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Reconsider the Red Sea with Regaldive



With some world class diving on offer, guaranteed sunshine and easy affordability, it’s clear to see why the Red Sea is a popular option. But for those looking for something just that little bit different, it’s also worth a second look. With a range of unusual resorts in off-the-beaten-track locations, as well as a wide range of one-off dive experiences, the Red Sea is the ideal destination for those looking to experience something far from the mainstream.

For those looking to combine quirky accommodation with undiscovered dive sites, Roots Luxury Camp in El Quseir provides the Red Sea’s answer to ‘glamping’. The camp is home to deluxe chalets, hand-built from natural materials while still offering modern creature comforts. El Quseir offers excellent shore diving opportunities and easy access to pristine dive sites. Up to 50 sites can be reached from the resort, including Serib Kebir, the Rock and Sharm Fungani. Seven nights’ cost from £639 per person, to include flights, transfers, half board accommodation and five days diving.

Oasis Dive Resort

Further south in Marsa Alam, Regaldive’s Oasis Dive Resort offers tranquillity for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The resort reflects a pretty Bedouin village and is set in a rural location alongside a quiet beach. Marsa Alam itself is the gateway to the southern Red Sea and offers some of the best virgin diving in the area. Divers can enjoy the superb house reef, or venture by jeep to sites such as Marsa Abu Dabbab. Special boat trips to Elphinstone Reef or Sha’ab Samadai are also on offer. Seven nights’ cost from £599 per person, to include flights, transfers and half board accommodation. Four days house reef diving cost from £93 per person.

Heading deeper south, remote Hamata offers divers the chance to explore the Egypt of old. Offering convenient access to the stunning pristine reefs of Fury Shoals, formerly only accessible via liveaboard, the Zabargad Berenice Resort provides an attractive and restful base for divers to relax after an exciting days diving. Seven nights’ cost from £619 per person to include flights, transfers, half board accommodation and three day’s house reef diving.

Finally, for divers looking for accommodation designed especially for them, The Breakers in Soma Bay is the first ‘watersports lifestyle’ hotel in Egypt. Located just a few steps from a beautiful stretch of fringing reef, this hotel offers extraordinary views of the panoramic jetty and sea. From Soma Bay, divers can access renowned sites including Panorama Reef, Abu Kafan and the infamous wreck of the Salem Express. Seven nights’ cost from £499 per person to include flights, transfers and half board accommodation. Five days boat diving costs from £175 per person when taking advantage of the buy one get one half price promotion*.

For further information or to book, visit or call +44 (0)1353 659 999.

* Book a 5 or 6 day boat diving dive pack and your buddy gets the same half price. Valid for departure dates 30 April – 4 July 2014 and 14 November – 14 December 2014.

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Jump into… IDC’s and what to expect



Looking at becoming a PADI Instructor? Why would you not, it is the best job in the world! Getting to become a PADI Instructor though is sometimes a scary process… or so I have heard…. It really isn’t, trust me! It’s actually pretty fun. 

The first thing I always like to get people to remember is their Open water course. When you started did you know everything about how the equipment worked? Did your instructor expect you to know all of the skills before they showed you them? No? Well, guess what, the IDC is a course too. It is about preparing you and working with you to give you the tips and tricks to not just pass your Instructor Examination (IE), but to prepare you for teaching your own students. 

I am well aware that there are courses out there that just teach you how to pass, and I am by far not saying that I have the best IDC in the world. I don’t, and I learn all of the time myself. There’s always an instructor that comes along in the dive season doing something a different way that I pick up and use. We learn all of the time, and is the only way that we ever get better. So to clear up that misconception, the IDC is not just a stepping stone to the IE and you are not expected to know everything before you come along. 

So, what does the IDC actually involve. Theory… obviously. You are going to need to have a knowledge of physics, RDP and all of the other topics that you will have covered throughout you diving levels. The theory side is the ‘boring’ part… I mean, we all dive for the water, no?! But, it is an important part and it’s going to help you be able to explain how to use the equipment, how it actually works, and the other questions that your students are going to be curious about. This section is all about developing your knowledge of those sections.

The water side then, confined water and open water. The fun parts! In short this is where we are going to go through the course skills and see how everyone does them. There is no perfect way for this… you do not have to play Simon says on the course… your way may be better than everyone else! What we will do though, is work with you to make sure that the demonstration is clear, concise and controlled to demonstrate to your students. Again, there is no expectation to be perfect before you come. We want you to ask questions, we want you to make mistakes… because that is how we learn, and most of all, how we get better. 

The other part of the in water activities, aren’t just about the skills though, it is also about your control under the water. We want to make sure that when you head out with your own students, that you are comfortable and can control the situation. Not something that comes to us all naturally straight away, but with coaching on the IDC, I am sure that you will get to this point before the end!

Last but not least, the course standards, content and rescue scenarios. All of this is in place to make sure that you understand the syllabus for each of the courses that you are going to be able to teach, and just as importantly, you are able to effect a rescue if the situation ever presented itself. A gloomy but important situation to think about. 

And after all that… voila! Thats it, the IDC! After completion there is then the ‘scary’ IE with the PADI examiners… they aren’t actually that scary, I promise! The two day IE basically covers what you have learnt in the IDC. No surprises, you are assessed on exactly what you have covered.

So stop putting off your IDC. If you love scuba and want to make it your career. Do it! 

Clare began Duttons Divers at just 19 years old and a short while later became one of the world’s youngest PADI Course Directors. Find out more at

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Final few days to enter the OrcaTorch Search for Atlantis photo competition



You have until the 1st June to enter this unique underwater photography competition that only allows images that depict cave or wreck diving. This unique competition encourages underwater photographers to get creative with their lighting and will be judged by a team of OrcaTorch Brand Ambassadors.

After the final round of entries this week, the competition will move to the second phase where the public can vote for their favourite images, via the OrcaTorch Facebook group, to narrow the field down to the final 10 for the judges to deliberate on.

OrcaTorch are offering a range of their diving lights as prizes for the winners.

For more information about the rules and how to enter the competition click here.

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A luxurious dive resort in the heart of Lembeh Strait. Enjoy refined services while exploring the rich waters of Indonesia.

The resort is nestled around an ocean front deck and swimming-pool (with pool-bar) which is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail at the end of a busy day of critter-diving.

All accommodation is full board and includes three sumptuous meals a day. Breakfast and lunch are buffet meals and in the evening dining is a la carte.

Book and stay before the end of June and benefit from no single supplements in all room types!

Booking deadline: Subject to availability – book and stay before end of June 2022

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email

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