Learn to dive or top up your PADI qualifications with regular coastal trips
Time Out Dubai staff
Al Boom Diving Al Boom has six dive centres offering all PADI courses and daily diving in Al Aqah, Musandam, Dubai Aquarium, Jebel Ali, Atlantis, The World Islands and Al Wasl Road. Transport from Dubai to Al Aqah and Musandam is available, as well as snorkelling and dhow trips, boat cruises, speciality courses and water sports. A wide range of diving gear, rentals and equipment services are also available. Dhs1,500 (PADI Open Water with eLearning Dubai dive), Dhs400 (Discover Scuba plus one beach dive). Open Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-6pm. The Aqua Centre, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, www.alboomdiving.com (04 342 2993).
Desert Sports Diving Club A non-profit sports club for those living in the UAE who are interested in diving, DSDC has been going strong for 30 years, and is open to all, from beginners to experts. Annual membership Dhs200-Dhs1,000. Al Quoz, www.desertsportsdivingclub.net.
Emirates Diving Association If you are already a trained diver, join EDA for Dhs100 per year to receive newsletters and information about diving in the UAE, as well as trips abroad. Open Sun-Thu 8am-4pm. Heritage and Diving Village, Bur Dubai, www.emiratesdiving.com (04 393 9390).
Freediving UAE Learn to explore the underwater world through these introductory to advanced AIDA Freediving Courses. The monthly courses involve theory, pool and open water sessions. There are also training trips every four to six weeks. Courses start at Dhs800. www.freedivinguae.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 613 0486).
Pavilion Dive Centre This PADI five-star career development centre offers Discover Scuba programmes, all popular PADI courses and instructor development, as well as dive trips into the Arabian Gulf and Musandam in Oman. Dhs1,850 (PADI e-Open Water Diver). Open Sun-Mon 8am-6pm, Tue-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-6pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.thepaviliondivecentre.com (04 406 8828).
Scubatec This well-established PADI dive centre offers enthusiasts diving charters as well as open water sessions. Dhs2,300 for PADI Open Water course. Open Sat-Thu 9am-7.30pm. Karama, www.scubatecdiving.com (04 334 8988).
ScubaUAE.com Online portal offering scuba gear for sale, plus information on local dive centres and sites and the chance to book trips with local dive operators Al Boom Diving and Atlantis Dive Centres, www.facebook.com/ScubaUAEcom (050 205 3922).