Aqua Stars

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Questions & Answer

  • What is the climate temperature in the Red Sea ?

The diving season is year-round with visibility averaging 30m. Water temperatures range from 20°C in the winter months to 29°C in summer. From May to September, the air temperature ranges between 38°C and 45°C, and from October through to April between 23°C and 29°C. From December to February, the nights can be quite cold, but in the summer the nights are warm. July and August are the hottest months. In winter, often be a breeze.
Divers can use LYCRA, DARLEX or POLARTEC suits during late spring, summer and early autumn. During winter, a 5mm two-piece suit is best and for the evenings, a light sweater or jacket is recommended.

  • What is the water temperature in the Red Sea ?

Actual average water temperatures at our regular locations (winter to summer)
•    El Gouna: 22 to 24°C
•    Hurghada: 23 to 26°C
•    Marsa Alam: 25 to 27°C
•    Nuweiba: 25 to 27°C
•    Sharm El Sheikh: 26 to 28°C

  • Are there any compulsory Vaccinations ?

No compulsory vaccinations are required but hepatitis A, polio, typhoid, and tetanus are recommended.

  • Do I need a Visa for Egypt & how to obtain it ?

If you have not already arranged your Egyptian visa in your home country then you will need to purchase this in the airport on arrival. Please note that visas must be paid for in cash (Egyptian Pounds, Euro, GBP or USD) with change given in Egyptian Pounds.

When visiting Sinai, there are two visa options, a 'Sinai only' visa and a 'full Egypt' visa. To dive Ras Mohamed, Dunraven and Thistlegorm and to travel to Cairo or outside of Sinai, please ensure you get the 'full Egypt' visa.

  • How Should I transport my equipment & what is the estimated cost ?

Scuba equipment must be within the weight allowance allowed by the airline. Some airlines allow you to purchase extra weight for equipment, please check when booking your flight. BCDs and bottles must be emptyed, properly closed and carried in the hold. Note: Some content and depth gauges and computers can be affected by low pressure. As with cameras, these should be carried as part of your hand luggage.

  • What is the local time in Egypt ?

Egypt is 2 hours ahead of GMT.

  • What is local currency in Egypt ?

Egyptian pound  or EGP. Local abbreviation LE is derived from the French language “Livre Egyptienne”. And you can pay directly wither with $, €  or £ in most of the places and exchange is available everywhere at your convenience.

  • What kind of wetsuit do I need in Egypt ?

Shortie in the summer and most people are OK in 5mm long for the winter. Instructors are mainly in dry suits.

  • What are the available sizes for rented equipment at your dive centers ?

Mask, snorkel, regulators are standard. Boots xxs - xxxl, BCD xs - xl, shortie wetsuits xs - xxl, Full wetsuits xs - xxxl, fins (open heeled used with boots and full foot) xs - xl. We have a small stock of BCDs and shortie wetsuits for children.

  • What languages do your instructors/ guides speak ?

English, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, Czech & French

  • What languages are available for diving materials ?

English, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, Czech & French

  • Are there any schedule days to begin and finish every different course ?

Arranged to cater with individual different needs & retirements

  • Do the special trips run every day ?

It runs two times a week for divers less than 8 persons and any time once the requested group go up to a minimum of 8 person.

  • If I am not sure that I want to take this course, can I try it first ?

Yes, we do free try dives in the pool. If you want to experience a little bit of what an Open Water Course is like we do a Discover Scuba Diving experience, which gives a little taster as to what to expect.

  • What dive sites are suitable for novice divers ?

All local sites are suitable, depending on weather conditions.

  • What is the minimum age to become a certified diver ?

10 years old to become a certified diver, but don't worry if you're not - our PADI Bubblemaker program will set you on your way from ages 8 upwards.

  • Do I have to be a great swimmer to become a diver ?

No but you must be able to swim 200m using any stroke and be able to tread water for 10 minutes.

  • Do you rent underwater photography’s equipments ?

Yes we do

  • What is the best time of the year to dive the Red Sea ?

The Red Sea, Egypt is the perfect diving spot all year round. 2nd week of November to the end of March can be cooler with strong winds but people like it because the boats and the sea are quiet. April to June, look out for manta and the occasional whale shark; summer is lots of shoaling fish, barracuda, trevallies, snapper, batfish. Water temps are lovely but downside is the air temp - very hot. September/October and 1st two weeks of November - air temps are beautiful and water is still warm. Marine sightings will vary depending on which dive resort you are staying at.

  • What are the expected marine life to see in the Red Sea ?

There is a recorded approximate 1238 species of marine life - fish, flora, fauna which inhabit the Red Sea. The most popular are clown fish, moray, turtle, napoleon and parrot fish. Each Dive Centre page gives you a sample of some of the marine life you can see from their particular area.

  • Can non divers go with the diving boat along with divers to snorkeling ?

Yes. The rule with swimming and snorkelling on boats is, if the person is not a diver they must wait until a diving staff member is back on the boat from a dive before entering the water. If the diving partner chooses not to make one of his/her dives they are allowed to be the supervising person. This is because, according to the CDWS, the diving member is viewed to have had their swimming ability assessed.

  • Can Children come on the diving boat ?

On the diving boats it is 4yrs. Under 4yrs it is at the dive centre's discretion. Children must be supervised on the boat. For example if both parents are divers one must be present at all times, unless they bring a nanny or have a friend to supervise whilst they are diving. They cannot expect the crew of the boat or the diving staff to supervise.

  • Can I swim with the dolphins ?

It very much depends on which resort you are staying in. There's a good chance when staying in El Gouna and Marsa Alam, less so in Hurghada and Sharm. El Gouna runs a dolphin snorkelling trip, suitable for non-divers too and Marsa Alam has a marine reserve set up around resident spinner dolphins.

  • Do I need insurance ?

Yes and it is important to check & verify the insured depth. Some insurances are for are for 18m only and others are for your certification level. If you want to dive deeper, eg you are on a tech course, it is important to check properly. We can provide this in resort for a small charge.

  • What do I do if I have a medical condition ?

You will find a copy of the standard Medical Form on the PADI website. If you are doing a course, and can answer 'yes' to any of these questions, then you should see a doctor before arriving and bring with you a signed Medical Declaration that you are fit to dive from them.

  • I need a vision correction, is that a problem ?

No. Many divers wear contact lenses and you can also get masks with corrective lenses.

  • If I have been diving , how long should I wait before flying ?

PADI recommend 12 hours before flying after 1 dive, 18 hours if you have done multiple dives over multiple days. Here at Aqua Stars , we require you to have 24 hours clear before flying.

  • I have lost my certificate card, can I still dive with you ?

If you are a PADI certified diver, your certificate record can be verified online via PADI , but if you are any other body, you should be able to verify your certificate level.

  • I lost my Logbook , can I still diving with you ?

Yes, providing your prove you're a diver. We may require you to do a check dive or scuba review first depending on your level, how many dives you think you have and when your last dive was.

  • Do you use DIN Or International tanks ?

We use both types

  • Where Can I Store my diving kit securely overnight?

On the boat or in secure equipment  room.

  • I haven’t dived for a while, do I have to take a part on in a course ?

Depends what level you are, how many dives you've got and when you last dived. If you are novice with not very many dives and not dived for a year we would strongly recommend a scuba review which is a one day refresher (bit of pool, bit of theory and a dive from the beach) if you are somewhat more experienced, maybe you are PADI advanced or rescue with 50-60 dives, you haven't dived for maybe 18 months we may suggest a check dive, which is part of the daily diving activity but you just refresh 4 basic skills. Takes about ten minutes, that's all.

  • How many dives per day will I be able to do ?

The normal diving day is 2 dives and the boats are usually tanked up for an optional 3rd dive paid locally. You can also do night dives in most resorts.

  • What is maximum depth I can go to ?

Our guides will guide to 30m on recreational dives or to the limit of your diving qualification. If you have a deep spec to say 40m, you have a buddy of equal level and can show your insurance allows you to dive to this depth, then CDWS allows diving to 40m. Technical divers will abide by the depth permitted by their Diving certificates in light of their respective training level.

  • What is the maximum dive time ?

Generally 60 mins and this is so we can account for all divers.

  • Do you have trained staff & preparation for physically challenged divers ?

We have a bunch of trained and certified staff to cater with whom are physically challenged.

  • Do you have any other special programs  ?

We have the following customized programs:
Special Dolphin Safari
Autism Programs
Healing/ Relaxation programs
Meditation & Yoga

Contact us

  • Add: Sunny Days El Palacio - Hurghada - Red sea - Egypt
  • Tel: (002) 01008552921 - (002) 01066675841

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