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Wrapping up 2018 in Sharm el Sheikh (Watch Video)

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With 2018 almost wrapped up, I thought I would take this opportunity to look back over some of the fabulous events that have happened over the year in Sharm el Sheikh.

2018 started with Camel Dive Club & Hotel plus other dive centres bringing Sharm el Sheikh to you. The dive shows are always fabulous fun and a great way to catch up with existing Sharm divers and possibly persuade new divers to visit too.

With the shows out of the way, we were ready to get back to the warmer weather and take you all diving. And boy, has 2018 been a momentous year for diving in Sharm el Sheikh.

The sightings of manta rays, sharks, turtles, whale sharks have definitely increased over the last year. I don’t think that there has been one day where our divers at Camel Dive Club have returned from the boat and not made all the office staff jealous by telling us what they have seen. It wasn’t just the big stuff either, the coral has blossomed resulting in an amazing panoramic underwater landscape too.

There were quite a few land based events in 2018 as well. PADI Women’s Day was a great success in Sharm with most of the major dive centers hosting an event, be it in the form of clean up dives, barbeques and generally having fun and celebrating women in diving. Camel Dive Club & Hotel decided to create a short video aimed at female solo travelers that are thinking of visiting Sharm el Sheikh. We were exceptionally proud to have won the PADI competition for short videos of PADI Women’s Dive Day and to hear that they will use parts of it to promote next year’s event.

Another landmark event in Sharm el Sheikh was the Hyperbaric Chamber’s 25th Birthday celebrations. The celebrations spanned four days and included a scientific day with lectures mainly addressing the diving community, an open day at the recompression chamber with an exhibit of pictures of “old Sharm and Sharmers”, a DAN Divers Day and a day of gorgeous boat diving for the invited speakers and special guests. It was an extraordinary event that really amalgamated the entire of the Sharm community.


Bringing you back to the water, there were also a lot of underwater clean ups by Sharm el Sheikh Dive centers. Camel Dive Club alone managed to collect over 100 kg of underwater debris during 2018, which is an awful lot when you think that the majority of it was plastic.

One of the proudest moments of 2018 for the whole Camel Team was all Camel outlets going plastic straw FREE! This was a revolutionary move in Egypt, where currently there are no reusable or biodegradable straw suppliers.

Many other exciting events occurred in Sharm el Sheikh as well, unfortunately too numerous to mention here. My best suggestion, so that you don’t miss out on the 2019 news, is to come and visit for yourselves.

On that note, I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and a great 2019, full of diving adventures (hopefully in Sharm el Sheikh).

To find out more about Camel Dive Club & Hotel visit their website by clicking here.

Beth "my lovelies" Sanders achieved her PADI Open Water in her native Wales and became completely addicted to the underwater world. Her fixation has cost her jobs, boyfriends and a whole load of other 'respectable' things so finally she had to make the diving pay! Becoming a Scuba Instructor was the only option... Beth was very lucky to combine this with her love of warm weather and has lived in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt since 2007. After joining the team at Anthias Divers as General Manager, Beth can usually be found chatting with guests and even occasionally underwater!

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Jeff chats to… Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Louis’ film – Uncovering Cornwall’s Little Known Oceans – can be seen here:

Third in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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DAN launches 2021 webinar series

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Divers Alert Network (DAN) has launched a new series of live monthly webinars on its YouTube channel, DAN TV.

Throughout 2021, experts from DAN’s Research, Risk Mitigation, and Medical Services teams will give presentations on topics relevant to divers, dive pros and dive business owners as we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and resume diving and traveling.

The 2021 series will begin this Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. EST, with a webinar by DAN Director of Risk Mitigation Francois Burman titled Emergency Planning: Who Is Responsible for Your Safety? The presentation will cover various mishaps that can occur during diving and travel as well as tips for anticipating, preparing for and successfully managing them.

Future webinars in the series will cover topics including fill station safety, ear barotrauma, DAN research updates, the latest information about COVID-19 and diving, and more. Attendees can look forward to lively 30- to 45-minute presentations followed by questions and discussion.

The webinars will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Keep an eye on the Events page of DAN.org

For more information about upcoming webinars follow DAN on: 

Recorded presentations will remain on DAN’s YouTube Channel.

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