I am really looking forward to my first liveaboard holiday. I have always wanted to experience one but as my wife is a non-diver we always chose a resort based package.
I have visited the Red Sea on quite a few occasions; the first time was 26 years ago. After 10 years I did get bored with diving but that all changed when I became an instructor. I now get a real sense of achievement when one of my students qualifies or when taking them on their first open water dive. The infectious enthusiasm that dive students generate has put the spark back into diving for me.
I prefer a 90 minute dive over a pristine reef to a wreck dive so I will probably book the trip out of Marsa Ghalib taking in the reefs of Elphinstone, the Brothers and Daedalus on the Simply the Best route on board Emperor Elite during July to coincide with the end of another year at university where I am studying to become a paramedic.
My wife was not overwhelmed to find out that the prize was for one, but I did point out that as she had bought me a subscription to Diver for my birthday that the liveaboard holiday was actually part of my birthday present. I will probably have to take her to Dive Fest at Pentewan Sands, Cornwall to make up for not taking her on a luxury holiday on-board Emperor Elite.
My diving experiences include ice diving in the Arctic Circle to the Pacific, the South China Sea, Philippines, Indonesia, Maldives, Caribbean, Red Sea and the UK. I'm a PADI and BSAC instructor.