General Information

UWP DDA Dhahran Dive AssociationThe sport of scuba diving is one that can be participated by almost everyone.  The minimum age of training is 10 years and there is no maximum age.

You must obtain training before you can safely engage in the sport of scuba diving.  The training is relatively inexpensive especially compared to the cost of other sports.  After you have received your initial training and certification, you can scuba dive in any country in the world.  Please see our Join DDA page for more information.

Currently our instructors offer qualifications from PADI, DAN, SSI, IANTD, NAUI and IDEA.

All levels from Discover Scuba to Open Water Instructor are available and include a long list of specialty courses.

The DDA Instructors are responsible for:

Once the form is complete, Instructors will contact the Membership Director to arrange a time for the form(s) to be collected and processed.

DDA Instructors offer several levels of training and cover all age ranges, from children to adults.  They all come highly recommended.  Please scroll down for more information.

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  • Belinda Hayden Tamez
  • James VanderVyver
  • Dave Gruno
  • Farid Zoldjalali
  • Haitham Khaiyat
  • JR Karbowski
  • John Nilsen
  • Waleed Naghi
  • Ahmed Alhani
  • Don Williams

A special recognition to Belinda and James who are also Board Members.

Belinda Tamez

Belinda Tamez - DDA Dive InstructorPADI - Master Scuba Diver Trainer - MSDT #96176

DDA Air Station Director

Language: English

Bio: My name is Belinda Hayden Tamez and I became certified in Scuba on 1986. My parents are avid divers and my father was a DiveMaster. We lived in South Dakota at the time so my diving adventures were spent in fresh water until I moved to Okinawa Japan. The water was amazing there. The sea life was mesmorizing. I fell in love with the water and received my Open Water Instructor certification on 1995 and Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating on 1996.  There is nothing more rewarding than watching a diver experience Scuba for the first time. PADI has outstanding curriculum and kids can learn to dive as young as 8. Scuba Diving is truely an amazing adventure.

Courses:

  • PADI Skin Diver (Pool and/or sea)
  • PADI Advanced Diver
  • PADI Seal Team (Ages 8-11 Pool Only)
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Open Water (Ages 10 and up)
  • PADI Dive Master

Contact:

Email: betamez3@gmail.com

Cell: +966 (054) 788-7338

Home: +966 (013) 878-0433

James van der Vyver

James van der Vyver - DDA InstructorPADI - Master Scuba Diver Trainer - MSDT #630894

DDA Treasurer

Language: English, Dutch

Bio: I learned to dive in South Africa on the 90’s. Living in Johannesburg, which is inland, we could only really dive when we went on vacation. After moving to Dhahran on 2000, my real diving experiences began. Soon after arriving, my oldest daughter (then 10) wanted to start diving. She certified to dive while we were on a trip in Thailand and that was when I decided I wanted to become a dive instructor. Now, many years later, my wife and all 3 daughters are certified divers and we have enjoyed many years of great family fun diving.  In the recent years I have been very active in providing SCUBA OW training to Dhahran's Scouts and participate in many recreation sponsored events to introduce SCUBA to younger people.  I typically offer small classes that are scheduled on request to meet the students’ timetable and needs. Courses are offered year round with classroom and pool sessions either in the afternoons or on weekends. The open water sessions are held over weekends at the DDA dive beach or in some instances in the Red Sea.

Courses:

  • PADI Open Water
  • PADI U/W Search & Recovery
  • PADI Deep Diver
  • PADI Advanced Diver
  • PADI U/W Photography
  • PADI Night Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Boat Diver
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • PADI Emergency First Response
  • PADI U/W Naturalist
  • PADI Nitrox Course (Enriched Air Diver)
  • PADI U/W Navigation
  • PADI Multilevel Diver
  • PADI Dive Master

Contact:

Email Work: james.vandervyver@aramco.com

Email Personal: james@vandervyver.com

Cell: +966 (050) 481-3547

 

Farid Zoldjalali

Farid Zoldjalali - DDA Dive InstructorPADI - Master Scuba Diver Trainer - MSDT #206906

Language: English, Arabic

Bio: I got my Open Water certification on 1986 and became an Instructor on 2001.  I also organize dive trips to the Red Sea, islands out of Jubail, Oman, UAE and Bahrain.

 

 

Courses:

  • PADI Open Water
  • PADI U/W Navigation
  • PADI Multilevel Diver
  • PADI Advanced Diver
  • PADI Search & Recovery
  • PADI Deep Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI U/W Photography
  • PADI Night Diver
  • PADI Emergency First Response
  • PADI Boat Diver
  • PADI Dive Master

Contact:

Email: Farid.Zoldjalali.1@Aramco.com

Cell: +966 (050) 498-4166

 

Haitham Khaiyat

Haitham Photo 2015

NAUI Course Director # 56642

PADI Master Instructor - EFR Instructor Trainer #651134

Language: English, Arabic

Bio: I started my diving experience on 1997.  While being underwater several times I thought of a vision to carry, to teach divers and make them enjoy the beauty of underwater world.  I built my diving experience in Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada in Egypt, Indonesia, Red Sea from north to south, Gulf of Mexico and definitely Arabian Gulf around Jubail islands such as Jana, Juraid and Karan.  I manage diving trips on a monthly basis to the Red Sea during the weekends with full board check out my FB albums at http://www.facebook.com/HaithamKhaiyat.

Further, I established Bateel Diver Team which provides diving training for non-Aramco employees.  You can reach Bateel Diver Team at http://www.facebook.com/BateelDiver.  Classes are scheduled upon request to meet the students' timetable and needs.

Courses:

All levels for NAUI courses and certify instructors.

All levels for PADI courses up to PADI Assistant Instructor

All Emergency First Response course and Instructor Trainer course

Trips:

I plan diving trips as follows:

  • Weekly diving trips to Jubail islands (depends on weather forecast)
  • Every 1.5 month diving trips to Yanbu and Jeddah
  • Every 3 months Live-Aboard trips to Sharm El Sheikh and Hughadah

Keep posted by following Bateel Diver page.

Contact:

Email: haitham.khaiyat@aramco.com

Cell: +966 (055) 820-2000

Work: +966 (013) 862-8260

JR Karbowski

JR Karbowski - DDA Dive InstructorPADI - Divemaster #352448

Language: English

Bio: I received my Open Water certification with SSI on 1992 after doing a “Resort Course” in Cancun, Mexico.  I then got my Advanced Open Water with PADI on 1998 while living and working in South Africa.  On 2014, I got more ambitious about my dive education and received my Dive Master credentials with PADI while in Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Courses:

  • Assist PADI Instructors with Students
  • PADI Discover Snorkeling Programs
  • PADI Skin Divers
  • PADI Scuba Review Programs for Certified Divers

Contact:

Email: jr.karbowski@live.com

Cell: +966 (053) 243-9731

John Nilsen

John Nilsen - DDA Dive InstructorNAUI #9290

Language: English

Bio: I completed my NAUI Instructor Training Course February 1987 in Seattle, Washington.  I have taught scuba courses ranging from Entry Scuba Experience through Instructor Training Courses continuously for the past 25 years.  I have worked as a Dive Guide/Instructor/Boat Captain in Grand Cayman, Aruba, and Hawaii.  I have done scientific research diving in Alaska and Washington State.  I have dove locally in the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea since 1988.  I have dived many parts of the world, with much more left to explore.  I am well qualified to teach you a safe and enjoyable scuba course to begin or further your own underwater explorations.

Courses:

  • NAUI Skin Diver/Junior Skin Diver
  • NAUI Junior Advanced Scuba
  • NAUI Scuba Diver/Junior Scuba Diver
  • NAUI Advanced Scuba
  • NAUI Experienced Scuba Diver
  • NAUI Master Scuba Diver

Contact:

Email: john.nilsen@aramco.com

Waleed T. Naghi

Work: +966 (013) 880-9875PADI (IDC Staff) Instructor # 650396

EFR Instructor Trainer

DAN(Divers Alert Network) Instructor Trainer # 2069022

Language: English and Arabic

Bio: I’ve been diving for the past fourteen years and have been diving in different places around the world.  I got certified in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and continued my professional diving in OR, USA.  I am the first Saudi Arabian DAN Instructor Trainer who offers the full range of courses for DAN.  I also offer classes in English and Arabic for PADI and DAN.

Courses:

PADI DAN
  • Discover Scuba Diving
  • Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries
  • Open Water Course
  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
  • Adventure Diver
  • NAUI Master Scuba Diver
  • Advanced Diver
  • Neurological Assessment
  • Rescue Diver
  • Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid
  • Dive Master
  • CPR: Health Care Provider
  • Emergency First Response Course
  • Diving Emergency Management Provider Program
 
  • Diving First Aid for Professional Divers
 
  • Dive Medicine for Divers

Specialty Courses at Half Moon Bay & the Red Sea:

  • Boat Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Search and Recovery
  • Wreck Diver
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Nitrox Course (Enriched Air Diver)
 

Contact:

Email: waleed.naghi@aramco.com

Work: +966 (013) 880-9875

Cell: +966 (059) 999-5875

Ahmed Alhani

Ahmed H. Alhani - DDA Dive InstructorPADI - Master Scuba Diver Trainer - MSDT# 292088

Language: English, Arabic

Bio: I am a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.  I started diving on 2007 and haven’t stopped since. I have gotten my certifications in different parts of the world; certified in Canada, became a professional in Mexico and finally made instructor in Egypt.  I am teaching classes year round scheduled on agreement with the students to fit our schedules.  I will usually group lone students with others, but can teach private if needed.  I keep classes small for fun, and ease of planning.  I try to keep this as flexible as possible, so the location of the classroom and the dives will be wherever suitable for the students, while providing the environment needed for the course.   See my FB page at www.fb.com/thudiv.

Courses:

  • PADI Open Water
  • PADI Dive Master Course
  • PADI U/W Digital Photographer
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI U/W Navigator
  • PADI Nitrox
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Night Diver
  • PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • PADI Emergency First Response
  • PADI Deep Diver
 
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • PADI Search & Recovery
 

Contact:

Email Work: ahmed.alhani@aramco.com

Email Personal: hoani_57@hotmail.com

Cell: +966 (056) 681-7640

Don Williams

Don_Williams_01PADI - Open Water Scuba Instructor - OWSI # 274515

Language: English

Bio: I began diving in the summer of 1993 in the lakes of my home Province of Saskatchewan, Canada.  Shortly after my Open Water Certification I moved to Calgary and began diving into the frigid mountain lakes (and occasionally under the ice too!) of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest off the coast Vancouver Island, Canada.  I continued on to my Divemaster Certification in 2010 and my PADI Open Water Instructor Certification in 2015.  I have spent most of my vacation time (and spare time) over the last 22+ years with a reg in my mouth diving in many parts of the world including Canada, United States, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Maldives, Thailand, UAE, Oman, Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf of Saudi Arabia, doing many types of diving including night, deep, wreck, ice, cavern, altitude and current diving.  Diving is a truly an exciting and relaxing activity that people of all ages can enjoy!

I typically run 3-4 dive trips per year to the Red Sea in association with the DDA and informally organize dive trips to other great diving spots such as Oman and the Maldives.  I am always on the hunt for new and exciting places to go diving!  I prefer to teach in small groups (4 or less) and I am flexible in training times to fit your schedule.  Private lessons can be arrange.

Courses:

  • PADI Skin Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • PADI ReActivate (scuba review)
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • PADI Adventure Diver
  • PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox)

Non-Diving Courses:

  • Emergency First Response (CPR, AED, Primary and Secondary First Aid)
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider

Contact:

Email Work: donald.williams.1@aramco.com

Email Personal: donwilliams12@hotmail.com

Mobile: +966 (050) 0675-7044 (please text if I don’t answer)