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Steve Prior is BACK! Academy Update anyone?

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We're so excited to tell you that the excellent PADI Course Director, Steve Prior, will be back with us this year.

This March, Steve will be at Emperor Divers Marsa Alam running an Academy Update suitable for all PADI professionals and a Staff Instructor course for those wanting to take the step up from MSDT. Either of these courses will transform your teaching skills.

Come and be amazed at how much this course will change your approach to teaching scuba.

For those of you keen to change your life and become an instructor, we will have seriously exciting news very soon!

Steve has been a PADI Course Director for over 14 years and has been awarded the coveted PADI Platinum Course Director status every year since it started in 2005. What’s more, he’s taught over 4,600 PADI certifications.

Lots more information right here


Join Duxy and Emperor for 2018 Red Sea trips

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Lawson Wood to join Duxy on unique Red Sea photo trip. Click here for info.

Emperor Divers has teamed up with Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield for 2018 to bring you some relaxing trips suited to divers who like flexibility and, of course, photographers and videographers.

Duxy has been at the forefront of underwater photography and travel for many years and brings with him a light-hearted take on the diving world and how it has changed the way we now take underwater photographs and video.

A regular speaker at dive shows and dive clubs, Duxy loves nothing more than to share his knowledge and enviable experience with divers of all abilities.

“Getting beginners started on the route to rewarding pictures and sharing advice with anyone who wants to learn is such a great feeling,” says Duxy.

He now combines his time helping people to choose and use cameras, housings, strobes and lenses, escorting trips and running workshops around the world.

His own pictures have illustrated blogs and advertising campaigns and he is currently contributing to Scuba Diver magazine with a regular monthly column.

With more than 40 escorted trips under his belt to the Red Sea and further afield, Duxy continues to develop new ways to pass on knowledge and share his love of diving and underwater photography to divers.

We have two trips planned on two of our magnificent Red Sea liveaboards with at least three ‘open deck’ days a week. Open deck diving means you are free to dive with your buddy between 6am to 6pm at times that suit you. Flexibility is the key so you can capture that killer shot or simply enjoy a lie in! On both itineraries there will be three guided ‘excursion dives’, even when open deck is in place, from either the two Emperor guides and/or with Duxy himself. Photo, video, processing and production advice will be delivered by Duxy.

Sample itineraries - if the weather plays ball – are below.


South for Winter with Duxy

Emperor Superior
30 November – 7 December 2018
€1049 / £923

Day 1  Sha’ab Abu Dabab 2 & 3 for check dive and then Abu Dabab 4 for afternoon dive and night dive.

Day 2  Sha’ab Hamam for dive 1 then Sha’ab Abu Galawa Soraya for the first ‘open deck’ of the week.

Day 3  Sha’ab Sataya full day and overnight for ‘open deck’.

Day 4  Sataya dawn then Hamada Wreck full day and night dive at Abu Ghusun for ‘open deck’.

Day 5  'Open deck' at Elphinstone daytime. Night dive and overnight at Marsa Shona.

Day 6  Marsa Shona open deck until 2pm then return to port.


BOOK TODAY! Email our friendly team at


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Fabulous Trip Advisor review for Marsa Alam team

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When the team gets bouquets that are as big and smiley as this one, we can't help but share. Well done all at Emperor Divers Marsa Alam. Just shows, even if diving isn't for you, the Red Sea most certainly is. 
“A wonderful and professional company”
Wendy, Belper, UK
I booked a diving trip for my husband as a surprise. I booked in the UK via email following recommendations from guests when we were in Egypt in December.
Emails were answered quickly and great advice was given. As a novice diver my husband did the online Open Water Course which was all organised by Emperor.
The first day of being in the water my husband realised that diving was not for him. This was no fault of the instructor or Emperor it was just one of those things. 
A refund was offered immediately by Emperor without any quibbles (I had paid in advance). We thought however it would be good to go out on a snorkelling trip with Emperor and I am so pleased we did. 
The staff were amazing organising it for us and gave advice on the best weather days to go.
We spent the day with Mohammed and his crew. Mohammed is not only a great Captain but a perfect gentleman. There were divers on the boat who went off leaving my husband and I with the crew on the boat, who simply could not do enough for us. It was real VIP treatment. We went in search, on the Zodiac, for the Seacow which I am happy to say we found, we watched it feed and then we were fortunate enough to have the sea cow swim along side us. After a fabulous lunch on the boat Mohammed took us in search of turtles. Nothing was too much trouble.
We loved the day so much, we spoke with the lovely and very talkative Tracy who is delightful and booked for the following day. 
The second day was equally good. Mohammed kindly took us on a guided reef swim. 
On our return to the UK a refund for the remaining monies had been made.
I cannot recommend this company highly enough. From start to finish they were amazing.

Marsa Alam - 'excellent way to dive safely'

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Lovely review from 'new diver' Siobhan via TripAdvisor.

Siobhan K
Essex, United Kingdom

“An excellent way to dive safely”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 30 April 2015 NEW


Having just returned from my first diving holiday, I cannot thank Emperor Divers enough for making it such an amazing experience. They are knowledgeable, fun, confidence-building and good value. As a novice I was looked after extremely well and a massive thank you to Hamza for being so patient and encouraging (while retaining a sense of humour) and Tracey for being equally supportive and entertaining. I owe you both for starting me off under the sea!

The organisation was efficient, the crew could not have been nicer and the fellow divers were lovely. The boats are comfortable and clean, with excellent food. It's a very well-run operation that maximised my enjoyment and I wouldn't hesitate to return there. Thanks, see you next time!!

Discover more on diving Marsa Alam.




Taki and Tracy

by Tracy Leverett, Marsa Alam
“Taki, from Marsa Alam, and I, Saad from Sharm El Sheikh and Paul and Tiger from El Gouna gathered in El Gouna for our training course and spent an enjoyable three days with the IDDA staff.
We spent the first day in the classroom looking at the theory and learning that the only prerequisite to diving was a doctor’s clearance, after that the only assessment is how to get our guests diving! We looked at how to cater for people with disabilities and medical considerations from diabetics to the visually impaired to quadriplegics.
In the pool we learnt how to assess people, get them comfortably in the water, how to manage and maintain contact with the divers and generally adapting our existing teaching skills to cater for individual needs.
Our two teaching assistants were both in wheelchairs; one an amputee and the other paralysed from the waist down, so we learnt a broad range of realistic and practical techniques. We used Abu Tigue Marina to learn how to manoeuvre and 10676163_684862498265171_4093504306400779608_n.jpgnavigate all types of obstacles – bridges, steps, kerbs, pavements and even the beach, all of which opened our eyes as to how much needs to be thought through outside of the diving itself.
Our last day we spent out on the dive boat for two dives; the first was a training exercise dealing with a diver’s first time in the water (try dives, open water dives), learning holds, control and ascent and descent techniques, which we had previously practiced in the pool. The second dive was buddying up with one of the teaching assistants as a qualified diver, and being their buddy both in and out of the water.
The practical applications were very enjoyable and at times intense; we had a lot of fun working as teams. Many obstacles were encountered during the three days but with the ID
DA professional staffs’ guidance and experience we solved them quickly. As IDDA instructors we are now able to audit our dive centres to make them more disabled-friendly and implement the changes needed to accomplish this. We can conduct 'Try Dives' for therapy and offer continuing education for certified divers to rescue through to dive masters with the IDDA programme.
Our thanks to our instructors who were fun and yet so very professional. We look forward to welcoming our first disabled divers and sharing our skills – and fun!”

El Gouna trumps with new diver

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A glowing review for the Emperor El Gouna team via TripAdvisor. 

Well done all ...

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I learned to dive with Emperor Divers from 10th-14th June 2014 and absolutely loved it.

All the staff were immediately friendly, fun and welcoming. It is situated right next door to the Three Corners Ocean View Hotel, where I was staying.

My instructor was Paul, who was endlessly patient with me (I tested this at times!) and made me feel sale and calm. Every aspect was thoroughly explained and my questions answered with explanations to help me get to the solution, rather than giving me the answers. in the pool and the sea,

Paul demonstrated techniques when necessary and ensured I understood and was competent before we moved on to something else. He was encouraging and full of humour.

All the equipment was in good order and the diver boats were great! Lovely food too. There was a fun atmosphere onboard and all the staff were very safely-conscious.

The dive briefings were thorough and the diving experience heightened by the guides, such as Paul and Tiger, pointing out things divers could easily have missed, such as frog fish and octopus.

I would highly recommend Emperor Divers, both for those wanting to learn to dive, like myself, and those more experienced. I spoke to a number of other divers and all were very pleased with the service. A number are returning later in the year (lucky them!!) and will dive with Emperor Divers again.

Marilyn Stewart


Divecrew is the only Deptherapy Education Gold Star & IDC Centre in the UK for teaching
the mentally and physically-challenged to scuba dive. They achieve this through training mainstream scuba diving instructor’s adaptive teaching methods.
For further information on Deptherapy Education and Divecrew Gold Star IDC Dive Centre, contact Divecrew on 01344 771113.
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Read this review from a recent guest, sent in via TripAdvisor ...
says it all really!
Norwich, United Kingdom 
“Professionalism - all the way!!”
I convinced my wife to try scuba diving about a year ago. 6 months later she finally completed her open water. This is when we decided to work together to achieve our advanced open water, to allow us to access far greater sites around the world. We carried out the theory in the UK and had a referral to Emperor Divers in Egypt. This was based on a recommendation from our UK dive school. Not knowing one school from another, we booked the referral and travelled out to Egypt.
Cat, who was our main contact from the school was amazing. Replying to all our queries and questions usually within a few hours. This gave us confidence that the school would look after us. She arranged for hotel transfers to the school, and right on time the bus turned up to pick us up.
Upon arrival at the school we were greeted warmly by all members of staff, some that we have the pleasure of working with, Ali, Luke, Hollie, Kirsty, Scott, Anna, Carol and Caley!!! There were so many others and with our short time here, we felt like friends instantly. From checking in, the procedure for getting on boats, orientation dives, explaining the tasks at hand to actually diving, everything was done to the highest quality and professionalism. 
We passed our AOW (thanks Hollie) and decided to go on another days diving with Scott and Kirsty. All the dives were equally professional. Someone in charge certainly knows how to run a good school!!
If you want to try scuba, or take your skills to the next level, then I personally would not dive with any other school in the area. Emperor Divers will certainly be receiving more of our custom!
Thanks team, see you later this year! 
Visited May 2014
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Why Hamata for Freediving?

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Want to know why Hamata is THE place to freedive? Well, because it can offer a variety of ways to try your hand at the sport.

For instance, if freediving on the house reef isn't 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 (watch the video above).

Freediving in HamataPlus, 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.

Need we say more?

» Click here to discover Freediving in Hamata

Sharm - 'Perfect diving vacation'

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Thanks to our recent guest who shared their feedback via TripAdvisor ...



Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany

Senior Reviewer

“Perfect diving vacation”

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2014 NEW

We've been for one week in Egypt with the sole purpose of diving. We booked the Emperor's special offer: 5 days diving incl. full equipment for 250€ / person. The dive computer was also included.
The guys from the diving center are extremely well organised and efficient. On the first day we were given our equipment - in good / very good state - and after that we didn't worry about it any longer. The guys shipped / moved our equipment boxes from boat to boat according to our diving plans.
The pick ups were always on time, the transfers back to the hotel generally quick . Only on one day we had to wait for about 30 min at the dive center.
Lunch or beverage on the boats was cheap - 6,5€ or 4€ / person/ day. As I do not tend to stuff myself when diving, I can say the lunch was pretty ok.
We did 2 days local diving (Temple is not to be missed) 2 days Ras Mo ( beautiful) and 1 Day Tiran ( Jackson Reef is breathtaking). Our dive guides were giving well organised briefings, they are very through.
I enjoyed my dives - although only a beginner I had the opportunity to dive with all other experienced divers - I was able to 'book' a private guide who gave me & my husband good advice and guided us privately. This was done just at more difficult places.
I found it good that we were able to tell the guides which places we wanted to dive and they made their plans according to our wishes. So if you want to do something special - just speak up and they will try to meet your every wish.
My husband and I are planning to do the AOW license in summer in Egypt. We are going to book it with Emperor Divers. 



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