Over three million tourists make their way to the Sinai Peninsula every year, led by the rise in cheap holidays to Sharm el Sheikh and the region’s world-renowned scuba diving. It is the most popular diving destination in the Red Sea, and with good reason – crystal-clear water, rich coral, vibrant marine like and shipwrecks like the incredible SS Thistlegorm, which is considered one of the best in the world.
Are you a certified diver with the travel bug, interested in enjoying the Egyptian sun? Start-up costs can be high to teach in this area, so we recommend it for those who are interested in longer-term opportunities rather than a quick few bucks.
Knowing a second or third language will give you a great advantage. Sharm el Sheikh entertains many German, Russian, and Czech visitors, so instructors who speak these languages are in high demand – however, Emperor Divers is known to employ English-only speakers.
To teach in Sharm el Sheikh, many diving schools require that you take an instructor course. These courses have several prerequisites: you’ll usually need to be at least 18 years of age, have a valid first aid and CPR certification, a PADI divemaster or equivalent certificate and be a certified diver for at least 6 months with a minimum (usually 100) number of logged dives.
Instructor course fees can vary greatly, depending on whether you’ve completed all necessary requirements or if the program calls for supplementary courses, materials or exams. These fees can range anywhere from £80 to more than £600. This may or may not include the cost of the course itself, which typically lasts from a few days up to two weeks.
Taking an instructor course with a local diving school is a great way to learn about the area and culture, as well as having a foot in the door with job opportunities in the area – schools are prone to hiring their graduates directly as they can guarantee safety and skill levels. It may be helpful to contact diving companies before you arrive, although you’ll have the most success touching base with businesses in person.
Living in Egypt isn’t always cheap, and a diving instructor in Sharm el Sheikh will most likely live a frugal life. The average price of rent is £200-350 pounds per month, plus £100 or so for utilities. It’s wise to bring enough cash for a few months, to cover unforeseen deposit costs or alternative lodging should you have difficulty settling in right away.
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