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Aqaba Underwater – an overview

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Sean Chinn concludes his travels in Jordan with an overview of the diving highlights on offer in Aqaba.

Hopefully you have all read my article on diving the new C-130 Hercules dive site in Aqaba. If you haven’t then you can find it here: www.scubaverse.com/making-history-aqaba-scuttling-c-130-hercules/

As well as the Hercules site, Aqaba has a host of underwater delights on offer. In my opinion, Aqaba is a perfect destination for those new to diving who want to enjoy some nice relaxing easy dives to gain experience while being amazed at the colour and thriving fish life the coral reefs have to offer. It is also perfect for clubs from the UK or Europe to organise trips to and potentially use as a base to run courses; making use of the warmer waters and working with the local friendly dive centres for a great professional service.

A Wreck Specialty would be perfect on my personal favourite dive site of the trip, The Cedar Pride. This is a relatively shallow wreck at a max depth of 25m to the sea floor. With clear waters it really is a fun wreck to explore, with 32 years of coral growth creating stunning areas of colour and fish life. Many lionfish can be found hiding within the nooks and crannies. It is also easy to penetrate and find small schools of fish hiding inside using dark areas for protection. I only did the one dive there and was concentrating more on photographing the outside but would love to go back and explore more of the wreck.

Japanese Gardens and The Power Station were also extremely pleasant dive sites full of coral and fish life, providing lots of colour typical of the Red Sea. These are also sites where you were able to explore a little deeper if you wanted to, as they either slope to around 30m in the case of Japanese Gardens, or have a steep wall drop off like The Power Station. However, both also provide nice, easy shallow dives on the coral plateau for those willing to take their time and look for the little creatures that call the reef home. Sometimes taking your time can be the most fun as you’d be surprised at how much you miss whilst working along the reef and neglecting taking a closer look.

One of the major highlights for me was getting under the jetty of Berenice Beach Club. As I stated in my previous article, Sindbad Dive Club have their own jetty meaning all the dive sites are within easy reach of the club. What you should realise though is that you don’t need to get on the boat to have an amazing experience underwater. Grab a tank, or even just your mask, snorkel and fins, and jump in under the jetty and explore the house reef. The life under there is amazing and I decided on one surface interval to have a little snorkel and loved working my way through the piers, following the school of sardines that call the jetty home. Lionfish would creep into view as they came away from the camouflage of the pier and into the blue. I could have stayed there all day but I needed to save my camera battery for the dive on the Hercules in the afternoon.

I also got the chance to do a sunset dive and explore the macro life of the reef under the jetty and beyond. The peppered moray eels are bountiful and are great to watch as they explore the sea grass, keeping an eye out for scorpion fish camouflaged in the reef. Again, this is a place I would love to explore more and see what other critters were hiding from me.

I’m looking forward to the day I get back to Aqaba and explore more of what I missed on this short trip. I would definitely recommend it as a destination for people looking for an enjoyable diving experience that is not too challenging, and where you can also enjoy land based adventures. Be sure to think of Aqaba when booking your next holiday!

Sean Chinn’s scuba diving adventure started in a freezing cold quarry back in January 2011. Maybe the reason he wasn't instantly hooked! However, after an amazing trip to Indonesia in 2013, he realised he needed to see more of the underwater world. With no photography background, he enlisted some help in developing both his diving and photo skills. This kickstarted his diving and underwater photography adventure which has become something of an addiction. Seeing and photographing wildlife is Sean’s real passion in diving but he is always keen to try new ideas.

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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse.com’s November 2021 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2021 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2021 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. December’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2021 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2021 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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Dived Up Publications announces Prize Draw Winners

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Dived Up Publications have announced the lucky winners in their Action Camera Underwater Video Basics prize draw that was held in association with Paralenz and Scubaverse.

The prize draw was held to celebrate the release of Jeff Goodman’s excellent new book, which has been called the ‘essential guide to impressive underwater video’. The prize draw ran through October and November 2021.

1st Prize of a Paralenz Vaquita underwater camera and a copy of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics goes to Phillip Davies in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Congratulations Phillip!

2nd Prize of a Paralenz rash guard and Action Camera Underwater Video Basics goes to Marta Lewanska of Kent, England. 3rd Prizes (5) of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics plus an exclusive Paralenz water bottle go to Laura Pritchard (Oxfordshire, England); Steffen Spoida (Schkopau, Germany); Rick Rutkowski (New York, USA); Mariusz Ciupa (London, England); and Thomas Stone (Dorset, England). 4th Prizes (3) of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics go to Susanna Callaghan (Anglesey, Wales); Iain (Scotland); and Morgane Bellouard (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France). All winners have been informed.

Thank you to everyone who took part. If you didn’t win this time stay tuned to our social channels for more exciting offers in future! Thank you also to Paralenz and Scubaverse for collaborating, contributing prizes and supporting this promotion.

About the book

Avoid common mistakes and make great underwater video. A lifetime of knowledge in one handy book full of images shot with a small action camera. Jeff Goodman’s Action Camera Underwater Video Basics is out now in paperback.

Released 26 October 2021 | RRP £20 | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-909455-44-3 | 192 pages | 210 x 148 mm (A5).

The book is available online from the usual places, and a limited number of signed copies are available exclusively from www.DivedUp.com while stocks last.

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