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Whether you're diving for the first time, doing a specialty course or preparing for PADI Instructor Examinations, we take dive instruction very seriously. Strict adherence to PADI standards means we don't compromise in course content or performance requirements. We also don't compromise in your course dives, where we aim to provide a high-quality diving experience at the best suitable dive sites.
Most courses can be reserved in your choice of language: English, German, Spanish or Hebrew.





Courses for New Divers

Experience the underwater world. Discover the feeling of weightlessness.
Explore beautiful coral reefs, observe amazing aquatic creatures, dive historic shipwrecks, and enjoy astounding underwater landscapes.
Every year, half a million new divers learn to dive and get certified with PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors) – over 70% of all new divers in the world! It's time to get certified!

Open Water Diver

Learn to scuba dive in just a few exhilarating days. Your first dives will take place in calm, shallow water, but soon you'll venture deeper and will finish the course with dives to 18m (60 ft).

The PADI Open Water Diver Course consists of:
Five Knowledge Development Modules
Classroom sessions and independent study to understand and review the most important principles of scuba diving
Five Confined Water Dives
Learn and practice basic scuba skills in calm, shallow water. No need for a pool here in Eilat!
Four Open Water Dives
Use your skills, improve your diving abilities, and explore!
+ Skin Dive, self-planned confined-water mini-dive, and additional dives as needed for meeting PADI course performance requirements and the Israel Diving Authority rule that students complete a minimum of six open water dives during the course.


We teach the very latest version of the PADI Open Water Diver course in which student divers learn how to create and execute an independent dive plan using electronic dive computers. PADI continually refines and improves training guidelines so that we can help you become competent, confident divers.

At the end of the course you'll be certified to dive anywhere in the world, to a depth of 18 meters (60 ft).

To enroll in the course, you must know how to swim and be in generally good health. You will have to fill out a medical questionnaire and must be cleared for diving by a doctor if you answer ‘yes’ to any question.

Course Information:
Length Option Price
5 days Total course price per person
including PADI certification and eLearning
NIS 1,650

Open Water Upgrade

It's always a good idea to expand your diving knowledge and get additional training that will help you become a more confident diver. If you have a PADI Scuba Diver certification – no matter how long ago you got it – the next step is upgrading to a full Open Water Diver certification. You'll be certified to dive to a depth of 18m (60 ft) and able to dive without professional supervision.

An Open Water Upgrade consists of:
  • Knowledge Development Modules 4 and 5
  • Confined Water Dives 4 and 5
  • Open Water Dives 3 and 4
To enroll in an Open Water Upgrade, you must be a certified PADI Scuba Diver. You will also have to fill out a medical questionnaire and must be cleared for diving by a doctor if you answer ‘yes’ to any question. If you obtained a doctor's clearance to dive within the last two years, you can just bring that if there's been no change in your health.
 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
  Total course price per person
including PADI certification
contact
us

Scuba Diver

The PADI Scuba Diver Course was designed for people who don't want to (or can't!) devote a full 4-5 days to getting certified as an Open Water Diver. There's never enough vacation time!

The (usually) 2-day Scuba Diver Course gives you a bit more than half of the Open Water Diver Course and certifies you to 12m (40 ft) instead of 18m (60 ft), and also asks you to promise that until you upgrade your certification, you will only dive with a dive professional (instructor or divemaster). You can upgrade anytime to Open Water Diver with any PADI instructor anywhere in the world. You'll use the same book so don't lose it!

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of:
  • Three Knowledge Development Modules
  • Three Confined Water Dives
  • Two Open Water Dives

To enroll in the course, you must know how to swim and be in generally good health. You will have to fill out a medical questionnaire and must be cleared for diving by a doctor if you answer ‘yes’ to any question.


Course Information:
Length Option Price
2 days Total course price per person
including PADI certification and eLearning
NIS 1,090


Open Water Referral

“Open Water Referral” means that you do the Knowledge Development and Confined Water (pool) segments of your PADI Open Water Diver Course at the local dive center near your home – or anyplace else in world, of course – and then head off to a resort location to do your Open Water Dives in warmer water with a nice coral reef. We're happy to be that resort location for you!

Your local PADI instructor with whom you start the course will know how to fill out the Referral form, which officially tells us everything you've done in your course.  We really like to get this form in advance of your arrival to ensure that we know exactly what you need to complete your certification.

A standard Open Water Referral consists of a Quick Review of diving knowledge in the classroom, an in-water Instructor Assessment of your skill development, and all four PADI Open Water Dives. The Israeli Diving Authority requires six dives, so'll get two additional dives. 

Note: If you plan on choosing the e-learning option for your Open Water Diver Course, you must purchase it from us and not from your local dive center, otherwise you may end up paying the certification fee twice. Contact us in advance!

You will have to fill out a medical questionnaire and must be cleared by a doctor if you answer ‘yes’ to any question. If you obtained a doctor's clearance to dive when you started your course, you can bring that if there's been no change in your health.
 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
  Total course price per person
including PADI certification
contact
us





Advanced and Rescue Courses

Continue your diving education with new underwater experiences. Learn new skills and gain more confidence as a diver.

Advanced Open Water Diver

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course introduces you to many of the kinds of adventures you can experience underwater.

The course consists of five themed open-water dives from PADI’s Adventures in Diving program, with Deep and Underwater Navigation dives as mandatory components. You have the option of completing the course in two days or in three days.

Depending on your interests, the other dives can be selected from: Wreck, Search and Recovery, Underwater Naturalist Dive, Enriched Air Dive (for those continuing to their Enriched Air Diver certification), Fish ID, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and several others. Each course dive is accompanied by a brief classroom session which can be expanded upon through self-study using the excellent eLearning program.

After this course you will be fully certified to dive anywhere in the world, to a depth of 30 meters (100 ft).

To enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver Course, you must have an Open Water Diver certification from a recognized dive training organization. You will also have to fill out a medical questionnaire and must be cleared for diving by a doctor if you answer ‘yes’ to any question. If you obtained a doctor's clearance to dive within the last two years, you can bring that if there's been no change in your health.

Course Information:

Length Option Price
2 days, 5 dives Total course price per person
including PADI certification and eLearning
NIS 1,175
3 days, 6 dives Total course price per person
including PADI certification and eLearning
NIS 1,350









 

Adventures in Diving Program

The PADI Adventures in Diving program gives you an opportunity to gain more experience and expand your diving horizons at a more relaxed pace than the full Advanced Open Water Diver course. It's perfect for the traveling diver who doesn't have time to complete an Advanced Open Water Diver Course during a short visit in Eilat.

If you complete any 3 Adventure Dives, you qualify for the Adventures in Diving certification, which can be upgraded to Advanced Open Water Diver whenever you have time to complete the course.

Enrollment requirements are the same as for the Advanced Open Water Diver Course.

Course Information:
Length   Price
2 dives 1-2 days Contact us


Rescue Diver

This amazing course will expand your knowledge and experience level and show you a different side of scuba diving.

This isn't a course about seeing nice corals and fishes, but rather about learning safety and rescue skills for helping yourself and others.

You'll learn how to rescue a struggling, panicky or unconscious diver in a variety of situations. Although this course is challenging, it is a rewarding way to build your confidence.

Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. You'll cover the following topics: self-rescue and diver stress, emergency management and equipment, panicked diver response, in-water rescue breathing protocols, exits with victims, and dive accident scenarios

To enroll in a Rescue Course, you must have an Advanced Open Water Diver certification from a recognized dive training organization, or be a PADI Adventure Diver with Underwater Navigation Dive. In order to be certified as a Rescue Diver, you must have completed an Emergency First Response course or equivalent first aid and CPR course.

Course Information:
Length Option Price
2 days Total course price per person
including PADI certification and eLearning
NIS 1,250

Emergency First Response

Emergency First Response is PADI's state-of-the art first aid and CPR course, generally offered in conjunction with a Rescue Diver course.

Course Information:
Length Option Price
½ day Total course price per person including certification and eLearning NIS 590





PADI Specialty Courses

Whether you're progressing towards your Master Scuba Diver rating, or just taking the courses that specifically interest you, we offer more than a dozen PADI Specialty courses covering a wide variety of subjects. Many of those dives are done as boat dives.

If you earned your PADI Advanced Open Water certification with Shulamit's Eilat Diving Adventures, then in most cases we'll be able to give you credit for the first dive in any specialty course for which you completed the corresponding Adventure Dive.

Master Scuba Diver:
When you show your Master Scuba Diver card, people know that you have spent significant time underwater and that you have been trained in several different areas and aspects of diving.
In Israel this rating exempts you from the refresher dives required by the Israel Diving Authority.
The Master Scuba Diver rating certifies that you have done at least 50 dives, 5 specialty courses and in addition have been trained successfully as a Rescue Diver.

What do you have to do in order to become a Master Scuba Diver? First, you have to be a diver with an Advanced certification. You can start your specialty training and the Rescue Diver course right away. You can choose the specialties which interest you most. In Israel, the deep diving specialty is mandatory as one of the 5 specialties. Before you get the Master Scuba Diver certification, you'll have to prove that you have done at least 50 dives.

Please contact us and we'll guide you to become a Master Scuba Diver.

 


Our Most Popular
 

Enriched Air Diver

Enriched Air, also known as Nitrox, is a blend of air with additional oxygen that gives you longer bottom times with increased safety margins. This means more time underwater, especially on deeper dives to 30m (100 ft) and on repetitive dives.

You'll learn: Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox, enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations, and managing oxygen exposure. You can combine this with an Advanced Open Water Diver certification to make the most of your diving experiences afterwards.

To enroll in an Enriched  Air Diver Course, you must have an Open Water Diver certification from a recognized dive training organization.
 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
1 day,
2 dives
Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 680











Deep Diver

Safely extend your depth range with the PADI Deep Diver Course. In addition to performing dives to 30m (100 ft) and 40m (130 ft), you will learn more about emergency breathing equipment and other diving techniques useful for deep diving.

At the end of the course you'll be certified to dive anywhere in the world, to a depth of 40 meters (130 ft).

To enroll in a Deep Diver Course, you must have an Advanced Open Water Diver certification. You will also have to fill out a medical questionnaire and must be cleared for diving by a doctor if you answer ‘yes’ to any question.
 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
2 days,
4 dives
Course price per person (min. 2 people)
including PADI certification
NIS 980











Wreck Diver

Would you like to dive inside a shipwreck and have a look around?
Learn how to do it safely!

During the wreck course, you’ll receive instruction and practical guidance that will teach you  ways to avoid common hazards associated with diving and exploring shipwrecks, special equipment considerations for wreck scuba diving, techniques for entering intact wrecks, and the best methods for researching potential wreck site visits and dives You’ll also plan, organize and carry out at least four wreck dives with your PADI Instructor.

To enroll in a Wreck Diver Course, you must have an Advanced Open Water Diver certification. You will also have to fill out a medical questionnaire and must be cleared for diving by a doctor if you answer ‘yes’ to any question.
 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
2 days,
4 dives
Course price per person (min. 2 people)
including PADI certification
NIS 980













Other Multi-Day Specialty Courses

 

Search and Recovery Diver

Have you ever lost anything in the water, and wished you knew how to find your lost possessions on the bottom the sea and bring then up to the surface safely? If so, then this is the course for you!

This course is a fun course where you learn and practice very useful skills. You'll learn different search techniques, how to find small and large objects and how to use a lift bag effectively ands safely.
 
To enroll in a Search and Recovery Diver Course, you must have an Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
2 days,
4 dives
Course price per person (min. 2 people)
including PADI certification
NIS 980










Underwater Navigator

Have you ever lost your way in “blue” water or on a flat, featureless ocean bottom! Have you ever wanted to find your way to a specific point in the ocean?

The Underwater Navigator Course teaches you how to use your compass in an efficient way and how to use other clues for underwater navigation. You'll also learn navigation patterns, relocating a submerged object, underwater map making, distance estimation under water

To enroll in an Underwater Navigator Course, you must have an Open Water Diver certification.
 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
2 days,
3 dives
Course price per person (min. 2 people)
including PADI certification
NIS 980













One-Day Specialty Courses
 

Digital Underwater Photographer

This is a great one-day practical course if you're just getting started with your new digital camera, have already been taking underwater photos but aren't satisfied with the results, or are just thinking about taking pictures during your dives and want to see what it's all about. You'll learn techniques for achieving sharp and colorful pictures, how composing pictures, improving your results by adjusting your camera settings, and maintaining your camera equipment.

Every underwater photograph on this website was taken by us in Eilat using a simple point-and-shoot digital camera in an underwater housing.
 



 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
1 day,
2 dives
Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 850
  Camera rental
(if you don't bring your own)
Add 200
camera rental includes memory card  













Underwater Naturalist

Get a deeper understanding of the entire underwater flora and fauna. Have more fun by being a better observer.

You'll learn the major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths, the role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator-prey relationships, symbiosis, responsible interactions with aquatic life and more.

To enroll in an Underwater Naturalist Course, you must have an Open Water Diver certification.
 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
1 day,
2 dives
Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 650










Fish Identification

We've all asked the question: What's that fish?

This course helps you with tips and guides for easy fish identification. You'll learn how to identify characteristics of fish families and species, fish survey techniques and strategies, and how to practice fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures.

To enroll in a Fish ID Course, you must have an Open Water Diver certification. 
 
Course Information:
Length Option Price
1 day,
2 dives
Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 650









Peak Performance Buoyancy

If you fell that you have trouble achieving and maintaining neutral buoyancy, or that you're using too much air during your dives, take the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course.

You'll learn how to improve your buoyancy skills, achieve proper weighting and distribution of weights,  and be more relaxed diver underwater. 
 
To enroll in a Peak Performance Buoyancy Course, you must have an Open Water Diver certification.


Course Information:
Length Option Price
1 day,
2 dives
Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 650










Boat Diver

Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course will will expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboards.

You’ll gain experience scuba diving by completing two dives from our boat and learn boat terminology, boat diving procedures and etiquette, and boating safety.
 
To enroll in a Boat Diver Course, you must have an Open Water Diver certification.
Course Information:
Length Option Price
1 day,
2 dives
Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 650










Surface Marker Buoy Specialist

Surface marker buoys (SMBs) allow scuba divers to mark boundaries for mapping or search and recovery, alert boat traffic, or provide a line as a visual reference for ascending divers. During two dives, learn the proper techniques and protocols for using surface marker buoys and delayed surface marker buoys (DSMBs) in the local area.
 
To enroll in a Surface Marker Buoy Specialist Course, you must have an Open Water Diver certification.

Course Information:
Length Option Price
1 day,
2 dives
Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 650








Drift Diver

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time.

Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll receive an introduction to drift diving equipment: floats, lines and reels, get an overview of aquatic currents, and practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two dives.
 
To enroll in a Drift Diver Course, you must have an Open Water Diver certification.
Course Information:
Length Option Price
1 day,
2 dives
Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 650












Specialty Courses where you don't get wet!

Equipment Specialist

 Whether it's a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. You'll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. Your instructor will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions.
 
To enroll in an Equipment Specialist Course, you must have at least a Scuba Diver certification.
Course Information:
Length Option Price
  Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 650












Emergency Oxygen Provider

This course teaches you to recognize diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen, proper equipment setup, and how to administer oxygen.

This course is useful for every diver who wants to be able to assist a fellow diver and for non-divers who are around divers, such as boat crews and non-diving buddies
Course Information:
Length Option Price
 1 day Course price per person
including PADI certification
NIS 650








Technical Gas Blender

The Tec Gas Blender course teaches you to blend enriched air nitrox and helium-blend gases and qualifies you to work as a Gas Blender in a PADI Dive Center or Resort. It does not count towards a Master Scuba Diver rating.

The course includes three practical application sessions. During independent study and instructor-led review, you learn about the advantages and disadvantages of different blending methodologies, how to blend enriched air and trimix blends to within one percent of the target mix, about the potential hazards related to handling oxygen, and how to manage those risks. To demonstrate the steps for oxygen cleaning equipment, along with the requirements for oxygen service.
 
To enroll in a Technical Gas Blender Course, you must have an Enriched Air Diver certification.
Course Information:
Length Option Price
2 days Course price per person
including PADI certification
1250

















Professional Courses

As a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center we offer a full range of PADI professional courses including Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and the Instructor Development Course (or just the Open Water Scuba Instructor course if you're already a PADI AI, or crossing over from another organization).

General Info

ABOUT INTERNSHIPS: Internships are unpaid, and you're expected to cover your own living expenses. In exchange for helping us out by supporting daily dive center activities, you can complete missing dives needed for your certification, and get valuable hands-on experience as Divemasters, Assistant Instructors or Instructors, at no extra cost beyond our regular course prices.

LODGING: We do not provide accommodations, but we are usually successful in helping Divemaster and Instructor Interns find suitable private lodgings for less than NIS 2,000 per month.

SCHEDULING: Dates for Divemaster and Assistant Instructor courses are completely flexible. In contrast, OWSI or IDC courses only take place in the two weeks before scheduled Instructor Examinations (IE).

INSTRUCTION: Divemaster, Assistant Instructor and EFR Instructor Courses are taught and supervised by PADI Master Instructor Shulamit Koretz. OWSI Courses and IDC's are taught and supervised by PADI Course Director Oren Nesher.

Divemaster

As a PADI Divemaster, you'll be qualified to assist PADI Instructors with students, lead certified divers on guided dive tours, teach and certify PADI Skin Divers, teach PADI Discover Snorkeling programs, and conduct PADI Scuba Review programs for certified divers all over the world. [Note: Israeli dive regulations do not allow divemasters to conduct mandatory refresher dives or introductory dives.]

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Additional information on course content and prerequisites can be found on the Divemaster Course Page on the PADI website.

INTERNSHIP OPTION: You can complete a Divemaster course in 8-10 days, or you can stay for a Divemaster Internship, ideally for at least a month. During the internship, formal course content is interspersed with daily dive center activities (6 days per week) ranging from assisting in courses, programs and guided dives to experiencing how to plan, execute and lead group dives safely. Divemasters who have finished an internship with Shulamit leave with experience and confidence that carry over to the next step, whether it be working somewhere in the world as a Divemaster, or advancing to the next step of an Assistant Instructor Course or Instructor Development Course.

COSTS: The Divemaster Course costs NIS 3,000, regardless of whether you come for just the course or for a full internship. In addition, the PADI course materials cost NIS 850, and you'll pay the application fee including first-year PADI membership of about 100 euros (subject to change) directly to PADI when it's time to be certified. The PADI course materials are available in English and many other languages, but not in Hebrew. Please let us know what language you prefer a few weeks in advance. Classroom instruction is possible in English, German, or Hebrew.

DIVES: If you arrive without the 40 logged dives necessary for enrollment in the Divemaster course, you can complete the missing dives with us at a 50% discount on our guided diving rates. Once you've qualified for the Divemaster course with 40 dives, Divemaster Interns who don't have the 60 dives necessary for completing their certification as a Divemaster can complete those dives for free as part of their internship. While not a PADI requirement, we do request that our Divemaster (or higher) candidates be Nitrox-certified or take a Nitrox course with us.

Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course can be taken as a standalone course, or it is often combined with the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Course in a full Instructor Development Course (IDC) leading to a PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

INTERNSHIP OPTIONS: You can complete an AI course in 5-6 days, or you can combine the course either with a Divemaster Internship (see above) or an Instructor Internship (see below).

COSTS: The standalone Assistant Instructor Course costs NIS 3,000. There are no required course materials, but if you'll be continuing on to the OWSI, you can already purchase the IDC Candidate Crewpak at this time for NIS 2,500. You'll pay the application fee including first-year membership directly to PADI. For our Divemaster candidates who continue on to the Assistant Instructor Course (with or without internship) within 3 months, the combined cost is only NIS 5,000 for the two courses (instead of NIS 6,000).

Assistant Instructor + Instructor Internship

Divemasters who don't have the 100 dives necessary for becoming an instructor, as well as those who would like more practical experience before preparing for the IE and becoming PADI Instructors, can enroll in an Instructor Internship. In this case an Instructor Candidate will begin the Assistant Instructor Course right away, and stay on as an Instructor Intern in the weeks leading up to the OWSI portion of the IDC. Instructor Interns who don't have 100 dives will complete the missing dives while participating in and supporting daily dive center activities (6 days per week) during their Internship, at no extra cost.

Instructor Development

If you've gotten this far then you probably know all about it, but in any case information on course content and prerequisites can be found on the Instructor Development Course page on the PADI website.

A full IDC including the required EFR Instructor Course takes at least 10 days. The OWSI (plus EFR Instructor Course) will take 5-6 days.

COSTS: A full IDC (AI+OWSI) costs NIS 5,750, including the EFR Instructor Course required for becoming a PADI Instructor. In addition, the course materials (Instructor Candidate Crewpak and EFR Instructor kit) cost about NIS 2,500, and you'll pay the Instructor Examination fee of about GBP 560 and the EFR Instructor certification fee of about GBP 80 (both subject to change) directly to PADI.

The OWSI course, including EFR Instructor, costs NIS 3,750, and all of the other additional costs associated with the full IDC and IE apply, although of course you don't have to purchase the Instructor Candidate Crewpak again if you purchased it for your AI Course. (An OWSI course without the EFR instructor add-on costs NIS 3,000, and a standalong EFR Instructor Course costs NIS 1,250.)

If you're already an AI or an instructor doing a crossover from another organization, and you enroll in an OWSI course, you can attend the AI Course sessions of the IDC at no extra charge, assuming that a full IDC (and not just an OWSI) is taking place. It will be good practice for the IE.

Israeli Apprenticeship

If you're planning on working as a dive professional in Israel (as AI or Instructor), you need to obtain an Instructor Permit (ishur hadracha) from the Israeli Diving Authority. If that's your plan, you're welcome to stay on with us at no charge immediately after the AI Course or IE as an unpaid intern (stazh) and obtain your permit. Contact us for details.