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In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…


What is your name?

Hannah Brown

What is the name of your business?

Eagle Divers, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

What is your role within the business?

Marketing & Reservations Manager, and PADI Dive Instructor

How long has the business operated for?

6.5 years

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

I’ve been diving for 10 years, with the first few years based in Scotland before moving to the Red Sea for the slightly warmer and clearer water. I’m currently a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, certified in 2013.

What is your favourite type of diving?

I’m equally as happy in the shallows searching for macro life as I am hanging deep in the blue looking out for Hammerheads.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

That we’re not just a business! We’re friends and family who work hard together with a shared passion and aim to provide some seriously great diving and course experiences during your well-earned holiday. We’re really proud of the comments our previous guests have left on TripAdvisor, referring to ‘family atmosphere’, ‘fun’, ‘trusting’, ‘friendly’ and ‘safe.’ Feedback like this doesn’t make us complacent, quite the opposite in fact, as it pushes us to continue to provide the best level of service we can. We’re developed enough to be able to provide you with any type of diving or course you might want, but small enough to still provide that personal service which I believe is why people keep coming back to dive with us.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

My favourite dive site is Shark Observatory in Ras Mohamed, either from the shore or boat. From the shore, the entrance is the coolest, dropping through a hole in the rock before moving through a small cave and coming out to a drop-off too deep to see the bottom. The site is mainly a steep wall dive with inlets and overhangs, which are completely covered in colour and life. The site obviously got its name from being a place where sharks were easily observed, although nowadays they’re not as common but there’s still potential. If you don’t get a shark you won’t be disappointed; you’ve got a great chance of spotting giant trevally, tuna, eagle ray, turtle and huge napoleon wrasse instead.

It might not be one of the best known or most talked about sites in the Northern Red Sea, but for me it’s one of the best……second up would be Small Crack, but you need to come dive it for yourself to find out why.

What types of diving are available in your location?

Nearly every type of dives/diving you can get are possible in the Northern Red Sea. We have a couple of cracking shore dives, my favourite being at the site where we camp in Ras Mohamed, but mainly dives are conducted from purpose built dive boats. We’ve got drift, mooring, wall, deep, canyons, plateaus, lagoons, blue water, macro, wrecks… the list goes on. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to diving or a seasoned pro, dives are geared to the level of the diver with routes altered so no two dives are ever the same.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

I love seeing the excitement on someone’s face when they jump into the Red Sea and realise how amazing the visibility is, or when they spot their first turtle/shark/manta/eagle ray. However, the most rewarding part of being a Dive Instructor for me is when you take a non-diver and help them become a really confident and capable diver.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Hammerhead sharks because they are just incredible to watch underwater, or torpedo rays because of the way they shake their butt’s when swimming – it always makes me laugh.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

YES! I am beyond excited to announce that our diving centre has just acquired its very own dive boat, Eagle One. This has been a dream of ours since the beginning and through hard work and dedication to that dream from our entire team, we’ve managed to get there in not such a long time. I get the great job of accessorizing items such as the mugs, flags and reusable water bottles, so I’m excited about that also!

2017 also saw us run our first three Southern Red Sea liveaboards, after primarily focusing on Northern routes the previous years. Due to the success of the trips we already have the dates for 2018 ‘Best of the Southern Red Sea’ in the diary with flights available to book now. If anyone fancies joining us for a week exploring Daedalus, Rocky, and Zabargad feel free to get in touch, we’re hoping for more hammerheads and maybe even a tiger shark this year!

There’s one more development on the cards which will be announced very soon, so keep checking our Facebook, Instagram and newsletter for more details.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

Well, it would be nice if the UK Government would finally lift the direct flight restrictions currently still in place. Although that being said, many of our British guests who have been diving out in Sharm with us for the past 6 years have been finding alternative routes out, so the impact is really not as big anymore. Combined with all the other countries who do provide direct flights, the diving industry as a whole has picked back up which is really lovely to see. The direct flights would just make it that little bit more convenient travelling here. The restrictions will be lifted in the not too distant future I’m sure, but I guess the UK Government has a lot on its plate at the moment so it isn’t much of a priority.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Absolutely; now that we have our own boat we are working hard to reduce the amount of daily waste, specifically with reference to disposable plastic cups and bottles, which are all too common in Egypt. We encourage all passengers (during the initial boat briefing) to fill their own water bottles throughout the day and to ensure any rubbish from snacks are secure in the bins to prevent it from accidentally blowing into the sea. Every dive is a dive against debris, with divers and snorkelers encouraged to remove any rubbish they find during a dive and dispose of it properly, and obviously it goes without saying that the no touch policy for coral and marine life is emphasized and enforced during dives.

In general the dive community here in Sharm is really good at looking after the marine environment and it’s not uncommon for organised clean-up dives to recover very little in terms of trash because of the positive attitude to keeping the sea clean. There’s always room for improvement of course, personally I’d love to see the whole country rid of single use plastic bags, there is just no need for them.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkelling industry overall? What changes would you make?

I feel like the industry is growing at a natural pace, especially with SCUBA and freediving becoming more accessible around the world and to people of different abilities. The whole trend for mermaids which started lasted year has seen a massive increase in popularity of water-based activities, especially for children, and in turn has also increased people’s awareness of the different sports which is great.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

We want you to have the best dives, and the best holiday possible, so if you’re looking for a top notch experience with some of the best diving on offer at a competitive price, you now know where to find us!

 Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

They can check out our website at www.eaglediversegypt.com and if they like, sign up to the monthly newsletter which includes special offers, events and blogs. Of course we’ve also got the Eagle Divers Egypt Facebook page which lists the available services, upcoming events and daily diving updates plus the dive centre Instagram account. If you need a question answered quickly, then the best route is to either email us at info@eagle-divers.com or send us a message on WhatsApp at +44 7598 007375.

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Book now for Underwater Video Workshop at Marsa Shagra this November

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Improve your underwater video skills while meeting new dive buddies and enjoying a relaxed week of world class diving at this Underwater Video Workshop in Marsa Shagra Village, Egypt from November 19th – 26th 2022.

After the huge success they had with their first live and on location Underwater Video Workshop in Bonaire earlier this year (see what the participants said about the workshop in Bonaire), Matthias Lebo and Sebastian Kuntz from the Underwater Filmmaking School spontaneously decided to host another Underwater Video Workshop, this time in the beautiful Red Sea.

A maximum of 10 participants will be able to enjoy 7 nights at Marsa Shagra Village near Marsa Alam with 5 days of unlimited house reef diving, some trips to the famous Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Abu Dabab and the Dolphin House, all while working on their underwater videography skills.

The Underwater Video Workshop includes:

  • IN WATER COACHING:

Matthias & Sebastian will be actively coaching before, while and after diving with the group, sharing their knowledge, giving tips and helping with any underwater videography related questions that may come up during the workshop.

  • EVENING SESSIONS:

The evenings will be used either to learn about specific underwater videography topics or to review your footage taken during the day. Mini-challenges will help put in action what you learn during those evening session.

  • EQUIPMENT TESTING:

You will have the possibility to test out different underwater camera gear that they will bring with them and will be available to you on location throughout the workshop.

Workshop cost:

EUR 1950.- per person (double occupancy – twin or double)

EUR 2600.- per person (single occupancy)

Included in the workshop cost:

  • 7 nights accommodation for double occupancy 
    (Add 650€ for single occupancy)
  • full-board including normal soft drinks, water, coffee & tea
  • Transfer from/to Marsa Alam Airport 
    (Add 52€ per person for Hurghada Airport)
  • 5 days unlimited house reef diving
  • 2 speedboat trips to Elphinstone (single tank)
  • 1 trip to Marsa Abu Dabab (two tank)
  • Possibility for personal coaching through Matthias & Sebastian during all diving days
  • Possibility to try out different underwater camera gear
  • Daily presentations/mini-challenges/footage reviews
  • Fun filled week with like minded divers
  • Exclusive Workshop Welcome Bag (EWWB)

NOT Included in the trip costs:

  • All flights
  • Any required visas for travel to and within Egypt
  • All beverages (besides coffee, tea, water and normal softdrinks)
  • Travel and Dive Insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Rental Equipment (if needed)
  • 32% NITROX (2€/tank)
  • 15L tanks (3€/tank)
  • Privat 1:1 sessions with Matthias or Sebastian
  • Additional dive trips
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratitudes/tips for the hotel and dive center staff

The workshop is suitable for every experience level, from beginner all the way to experienced underwater videographers.

For more information visit https://www.matthiaslebo.com/live-workshops/ or send an e-mail to bookings@matthiaslebo.com.

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6 Best places to go diving in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is a land of contrasts, rich in ancient history and dazzling cities with dramatic desert scenery throughout. It is one of the least-dived areas of the Red Sea and offers incredible diving among untouched reefs full of life. There are shallow reefs swathed in soft corals, deep walls and challenging wrecks to discover there. Boasting a wealth of reef and pelagic marine life, plus abundant sharks and mantas, Saudi Arabia needs to be on your diving wish list. Read on for our pick of the best places to go diving in Saudi Arabia before the rest of the world discovers this hidden gem.

Diving in Makkah

The Mecca Province, also known as the Makkah Province, is home to Mecca and the main port city of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah. This historically-rich area offers spectacular Red Sea marine life and is home to some of the best diving in all of Saudi Arabia. This is where most of the cities that offer scuba diving in Saudi Arabia are found.

  1. Jeddah

The coastal town of Jeddah is Saudi Arabia’s best-known dive destination and offers fantastic wreck diving for all experience levels. As well as hosting famous wrecks, Jeddah has thriving reefs busy with vibrant Red Sea marine life.

There you will find the Ann Ann wreck, the biggest wreck in Jeddah. She sunk in 1977 and is a staggering sight, covered in soft corals. This is a challenging dive, but with the right conditions, you can start at the stern at 32 meters deep and work your way up to 5 meters at the bow.

The Boiler wreck is another one of Jeddah’s top dives, offering deep reef and wreck diving from 45 meters deep up to 15 meters. As well as the wreck itself, there are caves, a tunnel, and a reef wall covered in black, pink and bright red corals. On any given day, you have the chance to see sharks, manta rays, and large pelagic fish at this remarkable dive site.

These are just two of the many highlights of diving in Jeddah. You can go diving from shore at Jeddah’s luxurious resorts or explore further afield by day-boat diving. With a range of dive centers to choose from, Jeddah is an excellent place to get a scuba certification and experience some of the best Red Sea diving there is.

  1. Farasan Banks, Al Lith

Al Lith, one of the largest seaports in Saudi Arabia, sits just south of Jeddah and is the gateway to one of Saudi Arabia’s best-loved dive spots; the Farasan Banks at Jabal Al-Lith Island.

Jabal Al-Lith Island is stunning; swathed in white-and beaches and surrounded by mangroves and thriving coral reefs full of marine life. This little island is fast-gaining the attention of tourists and is an unmissable dive spot.

At the Farasan Banks, you can enjoy diving in the light-filled shallows or explore the depths, which plummet down to 500 meters. It’s an excellent destination for novice divers and experienced technical divers alike.

The Banks are well-known for their diverse marine life and boast diverse corals, a mixture of Red Sea reef and pelagic fish, plus numerous sharks. White-tip reef sharks, grey reef, silky, and hammerhead sharks can all be found there.

  1. Five Sisters, Rabigh

Another great city for diving, Rabigh sits between Jeddah and Yanbu and offers excellent coral reef diving. It is most famous for hosting the Five Sisters Reef: a series of five coral atolls just offshore from Rabigh.

The Five Sisters Reef is Rabigh’s most popular dive area and offers outstanding diving. This area is completely untouched, and each atoll has different underwater landscapes, including steep walls, plateaus, columns, and anemone beds. The dive sites are teeming with a wealth of reef life and are covered in corals. Added to that, schools of pelagic fish, hammerheads and mantas are often seen in the blue.

Diving in Madinah

The Madinah Region hosts another of Saudi Arabia’s top dive areas, Yanbu. This ancient port city north of Jeddah dates back to around 500BC and was an important rest stop for traders navigating one of the world’s oldest trade routes, the Incense Route.

Today, Yanbu is a major port and fast-growing tourist destination, surrounded by azure waters, gorgeous beaches, and untouched reefs. With access to areas such as the Seven Sisters Reef, Yanbu truly deserves its nickname ‘the Pearl of the Red Sea’.

  1. Seven Sisters. Yanbu

Seven Sisters Reef is known for one thing – hammerhead sharks. This reef hosts these unmistakable sharks almost year-round and offers excellent reef diving as well. There are beautiful shallow coral landscapes to explore, plus plunging walls patrolled by schools of barracuda and snapper.

  1. Abu Galawa, Yanbu

Abu Galawa is part of the Seven Sisters Reef and is an underwater world covered in corals and visited by numerous sharks, including hammerheads. It is one of the most rewarding dives of the Seven Sisters Reef system.

Diving in Tabuk

  1. Tabuk

Tabuk Province is less well-known for diving than other areas of Saudi Arabia, yet it boasts the longest stretch of Red Sea coastline in all of Saudi Arabia. It is home to the Red Sea Project and NEOM, two impressive coastal development projects that will put Tabuk firmly on the map of enviable places to go diving in the Red Sea.

Go diving in Tabuk before the rest of the world discovers this dive area. You will be rewarded with crystal-clear, warm waters and pristine coral reefs few people have ever dived. If you like exploratory diving, Tabuk could be the place for you.

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Kathryn Curzon, a conservationist and dive travel writer for SSI (Scuba Schools International), wrote this article.

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