CDWS membership requirements

Please navigate though our related press releases by clicking on the related rab below.

Industry standards & more

The Maritime Safety Authority regulations determine the minimum safety equipment requested for all the vessels operation in the Red Sea. Boats are granted the license to carry passengers only if they meet the safety requirements.

It is also prohibited to use any kind of paint materials containing the chemical compound Tri-Butyltin (TBT). Only Anti Fouling chemicals that are environmentally friendly at sea are allowed. .

How to start a Diving business

Important information you need to know first

In Sharm el Sheikh there are no marinas and the existing jetties are utilized beyond their maximum capacity. Therefore, the Governor of South Sinai has stopped licencing boats since 1998.

In the Red Sea Governorate, even though there is a similar ban in place, it is possible to get boat licences after the approval of the Governor at his office in Hurghada.

Steps to follow
  1. choose a diving destination open for new business
  2. establish an Egyptian company to run your activities
  3. fulfill the rest of CDWS/MOT requirements
  4. submit the following documents for CDWS for technical inspection
    1. company incorporation document
    2. commercial register
    3. Tax card
    4. technical manger qualifications
  5. if inspection is successful, pay CDWS one time registration fee + annual membership fee and obtain a member ship letter & TVC
  6. submit 4.a, b, c, d plus membership letter and TVC to MOT for MOT inspection to obtain final license

Latest News

CDWS salutes annulment of decree that allowed fishing in national park

CDWS salutes annulment of decree that allowed fishing in national park
Sun, 22 May 2011
Following the annulment of the decree that allowed fishing boats to fish in Ras Mohammed National Park, CDWS can confirm that at 8am this morning, all fishing boats had left the area.

Blue Magazine (Issue 8 )

Download View Online


  • Local time :
  • Feels like :
  • Wind :
  • Water Temperature :