What if I’m not sure I like diving?

Not always you know if diving is the right sport. Of course we know that (but we also know that it is!). Of course you don’t want to invest a few hundred euros right away.

With us this is financially no risk at all! Just do a Try Scuba, also known as ” sniff course” with us. If you like what you have experienced, just continue with a beginner’s course (OWD) and the Try Scuba will be credited to you both as a part of the course and financially (i.e. you don’t pay for the Try Scuba but only for the OWD).

A fair thing, right?

Advanced Course: What is the difference between SSI AA and AOWD?

A further level after the OWD is an advanced training. At SSI, i.e. also with us, there are two basic ways to obtain such a certification.

1st advanced course: The Advanced Adventurer (AA)

The “small” advanced course (called “Advanced Course” in our shop) is the Advanced Adventurer (AA). This is a further education in a completed, single course. In this course 5 specialties of your choice are ” touched”. This is fast, not as informative, but a recognized course comparable to e.g. the PADI AOWD (same system). We consider this as a concession to tight time limits, e.g. if a higher certification is to be achieved within one week.

2nd recognition level: The Advanced Open Water (AOWD)

An SSI recognition card is automatically (digitally) created after certain requirements are met. Of course, this certification can also be ordered from us in plastic card form. This “full” Advanced Open Water is reached after completion of at least 4 Specialties and 24 logged dives. The SSI AOWD documents that you have completed a detailed advanced program. For us this is the “right” AOWD and in the hierarchy and equivalence of the diving associations also higher than the Advanced Adventurer (or also the PADI AOWD).

For complete confusion the higher level SSI AOWD course has been named the same as the slightly lower level PADI AOWD course.

In short, there are two ways:
Option 1: Advanced course plus dives (5)
Option 2: 4 Specialties plus the necessary dives. In this case not everything has to be done in one shot. For one week this is also too demanding. There is no time limit when and in which sequence the Specialties are completed. As soon as the prerequisites are met, the certification will be created automatically.

For option two we recommend to start with the specialties Nitrox and Deep Dive. These are the basis for a modern sport diving.

In any case, the theory can be completed in advance online or in the app.

How does a diving course work?

We know how precious every day is.

Your diving course focuses on three things:

  • Your holiday pleasure
  • Your safety
  • A professional education

Therefore we recommend for your education a combination of independent, time- and location-independent theoretical learning and intensive, personal practical training.

For your theoretical training we recommend the multimedia (online) learning. For this purpose, we will get access to the website of SSI for you. You can complete the entire course on the Internet or in the free SSI app on any Android or iOS device. So you can learn the necessary diving theory, immediately, at home and on the road, anytime and anywhere.

Do not worry – all topics are explained easily and very understandable. After each chapter, repetition questions make sure that you have noticed the most important things. Everything is simple and very entertaining.

Your personal Lagona Divers – Instructor is at your disposal. He likes to answer all questions and make sure that you understand the theory. Of course, you can also complete the complete theoretical part (again) with him. – according to your wishes. In any case, he will conduct a short final theory test with you.

Tip: Ideally, you book your diving course before arrival in our online shop or in the service center. After receiving your course fee, you can start learning.

Tip: Of course you can also learn your theory with us “traditionally” with a book, lectures and videos with your instructor in our classroom. Or combine both. Your wishes are in the foreground.

In any case,locally you go as fast as possible into the water. In three to four days you will complete exercises with your instructor to

  • Familiarize yourself with the equipment,
  • Get used to breathing underwater,
  • Get used to moving underwater,
  • Train you to explore the fantastic underwater world safely and entertainingly.

Your personal learning pace is always in the foreground. It is important to your instructor that you master the exercises. Therefore, he organizes his lessons according to your knowledge and abilities – within the scope of the given teaching contents and procedures.

In the end, you will feel safe under water, you will know the specifics of diving and be able to participate independently in dives.

Plan for on-site training at least three, better four days.

Diving course, how fit do I have to be?

For your diving course a normal fitness is absolutely sufficient.

Divers are normal people. The great thing about our sport: it’s not just reserved for trained people.

Not even chronic diseases exclude diving. In many such diseases, diving doctors give an “OK”.

So what do you have to do for a diving course at Lagona Divers:

  • have a normal health
  • have a normal fitness
  • Swimming 200m (and if in doubt we’ll teach you that!)

You see, that’s not much and almost anyone can!

If you want to know more about fitness for diving, have a look at the following FAQ: Fitness for diving


What is sidemount?

In contrast to the “conventional” backmount diving, with sidemount you do not carry the tank on the back but on the sides of your body. Do not mix up sidemount diving with the tec diving. Sidemount divers are still recreational sports divers – with some small differences.

Why sidemount?

A lateral arrangement of the dive bottles offers the diver several advantages. You get more balanced which leads to a much more relaxed physical performance for many divers. Specially divers with frequently occurring pain in the back will therefore rate  sidemount diving extremely comfortable!

A further advantage is the use of two redundant air supply systems. Both bottles are equipped with a regulator. This results in increased safety for the diver. An “out of air situation” is thus almost impossible.

The third advantage is the main reason for most divers to upgrade to the sidemount diving. The two tanks simply offer the double amount of air! This results in a significantly extended dive time in which the diver can enjoy the underwater world. Especially for divers with slightly higher air consumption, this is a serious advantage.

With immediate effect Lagona Divers – Dahab offer sidemount courses as well as equipment rental for the sidemount diving.

And if you want to try it first: A Sidemount-Intro-Dive offers the best opportunity to do so.

Do you offer technical dives?

We do not offer any kind of technical diving, because we focus exclusively on recreational diving. What we offer we want to do in a perfect way. And you can not do anything.

On our dive centers in Dahab, we are working closely with colleagues – former Lagona Divers employees – who have concentrated on technical diving. We are happy to get you in contact with them.

Do you offer sidemount?

Of course with a special equipment you can dive with us in sidemount configuration. We provide 2 full tanks to you which are billed as 2 dives. So you can participate in 2 dives with us or go diving independently in the house reef.

If you prefer 2 full tanks per dive, we charge 10 Euro for the second dive and exchange the two “half” tanks for two full tanks.