and blowing out the mask. Buoyancy during the dive

 Note:

  • the first 2 exercises take place on our platform at a depth of 4 m.
  • Students who have completed these exercises satisfactorily may then participate in all of our diving activities.

Can I dive with Nitrox at Coraya Divers?

We have a Nitrox membrane system.
EAN 32 is available for certified Nitrox – divers at no extra cost!

The orientation dive, even for non-certified Nitrox divers, can be used after a short Nitrox instruction session for divers to get to know the benefits of Nitrox (of course under the supervision of a diving professional and at no additional cost).

Can I dive without a diving guide?

 According to Egyptian law, the following rule applies:

Only divers with more than 25 logged dives may dive independently (without guide).

Divers with less than 25 logged dives must be accompanied by a dive guide, who is registered with the National Chamber of Diving and Water Sports and its approval is renewed for the current year.

(At Coraya Divers a maximum of 6 divers dive with a dive guide per group).

What are the effects of the salt content in the Red Sea?

The buoyancy is significantly higher due to high salt content!

The Red Sea has a salinity of approximately 4.3%; compared to the North Sea, which has a salinity of about 3.2%, the lift is consequently higher, which requires carrying additional lead.

Diving safety! What do I need to know?

Our safety standards exceed the Egyptian requirements. They also meet the strict German rules!

Of course, the base is equipped with first-aid equipment and oxygen.
These aids we carry on all dives (boat, microbus, etc.).

Each of our guides is trained and certified in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in order to effectively help in an emergency.

Emergency buoys are obligatory for Elphinstone trips and are recommended for all other dives. (We have these buoys both for rental and sales).

Does Coraya offer diving insurance for the period of the holiday?

The Deco Chamber in Marsa Alam offers free treatment in the pressure chamber on when your make a donation of €7.

It is not insurance in the strict sense of the word but it supports the chamber which is financed exclusively by such donations. This promises in return each donor free hyperbaric treatment if necessary.

Other types of injuries such as lacerations or ear infections, etc. are not included. This may be treated in the hotel clinic of by one of the hotel physicians.

For this, we would recommend a foreign travel insurance. They are cheap and are always valid for 1 year.

Which wetsuits are used in the Red Sea?

We recommend a 3 to 5mm thick wetsuit. During the summer months a shorty is also adequate. If you are prone to feeling cold, you should bring headgear and a body warmer.

What diving equipment is available at the Dive Centre?

Brand name equipment from Aqualung and Seemann Sub (ABC, jackets, suits, breathing regulators, etc.) can be rented or purchased.

Where can I rinse and store my equipment after the dive?

The dive center has 3 large wash basins with fresh water to rinse the equipment. Then, each client has two hangers in a well-ventilated wet room to allow equipment to dry in the shade. For your booties there are special drying racks in the wet room.

How much lead do I need in the Red Sea?

Compared to the amount of lead in your own equipment in freshwater.
You should use approximately 2 kg more lead than in freshwater. Since we use 12 liter aluminum tanks, you can reckon with 1 to 2 kg more with traditional steel tanks used in Germany.

Do I need a diving computer?

Yes we always use diving computers! For safety reasons every divers is obliged to have a divingn computer. If you do not have one – no problem: Computers can be rented from us.

Is rental equipment available at the Dive Centre?

Rental equipment is available onsite. There are more than 100 rental sets available onsite from the companies Cressi and Seemann Sub. ABC, diving regulator, jackets, suits, computer, diving lights, photo cameras, video, etc. and everything you may need for a perfect dive! – available onsite at a nominal fee.

Can I wear diving gloves?

No. The laws in Egypt prohibit wearing diving gloves.

If I have problems with my equipment, is there qualified staff on hand to service or repair it?

Our team is always at your disposal! In our workshop our trained staff regularly services our rental equipment and we can repair (almost) everything for our clients.

Why type of tanks do you have at Coraya Divers?

We have three different tanks on offer: 12 liter, 15 liter and 9 liter aluminium tanks for compressed air and Nitrox. The tanks are fitted with DIN valves, INT adapters and are available upon request.

What do I need to know to take my own diving torch with me?

Your diving torch should be in your hand luggage! When flying please never pack the torch in hold cabbage. Transport your lamp always in your hand luggage. Please pay attention to the specific provisions of different airlines (bulbs must be removed from the lamp).

Good torches can be rented for a fee from us.

Can I carry a diving knife?

Yes, you may carry a diving knife. The Reason is: Diving knives are tools for use in emergencies.

Which type of valves doe the Coraya diving tanks have?

We use DIN valves but can also use INT connections using an adapter. Simply bring what you have.

Do you rent out underwater cameras?

Yes, we rent little “Action Cam” which hold for a video in HD quality and with whom you can also take photos.
Together with a red filter is a perfect solution for those at home to give you an idea of ​​what one has experienced suburb.
In the rental price of 30 euros per day an SD Memory Card is included.

Does Coraya offer boat trips?

We offer daily several trips with our full-day and half day boat trips. They depart from the harbour only a few minutes away.
Coraya Dive Centre: Five times daily we offer direct trips with our two speed boats to our house reef.
After 20 minutes journey time 8 different sites can be accessed exclusively by Coraya Divers.

Two of these trips coincide with the opening times of the Badingo kids club so parents can dive together without their children.

Furthermore our house reef – Zodiac crosses back and forth every 5 minutes to the outer reaches off our bay so our divers can enjoy the full diversity of our beautiful house reef.

Do you need a minimum number of participants for the boat and bus tours to take place?

We require at least three people for the boat or bus tours (which is guaranteed almost always on account of the size of the dive centre).

Are there also tours to land dive sites?

Every day for the not so seaworthy divers we also offer trips by minibus and pickup to the beautiful long reef diving areas, maximum driving time is 60 minutes.

Do dives take place in any weather?

Basically, the safety of our clients is our top priority. For this reason all our dive trips depend on the weather and can be changed or cancelled for safety reasons without prior notice.

Alternatively, our house reef offers, on account of its topographical position, the possibility safe and beautiful dives 360 days a year which is a rarity, even in Egypt.

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Payment options on-site

Payment with us is possible cash (Euro, US Dollar, Swiss Franc, English and Egyptian Pound) and with Visa and Mastercard.
If you pay by card we have to convert it in US Dollars and will add 2% fee.

Is the use of an SMB (Surface Marker Buoye) obligatory?

Yes, every buddy team needs his own SMB and for trips to our famous Elphinstone reef every single dive needs to own or to rent a SMB for his own safety.
The daily rent of a SMB is 2 € a day.

What are the opening times of the dive centre?

The base is open daily from 08.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs.

Which diving certificates are recognized?

We accept the diving certificates of all recognized diving associations from scuba diver upwards.

What should I bring with me when registering?

At the start of your diving holiday with us, we need some information from you. Filling out the forms on site only takes a few minutes.
But you can save time by filling out the necessary forms already at home. The forms can be found here in the download section.
In addition to the forms, we need the following documents from you:

Certification card from a recognized diving association and two copies of your passport and a valid medical certificate, which for persons under 40 years must be not more than two years old and for adults over 40 it must be less than one year old. Also bring with you the vouchers for pre-booked dive packages.

Download the forms here at the Download Centre

How far away is the nearest decompression chamber?

The nearest decompression chamber with specialist medical supervision is about 5 minutes away from the dive centre, DÉCO Shagra.
For a donation of € 7 a diver will adopt the handling fee the first 6 hours decompression treatment in the pressure chamber financially.

Should I bring a medical certificate with me as a clearance certificate for participating in diving?

ES, the medical certificate should not be older than 24 months for persons under 40 years of age and no older than 12 months for persons over 40 years of age. Bring the certificate with you at check-in.

Forms in the download centre (see link on the top bar). A medical certificate can only be used here by the hotel doctor. The certificate can be obtained for a small fee

Are drinks and snacks available for purchase at the Coraya Dive Centre?

Water and tea are available at the Dive Centre.

At Coraya Divers where do the diving instruction courses take place?

At Coraya Divers we have air-conditioning classrooms with DVD/Video devices and large amounts of documentary material for instructional purposes.

Is there a shop at Coraya Divers?

Of course we have a shop! We have a large range of T-Shirts, equipment, swimwear, accessories, etc.

I have a pre-booked voucher for diving or a diving course. What do I need to pay attention to?

Please bring the vouchers with you when you check in at the dive centre. Important is also that pre-booked vouchers from tour operators dive packages and dive courses, cannot be refunded, nor used for any other services at the location.

Package dives (see price list) will be upgraded to boat or microbus dives.

The 1st dive at CORAYA Divers?

Our orientation-dive is compulsory for every new client!

It takes place on one of our beautiful speed boat places or in the pool of the hotel.

Each diver completes an orientation-dived during his/her first visit for safety reasons with one of our diving professionals.
Here certification and/or the number of logged dives is irrelevant. The orientation-dive is not only to assess the necessary amount of lead, the equipment and diving skills, but offers you the chance to get to know our speed boat dive sites with a local guide (no extra charge for the dive guide).

The following exercises are required of us underwater:
Recovery of lung regulators, taking off, putting on and blowing out the mask. Buoyancy during the dive

 Note:

  • the first 2 exercises take place in shallow water on the sandy surface.
  • Students who have completed these exercises satisfactorily may then participate in all of our diving activities.

Can I dive with Nitrox at Coraya Divers?

We have a Nitrox membrane system.
EAN 32 is available for certified Nitrox – divers at no extra cost!

Can I dive without a diving guide?

 According to Egyptian law, the following rule applies:

Only divers with more than 25 logged dives may dive independently (without guide).

Divers with less than 25 logged dives must be accompanied by a dive guide, who is registered with the National Chamber of Diving and Water Sports and its approval is renewed for the current year.

(At Coraya Divers a maximum of 6 divers dive with a dive guide per group).

What are the effects of the salt content in the Red Sea?

The buoyancy is significantly higher due to high salt content!

The Red Sea has a salinity of approximately 4.3%; compared to the North Sea, which has a salinity of about 3.2%, the lift is consequently higher, which requires carrying additional lead.

Diving safety! What do I need to know?

Our safety standards exceed the Egyptian requirements. They also meet the strict German rules!

Of course, the base is equipped with first-aid equipment and oxygen.
These aids we carry on all dives (boat, microbus, etc.).

Each of our guides is trained and certified in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in order to effectively help in an emergency.

Emergency buoys are obligatory for Elphinstone trips and are recommended for all other dives. (We have these buoys both for rental and sales).

Does Coraya offer diving insurance for the period of the holiday?

The Deco Chamber in Marsa Alam offers free treatment in the pressure chamber on when your make a donation of €7. (BARO MEDICAL SHAGRA)

It is not insurance in the strict sense of the word but it supports the chamber which is financed exclusively by such donations. This promises in return each donor free hyperbaric treatment if necessary.

Other types of injuries such as lacerations or ear infections, etc. are not included. This may be treated in the hotel clinic of by one of the hotel physicians.

For this, we would recommend a foreign travel insurance. They are cheap and are always valid for 1 year.

Which wetsuits are used in the Red Sea?

We recommend a 3 to 5mm thick wetsuit. During the summer months a shorty is also adequate. If you are prone to feeling cold, you should bring headgear and a body warmer.

What diving equipment is available at the Dive Centre?

Brand name equipment from Aqualung and Mares (ABC, jackets, suits, breathing regulators, etc.) can be rented or purchased.

Where can I rinse and store my equipment after the dive?

The dive center has 3 large wash basins with fresh water to rinse the equipment. Then, each client has two hangers in a well-ventilated wet room to allow equipment to dry in the shade. For your booties there are special drying racks in the wet room.

How much lead do I need in the Red Sea?

Compared to the amount of lead in your own equipment in freshwater.
You should use approximately 2 kg more lead than in freshwater. Since we use 12 liter aluminum tanks, you can reckon with 1 to 2 kg more with traditional steel tanks used in Germany.

Do I need a diving computer?

Yes we always use diving computers! For safety reasons every divers is obliged to have a divingn computer. If you do not have one – no problem: Computers can be rented from us.

Is rental equipment available at the Dive Centre?

Rental equipment is available onsite. There are more than 70 rental sets available onsite from the companies Mares and Aqualung,  ABC, diving regulator, jackets, suits, computer, diving lights, photo cameras, video, etc. and everything you may need for a perfect dive! – available onsite at a nominal fee.

Can I wear diving gloves?

No. The laws in Egypt prohibit wearing diving gloves.

If I have problems with my equipment, is there qualified staff on hand to service or repair it?

Our team is always at your disposal! In our workshop our trained staff regularly services our rental equipment and we can repair (almost) everything for our clients.

Why type of tanks do you have at Coraya Divers?

We have three different tanks on offer: 12 liter, 15 liter and 8 liter aluminium tanks for compressed air and Nitrox. The tanks are fitted with DIN valves, INT adapters and are available upon request.

What do I need to know to take my own diving torch with me?

Your diving torch should be in your hand luggage! When flying please never pack the torch in hold cabbage. Transport your lamp always in your hand luggage. Please pay attention to the specific provisions of different airlines (bulbs must be removed from the lamp).

Good torches can be rented for a fee from us.

Can I carry a diving knife?

Yes, you may carry a diving knife. The Reason is: Diving knives are tools for use in emergencies.

Which type of valves doe the Coraya diving tanks have?

We use DIN valves but can also use INT connections using an adapter. Simply bring what you have.

Does Coraya offer boat trips?

Our day tour boats serve two dive sites that are about 15 minutes from the harbour.

Dive Center Coraya: Three times a day our two speedboats leave directly from our house reef.

Ten different dive sites can be reached within maximum 35 minutes.

And every five minutes our house reef zodiac brings divers to the outer parts of the bay to allow you to enjoy all the different parts of our beautiful house reef.

Do you need a minimum number of participants for the boat and bus tours to take place?

We require at least three people for the boat or bus tours (which is guaranteed almost always on account of the size of the dive centre).

Are there also tours to shore dive sites?

For divers preferring to access a dive spot by land rather than by sea we offer minibus and pickup trips to beautiful shore dives with beautiful fringing reefs. Maximum time to reach them is 60 minutes.

Do dives take place in any weather?

Basically, the safety of our clients is our top priority. For this reason all our dive trips depend on the weather and can be changed or cancelled for safety reasons without prior notice.

Alternatively, our house reef offers, on account of its topographical position, the possibility safe and beautiful dives 360 days a year which is a rarity, even in Egypt.

Payment options on-site

Payment with us is possible cash (Euro, US Dollar, Swiss Franc, English and Egyptian Pound) and with Visa and Mastercard.
If you pay by card we have to convert it in US Dollars and will add 2% fee.

Is the use of an SMB (Surface Marker Buoye obligatory?

Yes, every buddy team needs his own SMB and for trips to our famous Elphinstone reef every single dive needs to own or to rent a SMB for his own safety.
The daily rent of a SMB is 2 € a day.