Dive Urge is aimed at folk who have not only have the Urge to Dive but who also wish to diverge from the 'norm' in terms of what is normally offered and expected on a dive holiday. We set out to exceed those expectations and offer a truly amazing dive holiday. We have built an excellent reputation over the years for safe, responsible diving and have had extremely complimentary articles written on us in Sport Diver (twice) and Dive Girl as well as many web sites too.
Dive Urge has been set up as the brain-child of Helal and Lynne. We are passionate about the Sinai area and especially the Red Sea, where we have chosen to live, work and raise our family. Having worked in the dive industry for a number of years, we were disappointed with the standards of service offered here in Dahab and felt we could improve on it.
There were/are plenty of places that offer diving in the Red Sea but on a sheep herding-like basis. These places have to cut corners in order to make their prices low and attractive. For these clubs this takes the form of poor equipment and putting as many people with a guide/in a car/ as possible (8-1 is the 'norm' here in Dahab)
Having come from the service sector of the IT industry myself, I know how precious holiday is, it usually is the only 1 or 2 weeks you really get to unwind. With this in mind we set out to make sure that the time you had here at Dive Urge would be the best. Here at Dive-Urge, we really WANT you to get the best from your diving holiday, which is why we offer a unique service of bespoke diving with small numbers. We know that we are lucky also to be based in this beautiful place, which induces relaxation.
Our unique 4:1 Ratio means that you are not ever going to be the diver at the end of the group wondering what everyone else was all looking at, because by the time you catch up with them there is nothing but sand swirling around in the water :(
You see more in a small group too; would you stay around if you were a fish and saw 25 divers bumbling towards you? No.... but the chances are, if there is a max of 4, all with buoyancy sorted and not touching anything, you will not only get to see more fish, but also be able to observe their behaviour too.
We are proud to be a PADI Gold Palm resort and under their banner offer quality PADI courses with all the DVD's and books that are needed for this. We use only our own equipment and keep it in very good working order. All dive kit is thoroughly washed between uses with Dettol and all Regulators and BCD's etc serviced in between. Unlike a lot of other clubs, we are self sufficient and do not borrow anything from other clubs including equipment, books and tanks!!
Locals make up our main staff in the club, including Egyptian and Bedouins and are treated as one of the family. We help to clean up rubbish all the time, every dive, if we see it we pluck it out, and this good practice sets an excellent example to all. All our children are aware of our stance on the environment and help to teach their peers. Nadia, right, our eldest daughter has now completed her PADI Junior Advanced Open Water and so a new generation of environmental divers is born!
We also make Peak Performance Buoyancy a mandatory dive for PADI Advanced Course as this is THE most important skill in diving; reducing your impact on the aquatic environment, plus reducing air consumption as well as improving your enjoyment level. We advise all dive guests how to improve their buoyancy underwater, so they stay far from delicate corals whilst still enjoying the dive.
Here at Dive Urge we actually do care about the environment here, it is not just talk. We pick up rubbish on every single dive, not just on Earth Day, encouraging good practices. We are proud to be members of Responsible Travel for the last 6 years, who offer specialist eco-friendly adventure holidays.
We provide re-useable bags in the rooms for your use during your stay. We support a local Bedouin Jomar who does regular clean ups on the beach, esp. up to the National Parks. We re-cycle all our food to the goats and both re use and then re-cycle plastic bottles. We make sure that any rubbish after that is picked up and responsibly disposed. Unlike many people trying to make a fast buck here, we live here, we love it here and we want it to be preserved for the next generations to come.
Your time here
In this year round resort you will probably find the fact that 361 days of sunshine is enough to persuade you to come here, but the fact that you can get here in about 5 hours flying time, should be even more incentive. Flights to Sharm are now available from most airports in UK.
Dahab is the closest year round warm water diving to England and in an area of breathtaking beauty to boot!
So why Dahab? Dahab is very easy to get to, one hour from the airport (Sharm El Sheikh/ Ophira Airport) in a short time you are transported to another world of intense beauty and relaxation.
Dive Urge is only 10 minutes walk (or slow amble) to the main bay of Dahab, with all its shops, bazaars and beach side restaurants. On the cornice which runs from Dive Urge into town are also good restaurants and bars too. Dahab Bay is fun to visit and good for picking up presents for the folk you had to leave behind. It is bustling with life which makes it so great to return to the peace and quiet of Dive Urge afterwards. The locals are friendly and often want to know where you are from and a chance to say hello.
Dahab is unique in many ways. For hundreds of years it was a traditional Bedouin stopover during the hotter months in summer, to benefit from the cooler breeze, and to fish the rich waters. The Bedouins now live permanently in the Village of Assalah, where you can see the Bedouin way of life continuing, with children enjoying simple homemade toys and saying 'Hello' at any opportunity, as well as canny Bedouin girls making ‘friendship bracelets’ on the spot. Goats roam free here, as does the occasional Camel.
Please browse through a glimpse of our visitor book to see what others thought or Log onto Trip Advisor to get Advice from Real Travellers. We have a return rate of over 80% which must mean we are doing something right. Once you have been here we like to refer to you, affectionately as an 'Urger' and as such become part of our extended dive family.
Dear Kate, Lynne, Helal, Lionel and all the crew,
A few more from the visitor book:-
Peaceful and enchanting – an incredible place. My very sincere thanks.
We feel like part of the family. So friendly and helpful, great food, great friends, great Arabic lessons – I learnt so much and not only Arabic! We have already booked our space for next year. We leave a little of our hearts here with you all and will e-mail frequently to check up on the gossip!
Booked direct with dive urge. Travelled on my own to learn to dive. Great place, very chilled out and relaxed. The staff were brilliant and the instructor Claire very patient and helpful
Great place to dive. Very informal but small ... ... come again if I can. Dive -Urge is NOT one of those Sharm resorts but a friendly place to relax that provides exceptional value
Dive Urge mirrors the beauty of the Red Sea and we loved the relaxed warmth and family feel"
"I laughed so much I nearly filled my suit ....a holiday of the mind, heart and imagination"
"I have achieved a dream and passed my Open Water...none of it possible without Dive Urge"
"The dive training at Dive Urge is first class"
"Top atmosphere created by Lynne and Helal"
"The dive staff at Dive Urge are awesome ....never have i had so much fun on guided dives"
"Dive Urge is the only place where relaxation comes so easily"
"More like staying with family rather than just being on holiday"
“Well, what can we say, but ‘Sensational!’ If only we’d known about you years ago! We all fell in love with you guys….we’ll be back – just try stopping us!”
Looking around at some ‘other’ HUGE groups, I felt lucky to be out with Dive Urge.”
“This is a real gem of a place – great people, superb cooking, lovely accommodation and incredible diving.”
“Where to start….we had breathtakingly high expectations of his place and the diving…and it has easily surpassed all of them.”
“We arrived with a simple aim – learn to dive. We left with so much more. Unexpected bonuses were: the great characters we met, both within and outside of Dive Urge – the richness of experience, the introduction of an extraordinary world underwater but most of all, we have become part of a community and a family. ”
“Dive Urge is a real find…….a very special place”
“I have dived over three continents and have never felt so welcome at a Dive Centre”
“It is with a lump in my throat that I return to England tomorrow... I don’t remember a holiday so full of fun, new experiences and most of all relaxation…this is the place to learn to dive”
“This place has it all, great diving, great people and a truly amazing atmosphere.”
“You are about to embark on something extremely special…As someone who has dived all over the world, this is as good as it gets…in and out of the water."
“Thank you for these wonderful days, we enjoyed your hospitality and the warm hearted atmosphere at Dive Urge so much. You really have created a little paradise there……”
“Thank you for a wonderful and truly relaxing holiday. The friendly, easy going and informal atmosphere as Dive Urge has really made us feel welcome and completely at home.”
Dive Urge in Dahab has 53 reviews on TripAdvisor