Half-price OWD
If you have friends or family-members itching to join in the action under water on holiday this year, or if you’re looking to move from Open Water to Advanced Diver, bear in mind Regaldive’s ”buy one get one half price” offer on introductory dive courses.
Book one PADI OWD or AOWD course at Red Sea resorts including Hamata, Marsa Alam, El Gouna, Soma Bay, Safaga and Hurghada and a buddy gets the same for half the price (though note that selected dates apply). PADI Open Water courses start from £159 each based on two sharing.
Beginner divers can also benefit from Regaldive’s “Learn to Dive Guarantee” on offer at selected resorts. Buy one, get one half-price special offers are also available on pre-booked dive-packs throughout the Red Sea.

Malta for starters
Dive Worldwide Travel sends divers to many far-flung destinations but it is backing Malta as a ”great value for money” place to learn to dive, thanks to ”year-round sunshine with excellent visibility and calm waters”, though it agrees that it is best dived in the summer months.
Malta, Gozo and Comino offer a spectacular variety of dive-sites, mainly famed for their wrecks and caves, it says. For beginners it can put together a package from £795pp including flights, transfers, seven nights’ B&B accommodation and PADI Open Water Diver course with equipment hire.

It’s no secret
Secret Paradise at Nirolhumagu, Hulhumale reckons the Maldives’ new local (populated)-island dive centres offer the perfect base for budding young divers to make a start in the sport.
Children from the age of eight can complete their PADI Bubblemaker introduction to diving there for US $65. Maximum depth is 2m and typical sessions last an hour. The equipment used is made for children and they are supervised by PADI instructors.
Older members of the family new to diving can undertake or complete Open Water certification while on holiday – the whole course costs US $475.