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Emperor Elite Red Sea Trip Report, 23 – 30 September

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A super international group of sixteen guests belonging to seven nationalities joined us on Emperor Elite to visit the sharky Brothers and the hammerheads at Daedalus, as well as the Oceanic rich Elphinstone.

Both Brothers are indeed very sharky at the moment, with copious sightings of grey reef sharks and hammerheads as well as threshers and Oceanics on every dive. The Oceanics were especially numerous, as we had up to five different individuals circling under the boats, approaching the divers closely. Everybody also enjoyed the Aida and Numidia visits as there was almost no current and dense, colourful fish life blanketed both wrecks.

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Daedalus still never ceases to amaze as the school of more than twenty very friendly hammerheads is still playing with the divers, circling us and circling us between 30 and 40+ meters of depth, until protesting computers urge us to leave them before they leave us. The feeling of being utterly blessed, exhilarated and ever so grateful is always the same, no matter how many times we have experienced these encounters. Nobody can ever see enough schooling, playful Daedalus hammerheads.

Thank you to our guests for choosing Emperor Elite for your Red Sea diving adventure and for sharing the beautiful Red Sea diving with us! We hope you had a fantastic week and enjoyed our special Elite hospitality. Thank you very much to Paul for contributing your beautiful videos to our Facebook page this week.

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Captain Mahmoud and his hard working, very professional and also very fun-loving Crew, did a superb job again this week, keeping us safe and making sure our week at sea was wonderful all around above and below, even in some quite rough seas. Shoukran gezilan, my dear Friends.

Take care, safe travels and safe bubbles. See you again soon, Inshallah. Fat sea hugs and bestest wishes.

Luke, Sonia, Zizo and Simone

For Red Sea Holidays with Emperor Divers, visit www.emperordivers.com.

For Maldives Holidays with Emperor Divers, visit www.emperormaldives.com.

Emperor Divers provide top quality diving holidays in resorts and on liveaboards in the Red Sea and the Maldives. Quality customer care is Emperor Divers' aim and you can relax knowing that all your diving needs will run smoothly, that their guides are professional and enthusiastic and that the instruction is second to none.

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Get moving with the new RAID DPV training programs

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The thrill of speeding through the water behind a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) is an experience that really gets the blood racing. Using a DPV provides divers both immense fun and the means to achieve goals that would be impossible without their use.

RAID is proud to announce the new two-tier DPV training program with certifications for DPV and Advanced DPV.

Why DPV and why now?
Recreational and technical divers are using DPVs to access sites that would be difficult to reach and explore using traditional propulsion methods; to help propel large amounts of heavy equipment; to increase the safety of dives in areas of strong current; or just for the pure exhilaration of shooting through the water at speed and performing underwater acrobatics.

By extending your capabilities and extending your range, using a DPV opens new vistas for exploration and fun.

DPV
This certification option is aimed at the recreational diver who wishes to learn how to use a DPV to enhance their diving by using mainly natural navigation.

Advanced DPV
This certification option is available to anyone who is familiar with longhose configuration, has logged a minimum of 20 dives and is certified as Navigation specialty divers.

This certification option is aimed at the slightly more experienced diver with preexisting navigational training and diving on a single, twin or sidemount setup with a longhose. Although this level is slightly more challenging, the more advanced navigation exercises provide an important base for more complex types of DPV diving within a team.

PREREQUISITES
You must:

  • Be a minimum of 12 years old.
  • Be certified as RAID Open Water 20, Junior Open Water or equivalent.

Just visit www.diveRAID.com to put some extra dash into your dives.

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Beers raise cash for ocean clean-up

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The Driftwood Spars Brewery, a pioneering microbrewery based on the North Cornwall coast, is donating a percentage of all profits from its Cove range of beers to Fathoms Free, a certified charity which actively cleans the ocean around the Cornish peninsula.

Each purchase of the small-batch, craft beers – there are four different canned beers in the Cove range – will help generate funds to purchase a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and fund retrieval dives; every brew will raise the equivalent cost of a fully-funded dive. 

Fathoms Free is a Cornwall-based charity whose day-to-day mission involves dives from their fast-response specialist vessel to recover ghost fishing gear; abandoned nets, pots, angling equipment and other plastic causes severe damage to the marine environment and the death of countless seabirds, seals, dolphins and other sea life.

The campaign to raise funds for an ROV is a new initiative which will take the clean-up work to a new level; the highly manoeuvrable underwater vehicle will be used to scour the seabed, harbours and remote parts of the coastline for abandoned fishing gear and other marine litter.

Project Manager Natallia Paliakova from Fathoms Free said: “Apart from helping us locate ghost gear underwater, the ROV will also be capable of recording underwater video which is always great for raising awareness about marine pollution issues.”

She added: “We are really excited to be partnering with The Driftwood Spars Brewery and appreciate the proactive support of Mike and his team in bringing the purchase of an ROV a step closer to reality.”

Head Brewer Mike Mason personally approached the charity after their work was featured on the BBC 2 documentary, ‘Cornwall with Simon Reeve’.    

He said: “As a keen surfer I am only too aware of the problem of marine litter and had heard about Fathoms Free, but seeing them in action prompted me to find a way of contributing. The scale of the challenge is scary, but the determination of organisations like Fathoms Free is inspiring.”

Photo by Beagle Media Ltd

Photo by Beagle Media Ltd

The Driftwood Spars Brewery was founded in 2000 in Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes; the microbrewery is just a few steps away from it’s co-joined brewpub, The Driftwood Spars; both pub and brewery are well-regarded far beyond the Cornish cove they call home. 

You can hear the waves and taste the salt on the air from the door of both brewery and pub, and the rough seas along the rugged North coast often throw up discarded nets and other detritus; Louise Treseder, Landlady of The Driftwood Spars and a keen sea swimmer, often collects washed up ghost gear on her daily beach excursions.     

Louise commented: “This is a great partnership to support a cause close to our hearts – I know the money we raise will have a positive and lasting impact. The Cove range was inspired by our unique surroundings and the artwork – by local artist Jago Silver – reflects that. Now donations from each purchase will contribute towards the vital ocean clean-up taking place right on our doorstep.”

The Cove range can currently be purchased online here, and is available in good independent bottle shops in Cornwall.

To find out more about Fathoms Free visit their website here.

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