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2017 in Sharm el Sheikh

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In case you have missed it, the New Year looms; we prepare to say goodbye to 2017 and eagerly look ahead with childlike eyes to 2018.

It is the time to make our New Year’s resolutions. This is something I always struggle with. What should I choose? Eat less, work out more, spend more time in nature, meditate….? The list is endless.

2018 will be different. This year I will make it my resolution to persuade scuba divers old and new, to visit Sharm el Sheikh or to come #backtosharm. However before we move forward, I would like to take this chance to look back over some of the highlights from the last year in Sharm el Sheikh…

You may think that Sharm is quiet and just for diving, this is a very deceptive idea.

Sharm el Sheikh has hosted many conferences over the years, and 2017 was no different. I think the highlight of them this year was the televised World Youth Forum. This was an engaging platform developed to send a message of peace, prosperity and harmony to the entire world from promising youths from around the globe. It was a chance for the youth of the world, who are determined to create real change, to speak to top policy makers.

The opening ceremony was spectacular with the “Triumphal March” from the Opera Aida and keynote speakers that included the Academy Award Winning Actress Helen Hunt, amongst others. With over 3000 youths from 113 countries, it was an honorable moment for Sharm, The City of Peace, to host such an event.

Another proud event was Shark Week at Camel Dive Club. This was coordinated by the Camel Dive Club’s Eco Tribe and included activities such as underwater clean ups and a shark themed quiz at Camel Bar. The highlight was the sponsored Fin Walk where guests sponsored their dive guides to walk the 0.7km from the dive centre to the jetty in their fins!

It was hysterical and with the help of our lovely guests, Eco Tribe and Camel Dive Club raised over 350 British Pounds for the wonderful charity, Project AWARE.

In 2017, Sharm el Sheikh also saw the return of many direct flights from countries including Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic and Scandinavia. These lucky holidaymakers have experienced Sharm at its best, with some of the best ever underwater sightings, including mola mola, sailfish and whalesharks.

The most epic event, however, was the return of the peanuts to Camel Bar. After a 7 year absence, they reappeared during a phenomenal evening in November. A celebration that featured live music from local rock band, 31 Degrees North, some roaring karaoke and dancing on peanut covered crunchy floors as well as the bar. It was a true Sharm style party.

If all of this is still not persuading you that Sharm is safe and still has a lot to offer, in 2018 I will persevere with more reasons why you should book your next holiday here.

Happy New Year to you all! See you in 2018.


Inspired? Take a look at www.cameldive.com and book your trip!

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. After joining the team at Anthias Divers as General Manager, Beth can usually be found chatting with guests and even occasionally underwater!

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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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