Craig headed to the Red Sea known as the 'underwater classroom' because its warm water， shallow reefs and lack of currents are ideal for beginners. Its name originates from the colour the surrounding mountains turn the waters at sunset.
Along with the likes of the Cayman Islands and Malaysia， the Red Sea is one of the best places in the world for diving. The lure of Eilat's famous coral reefs attracts visitors from all over the world to experience scuba diving and snorkelling in its famously clear waters.
Eilat's diving school is ranked as one of the world's top five. Based on the northern most tip of the Red Sea， Eilat is a cosmopolitan resort of restaurants， bars， clubs， water sports and land-based activities. It's also great for access to neighbouring countries Jordan and Egypt.
Eilat gets around 350 days sunshine a year. Families are made to feel welcome in this small city on the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba. Diving， snorkelling camel trekking， hiking and mountain biking will keep children and non-divers happy.
At the Red Sea Sports Club， Craig took the PADI （Professional Association of Diving Instructors） exam to qualify as a diver. The full-time， five-day course is a mix of videos， classroom teaching， pool training and open-water dives.
Swotting for the multiple-choice written test you'll need to know for example how to calculate the amount of nitrogen the body has absorbed underwater and how long it will take to return to normal. Clearing a mask underwater， adjusting your buoyancy and body breathing are other practical lessons Craig took at the school before graduating to the big one： diving 18m in the sea.
Craig was thrilled to see odd-looking Napoleon fish and amazing coral while diving for an hour. Before leaving Eilat you can admire spectacular corals the eco-friendly way at Coral World Underwater Observatory.