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A former soldier in the United Kingdom Special Forces Reserve, Jamie Hull was fulfilling a lifelong ambition of becoming a pilot in 2007 when, on a routine solo flight, his engine caught fire. Jamie sustained 60 per cent third-degree burns to his body, tissue scarring and internal injuries. He was given a five per cent chance of survival. Undergoing over 60 operations, he was able to pull through but, for Jamie, life as he knew it was over: “I couldn’t see a life beyond injury, I couldn’t see that road ahead. Physically, I felt I was done for.” Read how diving, one of Jamie’s first loves, helped him to get life back on track …

Back in 1998, Jamie was a keen and ambitious scuba diver. Originally a full-time officer in the Thames Valley Police, he decided to embark on his IDC with leading Course Director of the day, Theresa Simpson, who quickly took him under her wing and mentored him to success. A then newly qualified PADI Open Water Instructor, Jamie couldn't resist the pull of the ocean and soon afterwards took the plunge to take a sabbatical from UK policing and return to the Red Sea to work directly for Emperor Divers. “I still remember those early years,” Jamie reflects, “great memories of the excitement of working in a busy dive industry in Hurghada, resounding with the same clarity as the magical visibility of the Red Sea itself!”

Jamie's life story, however, went on to take the guise of many twists and turns including a comprehensive service with the British Army as a higher committed Reservist working all over the world before being subjected to the ultimate physiological and psychological downfall that a human being could possibly sustain. In the summer of 2007, little did Jamie realise that an epic life-changing accident was on the horizon.

A catastrophic injury, sustained during his training to be a pilot, left him with 60% third-degree burns to his body, severe tissue scarring and internal injuries; Jamie was given only a 5% chance of survival. Undergoing over 60 operations, he was able to pull through only by the skin of his teeth but, for Jamie, life as he knew it was over, “I couldn’t see a life beyond injury, I couldn’t see that road ahead. Physically, I felt I was done for.”

Ultimately however, Jamie never gave up and after many years of pain and discomfort, he went on to further project himself in a range of challenging events and endeavours, always going a little further to achieve his goals and in doing so, helping to support others.

“Following on from the ethos of my former Regiment 21 SAS, I always try to continue to live by those values and, in particular, the 'individual pursuit of excellence'.  By way of example, I've continually followed my passion for scuba diving as a vehicle for benefitting my own recovery and rehabilitation from the burns injury. Over many years, I've worked very hard with the diving and recently certified as a PADI Course Director. It's such an amazing sport, which has helped me enormously on the long road to a stronger recovery. One of my goals now is to continue working with others to enable them to fulfil their career ambitions within the dive industry.” 

Excitedly going back to his roots with Emperor Divers, Jamie recently delivered a diving expedition for several UK veterans, training them on a range of PADI courses and using the Blue Brothers’ Emperor Divers dive centre in the stunning marina at El Gouna. 

“Having previously used the efficient and reliable services of UK-based Diverse Travel, I was very impressed with the whole organisation of my recent dive trip to the Red Sea with Emperor Divers. In all sincerity, for anyone looking to organise any kind of dive trip around the world, the booking and administration of Diverse Travel always delivers as smoothly as a well-balanced regulator at 40 metres!”

“The expedition I ran was indeed a great success, supported by the enthusiastic and diligent staff at Emperor Divers’ marina shop including a highly competent captain and crew of the Emperor Pegasus dive boat. As a Course Director, I genuinely recommend the top service Emperor provides for divers of all levels. What's more, as for the diving in the Red Sea, I can still see the magic down there; with all the beauty, clarity and warmth there ever was!”

By Jamie Hull – PADI CD #109809

 

 

 

 

Emperor Divers

 

We are having a bit of a tidy up of our Facebook pages.

Facebook Emperor Divers will now be our main official page where we will share content not only from the Red Sea, but from Emperor Maldives and Emperor Indonesia too.

Our diving centres and luxury liveaboards in the Maldives, our sailing schooners in Indonesia and, of course, our original diving centres and fabulous boats in Egypt.

It's your main way to keep in contact with us and we promise to be there for you giving you up to date information, answering your questions and sharing a smile along the way.

 

 

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Up to 28% off! Serious savings to be enjoyed for everyone!

Save up to €515 / £455 - 7 nights in Indonesia
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Save up to €480 / £429 - 7 nights in the Maldives
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Save up to €300 / £270 - 7 nights in the Red Sea
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Happy, happy diving!

 

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Emperor Harmoni is a 48m traditional Phinisi hull that has been adapted to hold two main engines and, because of the clever design, has increased deck space and stability by removing the need for masts and sailing rigs.

She starts operating from July 2020 in Komodo and will go on to cruise the majestic archipelago of Indonesia, taking in world famous hot spots such as Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park and the Banda Sea.

With her state of the art navigation and safety systems and design incorporated into the hull, Emperor Harmoni, like her name, brings a truly harmonious marriage of modern and traditional features.

Built by renowned Pak Haji Wahab, known to many as the champion of the Bugis Phinisi craftsmen, he is responsible for the construction of many of the most famous names in Indonesian liveaboard vessels including Emperor Indonesia’s own, Emperor Raja Laut.

As Emperor Harmoni takes shape, we’ll be bringing you the ‘inside story’ on her interior design, how the Emperor team sourced 50 year old teak wood from derelict houses and how she will deliver the WOW factor and some. Plus more photos so you can follow her transformation into a striking liveaboard.

Meet Emperor Harmoni here

 

 

 

Emperor Divers

 

Mike says, "Honesty, integrity, marvellous boats and lovely crew." Not just that but Mike says our booking staff are great; "no tricks, cheats, no extra phoney discounts".

And the proof is in the pudding.

Last year Mike enjoyed diving on Emperor Elite, Red Sea and Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia.

This year on Emperor Echo, Red Sea and Emperor Explorer, Maldives.

Hang on, there's more ... next year he's on Emperor Echo again then Emperor Harmoni, Indonesia. 2021 on Emperor Explorer for a double back-to-back.

Wow! Welcome back Mike - time and time again and for as many times as we can welcome you. Now that's Loyalty with a capital L.

 

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Thank you to our recent guest, Dr Merna Sadek for this glowing feedback. 

“I am Dr Merna, a doctor at Gan Regional Hospital, Laamu Atoll. I took 3 courses here at Emperor Laamu Diving Centre with the instructor, Adam Andrews.

They were really amazing courses with a very professional instructor and team. I was relaxed and comfortable with them and also their professionality and confidence made me feel safe and confident under water.

This is just to appreciate their excellent work. Thank you so much.

Discover Emperor Laamu here

Indonesia

01/08 - 08/08 | Emperor Raja Laut | Komodo National Park | Now €2075 / £1847

SAVE 20% €515 / £458

09/08 - 16/08 | Emperor Raja Laut | Komodo National Park | Now €2200 / £1958

SAVE 15% €390 / £347

02/09 - 09/09 | Emperor Raja Laut | Komodo National Park | Now €2075 / £1847

SAVE 20% €515 / £458

10/09 - 17/09 | Emperor Raja Laut | Komodo National Park | Now €2200 / £1958

SAVE 15% €390 / £347

21/09 - 30/09 | Emperor Raja Laut | East Flores & Alor | Now €3060 / £2723

SAVE 15% €540 / £480

 

Maldives

25/08 - 01/09 | Emperor Serenity | Best of Maldives | Was €1829 / £1629
Now €1599/ £1425

31/08 - 07/09 | Emperor Voyager | Best of Maldives | Was €1579 / £1405
Now €1339/ £1512

01/09 - 08/09 | Emperor Serenity | Best of Maldives | Was €1829 / £1629
Now €1599/ £1425

08/09 - 15/09 | Emperor Explorer | Best of Maldives | Was €1979 / £1759
Now €1799/ £1599

06/10 - 13/10 | Emperor Virgo | Best of Maldives | Was €1749 / £1557
Now €1549/ £1379

20/11 - 27/11 | Emperor Explorer | Best of Maldives | Was €2149 / £1915
Now €1999 / £1779

 

Red Sea

02/08 - 09/08 | Emperor Elite | Famous Five | Was €1219 / £1085
Now €1049 / £935

22/08 - 29/08 | Emperor Asmaa | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | Was €999 / £889
Now €849 / £755

23/08 - 30/08 | Emperor Superior | Famous Five | Was €1149 / £1025
Now €949/ £845

14/11 - 21/11 | Emperor Asmaa | Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone| Was €1149 / £1025
Now €949/ £845

22/11 - 29/11 | Emperor Echo | South & St Johns | Was €1099 / £979
Now €949/ £845

06/12 - 13/12 | Emperor Elite | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | Was €1219 / £1085
Now €999 / £889

19/12 - 26/12 | Emperor Echo | South & St Johns| Was €949 / £845
Now €799 / £710

26/12 - 02/01 | Emperor Echo | South & St Johns | Was €1099 / £979
Now €949/ £845

27/12 - 03/01 | Emperor Elite | Reefs & Wrecks | Was €1069/ £949
Now €999 / £889

 

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Carlos Fernández Arco
Recent guest to Emperor Divers Laamu, Reveries Diving Village

I was supposed to be travelling for business to Australia but the schedule was broken and, once in Singapore, I had to re-schedule my trip (still heading to Sri Lanka, Philippines and Morocco) and took the chance to visit my suppliers in the Maldives.

In Himmafushi I realised that this was too good to just do the business visits and continue my trip (especially for a diver like me), so I decided to stay some days relaxing and diving, the thing I like the most in this life.

I did one dive in the other island which was really disappointing. Then I arrived at Emperor Divers Laamu, Gan, Reveries Diving Village and all changed.

I have dived in many places (had license since 1994) and believe me that I have never found a team like the one you have here in the Maldives. Both Adam and Sandeep are incredible people who really understand, not just about diving which they are very good at, but also the holistic concept of business and hosting guests. Believe me that it’s not something easy to find what you have here.

As an expat for 20 years and owner of businesses in several places around the world, I know the value of having good workers on which you can rely and which can help you earn money and sleep well. And the duet of Adam-Sandeep are those of that kind. Each one with his own character, embraces, teaches you, leads you and even sells you additional items! I was still an old style diver with just Regular Air and I was convinced in 10 seconds by Adam of the need to improve. He did it in a very sensible but luring way; good selling skills!

I never found such a good approach to diving like Adam’s. Serious, professional, kind and I would even call it with proper etiquette. His briefings are like master classes!

Sandeep is incredible how he provides the cool and relaxing atmosphere and gives you huge confidence to play well but within the rules and tasks. He’s charismatic and makes people keep a strong memory of the stay at the centre.

Thanks for the great experience and looking forward to meeting you again.

Carlos Fernández Arco

 

PS: Photos and new manta sightings!


Carlos 1 (Medium).jpgImmerse yourself in these fabulous photos by Adam Andrews, Baase Leader at Emperor Divers Laamu.

And what's more, the Manta Trust contacted us on seeing them and told us, "You spotted two beautiful mantas who are relatively new to our database. The first manta (left) is the same you saw on May 29th at Fushi Kandu. This male is featured in our partnership with the Carl F. Bucherer watch company so doesn't yet have a name. This is our first record of him anywhere besides Fushi Kandu! 

 

Carlos 2 (Medium).jpgThe second manta (right) is Faana, a female who has only been encountered a few times. These two mantas were actually both encountered for the first time on the same day (May 22nd, 2017) but during two different dives at Fushi Kandu. She's only been photographed six times, the last being in October at Hithadhoo Corner. 

Nicole's reference to Carl F Bucherer: Each manta in the partnership is engraved on a different watch. This manta hasn't been named yet and the person who buys the specific watch will be given the opportunity to name the manta.

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Red Sea

22/08 - 29/08 | Emperor Asmaa | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | Was €999 / £859
Now €899 / £773

23/08 - 30/08 | Emperor Superior | Famous Five| Was €1149 / £988
Now €999/ £859

14/11 - 21/11 | Emperor Asmaa | Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone| Was €1149 / £988
Now €1049/ £902

22/11 - 29/11 | Emperor Echo | South & St Johns | Was €1099 / £945
Now €1049/ £902

19/12 - 26/12 | Emperor Echo | South & St Johns| Was €949 / £815
Now €799 / £687

27/12 - 03/01 | Emperor Elite | Reefs & Wrecks | Was €1069/ £919
Now €969 / £833

 

Maldives

13/07 - 20/07 | Emperor Voyager | Best of Maldives | Was €1599 / £1375
Now €1299/ £117

04/08 - 11/08 | Emperor Virgo | Best of Maldives | Was €1579 / £1359
Now €1339/ £1512

11/08 - 18/08 | Emperor Serenity | Best of Maldives | Was €1829 / £1573
Now €1599/ £1375

22/09 - 29/09 | Emperor Virgo | Best of Maldives | Was €1579 / £1359
Now €1339/ £1512

06/10 - 13/10 | Emperor Virgo | Best of Maldives | Was €1749 / £1504
Now €1549/ £1332

20/11 - 30/11 | Emperor Explorer | Best of Maldives | Was €3070 / £2640
Now €2720 / £1332

 

Indonesia

16/07 - 23/07 | Emperor Raja Laut | Komodo National Park | Was €2590 / £2225
Now €2390 / £2055

09/08 - 16/08 | Emperor Raja Laut | Komodo National Park | Was €2590 / £2225
Now €2440 / £2098

02/09 - 09/09 | Emperor Raja Laut | Komodo National Park | Was €2590 / £2225
Now €2090 / £1797

21/09 - 30/09 | Emperor Raja Laut | East Flores & Alor | Was €3600 / £3096
Now €3060 / £232

14/12 - 21/12 | Emperor Raja Laut | Raja Ampat North & Central | Was €2800 / £2408
Now €2600 / £2236

17/01 - 24/01 | Emperor Raja Laut | Raja Ampat North & Central | Was €2800 / £2408
Now €2500 / £2150

 

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Just why is the Red Sea so amazing?

Dive into this fantastic video taken by Behind the Mask whilst on Emperor Superior and you'll find out why.

It's refreshingly passionate. The team loves to discover new things, be honest in their story telling and to show Nature in her natural light.

Prepare for extreme happiness, hammerheads, reefs, Longimanus (oceanic white tip), pods of dolphins, inquisitive turtle and smiles and smiles and smiles.

 

Behind the Mask Red Sea video

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