February 2014 Archives

Enjoy these warming words from recent guests who dived with Emperor Marsa Alam and whose autistic son proved that scuba is for everyone!

The family has asked that their identities be kept private, and we respect this.


“Emperor for special needs children. I am so glad that my love for scuba diving has brought our family together ...

Teaching scuba is fun but takes effort. Teaching scuba to a special needs child who just makes the age limit takes special people. Those people are Emperor Divers!

This is a success story! It is a dream come true because of the Emperor dive team.

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Luke suggested the online learning which was perfect for our son and we had a week to complete the entire open water text book course and pass the tests. It worked out great and we suggest if you are new to diving, do the online course as Luke suggested to save precious dive time.

Emperor found the perfect teacher for our son and she was there for him the entire time. Mirjam was so kind, she remained calm, explained things in a way our son could understand and put up with his diverted attention and short span. She was our one to one teacher for the entire time. She has a lifetime of dive experience and the patience of a saint.

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Things didn't go as planned and it took an extra day to get our son certified. During the extra day, Luke again went the extra mile and got my son in the pool with scuba gear! This was a huge step and because of that he is going to get certified!

Emperor picks you up in very clean and air conditioned vans, their facilities are kept spotless clean, the gear is the best on the market and the staff care for each and every client.

We will return to Marsa Alam and when we do, we will be diving with Emperor Divers as a family of certified divers.

If you are the parent or care giver of a special needs person and are interested in scuba, contact Luke. He evaluates the person carefully and will do all he can. If it is possible, he and his team do all they can."


From this, we followed through with our guests to find out more of their experience. Please read on for their heart-warming story of success…

Why did you choose Marsa Alam?

We chose Marsa Alam for several reasons. We wanted a close airport with transportation. We don't like crowds, we are family people and don't go for the night life.  We needed to know that we would be safe. I wanted a nice reef with clean water and we wanted to get our son certified. I wanted sun and warmth in nice sand.  Marsa Alam met all these needs and more.

I had been thinking about Egypt for a long time.   Marsa and a few other places were recommended.  I ended up on the TripAdvisor Marsa Alam forum and noticed that Luke was the voice of reason.  He gave clear answers to questions based on actual fact from him living and working in Marsa.  

Luke earned my respect from his posts and information.  It was then that I noticed he had something to do with Emperor Divers. That led to more reviews and research. I trust TA even though it is a numbers game. I wrote to Luke and he was quick to respond. He took the time to get to know our family and our son's situation; asked questions and we emailed back and forth for about two weeks before we both agreed that our son could take the class. Luke offered the suggestion of online learning for the textbook and it was great. He scored very high and took his studies seriously. 

What problems did you encounter with regard to special needs?

We went to Abu dive sight for a dive and some skills. One of the skills was for our son to take off his mask. He did this and went into a complete panic. Up he went and out of the water. There was nothing that could be done to get him back in. He wrapped himself in a towel and went to sleep. Mirjam was wise enough to not push at this point. On Thursday, we went back to the pool.  Again our son panicked but this time, calmly, she helped him get under control. I then took the time to take off my mask and get it back on. I broke it down into steps and came up with a plan. As a team, with his teacher, we went back under and used my 6-step breathing approach.  It worked! We were all so happy for him and that we found a solution.

Again, this is just an example of how Emperor Divers’ team was able to stop and realize that we had to find solutions that were out of the ordinary. For each challenge we all worked to find solutions. Our son's certification took more time than usual, more creative out of the box thinking, and more effort. Yet Emperor Divers never quit, they wanted success as much as our son did.  

And future diving holidays?

When we return to Marsa Alam, we will be a family that will dive together. I am so glad that my love for scuba diving has brought our family together. I am more grateful that Emperor Divers took a big chance; they took a 10 year old autistic child and taught him the skills to be a scuba certified diver.



Fab video of diving Emperor Hamata

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For those days when you need to escape, watch this fab video of diving in the clear blue waters off Hamata.

Away from it all and the world rolls by whilst divers, dolphins, rays and iconic fish life play in the Red Sea.

Click here and escape today.

Great flights + FREE transfers

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Emperor’s flight flexibility and free transfers to Hamata & Emperor Asmaa

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Unlimited house reef diving, day diving plus easy access to liveaboard diving means visiting Hamata - one of the best Red Sea resorts for undisturbed dive sites.

This vast reef area includes some wrecks with Fury Shoals and Qulan Islands right on the doorstep, which can be dived daily with Emperor’s team.

Hamata’s fabulous house reef is within walking distance of the dive centre, based at the Zabargad Berenice Resort, with boat diving just three minutes away at the marina and a choice of staying at the Wadi Lahmy Azur Resort, with a two-minute free transfer.

Hotel/diving packages at the Zabargad Resort, which include five days’ unlimited house reef diving, room on a twin share HB basis and return transfers from Marsa Alam Airport to hotel, start from just £244 pp.

Prefer liveaboard diving? Emperor Asmaa 0613 med res.jpgDuring summer 2014 Emperor Asmaa sails from Hamata on a Sunday to St Johns and Fury Shoals and Port Ghalib on a Friday to Elphinstone and Fury Shoals. Prices start from £397 pp.

Emperor provides transfers from Marsa Alam Airport to its liveaboards in Marsa Alam and only charges a small supplement for liveaboards in Hamata and hotel packages in Marsa and Hamata. For more flight choice, Friday arrivals into Hurghada can take advantage of Emperor’s FREE Ride Friday with free transfers to Marsa Alam.

For more information, email info@emperordivers.com

Thanks to all who voted!

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We'd like to thank everyone who took to time to provide us with feedback on their experience with Emperor resulting in us achieving a Feefo Gold Award and also to those who voted for us in the recent Diver awards. 

It means a lot to the team to get this positive feedback, so thanks a million from everyone at Emperor especially, Emperor Sharm who did well in the Diver awards.

And well done Egypt for coming FIRST in the Dive Destination of the Year! And we quote...
because the Red Sea remains a great-value destination with a predictable climate and exciting wrecks and reefs ..."

Discover more about Emperor Sharm here.

Spring Sale CLOSES this THURSDAY 20th February

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Emperor's Spring Sale

A quick reminder that our Spring Sale closes this Thursday, 20th February!

You'll find some GREAT value diving on boat diving, house reef diving, diving packages, liveaboard offers and dive courses. Here's a taster... these will stop at close of business on Thursday.

DIVING - £20/€25 per day
Unlimited House Reef Diving (unguided) in Marsa Alam or Hamata
OR Daily Boat Diving in Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam & El Gouna

Valid for diving dates: 15 February – 31 December 2014

SPECIAL GROUPS OFFER in El Gouna - 6 dive, 6th goes FREE!

30% off in El Gouna, Hamata, Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh
on Scuba Diver, Open Water + Advanced Adventurer Courses

3 days' diving + 7 nights' hotel + airport transfers

·         Hamata from £256/€308 per person

·         Marsa Alam from £163/€196 per person

·         Sharm El Sheikh from £151/€182 per person

·         El Gouna from £273/€329 per person

UP to 30% off!

·         Elphinstone & Fury Shoals £415/€499

·         Reefs & Wrecks/Classic/Get Wrecked from £436/€525

·         South & St Johns from £456/€553

Click here for ALL the details and feel free to email our really helpful team at reservations@emperordivers.com - they will give you all you need.

El Gouna + flights + hotel from £516

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Want a happy-value holiday in El Gouna?

You can with this great deal from Thomas Cook. Prices from just £516 include accommodation and flights at the Three Corners Ocean View.

Which, even more happily, is where we now have our dive centre so it couldn't be more convenient.


Click here for more on the Thomas Cook offer ...

Click here for more on Emperor El Gouna ...

Dolphins delight Red Sea divers

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Ready for some warming WOW factor?

Watch this skin-tingly video of a large pod of playful dolphins in our remarkable Red Sea.

And you get Mr David Bowie's music adding to the experience.

Lucky, lucky, lucky. Enjoy!

Click here now, sit back and smile.

Emperor Divers' wins 'Gold' from guests

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They say the biggest accolade is word of mouth recommendation and thanks to guests of Emperor Divers, one of the Red Sea’s oldest and most trusted names, has achieved Excellence in Customer Service from Feefo.
Feefo is a customer feedback tool used by household names such as the BBC and Charles Tyrwhitt as well as Emperor Divers. 
“It’s entirely independent and monitors guests' feedback on the service they have received from us and then shows them online for all to see - whatever the comment, good or bad. Fortunately, we score 98% positive feedback across all our Red Sea dive centres,” explains Mike Braun, Emperor Divers’ General Manager.
Feefo has recognised Emperor’s Excellence in Customer Service with the inaugural Gold Trusted Merchant accreditation. 
Find our more at www.emperordivers.com

Remembering Chris Le Plongeon - RIP

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Chris Le Plongeon

It was a deep shock to hear of Chris Le Plongeon's sudden death and it is with great sadness that Emperor Divers bids a fond farewell to one of our own.

Chris worked for Emperor for eight years in both Dahab and Nuweiba, but mainly Nuweiba where he skilfully managed the centre.

Chris was a loyal member of the team and, with his humour and sunny outlook, inspired and instilled confidence in, not only the staff who worked alongside him, but the many guests that passed through on their way to qualifying as divers, and those already qualified but unsure of their skills. Chris was an excellent instructor who continued his own diver education and in 2011 was accepted by PADI onto the Course Director programme. Chris, of course, successfully passed the CDTC.

Chris and his partner, Jenna, who was also an integral part of the team at Emperor Nuweiba, left Egypt for Boracay in the Philippines where Chris was able to follow his dream and teach PADI IDCs, becoming a first-rate Course Director.

SharkFrom everyone at Emperor, our condolences go to Jenna and to Chris' family. It is important for those loved ones to know that Chris left a legacy of many happy divers and new instructors who will carry on his good work. He will live on through them wherever they dive or teach.

Jenna tells us that Chris would have loved to have dived with a shark. This one's for you Chris.

Join us at LIDS this February

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Come and say 'Hi' to Clare and Alex who will be at LIDS on stand 400, beside the entrance, on February 15 and 16.

Discover Red Sea news and some fabulous great value diving!

LIDS has lots to offer this year with great attractions, presentations from well-known speakers and the latest in dive gear. Book your LIDS tickets here and save £3 or buy a combined ticket for all four shows on the same weekend - LIDS, The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, the London Bike Show and the Triathlon Show. 

See you at ExCel, London.



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