Adventures of 17-year-old Hannah Hancock in Hurghada

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As told by Hannah

Hannah Hancock
"My name is Hannah, I am 17 years old and currently attending a sixth form college in Cambridge. This summer I decided to do something different compared to my friends and travelled to Egypt to get some experience in the diving industry as I had decided a year ago that I wanted to become a diving instructor. I had completed my Open Water course two and a half years ago with Emperor Divers and I really trusted the company, that's why I decided to get the experience with them.

Not only was I going to experience a new adventure into the diving industry, but it was also my first time of travelling alone - a very exciting time for me. Before I travelled I worried about everything as I wanted to be prepared for the next six weeks. I got every drug in the chemist and packed all the clothes I could possibly fit in to my suitcase which was not so beneficial at the airport as I was on my own carrying everything!
Once I had settled into my apartment, got my bearings around Sakala Hurghada, been introduced to everybody and shown around the dive centre and the boats, things started to settle down and it felt more like home.

I also wanted to do some courses whilst I was there and I've now completed my EFR, Rescue diver, Nitrox course and my deep speciality. The instructors at the centre didn't treat me any differently; I saw the courses being run as any other guest would. I enjoyed the courses so much it has inspired me to return next year when I am 18 to complete my Dive Master course.

Since I have been in Hurghada I have experienced so much about diving that I previously didn't know and had the opportunity to learn so much on every level you can imagine. I came here with 13 dives and I have just done my 109th! Before this I had never done a wreck dive and now I have been to Abu Nuhas several times and dived the Carnatic, Giannis D and Chrisoula K, which were great as it got me over a fear I had had of wrecks and I really enjoy wreck diving now. Two weeks ago I went on a mini safari to Thistlegorm and loved every minute of it. These were four of my best logged dives so far. I feel so lucky that I have had this opportunity to have had this experience at such a young age.

I have now had an insight into how the courses are run and been able to watch over and help where needed. I've also been into the workshop to see how the diving equipment can be fixed and had a go at fixing the basic parts. I now also know how the daily boats are run from the beginning of the day till the end and I have helped with many things from doing the manifest on the boat to collecting the lunch money.

At the dive centre I also checked in the guests in the morning and helped sort their equipment. The day doesn't end when the guests have left the centre as I found out, I Joined all the team to clean, mop and re-stock ready for the following day.

I have met so many great people on my travels and collected a long list of email addresses - what a great way to stay in touch!

I've had the best time and experience I could ever wish for and discovered things about diving I didn't know existed. I'm looking forward to coming back to do my Dive Master with Emperor Divers Hurghada and hopefully to follow my career choice as a diving instructor. One thing's for sure - it will be difficult to settle back into life in England!"

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This page contains a single entry by Bryony published on October 2, 2008 1:04 PM.

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