I learned Scuba diving in Aqaba. Why don’t you?

It was one of the most beautiful fun experiences I ever had.

The best way to describe it would be that it’s like floating on air and the fish are the birds flying around you. I fed the fish some bread and it attacked the bread like a bunch of pigeons attacking bird seeds in a park.

The red sea is one of the most (if not the most) beautiful seas to scuba-dive in because it’s rich in corals, very calm and has a lot of pretty fish.

All the training we did was in the sea and not in the pool ,which is what is usually done in other places, which I thought was fantastic because it makes it a lot of fun and gives you motivation since it’s so much more beautiful with the fish and the corals.

It takes 4 – 5 days to get the novice certificate that will enable you to dive in a lot of countries. The course involves some theory hours and 2 – 2.5 hours a day of in-water practice and a written test at the end.

The course is relatively inexpensive and completely worth it. It’s your first step to a lifetime of scuba fun.

So next time you plan a trip to Aqaba, do yourself a favor and make it worth it and scuba dive, you will not regret it!

Update : Click to visit the Aqaba Diving Center website for more detailes.
Also some picutres captured by Brian McMorrow at pbase.com


12 Responses

  1. I might consider doing that! How much does it really cost?

  2. Your such an adventurer, I should try this.

  3. you are really not supposed to feed the fish.

  4. Thumbs up for 7aki for promoting tourism in Jordan …

    I also like the new links on the right to things to do in Jordan! You go girl!! 🙂

  5. Saned!: I updated the post with the link of the Aqaba diving centre website.

    Ahmad: you totally should.

    Anon: Well the diving instructor brought the food not us. Is it illegal to do so? why is it bad?

    If I knew it was bad I would not have done it 🙂

    Who’s Sane: yah man, ykhrib bait Alordon shu ba7ibha!

  6. hi nice blog 🙂

    its bad for the eco system and affects the food chain, fish become dependent, marine life will associate humans with food, their behavior changes and they may even get aggressive. Plus they stop behaving naturally.

    The instructor should know better but thats a pull for more business for them i guess. However i m not sure its illegal in Aqaba.

  7. sounds like fun…i might try it one day…but yeh wait being deep under water is one of my recently developled phoebias..which im working on overcoming

  8. Anon: Thanks for the info and the compliment 🙂

    Sam: yah your fear could be a problem :).
    But honestly , when you are down there it feels good because with the oxygen mask and the goggles you don’t feel any fear because you can breath and see :).

  9. My wife and I tried scuba diving for the first time. We did the ‘discover scuba’ (for non-certified folks) in Cozumel, Mexico – one of the best places to dive. It is just 2 hours flight from Houston. It cost $75/person for 1 tank dive (35-45 minutes). We went there on a cruise though. My wife wore a head scarf as she observes hijab, but that didnt stop her of course. Needless to say, it was one of the best experiences of our lives. As they say you dive once, you’re a diver for life. Hope to one day dive in the Red Sea. I urge all Muslim couples to try it out – it’ll remind you of the verse from Surah Rahmaan – “Wal Lulu Wal Marjaan, Fabi aayi aalai Rabbikuma Tukadhibaan” -Holy Quran [55:22-23] [Translation: “Out of them both come out pearl and coral. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both deny?”]

  10. Anon: That’s amazing wallah, you are a great couple, I hope you do so more things together, hijab and religion should not stop you. Good for you and your wife 🙂

  11. Salams Fadi,

    Here’s the scuba video:

    Thanks for your blog and encouragement. Hopefully this will inspire more Muslims to get off their behinds and explore Allah’s beautiful creations. 🙂

  12. Salam Raza,

    What a great video! It is very inspirng!

    Thank you!

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