August 30th, 2013

PREMIUM DC 2013, "Red Sea Dive College" - Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

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Question 10: What is the strongest argument for your DC to convince me as customer to dive at your DC?

Winning Dive Centre of the Year (according to readers of the UK’s biggest Dive Magazine) for 6 years can only be testament to the exceptional level of service and customer satisfaction our guests experience and are happy to tell others about, backing up our claim and motto first used 23 years ago – The Original and Still The Best.

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Question 9: What else can be done/seen at your place? Are there other sport/culture activities to see/attend and could I come with family and/or kids?

Egypt holds an important place in history, and there is so much to explore when you are not diving. The Ras Mohammed National Park is a must, by land you can visit the pristine beaches, explore the salt lake or relax whilst keeping an eye out for some pretty rare wildlife. St Catherine’s Monastery, reportedly the site of the biblical ‘Burning Bush’ is a short drive away. The Pyramids can be reached in a day and there are many natural sights, such as the coloured canyon, if you really want to explore the area. For kids, or the big kid in you, Quad biking in the desert at sunset is a must do, as is an evening spent with the local Bedouin. At night, Naama Bay comes alive with music and dancing in the streets… a great way to experience the local culture.

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Question 8: What is the best time to come to go diving at your place?

The diving in Sharm is great all year round, just a short 4-5 hour flight away, and with water that rarely falls below 24 degrees. In the European winter, we have amazingly clear water and an abundance of coral and fish species. In the summer there is a reasonable chance of seeing some bigger creatures – Schooling hammerheads and other sharks are a real possibility. Although they are sighted all year round, visitors in late April through to June are more likely to see a Manta or Whale shark.
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Question 7: What kind of breathing gas is used on your DC and what is available as safety/back-up infrastructure at your DC or nearby?

We supply standard air fills and nitrox 32%, filled to 200 bar, free of charge as part of our daily diving prices. Other nitrox blends and 15 litre tanks are available at a small charge. All fills are done on site using MARES compressors.
Trimix blends can be provided with a days notice.
There is 100% O2 available on all boats and at the dive centre to be used in emergency situations and is clearly marked and stowed as to not be confused by guests. Nitrox Tanks are clearly labeled for the same reason.
The decompression chamber is located in Sharm and can be reached by road or with the aid of the Search and Rescue fast rib service.
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Question 6: How does your staff looks like? Are there instructors that speak different languages? Can they deal also with kids or disabled persons? Can I do some training specialties during my dives?

We currently have over 25 Instructors that between them speak English, French, German, Dutch, Russian & Italian, to name but a few, each one qualified to conduct specialized training. Our generous range of sites in Sharm mean we can carry out an extensive range of courses, just let us know your interest and we’ll fulfill it, whether it’s for fun, professional level courses or technical diving. All ages and abilities can be catered for and our staff will more than happy to discuss individual requirements in resort or our reservations team will be happy to help you plan your stay.
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Question 5: How does your DC look like and how many equipment sets do you have? Do I need to bring my own equipment or can I rent equipment at the DC?

Based around a lively courtyard setting, our dive centre has separate classrooms, lockers, showers and equipment storage all leading from the central area.
We have hundreds of sets of MARES equipment available for rent, in a variety of sizes to ensure we have the correct kit for everyone. Guests are welcome to bring their own equipment, but we work hard to ensure that our rental equipment is maintained to an incredibly high standard, so much so that our rental equipment is the preferred choice for many of our regular guests.
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Question 4: What kind of boats, cars or other kind of transportation do you use to get divers to the dive sites?

We have a fleet of boats that are used to transport our guest to the dive sites, travelling times are a maximum of 1.5 hours (apart from Thistlegorm) with the average being 40 mins. Dives are either done as a mooring dive or a drift, dependant on the conditions and dive site. Our boats are approx 20m in length, able to carry up to 20 divers comfortably. All our boats have separate wet and dry areas, sunbathing areas, shaded seating outside and comfortable seating inside. Equipped with marine radio, o2, first aid kits, spare equipment, fresh water showers and modern toilets, the boats are kitted out to the highest standards to ensure your days diving is done in comfort and style.
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Question 3: Which dive sites you go to and how are the dives there?

Jacques Cousteau famously said of the area "The Red Sea is a Corridor of Marvels - the happiest hours of my diving experience have been spent there”. A sentiment no doubt shared by thousands of diver who have dived it. We visit dive sites throughout the region, spanning three main areas – Ras Mohammed national park, Straights of Tiran and local dive sites. We also arrange special trips to sights that are further away, such as the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm or to the sleepy fishing town of Dahab. The sights are mainly reef dives, (the exception being wreck dives!) with a great variation in topography and therefore varieties of fish and corals on any given site. Most of the local sights are easy, slow paced diving whereas Ras Mohammed and Tiran are subject to more currents due to the deep water and reef formation.
For those who prefer wrecks, the further away (and therefore more preserved!) wrecks can be reached if you are diving from our luxury live aboard VIP One ( The Carnatic, Kingston and Ghannis D now become your personal playgrounds!
Wherever and however you choose to dive, you are guaranteed a huge range of fish and fauna!
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Question 2: How I can get to your DC and are there special things to organize like Visa or permissions to dive at your place?

Many countries operate direct flights into Sharm including Easyjet, Jet Air, Monarch, Thomson, Turkish Airways and the national carrier Egypt Air. Another option is via Cairo which is a cost effective way of travelling. Once in resort, we arrange free pickups from every hotel in Sharm to take you to the dive centre every morning, and return bus travel throughout the day.
On arrival in Egypt you will need to opt for one of two Visas, obtainable at the airport. If you plan to visit Ras Mohammed National Park or venture further afield to Cairo or St Catherine’s Monastery on your non diving days then you will need to pay $15 for your visa. If not, your visa is free, but still needs to be put in your passport.
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Question 1: Where is your Dive Center located and what is so special about it?

Red Sea Diving College is located on the beach in the heart of Naama Bay in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The College was the first purpose built teaching facility back in 1993, and the facilities on offer are testament to this. Everything was considered during construction, and the easy access to the water is just the start. With Air conditioned classrooms, private showers and purposed built rinsing and storing areas no centre in Sharm can boast better facilities!
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