Emperor Divers Marsa Alam - The Team
I am responsible for the dive centre in Marina Lodge, Port Ghalib and our three boats and ground crew team. Customer service is a big part of the Marsa and Emperor philosophy and I am lucky to work with such an inspiring team.
Since 2009 I have worked in Marsa and enjoy the relaxed diving and the varied aquatic life which we have the pleasure of diving with including our beautiful corals and, of course, our resident dugong. If you have been on a boat with me before, or come with me in the future, you will realise that every dive site is simply one of my favourites.
You could say I came to diving late in life, in 2006, with a background in gardening I found the underwater world infectious and couldn't get enough of it. I did the majority of my dive training in the UK and am a firm believer that UK diving is fabulous (just a bit too cold for me now!). On my holidays you will find me diving, nearly always with a camera in my hand to capture those magic moments.
Finally, with Elphinstone just a few hours away by boat, how lucky am I and the team to have one of the most stunning sites on hand with its walls covered in soft corals, gorgonians and every reason to dive there under the sun - and the waves!
Taki is too humble to write something about himself, and if you've met him you'd understand that. Let's just make a few things clear then that are sure to embarrass him: He has experience in the South that is simply unmatched, having been guiding for over 20 years between El Quesir and Marsa Alam. He has the ability to spot critters that puts others in the shade. He is so calm underwater, he regularly returns to the boat with 140 bar in his 12l tank. I am not sure of a language that he doesn't speak at least in part. He is supremely kind and gentle to all guests and colleagues. Finally, he makes briefings that are as good as any stand-up comedy show you'll have been to. In a word - "legend".
For over six years I have been working with Emperor as a freelance instructor. I am originally from Aswan so spent many long summers swimming in the Nile. l learnt to dive in Hurghada and have been working and guiding in the Red Sea for about 12 years in the Port Ghalib and Marsa Alam area and as a liveaboard guide.
I like everything about diving, from the sound of the bubbles through to the big marine life to the small macro life.
Having learnt to dive with Emperor Divers Marsa Alam in 2014, I liked it so much that I decided to stay, so left my hometown of Hamburg.
At first, I worked in the dive centre as counter staff and this year I completed my SSI Dive Guide and hope to complete my Dive Master, so now you will also see me out on the boats as well as in the office.