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Emperor Divers introduces Freediving in Hamata

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Emperor Divers, Hamata, has introduce Freediving, also known as apnea diving, breath-hold diving or skin diving. Both a recreational and a competitive sport, the focus is being to dive to depths whilst holding a single breath. Recreational freediving is celebrated as a relaxing, liberating and unique experience.

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Freediving, unlike scuba diving requires no equipment at all other than lungs and a few pieces for individual comfort such as a mask, fins, wetsuit, weight system, snorkel, buoys and lines that are lightweight.

The Red Sea offers year round tropical crystal clear warm waters, technicolour coral gardens and marvellous marine life combined with Hamata’s tranquil and peaceful sanctuary.

Emperor Hamata has the perfect conditions to try freediving for the first time, for beginners or the experienced freediver with excellent on-hand expertise from Emperor’s own Alessandro Pinna, who is an APNEA Academy Freediving Instructor with the ability to teach up to the equivalent of 3 star SSI or AIDA.

Emperor’s house reef has ideal conditions with onsite support, training dives with a freediving instructor, freediving from one a diving boat accessing the nearby Fury shoals and a range of freediving courses.

If freediving on the house reef is not enough to whet the appetite, then there are special trips to the 65 metre long wreck of the Hamada laying on its starboard side at 15 metres or Hamata’s dolphin house, Sha’ab Sataya, where huge pods of spinner dolphins are known to frequent.

Hamata offers considerably more protection from adverse weather than other Red Sea locations with a variety of nearby shore based sites within 10-15 minutes. Coral reefs here are pristine, untouched by tourism and teeming with life such as rays, turtles, dolphins, and so much more - all on your doorstep at the Zabargad Berenice Resort.

More information on the costs and courses is available here or email

Overweight? Team Hurghada has a few tips

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Could you do with losing a few kilos while you dive? Removing weight can improve your air consumption, reduce the amount of air going into and out of your BCD and give you a more relaxed, streamlined dive. Take some tips from the Hurghada Team on how to descend with your optimum weighting.
by Daniele Zanoni

Nowadays there are quite a few divers using "Nitrox", and the numbers are increasing all the time. Some of them dive on a regular basis and have therefore mastered the technique used to analyse the blend correctly. Others do not dive very often and tend to forget some critical steps that will give the correct reading without damaging the oxygen analyser. So, let's revisit what you should do before you dive with Enriched Air Nitrox.

Blow-dry your dust cap without using your tank

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Report by dive guide, Daniele Zanoni

Ear damage

The human ear is capable of hearing sounds in the range of 20Hz and 20KHz. In the inner ear, inside the cochlea, there are several microscopic hair cells. These cells respond to mechanical sound vibrations by sending electrical impulses to the auditory nerve. The brain then processes the information and lets us "hear" the sound. Different cells are responsible for different frequencies. Over time, a part of these cells may get damaged or broken. If the damage is extensive, which means involving a large number of hair cells, hearing loss will result. The high frequency area of the inner ear is the one that is most often damaged by loud sound. In order to understand what loud means, we have to set up a scale and a threshold after which the noise/sound will become dangerous. Sound level is measured in decibels (dB). This number will tell you, in a way, how bigger the sound is compared to the threshold of perception of an average human (0 dB) and it is expressed in a logarithmic scale.



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