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20 things to do in Sharm el Sheikh in 2020 – PART 1

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With direct flights from the UK to Sharm back on offer since the end of 2019, all lovers of Sharm – both staff and tourists alike – are excited. But once you actually get here, what is there to do? 20 things are quite a few, there are only 10 here, so stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!

1. Dive from the boat in Ras Mohamed – Ras Mohamed National Park features one of the top ten dive sites in the world, Shark & Yolanda Reef amongst other reefs. This one reef (actually made up of four reefs) is exceptional though as it provides stunning corals combined with exciting fish sightings in one place all year round.

2. Dive SS Thistlegorm – This sometimes challenging dive (so you must have a minimum of 20 logged dives to dive the wreck) never ceases to provide divers with excitement and adventure. Exploring the locomotives and the inner holds is a must for even the most hardened wreck junkie.

3. Take your PADI Advanced Open Water certification – Don’t have enough dives for the Thistlegorm, how about completing your Advanced course with a friendly dive center like 100% Project AWARE center Anthias Divers, that specializes in tailor made dive packages, to gain more experience? In only two days, you will be certified to dive to 30 meters and discover all manner of other useful skills.

4. Post on social media – I know that you are on holiday and many of you would rather forgo technology, but on the off chance you are still connected whilst you here, don’t forget to tell your friends how great Sharm is. After the recent years, Sharm needs a team effort to help remind the world what a great place it is.

5. Dive Ras Mohamed by land – Boat diving not your bag? How about a relaxing shore dive from a Bedouin camp in Ras Mohamed? Take in the beautiful contrast of where desert meets the sea as you kit up, and then enjoy a peaceful dive with few other divers.

6. Take your PADI Open Water Course – I almost forgot, Sharm is not just for certified divers. If you are not yet a qualified diver, Sharm is the perfect place to learn to dive. The warm, turquoise waters and many shallow bays make this top diving destination ideal for taking your first underwater breathes in a stress-free environment.

7. Go ice skating – Yes, really! Fancy cooling down in the evening after a sunny day on the boat. There are even two ice skating rinks here for you to test your talents.

8. Enjoy the blue skies – Sharm el Sheikh is one of the few destinations where 365 days of sunshine is pretty much guaranteed. Even without the fabulous diving, this is a definite reason to visit, especially during Europe’s ever longer winter that seems to get colder by the day.

9. Snorkel – Lost for ideas for what to do on your non diving day before you fly home or want to pacify the non-divers in your party? Go snorkeling. The 30-meter visibility provides great views of the reef and its inhabitants, even from the surface.

10. Take a quad bike journey to the desert – If you would prefer to be dry on the last day before you fly (although I really don’t understand why), take a quad bike tour into the desert and enjoy the outstanding Bedouin tea and hospitality.

Still not enough things for you to do in Sharm el Sheikh? Don’t forget to check back for Part 2 tomorrow, where there will be even more ideas. In the meantime, sunny regards from Sharm to keep you all warm.


Inspired? Take a look at www.anthiasdivers.com to find out more!

Beth "my lovelies" Sanders achieved her PADI Open Water in her native Wales and became completely addicted to the underwater world. Her fixation has cost her jobs, boyfriends and a whole load of other 'respectable' things so finally she had to make the diving pay! Becoming a Scuba Instructor was the only option... Beth was very lucky to combine this with her love of warm weather and has lived in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt since 2007. Currently operating as a freelance dive instructor and environmental tourism consultant, Beth can usually be found chatting with guests and even occasionally underwater!

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Veterans take part in Hadrian’s Wall trek to raise funds for their ‘Red Sea family’

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A group of veterans from Scuba Diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy have pledged to take part in a 40 mile expedition-style trek along historic Hadrian’s Wall this July to raise funds for the staff at Egyptian dive centre and resort Roots Red Sea.

The dive centre in El Quseir has been closed since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic last Spring and with Egypt now on the red list for UK travellers it is unlikely to be able to re-open in the near future. UK couple Steve and Clare Rattle, who own Roots Red Sea, have been supporting the 16 staff of the dive centre and their families but faced with an ever increasingly uncertain future, the Deptherapy beneficiaries wanted to add their support too.

Roots Red Sea is Deptherapy’s home from home in Egypt and the location where the charity’s majority of overseas training courses and expeditions are held. The facilities at the Egyptian dive centre and resort are a perfect fit for the charity offering an ideal combination of self-contained and fully adapted accommodation, as well as a team of highly trained staff.

Deptherapy normally runs 2-3 trips to Roots Red Sea each year but recent and planned trips continue to be a casualty of Covid. For the time being, training has shifted to UK waters, but their Egyptian family is never far from the minds of the Deptherapy Team.

“We’re hoping to raise £3,000 for the staff at Roots to support their families due to hardship caused by the pandemic,” explains Tom Oates, Deptherapy Divemaster, Ambassador and former Scots Guard.

“Deptherapy has been a lifeline for so many of us beneficiaries and an essential part of that journey has been our scuba diving adventures at Roots Red Sea. We view the staff at Roots as part of our extended families. They have become close friends. The welcome, service and care we are shown is unbelievable but now it is our turn to give something back. The staff at Roots have given us everything and have helped to save and change our lives. Now, they need our support.”

“This is an amazing endeavour from the guys at Deptherapy,” says Steve Rattle, who is organising the logistics of the trek which is planned to stretch over several days. “We have supported the charity for many years; it’s always been a delight to have them come to Roots and to see them really benefit from the experience. Now the tables are turned, and it is the families of Roots that are in need of help. It is really humbling to have Team Deptherapy now raising money for them. Awesome effort!”

The fundraiser is scheduled to take place from 12th -16th July 2021 starting from Heddon on the Wall in the east to Lenercost in the west. The route has been designed to take in a variety of features including many historical sites such as the Roman Army Museum at Greenhead.

Please give generously to sponsor Team Deptherapy in their quest to raise £3000 for the families of Roots Red Sea at the special JustGiving Page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rootsredseafundraiser

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

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Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

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