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Sharm Diving Summer 2015

We are often asked what the diving is like year round so we thought we would share the best of what we expect for Sharm Diving Summer 2015. Diving in the Red Sea and particularly Sharm el Sheikh can be a simply breath taking and unique experience.  With water temperatures being 26+ degrees kitting up is easy – some divers choose to dive in shorts or just a 3 mm shorty.  The warm waters also brings some incredible marine life. Our all round top Sharm Diving Summer 2015 has to be  Anemone City – Shark Reef – Yolanda Reef.  This is a simply WOW drift dive. Jumping in close to the reef for a nice easy descent you are then met by Nemos galore.  The field of Anemones is just so beautiful and too many to count.  On leaving Anemone City you swim through the deep blue waters across to Shark Reef. Currents being right at the corner of Shark Reef you are suddenly struck by the sheer amount of fish in the water.  A wall of hundreds of snapper – large schools of barracuda – trevally – tuna – oceanics – unicorn fish – even our little fat friends the mask puffer fish are out in droves.  Currents permitting we love to spend a good part of the dive hanging in the water just watching the underwater world pass us by.  Between the marine life, wall and deep blue waters this part of the dive is breath taking. From Shark Reef you pass the saddle between Shark and Yolanda Reefs and on to the coral plateau leading to a vertical drop off.  Here the hard and soft corals are the perfect back ground for any photographer to capture free swimming morays, turtles, large schools of unicorn fish and of course unexpected visitors! Onto the cargo and wreckage of the Yolanda – toilets, baths, automobile….. In the summer we tend not to notice so much the wreckage and cargo as there is just so much fish action. Finishing at the Satellite Reef for the safety stop whilst taking in the brightly coloured fish, corals and recapping the dive in your mind.  On these dives we never want to our safety stops to...

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Sharm Holiday Check List – Summer 2015

We have put together a Sharm Holiday Check List as we know planning your summer holiday can be a little stressful.  For those who are opting for a self organised rather than a package holiday this will be an even more valuable tool. Sharm Holiday Check List Flights Book on line and remember to triple check passenger details are correct.  If you are diving check out upgrading your luggage to include sports gear – this is the cheapest option offered by many airlines when compared to buying one extra bag. Accommodation There are a huge number of types and levels of accommodation.  When choosing think about where you will best fit.  There are many self catering options available for those on a budget or would like to dine at some of the many restaurants here and want the comforts of home.  All Inclusive options are available at most hotels with some offering Half Board and Bed and Breakfast. Transfers If you are not with a package it is possible to get a taxi directly from the Airport however it is easier and often cheaper to arrange this in advance.  Many diving centers will assist with this. Insurance Not the first thing on our minds when looking forward to a holiday but travel insurance is essential.  Check the small print to make sure everything is covered including scuba diving and also the exclusions and limits.  Scuba Diving cover can easily be bought online from DAN. Packing The summer months are hot and no warm clothes are needed apart from when you are in air conditioning when a light cover up is perfect.  On the whole the dress is quite relaxed in Sharm and unless you are in a very posh hotel there is no need to pack formal clothes for dinner.A high factor good quality water proof sun block is the most important item.  Although pharmacies are well stocked and many in Sharm it is a good idea to pack a basic first aid kit including some re-hydrant.Pack spare camera batteries as not all types are easily available here and don’t forget the adapters for your electrical items. Dive kit is easy – with warm water temperatures a nice shorty will be enough for most divers.  For a more detailed list check out our earlier blog. Excursions There are too many excursions and activities to list and all available in destination.  Always remember to book through a reputable source to make sure that the standards are up to par.  Excursions can be booked in advance on line and many dive centers are happy to arrange for them you.  Our non diving favorites would be star gazing in the desert complete with bedouin dinner and tea. We hope this list helps with your planning and of course we are always happy to help with dive and non dive related questions....

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Mission Clean Up

Mission clean up continues with our team of environmental divers collecting debris from the Red Sea.  

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Getting Back into Diving Sharm el Sheikh

Remember the passion and curiosity for the underwater world that made you first want to become a diver ? The first breaths you took when you first put your head under the water? The excitement before during and after your first dive especially when diving Sharm el Sheikh? And how each and every holiday  you searched for a dive center nearby so you could get your dive fix! Changes in financial circumstances, life and work commitments and family can mean for many that diving has to be put to one side. But for most diving is not something that they will ever lose their passion for. After a break from diving it can be a bit daunting to sign up for a weeks’ diving holiday but really it does not have to be.  If you choose getting back into diving Sharm el Sheikh you will have sites to suit your level and ability. Our team would like to share our tips and advice for making your Getting back into Diving Sharm el Sheikh easy, fun and safe – if you have questions why not Contact our team today. Step One – Dusting off your fins Scuba diving is an equipment dependent sport. For those who invested in equipment many moons ago it is good to start here. If it has been some time since you have dived you could have gained or lost weight so it is important to try the kit on. Many a diver has turned up unable to squeeze into the wet suit they used over 10 years before – much to their horror. Check out how well the kit has withstood it’s time in the cupboard – are the fin and mask straps still in good working order – zippers for the suits and boots, seals on the dry suit? For the regulators and BCDs it is best to pop down to your local dive shop and put them in for a service AND don’t forget to check your battery on your dive computer! Step Two – Get reading Review your old diving manual. This will re-familiarize you with dive theory, terms and signals along with procedures. Step Three – Take the Plunge When contacting a dive center let them know your certification level, date of last dive, number of logged dives and type of sea conditions and also any concerns you may have. If it has been over one year since your last dive it is important that the first dive reviews skills and knowledge with a program such as the PADI Scuba Review. It may also be a good idea to book yourself straight onto a course so you have special attention from your instructor. For PADI Open Water Divers it would be well worth while upgrading to an Advanced Open Water Diver. For those already Advanced then perhaps consider a specialty such as PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy – a great way to fast track your buoyancy skills and also gain confidence quickly in the water. Step Four – Enjoy Relax, have fun and dive, dive, dive! Don’t wait – Get Back into Diving Sharm el Sheikh and CONTACT our team...

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