Rules &
Regulations

Required rules and regulations to get CDWS services

Dive Log Sheet

20 February 2024
Dive Log Sheet for diving centers and safari boats

Emergency Plan

20 February 2024
Emergency plan for diving centers and safari boats

O2 Tanks Inventory for Snorkeling

20 February 2024
O2 Tanks Inventory for Snorkeling

Regulator Inventory

20 February 2024
Regulator Inventory for Diving & Safari

Roll Call Sheet

20 February 2024
Roll Call Sheet for diving, safari and snorkeling

Tanks and O2 Inventory for Diving and Safari

20 February 2024
Tanks and O2 Inventory for Diving and Safari

Foreign Dive Professionals in Egypt

20 February 2024
Foreign Dive Professionals in Egypt 

TM declaration for water sports center (snorkel service provider)

20 February 2024
TM declaration for water sports center (snorkel service provider) 

Technical Requirements for WS centers as per protocol

20 February 2024
Technical Requirements for WS centers as per protocol

Technical Requirements for diving centers as per protocol

20 February 2024
Technical Requirements for diving centers as per protocol

Technical Requirements for safari boats as per protocol

20 February 2024
Technical Requirements for safari boats as per protocol

Equipment Inventory for Snorkeling

20 February 2024
Equipment Inventory for Snorkeling 

Equipment Inventory Diving centers & safari boats

19 February 2024

Equipment Inventory Diving centers & safari boats

BCD Inventory diving & safari

19 February 2024
BCD Inventory for diving centers and safari boats

Suggested Equipment Inventory List

02 January 2024
Suggested Equipment Inventory List 

Technical Manager Declaration Water Sports

25 December 2023
Technical Manager Declaration Water Sports

Instructions for visiting the SS Thistlegorm wreck

15 November 2023

Preservation Guidelines when visiting the SS Thistlegorm

Green Fins Awareness Raising Presentation

30 October 2023
Green Fins Awareness Raising Presentation

Green Fins Awareness Raising Presentation

30 October 2023

Green Fins Awareness Raising Presentation

Diving with Oceanic Whitetips

10 October 2023
Curriculum Introduction

Shark Monitoring and Species Information

10 October 2023
Shark Monitoring and Species Information (Egyptian Red Sea) 

Pre-Dive Information for Guests

10 October 2023

Diving with Oceanic Whitetips, Pre-Dive Information for Guests

 

Safe Diving Practices & Guidelines

10 October 2023

Diving with Oceanic Whitetips

Safe Diving Practices & Guidelines 

Technical Manager Snorkeling Manual

16 August 2023
Technical Manager Snorkeling Manual 

ِEmergency Plan

14 August 2023
Emergency Plan for TM snorkeling 

Medical and responsibility declaration

14 August 2023
Medical and responsibility declaration for TM snorkeling 

Technical Requirements for Water Sports Center

14 August 2023
Technical Requirements for a Water Sports Center for TM snorkling

Gloves and Knives policy

14 August 2023
Gloves and Knives policy 

First Aid for daily boats

14 August 2023
First Aid for daily boats, TM snorkeling

Activity site list

14 August 2023
Activity site list for TM sorkeling 

Amendments on law no. 31 of 2023 of the entertainment and amusement tax law

16 July 2023
Amendments on law no. 31 of 2023 of the entertainment and amusement tax law issued in the official Gazette.

Registration form for safari and daily boat crew

26 June 2023

Announcement # 42 for year 2023 - The launch of training courses for Safari Boat Crew and Daily Boat Crew

law no. 27 of 2023 issuing on the enactment of the Hotel and Tourist Establishments Act

31 May 2023

Kindly be informed of the attached letter regarding Law no. 27 of 2023 on the enactment of the Hotel and Tourist Establishments Act, this comes as a collaborative effort from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Egyptian Federation (ETF), and the chambers to overcome the obstacles that the investors are facing in the tourism sector and to create a working environment in order to facilitate licensing procedures and improve the level of business in Egypt. Thereby, enhancing Egypt's competitiveness to attract investments and keep abreast of all developments in Egypt's tourism industry.

Executive Regulations of law no. 27 of 2023 on enactment of the Hotel and Tourist Establishments Act

30 May 2023

Executive Regulations of law no. 27 of 2023 issuing on the enactment of the Hotel and Tourist Establishments Act

Decree no. 420 of 2018

10 April 2023
Ministerial decree No. 420 of 2018 amending some provisions of the common basic regulations for the Egyptian Tourism Federation, issued by Ministerial Resolution No. 630 of 2017.

Executive Regulations of law no. 8 of 2022 On the enactment of the Hotel and Tourist Establishments

23 February 2023
Executive Regulations of law no. 8 of 2022 On the enactment of the Hotel and Tourist Establishments Act

Insurance policy for diving and snorkeling professionals

31 January 2023

As per the recent decision taken by the CDWS’ board members, it has been decided that getting insurance for diving and snorkeling accidents is a new requirement for requesting or renewing the CDWS ID card of the diving and snorkeling professionals. The insurance policy should go in accordance with the following requirements:   

1- The insurance policy must be by one of the insurance companies that are approved by the Egyptian General Financial Control Authority.   

2- The policy coverage must fulfill all the conditions stated by the CDWS.   

3- The minimum insurance coverage must comply with the stated amounts by the CDWS.   

4- The insurance policy document should be submitted in Arabic or English only, and therefore any document issued in another language must be translated into Arabic or English by an accredited translation office  

Fish Table by Mr. Andrey Ryanskiy

22 June 2022

Red Sea fish ID table: The most shallow-water species by Mr. Andrey Ryanskiy

The CDWS Professional ID card agreement

12 June 2022
The rules and regulations of the CDWS when submitting for the CDWS card through the online portal, this agreement must be read and acknowledged by the applicant in order to submit the card application. 

Law no. 8 of 2022

10 April 2022
Issuing law no. 8 of 2022, On the enactment of the Hotel and Tourist Establishments Act.

First aid evaluation sheet for water sports centers

06 March 2022
First aid evaluation sheet for water sports centers -for all activities except Snorkeling-, and for non-professionals working in Diving and Water Sports centers and Safari Boats.

Introduction to the CDWS

10 November 2021

This document includes: 

  • Establishing the CDWS.
  • The General Assembly of the Chamber of Diving and Water Sports and its members.
  • The most important roles and responsibilities that the CDWS aims to achieve.

List of biodegradable suppliers

09 August 2021
List of suppliers offering biodegradable and reusable alternatives to single-use plastics available in Egypt

Single-use plastic ban guidelines for diving and water sports centers

08 August 2021
Single-use plastic ban guidelines for diving and water sports centers 

Track your plastic footprint by the Earth Day Network

06 August 2021
A quick exercise to do with your crew: Track your plastic footprint by the Earth Day Network 

Tourism plastic reduction factsheet and guide by the Sustainable Hotel Alliance

04 August 2021

Tourism plastic reduction factsheet and guide by the Sustainable Hotel Alliance

Plastic Reduction in the Tourism Sector Chart by the World Travel and Tourism Council

03 August 2021

Plastic Reduction in the Tourism Sector Chart by the World Travel and Tourism Council 

Report Environmental Violations

28 June 2021
As part of the CDWS collaboration with Eco Egypt Experiences' marine conservation campaign, we made available the attached posters with a QR code to report environmental violations. 

Adopt a Reef Guideline

31 January 2021

Adopt A Reef Guideline

Guidelines to the code of conduct - Combined

09 December 2020
Guidelines to the code of conduct - Combined, Arabic - English

Green Fins guidelines to the code of conduct - Diver

09 December 2020
Green Fins guidelines to the code of conduct - Diver, Arabic -English

Green Fins guidelines to the code of conduct - Dive operator and staff

09 December 2020
Green Fins guidelines to the code of conduct - Dive operator and staff, Arabic - English

Ecological significance of icons explained

09 December 2020
Ecological significance of icons explained, Arabic - English

Environmental Briefing Guidelines

20 October 2020
Environmental briefing guidelines for diving, snorkelling, and boat activities.

Part 1: Introduction to the natural resources of the Red Sea

18 October 2020
Part 1: Introduction to the natural resources of the Red Sea 

Part 2: Ecosystems in the Red Sea

18 October 2020
Part 2: Ecosystems in the Red Sea

Part 3: Marine Debris

18 October 2020
Part 3: Marine Debris

Part 4: Fishing and Disturbing Marine Life at Diving Sites

18 October 2020
Part 4: Fishing and distributing marine life at the diving sites 

Part 5: Fixed boat mooring systems

18 October 2020
Part 5: Fixed boat mooring systems

Part 6: Environmental guidelines laws and legislations

18 October 2020
Part 6: Environmental guidelines laws and legislations

Part 7: Art of hospitality and reporting irregularities

18 October 2020
Part 7: Art of hospitality and reporting irregularities 

Beach and dive clean-up guidelines

18 October 2020
The Chamber of Diving and Water Sports encourages helping to protect our coastal and marine environment by organizing beach and dive clean-ups. You can also help by filling out the Ocean Trash Collection Form.  We recommend you apply the best practice guidelines during all clean-ups. The environmental department at the CDWS will help with the organization of larger clean-ups. You can share your pictures & data directly to environment@cdws.travel, we promote your efforts.  

Single-use plastic guidelines for diving centers

18 October 2020
Simple and easy tips on how to remove single-use plastic from your center available in English and Arabic. 

Single-use plastic ban guidelines for boats

18 October 2020
These guidelines explain which single-use plastic or styrofoam items should be banned from boats & replaced with the suggested alternatives, the guidelines are available in English and Arabic. 

Environmental Awareness Course Material (Single-use plastic)

02 October 2020
Environmental Awareness Course Material (Single-use plastic)

Environmental Awareness Course Material

01 October 2020
Environmental Awareness Course Material (Diving, Snorkeling and Daily)

Technical Manager Training Agenda

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training Agenda for the 5 days of the training.

Training Index

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training Index, Modules and General Information.

Module 1: General Information and Technical manager duties

27 August 2020
Technical manager Training, Module 1: General Information and Technical manager duties

Module 2: ISO and Local Rules

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Module 2: ISO and Local Rules 

Module 3: Hospitality and Professionalism

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Module 3: Hospitality and Professionalism 

Module 4: Environmental Protection, Conservation and Related Laws

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Module 4: Environmental Protection, Conservation and Related Laws

Module 5: Necessary Paper Work

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Module 5: Necessary Paper Work

Module 6: Safety and Emergency Planning

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Module 6: Safety and Emergency Planning 

Module 8: ISO Audit and Certification Producers

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Module 8: ISO Audit and Certification Producers 

Module 9: Incident/Accident Management and Report

27 August 2020
Technical Management Training, Module 9: Incident/Accident Management and Report

Attachment: Audit Report

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Attachment: Audit Report

Attachment: Audit Protocol

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Attachment: Audit Protocol 

Attachment: Snorkeling Excursions

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Attachment: Snorkeling Excursions

Attachment: Intro Dive

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Attachment: Intro Dive

Attachment: Dive Centers

27 August 2020
Technical Manager Training, Attachment: Dive Centers

Health Declaration Form

16 August 2020

All facilities must ensure that customers sign the attached health declaration forms by DAN before doing any activity. 

Decree Number 630 of 2017

28 April 2020
Decree Number 630 of 2017 regarding the fundamental common regulations

The CDWS Internal Bylaw

26 April 2020
The document was last amended on the 18th of December 2016 as per the CDWS board member’s decree which was approved by the CDWS general assembly on the 19th of December 2016.

The CDWS Establishment Resolutions

26 April 2020
The CDWS Establishment Resolutions

Evaluation form for the Professional and First Aid courses for diving and snorkelling professionals

01 October 2019

Evaluation form for the Professional and First Aid courses for diving and snorkelling professionals

Manual and Protocol of Audits for Water Sports centres (Snorkelling Service Providers)

12 September 2019

Manual and Protocol of Audits for Water Sports centres (Snorkelling Service Providers)



Manual and Protocol of Audits for Diving Centers and Safari boats

01 July 2019

Manual and Protocol of Audits for Diving Centers and Safari boats



ISO 13289 - Water sports centers offering snorkeling activities

06 March 2019

ISO 13289 - Water sports centers offering snorkeling activities 

Conditions of Adding "Kite surfing" to Safari Boat

24 January 2019

Conditions of adding Kite surfing as an activity to CDWS members' safari boat.

Technical diving hosted by recreational diving operation

23 January 2019

The rules and regulations in case of occasional technical diving activities done by clients, tec clubs or schools and hosted by a recreational diving operation (safari boat/dive center)

Recreational technical diving requirements for diving centers and safari boats

22 January 2019

This certification scheme specifies minimum requirements to certify the conformity of the services of technical diving service providers. Technical diving centres are legitimate MOT licensed diving centres that provide the following in addition to the regular recreational scuba services and has successfully obtained a Recreational Technical Diving Service Provider Certification (RTDSPC) from CDWS: 1. Teach technical diving courses. 2. Organize guided technical dives. 3. Blend and/or sell diving gas mixes such as: Nitrox, Trimix, Heliox and O2 for diving. Recreational Technical diving service providers must apply for a (RTDSPC) from CDWS and should comply with the technical training agency standards and the following requirements. FOR FULL INFORMATION DOWNLOAD THE PDF

Tank hydrostatic and visual testing center requirements

20 January 2019

Updated: 19 August 2010 To meet internationally recognised standards, the cylinder testing requirements for centres set out by the CDWS committee are detailed in this PDF document. FOR FULL INFORMATION DOWNLOAD THE PDF

The CDWS depth limitations

19 January 2019

For full information on maximum depths for recreational activities and for different activities please download the PDF.....

The CDWS Ratio for Diving and Snorkeling Activites

18 January 2019

For the diving activities: the CDWS is implementing the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) standards www.wrstc.com for recreational diving. For more information please download the PDF.

The CDWS statement on the Use of Muck Stick

16 January 2019

The CDWS strongly forbids scuba divers and photographers to use these sticks in an attempt to promote an eco-friendly marine environment in the Red Sea. The penalty list for environmental violations will apply. FOR FULL INFORMATION DOWNLOAD THE PDF

The CDWS Policy for Solo Diving

15 January 2019

To be allowed to dive solo; a diver has to successfully pass a solo diving training course and earn such a certification from a recognized training agency. FOR FULL INFORMATION DOWNLOAD THE PDF

Water Sports Requirements (Group A)

06 January 2019
Water Sports Requirements (Group A)

Water Sports Requirements (Group B)

05 January 2019
Water Sports Requirements (Group B)

Example of a Medical and Responsibility Declaration Snorkel

04 January 2019

Example of a Medical and Responsibility Declaration Snorkel

Example of an Information Sheet for Snorkel Medical Screening

03 January 2019

Example of an Information Sheet for Snorkel Medical Screening

Protocol of Audits for Water Sports Centres

03 January 2019
Protocol of Audits for Water Sports Centres (Group A) & (Group B)

The CDWS Financial Bylaw

21 December 2018
The document was last amended and approved by the CDWS general assembly on the 21st of December 2018

The CDWS Annual Report for 2010

31 December 2010
The CDWS annual report for 2010