How to find a great dive center in UAE?
Although there are dozens of dive centres in United Arab Emirates, finding a good one can be a real challenge both for a new diver and a more pro diver seeking to expand their knowledge.
How can we solve this problem?I started reviewing different dive centres and will share what I liked about every one of them.
Things to consider while choosing a dive center
There are many aspects of what makes a great dive centre and I believe Safety should always be the number one criteria in choosing the right dive centre for you. You should aim for a centre with a great safety record and professional staff with years of experience. Then, of course, there are things like comfort, languages spoken and equipment used at the facility. I hope that this blog serves you well in choosing both the dive centre and possible your instructor to advance your dive career.
FREESTYLE DIVERS, Dibba, Fujairah, UAE
Location: Freestyle Divers is a PADI 5 star IDC centre in Dibba, Fujairah. It is located inside the Royal Beach Resort and Hotel right in front of the Dibba rock marine reserve.
Managing Partner Darryl Owen from Wales, UK.
Qualification: UTD, RAID and PADI instructor. 3500+dives
Equipment gets serviced every 8 months
Full testing kit for the air tests. Triple filtered air available
All the staff is EFR trained
Boat staff STCW
Oxygen on every boat- available for up to 4 people simultaneously
Complete first aid kit on every boat
Spineboard- provides rigid support during moving of patients with a suspected spinal or limbs injury
One instructor is also a trained Hyperbaric chamber operator
Diving Agency: PADI, UTD, RAID
Boats owned – 3 speed boats, equipped for diving
Services available: Training, Fun dives, Sidemount diving, Rebreather, Trimix, Nitrox, Underwater scooters, wreck diving and wreck discovery programs, Tec learning using video debriefing
Brands and products:
Wide range of brands-Scubapro, UTD, DTD, sopras, rofos, Fourth Element, Suex
Anything from masks to drysuits to scooters
Online shop available here
Female friendly: Staff- 3 permanent female instructors + 2 regular freelance instructors
Languages spoken: French, English, Russian, Arabic – others like Japanese, Spanish available on request.
Facilities:Changing room with lockers
Outdoor and indoor showers, restaurants, a bar and a Starbucks nearby
Family activities: Children snorkeling and scuba, banana , kayak, SUP
Two separate wash tanks for equipment
Beach is clean and comfy
Special needs programs:
One qualified diving instructor for special needs divers. associated with DDI and IAHD
Running a marine biology project on Dibba Rock using 3-D bathymetric mapping as well as photography and videography to record a detailed study of the reef and its inhabitants.
Participate in the EDA yearly cleanup
Regular cleanups during the dives
IDC centre for PADI, Raid and UTD
Great instructors, wide range of specialised equipment
Quality-doing things well without having a military feel. Family atmosphere
Strong focus on customer service
As you can see, Freestyle Divers offer a wide range of services and products while doing it with a smile and providing great comfort to divers and their guests. I strongly recommend this centre to anyone who wants to get a proper training and a deep understanding of scuba diving.
Facebook: Freestyle Divers Page
Tel 050 891 8207