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Introducing MY Big Blue

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Pharaoh Dive Club owners Clare and Steve have been working and diving all around the Red Sea for close to 30 years. Over the last 10 years, they have built and developed the multi award-winning Roots Red Sea, which has put El Quseir on many diver’s bucket lists. They have now expanded their horizons even further and launched their own safari boat MY Big Blue.

Clare and Steve have managed and operated safaris since the early 1990’s where they worked with Chris Scott and Peter Collings pioneering liveaboard safaris in the Red Sea on board the Xanadu. From the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba down to the Sudanese border and back up again through the Gulf of Suez, they have experience of diving to all corners of the Egyptian Red Sea. Its therefore no surprise that they finally decided to launch their own boat to take complete control of their safari operations.

Dive Deck

As you would imagine with that much experience, Big Blue has been designed to provide a perfect base for diving. The first consideration was space: space to eat, space to sleep, space to shower and, of course, space to dive. Big Blue offers all these in trumps.  She is a massive 38m long and 7m wide which would normally mean you could expect the license for groups to be 30 to 40 divers! Big Blue offers a maximum of 24 berths.

Lounge

Diving on MY Big Blue is also different, there would be no point in giving you lots of space on the boat to then throw you in the water as a group of 24 divers! Everything is at a relaxed, no -rush pace; the divers are set into four groups of up to six and sent out at intervals. Of course if you are a bigger group and want to dive together that is also fine. Their simple mantra is what’s the rush to get in, we have all day, take your time and enjoy the uncrowded dives!

As a principle supporter of the military charity Deptherapy, making sure Big Blue was ideally suited for divers that use wheelchairs was high on the priorities. Accordingly the main deck is completely accessible with two designated cabins for wheelchair users and, most importantly, divers with disabilities are more than welcome on board.

Mobility Cabin

There is so much disruption to dive travel around the world at the moment, making planning very difficult for everyone, but there is also the feeling that divers are desperate to get back in the amazing Red Sea. For this reason, Big Blue have planned to start the 2021 season on the 6th March with two back-to-back trips with a ‘March Madness’ 15% discount special offer.

  • 6th March 2021  – HRG to HRG – Northern Wrecks Tour  – £665pp sharing excluding flights
  • 13th March 2021 – HRG to HRG – Safaga and Brothers Tour – £765pp sharing excluding flights

Should there still be Covid restrictions that cause cancellation to flights or your government bans travel to Egypt the trips are 100% refundable or transferable.

What a perfect opportunity to book your worry-free return to the Red Sea!

To find out more contact info@mybigblue.com or check out www.mybigblue.com

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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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Egypt | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | 27 January – 04 February 2022 | Emperor Elite

Jump on board this famous Red Sea liveaboard and enjoy diving the famous wrecks of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer.  Emperor Elite offers a contemporary living space combined with the best itineraries available in the Red Sea.

Price NOW from just £975 per person based on sharing a twin cabin including:

  • Flights from London Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox

Booking deadline: Subject to availability.

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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