April 2009 Archives

Jon Thorne's amazing dolphin photo

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Whilst at Marsa Alam's famous Dolphin House site, guest Jon Thorne took this amazing

0509 Dolphin photo Jon Thorne 120409 fixed.jpgGary Ball, Marsa's Dive Centre Manager reminds everyone, "Do pass in your good pictures to us for our 'just for fun' pic of the week competition (this one won hands down!). All the winners go into our end of year draw to find Picture of the Year and the chance to win a brilliant prize.

For your chance to not only take fantastic photos but to dive with a great team, contact Emperor Divers today.

Do dolphins sleep?

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By Marine Biologist Daniele Zanoni

Many people often wonder if dolphins sleep. Most of us know that dolphins are air breathing mammals so they have to get to the surface to breathe. This is, of course, an active process that requires effort and has to be done every few minutes. The breathing frequency depends on the activity of the dolphins. If they are active and swimming quickly, they will have to breathe more often. And since dolphins are not breath-holding champions like sperm whales, they have to breathe anyway every 15 to 30 minutes.

So, the question comes; how do they sleep if they have this important conscious activity to carry out?
Now diving in the Red Sea is even easier with Emperor's 'In Resort Packages' 
Come and dive the best facilities in Hurghada, Marsa Alam,
Nuweiba and Sharm El Sheikh
from just £185 
  • Personal meet and greet*
  • Hotel transfers
  • 7 nights hotel with B&B
  • 3 days diving
Carmen at info@emperordivers.com for a personal quote

* Conditions apply but they're not silly!
Maria Munn's Ocean Visions' workshop for 22 June is a complete sell out, such is the popularity of this combination. But never fear...a second week has already been arranged to follow on from 29 June for 7 nights. Five places have already been taken so, honestly, you need to get your skates on.

Photo by Maria Munn: the Pier won Maria the Bronze Medal on UnderwaterPhotography.com

Come and join Maria for another week of fabulous shooting at the beautiful resort of Emperor Divers, Nuweiba.

The course will focus on developing guests' skills who are at beginners and advanced photographic levels. Short, daily presentations are tailor-made to each guests' particular camera set up as well as coaching between dives and underwater. The art of mastering PhotoShop to enhance photographs will also be covered so that all guests come home with photos to be proud of.

The price for the course only is 175 Euro for guests outside the UK. The UK package price including the workshop, flights, transfers and 7 nights all-inclusive accommodation at the Hilton and a 6-day diving package with Longwood Holidays is £859.

The first two courses have gone, but you can still sign up for the November video safaris with Jeff Goodman, director and award-winning cameraman.

A maximum of 10 guests will be able to learn from one of the best underwater cameramen in the industry. Ideal for divers who are competent in the water and have good background knowledge of how their camera works.

Jeff has over 30 years' experience in wildlife and underwater filming. Credits include the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and many others.

2009 dates (Prices for course only):
Email safaris@emperordivers.com for full details.

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From Dahab on Snefro Spirit | 09 - 16 June 2009 | 930 Euro pp
- includes return transfers Sharm airport/Dahab
- excludes flight/visa, diving equipment, alcohol, tips

This new safari will take you deep north of the Red Sea where only a very few boats venture. We'll be covering some known dive sites but also aim to discover new ones!

Planned dive sites are:

  • Taba: Coral Island, Fjord Pool, Marsa El Muqabila, Ras Burka, Big Ruta, The Stars
  • Nuweiba: Abou Lou Lou, M.F.O. Pipeline, Sinkers, Outside Hilton, Mazeriq, Ras El Shetan, The Valley, El Magana, Eid's Place (Abu Gallum National Park), Ras Mamlach, Ras Abu Gallum
  • Dahab: Bells, Blue Hole, Canyon, Eel Garden, Islands. South of Dahab Gabr el Bint, from there Tiran is not far

This safari is an expedition - all liveaboard itineraries are subject to Egyptian Government and Marine Police approval. The itinerary is an example and might be changed due to weather conditions. The final route plan will be arranged with the group on board. The last decision is with the captain and guide - safety is always first!

Required qualification: OWD with minimum 15 logged dives

Shark season hits Hurghada

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Shark season has hit Emperor Divers in Hurghada this month with increasingly reliable shark sightings at two secret dive sites near Giftun and Abu Ramada islands. As many as nine adult and baby white tip reef sharks are regularly spotted sheltering in the warm water that springs from the reef. Dive guide Olwyn said, "It's really exciting being able to show guests these marvels of nature on a regular basis - it's an adventure diving on these sites and searching for the sharks - guests always rave about the wonderful dive".

How 'popcorn' demolished Sharm's 'Blue Wall'

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Dive Centre Manager, Duncan McAllister, reports...

"If you have ever dived with Emperor Sharm you will know what was meant by The Blue Wall. It was that round table by the office where all the Emperor instructors sat at the end of the day having their beer and only a very few brave guests would enter the circle of blue shirts. For years different managers have tried to break down that wall using various means; some ideas being the Charity Wall, the building of a shaded area with more tables and lighting and the establishment of the De-Brief Bar, but all to no avail.

We relocated the De-Brief Bar to the poolside at the Bay View Hotel and brought the shaded area and tables with us, but still no joy. We sat for the first week around the table as always and it seemed The Blue Wall had survived the move. That was until 'popcorn' was found.

In our second week, unbeknown to us, the hotel barmen started to serve popcorn at the bar. First it was the quick-witted and smart guests that moved up to the bar area but The Blue Wall held. Then Roger and Dav deserted the round table, keeping the secret of popcorn to themselves and so The Blue Wall held. By day three the truth was out, popcorn was being served at the bar, and The Blue Wall crumbled. So, if you like a divers bar (with discounted beer), mixing with the instructors, and popcorn, you know where to come."



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