Marsa Alam, Egypt

Does TGI Diving offer diving safaris in its range of services?

TGI Marsa Alam doesn’t offer diving safaris.

Is it possible to buy on-line, boat trips with snorkeling?

The boat trips are not available on-line, only on location.

Are there snorkeling excursions at TGI Diving in Marsa Alam?

TGI Diving does offer snorkeling excursions. You will snorkel with one of our guides, who will show you the wonders of the underwater world.

What does TGI Diving offer for someone who is not a diver?

TGI Diving offers snorkeling trips & boat trips.

Can I book the TGI Diving special dive trips on line?

No, because these kind of dives are influenced by weather conditions, visibility and sea conditions, and a minimum number of participants. These variables mean that the special trips have to be arranged on location.

Can I re-arrange the dives with the TGI Diving staff if I book a dive package online?

Yes you can arrange your dives with our staff, according to your preferences, when you make the check in at TGI Diving center in Marsa Alam.

Can I buy on-line TGI Diving packages for other people?

Yes, you can but in this case the total payment is either charged to your credit card or needs to be made by single bank transfer.

How is it possible to pay for TGI Diving services booked on-line?

You can pay the services booked on-line with credit card or by bank transfer to one of our affiliated banks.

Can I purchase special offers, courses and packages with TGI Diving when I reach Marsa Alam for the same prices as advertised on-line?

To buy the courses and the dive packages with the special on-line prices you have to reserve and pay for them on-line at least 48 hours before your arrival.

Can I make extra dives directly after the SSI/PADI license course that I bought has been completed?

Yes, for sure you can buy other dives with us!

Is the equipment rental included when I book TGI Diving SSI/PADI courses?

Diving equipment is included in the following courses: Discover Scuba, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver Course and the Open Water Diver course.

Are there established days or dates to make the courses in TGI Diving Marsa Alam?

TGI Diving in Marsa Alam has set start days for courses. Every week, the starting days for the courses are Monday or Tuesday, In busy periods additionl courses can be scheduled to start on Tuesday or Thursday..

What is the minimum age to start the SSI/PADI courses?

To start the SSI/PADI courses the minimum age is 10 years.

In which languages do TGI Marsa Alam hold their courses?

TGI Diving Marsa Alam provides courses in: Italian, English, German & Arabic.

Is the Discover Scuba always free?

Yes it is. The Discover Scuba (short try dive in the pool or lagoon) is always free.

What are the TGI Diving courses on offer?

TGI Diving in Marsa Alam offers a wide range of PADI Courses from FREE Discover Scuba to Divemaster plus various specialties.

Can I dive without a diving license?

No, you can’t. For everybody who wants to try the dive experience or start their discovery of the undersea world TGI Diving offers the Discover Scuba Diving course that will let you make 1 dive after a short theory course and a swimming pool lesson. After your completion of the course we will issue you a Discover Scuba Diving license with a validity of 1 year. Of course you can add as many dives as you wish, after finishing the DSD program.

Where is the closest Hyperbaric Chamber?

The closest Hyperbaric chamber is in Marsa Alam.

Are the TGI facilities well equipped for emergencies? Are there oxygen tanks on the minibusus and boats?

Yes our buses and boats are professionally equipped for every emergency. The presence of oxygen tanks is guaranteed.

Is insurance included for TGI Diving's' customers?

All divers are required to have an insurance for diving related injuries. Not all travel insurance policies cover diving, please check your policy conditions and bring a copy with you for the diving centre records.

If you do not hold a valid insurance for diving, you can buy an insurance with the hyperbaric chamber in Hamata ‘DECO International’ which covers you for 3 weeks for hyperbaric treatment if needed. This insurance helps with the running costs of the hyperbaric facility, we recommend taking out this insurance in addition to your policy to ensure swift treatment if needed, and to help main ensure that the facility remains open and operational for all divers.

All TGI Diving Centers have third party insurance.

I am an experienced diver. Can I dive independently with TGI Diving?

Once we check your competence and your familiarity in the water through a dive with our staff you can dive without our supervision.

If you do not hold a valid insurance for diving, you can buy an insurance with the hyperbaric chamber in Hamata ‘DECO International’ which covers you for 3 weeks for hyperbaric treatment if needed. This insurance helps with the running costs of the hyperbaric facility, we recommend taking out this insurance in addition to your policy to ensure swift treatment if needed, and to help main ensure that the facility remains open and operational for all divers.

All TGI Diving Centers have third party insurance.

How long are the dives with TGI Diving?

The maximum dive time is 1 hour.

How are the dives arranged by TGI Diving?

In Marsa Alam TGI Diving arranges 2 shore dives per day by minibus, 2 dives in one trip returning by 2pm, to take advantage of the best light.

Are there any special dives in Marsa Alam?

Yes there are. Incuding trips to Elphinstone, Dugong Bey, Dolphin House , wadi Gamal and Night Dives.

What kind of dives are there in Marsa Alam?

The planned dives in Marsa Alam are all inside the no decompression limit and with a maximum depth of 30 meters, or the maximum depth of the certification. The program includes, house reef dives, shore dies by bus, and zodiac and day boat dives.

What kind of tanks are used by TGI Diving in Marsa Alam?

TGI Diving in Marsa Alam uses 12 liter aluminum tanks. All tanks are available as DIN or INT fitting.

Do I need a dive computer to dive with TGI Diving?

Yes, you must have a dive computer or tables with depthe meter and timer. It is possible to rent a computer.

What is included in the TGI Diving packages?

The dive packages for Marsa Alam are inclusive of: tanks, weights, shuttle service to and from the Hotel.

I have my license but I haven't been diving for a long time. Can I dive anyway with TGI Diving?

Yes, for sure you can! You just have to take part in a check dive to feel comfortable again in the water. The check dive is a half hour in confined water during which we test your diver competencies as a licensed diver. It is compulsory if you have less than 50 logged dives and haven’t been diving in the past 6 months, or if you have less than 100 logged dives and haven’t been diving in the last year. If you haven’t been diving for more than a year and a half you may be required to undergo a Scuba Review which is a theoretical lesson and knowledge reviews which will allow you to return more easily to the open water.

Can I dive with TGI Marsa Alam if I don't have a SSI/PADI license but I have a license from another diving school?

Yes, you can! We accept licenses from most recognized international diving schools like CMAS, BSAC, NAUI, SSI, VTLD

Does TGI Diving require a medical certificate to allow me to dive?

A medical certificate is only required in cases with recent medical conditions. If you are unsure it is wise to bring the certificate with you.

What information does TGI Diving need before I can begin diving?

You will need to fill out the registration forms, including medical statement and liability release, submit your diving license and log book, let us know your equipment needs, the number of dives that you wish to do, and present a copy of the confirmed booking if you purchased the dives on-line.

When I arrive in Marsa Alam, how can I contact the TGI Diving Center if I have purchased on-line dive packages or a course?

When you arrive at your hotel in Marsa Alam, you will find a welcome letter from TGI Diving. This welcome letter contains all the information you need to reach the Diving Center, to check-in at the Diving Center and it gives you the pick-up time on your first day of diving.

How do I find the TGI Diving Center?

TGI International is located inside Gorgonia Beach Resort, a nice touristic village very close to the sea. To contact our center manager call: +20 (0) 12 104 2734

Can I bring a knife with me during the dives?

No you cannot. Knives are prohibited for diving in the Red Sea by Egyptian Law.

Can I dive with gloves in Marsa Alam?

No, you cannot. Using gloves to dive in the Red Sea is prohibited by Egyptian Law in order to avoid approaches to the flora and fauna of these wonderful undersea landscapes.

Can I expect a lot of currents on the dives in Marsa Alam?

The currents are characteristic of the sites but they are not overly strong. The water currents do not reduce the beauty of the dive sites, rather they help to provide a rich undersea landscape.

What is the visibility in the Red Sea?

The average visibility is 25 meters.

Which kind of wetsuit do I have to bring with me to dive in Marsa Alam?

We recommend bringing a 5mm suit in the winter time and a 3mm in the summer for this site in the Red Sea.

What is the water temperature?

The water temperature in the Red Sea is never less than 18 degrees. The average water temperature is 23 to 24 degrees, and can be as high as 32 degrees in August.

What kind of clothes should I bring with me for Marsa Alam?

Marsa Alam has favorable weather all year round but from November until April at is advisable to bring with you some warmer clothes, wind-cheaters and hats because in this period the place can be quite windy.

What are the temperatures like in Marsa Alam?

In winter time the temperatures are around 20 degrees (max) daytime and 12 degrees at night. In summer time the temperatures range from around 37 degrees (max) during the day and 20 degrees at night.

What is the time zone in Marsa Alam?

 The time zone is GMT+2

What kind of currency is used in Marsa Alam?

The time zone for this locality is GMT+2

Do I require vaccinations before coming to Marsa Alam?

It is not a requirement to be vaccinated before coming to El Gouna. The sanitary standard is, for sure, different from the European standard and the water and food may cause slight stomach upsets.

What travel documents do I need to go to Marsa Alam?

For Marsa Alam you will need your passport and an entry visa. The entry visa is obtained simply by purchasing the applicable stamps at the airport when you arrive.

Where is Marsa Alam?

Marsa Alam is on the West Shore of the Egiptian Red Sea. Our location is 115km south of Marsa Alam International Airport.

How do I get to Marsa Alam?

You will find the buses of your tour operator outside the Airport. A taxi service is not available.