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Diving the C-130 Hercules in Aqaba with Sindbad Dive Club

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After a few days to let it settle after we witnessed the scuttling, it was finally time to see the C-130 Hercules in its new home under the sea.

Our dive centre of choice was Sindbad Dive Club based in the stunning surroundings of Berenice Beach Club. With a guest pool and dive training pool overlooking the beach and Red Sea, it was a great place to start our diving day. Sindbad is the only dive centre in the area to have their own jetty within the marine park. This makes it easy to kit up and climb aboard with all the dive sites within easy reach just minutes from the jetty. In fact, the furthest site is a mere 20 minute boat journey away.

Khaled Kenawy is the managing director of Sindbad and greeted us on our arrival. He made sure every detail was discussed, putting us at ease about the day’s diving. Everything was very professional with any hired kit already prepared for us in labelled crates. The kit was taken to the dive boat for us by the crew and the boat had ample room for divers, kit and crew. Soft drinks and water were provided onboard.

The C-130 is only a 5-10 minute journey from the jetty and was due to be our first dive of the day. However, Khaled used his experience to make a detour when he saw other dive boats at the site and realised it would be a little crowded. We made our first dive at a site called The Japanese Gardens – a nice relaxed dive, alongside colourful reef life, which prepared us for our afternoon on the Hercules.

After a coffee and tea break back at the Berenice Beach Club, it was time to set out for a hopefully quieter C-130 dive site. We were all excited to experience this new amazing wreck site that will hopefully bring more dive tourism to the area.

Being a shallow dive site of only around 16 metres max, you could see the wreck from the surface as we jumped in. What struck me straight away was the sheer size of the plane. It completely dwarfed the divers that were exploring it and it was a lot bigger than I imagined it would be. The wings disappeared into the distance as you looked out from the cargo hold, while the vertical stabiliser reached up to the surface, towering over me as I swam beneath.

It was easy to penetrate the wreck with numerous wide openings that allowed access to explore inside and check out the cockpit which has a model skeleton at the wheel. I can really see this being an amazing dive site once the sea life and coral start calling it home. The reefs surrounding the plane are stunning and can be explored as part of the dive. The well-known Tank dive site is just a few minutes swim away and perfect for a safety stop, which means you can enjoy it all in one dive. As life starts to form on the wreck, you’ll probably want to spend much longer!

It was a great moment to be able to witness the scuttling of the C-130 Hercules and be one of the first divers worldwide to dive it. What made it extra special was the extremely professional dive centre that hosted us. Check out Sindbad Dive Club at: www.sindbadjo.com or email divingmanager@sindbadjo.com to arrange your trip!

Check back next week for my blogs on the other diving available in Aqaba and to read about a stunning trip to Petra.

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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