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BSAC dives into the Red Sea with the launch of BSAC Egypt

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BSAC has launched an exciting new licence agreement that will take BSAC diving and training in Egypt to a whole new level, with many more BSAC Diver Training Centres set to be created.

Following on from the success of BSAC’s longstanding license agreements with BSAC Japan, BSAC Korea and BSAC Thailand, BSAC Egypt will set the standard for BSAC diving and training in this key diving destination.

With the contract between BSAC and Blue Pearl Ltd (trading as BSAC Egypt) now formally signed, the new Hurghada-based licensee will welcome non-divers as well as all agency qualified divers to dive and train with one of the newly accredited BSAC Centres across Hurghada, Sharm, Dahab, Marsa Alam and Safaga.

Yasser Ragab, the new CEO of BSAC Egypt, who has worked in Red Sea diving for over 17 years, said he welcomed the opportunity to establish BSAC’s standards and training throughout the region. “The Red Sea is one of the wonders of the world and a bucket lister for all new and experienced divers. By working closely with BSAC, we want to grow the love of diving and this will enable us to issue diving qualifications in our own country.”

BSAC Egypt will work with both BSAC and Egypt’s Chamber of Diving and Water Sports (CDWS) to help deliver high standards of diving and training across the region. Sixteen Red Sea diving instructors and two snorkelling instructors have already undergone training to become BSAC accredited instructors, with work now ongoing for more centres to gain their BSAC Centre status.

The longer-term vision for BSAC Egypt is to have 30% of all Red Sea centres accredited to BSAC as soon as possible.

In the meantime, BSAC is providing all the necessary instructor and centre development to support BSAC Egypt through its first few years. BSAC Egypt will translate the core diver training materials into German, French, Polish and Russian to support the training of divers from around the world.

This video was shot over one of the instructor crossover courses last year in preparation for launch in preparation for launching BSAC Egypt:

BSAC’s Business Development Officer, Adrian Collier, said the partnership would open up opportunities for BSAC, as well as its clubs and members. “One of the most popular diving destinations, Egypt offers a wealth of diving for all abilities and any BSAC member will be welcomed to dive or train with any of BSAC Egypt’s centres. We will also be working closely with BSAC Egypt to get more people into diving, potentially leading to new club members back in the UK.”

BSAC Chair Maria Harwood welcomed the new partnership with BSAC Egypt. “The Red Sea is one of the world’s most popular diving destinations,” Maria said. “We’re thrilled to be working towards introducing more holidaymakers from around the world to diving the BSAC way. To work with Yasser and the team at BSAC Egypt is an exciting opportunity for all involved.”

For more information about BSAC visit their website by clicking here.


Source: www.bsac.com

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Jeff chats to… author, avid cave diver and professional adventurer Steve Lewis (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to author, avid cave diver and professional adventurer Steve Lewis about life in general with a bit of diving as well!

Steve Lewis is also Director of Diver Training for RAID.

For more, visit Steve on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Steve.Lewis.Doppler


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Jeff chats to… Phil Short, dive industry consultant for science, media and education (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Phil Short, dive industry consultant for science, media and education.

Phil has been diving professionally and exploring for over 26 years and has logged over 7000 dives in caves and open water using both open and closed circuit equipment, with over 3000 hours on Rebreather equipment. He started diving in 1990 from a background of dry caving and at first only completed diver training to pass short flooded sections of dry caves.

Phil continued his diver training through the PADI system with Course Director Steve Axtell and in 1991 he qualified as a PADI instructor and began teaching full time, working his way up to Master Instructor. During this period, he continued cave diving and began developing his Technical Diving skills through training with Kevin Gurr and in 1993 was involved in forming one of the first Trimix wreck diving teams in the UK.

He is now one of the UK’s foremost IANTD Instructor Trainer Trainers and the Training director of IANTD UK, in addition to being a member of the IANTD HQ Board of Advisors. Having devoted all his free time to developing his Technical skills, Phil began to use them for cave diving, his true passion, on expeditions to Mallorca, France, Spain, Canada, Russia, Greece and Mexico. At the same time, he began teaching first open, then closed circuit, technical and cave diving full time.

Find out more at: www.darkwaterexploration.com and www.facebook.com/philshorttechnical


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