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Emperor Divers Sharm El Sheikh now OPEN for business

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Emperor Divers has reopened its dive centre in the iconic Red Sea dive capital of Sharm El Sheikh. Located directly in Naama Bay, the centre is close to the jetty and ready to take guests to dive incredible sites such as Tiran and Ras Mohamed.

Sharm diving is at its absolute best for decades as dive sites have had a few years to recover from the crowds. Stunning hard and soft corals and amazing marine life encounters abound in some of the clearest waters the Red Sea has to offer,” says General Manager, Luke Atkinson. “The fish schooling event of Ras Mohamed in summer is truly world class and the chance to experience it with diver numbers similar to the 1990s should not be missed.

Emperor is sharing with the Werner Lau/ Sinai Divers centre in Helnan Marina Hotel where guests will have access to a house reef in Naama Bay and top class facilities as well as being close to a range of hotels for convenience. Divers’ favourite boats, Emperor Shorouk and Emperor Marcus, will be running regularly to the amazing local sites and, of course, to Ras Mohamed and Tiran. Emperor’s small instructor team will be headed up by the familiar face of Elise, an Emperor Sharm legend.

Direct flights to Sharm come from Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria with carriers such as TUIfly, FTI and Germania. Indirect flights via Istanbul with Pegasus and Turkish Airlines are excellent for divers due to a generous baggage allowance, which is also the case with Egyptair via Cairo.

Make 2018 the year to come and dive in Sharm with Emperor!

For more, visit www.emperordivers.com or email info@emperordivers.com.

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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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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