On this week-long trip to Hurghada, your family will learn to dive straight from the shores of The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh's house reef in the beautiful Red Sea, exploring the colourful coral reefs and a wealth of marine life.
While Egypt might seem like it's halfway across the world, it's only a hop, skip and a jump (or five-and-a-half flight) from the UK. We've booked you on a morning flight from London Gatwick to Hurghada, landing mid-afternoon.
Once you've passed customs, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, a 30 minute drive away. Located on the shores of the southern Red Sea, The Oberioi is literally on the doorstep of some of the world's most marvellous diving (but more on that later). For now, tuck into a delicious dinner at the hotel and enjoy a peaceful first night.
Fuel up on a delicious breakfast spread, as today you'll begin your exciting journey into the underwater world.
Make your way down to the hotel's dive centre, located on the beach shore, where you will all begin your Open Water course. Completed over four days, the course includes five theory sessions, five pool sessions in which you will learn how to use the equipment and practise, followed by four ocean dives to put those skills into motion. The dives will take place straight from the hotel's jetty on the house reef, which is one of the nicest we've encountered, boasting colourful coral gardens and shimmering shoals of reef fish (the kids will definitely find nemo here).
Evenings can be spent relaxing after all that activity or, if you still have the energy, we can arrange everything from sunset dhow cruises to stargazing with a professional astronomer.
Phew, the hard bit's over. Now you can spend the next few days exploring the Red Sea.
After you have completed your course you will be free to do some fun dives on the six dive sites that make up the house reef. Or head out on a boat to explore a little further afield. The Red Sea houses the best diving close to the UK so spend the next few days filling up your logbooks with marine life ranging from turtles and dolphins to tiny seahorses. Post-dive, there's nothing more magical than seeing the kids' faces light up as they rattle off their sightings.
Sadly it is time to make your way home. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in good time for your flight home, which will take around six hours.
If you would like to book the exact itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.
If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.
If you are looking for something extra special and would like to add business or first class flights, stay in top room categories at some of the most luxurious hotels we work with, and add more activities and guiding.