الغوص و التقنيات الحديثه لتعلم الغوص

منذ حوالي أسبوعين كان من المفترض ان أقوم تقديم احد الندوات عن الغوص التقني بدبي بالأمارات العربية المتحدة، و كان من المفترض ان يكون من مقدمي الندوة باترك فورما، باترك هو احد ابرز الغواصين التقنيين بجنوب افريقيا و معروف باكتشافه ١٠ حطام مختلفة. باترك يعمل ايضا كمدير إقليمي لبادي بجنوب افريقيا ومعروف باكتشافه ١٠ حطام مختلفة. باترك يعمل ايضا كمدير إقليمي لبادي بجنوب افريقيا والدول المجاورة لها.

كان من المفترض ان يصل باترك الي دبي ٢٤ ساعة قبل الندوة.  ان تأجيل موعد الطائرة عده مرات لأكثر من ١٩ ساعة. تأكد لنا جميعا من عدم إمكانية حضور باترك للندوة.  وكان هناك خيارين، الاول انا ان نقوم بإلغاء الندوة او تأجيلها و الخيار الثاني ان اقوم بتقديم الندوة بالنيابة عنه خاصه وأني حضرت ندوه له في السابق.

وخلال محادثاتي مع باترك و قبل ان تقوم الطائرة بالإقلاع، طلبت منه ان يسأل طاقم الطائرة اذا كان هناك إنترنت يمكن الاعتماد عليه خلال الرحلة. وكانت  الأجابه بالإيجاب

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وهنا طرأت الفكرة بان يقوم باترك بتقديم الندوة من الطائرة. وبالفعل كان.

لقد قام باترك بتقديم النده لأكثر من ثمانون شخص وهو علي ارتفاع ٣٥ الف قدم في طائره تحلق فوق شرق افريقيا بدون حتي الترتيب مع طاقم الطائرة.

استمر تقديم الندوة ٥٤ دقيقه، لم ينقطع فيها الإرسال حتي و لو مره واحده. كانت الندوة عن اكتشافات باترك بجنوب افريقيا رائعة للغاية و لكن الأكثر

روعه من وجهه نظر الحضور هو ان يقوم بالتقديم والتعليق والتفاعل واجابه أسئلة الحضور و هو في طائره علي ارتفاع ٣٥ الف قدم.

هل كان لأي منا ان يتخيل حدوث هذا من عشر سنين مضت؟ بالطبع لا. تخيل التطور الذي يمكن ان يحدث بعد ١٠ سنين من الان

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أقول هذا الي اخواني الذين مت زالوا يعارضون المنتجات الرقمية و متخوفين من استخدامها.  التكنولوجيا بتطبيقاتها هي المستقبل، كمدرب يجب ان تستعد بما يتطلبه العميل سواء كانت كتب تقليدية او تعلم عن طريق الانترنت او كتب رقميه حتي تواكب الحاضر و تستعد للمستقبل

Egypt at Dive2016 – Birmingham

The Birmingham Dive Show has taken place every year since 1991. DIVE attracts hundreds of exhibitors offering the latest diving holidays, training courses, and dive gear – on display and to buy – and is visited by thousands of experienced and aspiring divers from the UK, Europe and beyond. This year it was held from Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 23rd October.

For the 2016 edition, PADI’s management has decided to have some extra support from Regional Manager – Teo Brambilla (responsible for Egypt)!

bThe idea was not only to offer support to those PADI stores  – based in Egypt – exhibiting, but also to promote Egypt and help certified divers and future divers with practical tips on how to travel to Egypt, how to move around, answer generic questions  and overcome concerns about security in the country.

There were 5 – Egyptian based – PADI stores (both Resorts and Boat operators) exhibiting at Dive 2016 and they were all ‘equipped’ with the “PADI Show support pack”: a marketing kit, which included PADI sunglasses, bracelets, Course Promotional Vouchers, Posters, PADI Bunting and a PADI beach flag!

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aCamel Dive Club

dDivers United (Elite Diving)

eEmperor Divers and Scuba Schools

emperorPharaoh Dive Club

c…here during a special visit: DEPTHERAPY’s friends …and Egypt’s supporters!

[For the past few years, Pharaoh Dive Club have been a very active supporter of the amazing work of the charity by hosting Deptherapy’s training]

During the show, Regional Manager – Teo Brambilla took also the opportunity to award two diving icons who highly contributed to the growth of the diving industry in Egypt:

awardSteve Rattle and Guy Haywood received a special awards for their 25yrs as PADI Members!

 

Overall, DIVE 2016 was a well-attended and largely successful show …and even more important, the general feedback from participating Egyptian based Members was positive for the whole region!

كم تكلفة تعلم الغوص

الغوص يكلف أقل من معظم ألأنشطة الأخرى (وتحصل على شهادة في النهاية بعد التعلم ….)

كم تكلفة تعلم الغوص هي مسألة ساخنة بين الطلاب ومراكز الغوص على حد سواء. الغوص يسمح لك بالذهاب الى اماكن خارج نطاق امكانياتنا البيولوجية، لأنها تتيح لنا أن نتنفس تحت الماء. انه شعور سحري حقا ويمكنك المشاركة في هذه الرياضة في أي مكان طالما توفرت المياه والمعدات.

ما هي تكلفة الغوص – لماذا نحن بحاجة إلى الاستثمار في تعليم الغوص؟ مقارنة مع الرياضات الأخرى والأنشطة، تعلم الغوص ليس باهظ الثمن. الغوص هو الرياضة التي تقدم اعلى متعه ممكنه يمكن الحصول عليها. تتعلم الغوص تحت إشراف مدربين تلقوا تدريبا عاليا، من ذوي الخبرة المهنية – وهو مدرب بادي. بالإضافة الى ذلك يمكنك الحصول على شهادة في الغوص في نهاية دورة بادي لغواص المياه المفتوحة (قليل من الأنشطة الأخرى التي يمكن أن تقدم ذلك).

لمقارنة الغوص بغيرها من الألعاب الرياضية التي تتطلب التدريب

تكلفة تعلم الغوص تساوى نفس تكلفة:

يوم كامل من تعلم ركوب الأمواج.

 يومين تعلم تسلق الصخور.

يومين لدروس التجديف.

يومين لدروس التزلج

حوالي ثلاث ساعات من دروس الجولف الخاصة.

حوالي ثلاث ساعات من دروس التزلج على الماء الخاصة.

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كم تكلفة تعلم الغوص؟ أعتقد أنك سوف تجد الغوص هو أفضل قيمة مقابل المال المدفوع والوقت اللازم للتعليم.

لدى ايمان أنك تحصل على ما يوازى ما تدفعه ماديا. عند الذهاب إلى الطبيب، هل تختار أرخص طبيب؟ أو هل تختار الطبيب طبقا لسمعة او مهارة يشتهر بها هذا الطبيب والذي تثق ان بإمكانه العناية بك وبصحتك؟ إذا كنت في حاجة لعملية جراحية هل تذهب الى طبيب عيادته قذرة ومهمل ولا يتمتع بالحرفية فقط لأنه أرخص سعرا؟ بالطبع لا لأنك تقدر صحتك وسلامتك.

عندما تتعلم كيفية الغوص، فأنت تتعلم كيفية تلبية أبسط احتياجات الإنسان –  التنفس – مع فارق أساسي واحد: أن التنفس سيكون تحت الماء.

دورة المياة المفتوحة (أذا تم تدريسها بطريقه صحيحه) لن تعلمك فقط الأساسيات، ولكن أيضا تدربك على الإجراءات التي يجب اتباعها في حالة الطوارئ وهذه الاجراءات للحفاظ على سلامتك وامانك. إذا تدربت بشكل  جيد مع السماح بمتسع من الوقت لإتقان كل مهارة بالشكل الصحيح والتي في النهاية ستعطيك أكبر فرصه للبقاء امنا. هل تعتقد ان المدرب او الدورة رخيصة الثمن ستسمح لك بعمل هذا؟ بالطبع لا

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انا شخصيا اشكك في اخذ دورة او حتى الغوص مع المركز الذي يعرض سعرا اقل بكثير من منافسيه. لماذا؟ في الغالب لابد انه يهمل في شيء مثل صيانة المعدات او غيرة

الا تعتقد ان حياتك وصحتك أغلي بكثير من فارق الثمن بين المركز الملتزم الاحترافي وغيرة من المراكز؟

دعنا ننظر للأمر بشكل أعمق قليلا

دورة غواص المياه المفتوحة تستغرق من ثلاث الى خمس أيام، وهو ما يعادل متوسط 24 ساعة عمل، والتي خلالها يتم الرعاية والاعتناء بك كمتدرب، وتعليمك مهارات جديدة عليك ستمكنك من الاستمتاع بنشاط جديد بقية حياتك وفي نهاية الدورة يتم ترخيصك واعتمادك كغواص. أي شخص يدعى انه سيعلمك الغوص في اقل من هذه المدة لابد ان يخل بأحد المعايير او العديد منها.

انا أفضل المركز الذي سيضع سلامتي وأمنى قبل المدة الزمنية، وتعلم الغوص في جو من الاسترخاء وعدم التسرع لأصدار شهادة غوص بدون الحصول على الثقة بالنفس المطلوبة لتصبح غواص.

مركز الغوص الذي يقلل السعر بشكل كبير عن منافسيه للأسف غير ملتزم بأحد او عدد من المعايير والتي يمكن ان تؤثر على سلامتك وأمنك،

سعر قليل جدا يساوى خدمة ضعيفة جدا

احصل على بادي وأبقى امنا

PADI Pool Party Event at Madinaty City – Cairo!

Another successful event, addressed to the local market, has been recently conducted in two different locations within the charming Madinaty City in Cairo.

3photos-aqua3… Following the recent opening of Aquarius Diving Club Cairo’s branch, a PADI Pool Party was organized under the attentive guidance of Branch Manager Hatem Soliman and the cooperation of PADI Regional Manager Teo Brambilla!

3photos-aqua2Focus of the event was to let the local community know that a full-operating PADI Diving Center is now present in Madinaty …and consequently introduce residents to scuba diving.

Becoming a certified PADI Open Water Diver will be a smooth journey:

Knowledge development and confined water will be taught in Cairo, while open water could be completed in one of the 6 branches scattered around Egypt’s coasts.

3photos-aqua-copyFirst event, on the 7th of October, was held at Madinaty Sports Center: here Aquarius’staff took, for their first breath underwater more than 50 residents!

The beautiful location, a dedicated swimming pool and a DJ playing great music made of the event a unique party!poolphotos-collageSecond event, on the 8th of October, was organized at the British International school: here more than 100 kids were introduced to the wonderful sport of Scubadiving!

3photos-kidsIf you are a PADI Diving Center owner and/or manager with connections with corporates, sports clubs, universities, etc. and you wish to organize a similar event – addressed to the local market in Egypt – please get in contact with PADI RM Teo Brambilla.

PADI Women’s Dive Day Nouf AlOsaimi

 

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Nouf’s PADI story begins back in 2008 in Manchester City in the UK when she was completing her undergraduate degree in Tourism. Wanting a break to seek out the sun and sand, Nouf headed to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt. It was here that Nouf first encountered the underwater world by way of a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience, and “it was life changing.” She went back in 2009 where she completed her PADI Open Water course and PADI Advanced Open Water course, followed by the PADI Rescue Diver course in 2010. Going on to complete her PADI Divemaster rating in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2011 she then spent a full 12 months working as a Divemaster and underwater photographer back in Sharm, before becoming a PADI Instructor in 2013.

Nouf, now a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, is focused on educating and teaching women to learn to dive within Saudi. So what are her thoughts on female divers in Saudi Arabia and Women’s dive day?

“To me, being a female diver, means the world to me. Becoming a diver in a conservative society, where all sports are only dominated by men, was a huge challenge for me. Many females reject this incredible sport because it involves men teaching them how to dive.”

This is one of the most important challenges Nouf faces. “I see that women are concerned about who is going to train them, how and where?”

Nouf’s passion for the marine environment and for female participation in diving is clear, and this is the driving force behind her next endeavour. “Now, I am building a female training center specifically to train and educate women about the importance of the sea and the environment. When you dive you see how many different types of creatures are living together in a uniquely balanced system. We must not spoil it. Diving gives me confidence and empowers my sense of responsibility towards the environment in general. I have trained many female divers, and there are more on the waiting list. They are happy to see a female instructor that teaches them about the importance of the sea and why we should dive.”

When asked about PADI Women’s Dive Day, Nouf makes an important distinction, “it is not just about gathering females and heading right away underwater. Women’s Dive Day is about how we can get more females to know what diving is about, through lectures and success stories. What diving can do for you as an individual, how it will impact your life, what you can gain from it. I believe Women’s Dive Day is a great opportunity to have women sign up for a life changing course.”

So what are Nouf’s wise words to females wanting to take the leap to dive professional, and how can we get more women underwater and involved in the community? “Choosing a diving career means that you do what you love and love what you do! The more dives you make with different instructors and the more skills and experiences you gain. Women’s Dive Day is a good start to get more women signed up for something life changing. Sadly, many movies have shown the negative side of the sea, making sharks the ultimate enemy underwater. We must show the positive side of the sea to newbies so they can appreciate the underwater environment more.”

A very special PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!

At the end of February, while performing my duties of PADI Examiner during an IE in Sharm el Sheikh, I had the pleasure to work with Bogdan Lawicki as candidate.

b…it was the first time for me, as an Examiner, to evaluate a candidate instructor with disabilities: I was so impressed by his positivism, his attitude, knowledge and skills …that I decided to do a small interview with him and his course Director, Massimo Casabianca!

Let’s start with Boo:

kHi Boo, can you give us a short background about yourself?

I have always been a sportive and active person: table tennis, swimming and several martial arts!

In December 2008, I had a motorbike accident that brought to the amputation of my right leg, as you can imagine my life changed drastically and I had to adapt myself to this ‘new life’.

 

Despite the accident, my sportive nature did not change … I tried few different sports, but when I tried scuba diving – during a holiday – I felt in love with it and I decided to continue up to where I am today!

When did you start scuba diving?

I did my PADI Open Water Course in 2010, during a holiday in Marsa Alam – Egypt! That’s how I started.

fDo you currently practice other sports?

My main sport activity is scuba diving …however, I do a lot of swimming to keep myself fit!

What relationship exist between scuba diving and your disability?

Underwater I feel free!

…and this freedom make me forget all the mobility problems and issues I face on the surface.

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When did you decide it was time to become a PADI OWSI?

Three years ago, when I became PADI Divemaster. This was an important milestone in my diving career.

 

What made you decide to start a professional career in diving?

Honestly – at the beginning – I was concerned about becoming a professional diver because of the responsibilities involved; but then, I understood that this was the best way for me to share my love and passion for scuba diving.

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Which kind of social impact your new role of PADI Instructor will have on others?

I believe this will help integration of people with disabilities into society: the society is still struggling to see people with disabilities practicing certain activities. Scuba diving will help people not to feel marginalized.

I personally see you as a role model, what’s your opinion: do you believe your story can be an inspiration for other people with disabilities?

Definitely YES!

In addition, I am proud to be considered as role model; the message I want to deliver is that, after an accident, life goes on and there are plenty of activities a person with disabilities can do …and one of this is certainly scuba diving!

What scuba diving gives you?

zScuba diving gives me a lot!

When I am doing a fun dive, I switch off from my routine, I relax and I enjoy exploring the underwater world. On the other hand, while I am teaching, I love the feeling of being able to share my knowledge, skills and passion with my student divers!

 

…and now some questions for Massimo:

aHow was the experience of teaching Boo’s IDC?

Challenging and gratifying! The challenge was to adapt the logistic and see the all IDC in a different way: not with my parameters but with the eyes of a person with disabilities.

Did you have previous experiences in teaching scuba diving to a person with disabilities?

No, that was the first time …and I will do it immediately again!

Boo has changed my approach to teaching …forever.

According to you, which kind of social impact Boo will have on others as PADI OWSI?

I believe he will be not only a role model but also an ambassador, especially for those families with kids with disabilities. Scuba diving will allow them to escape from their daily routine and enhance their interactions with their playmates.c

Any special tip you want to share with other Instructors and Course Directors who are willing to teach divers with disabilities?

The only tip I feel like giving is to synergistically work with your students, listening for their needs and adapting your course day by day. Creativity and flexibility are key factors!

Limitations are mainly mental rather than physical: this is where Boo helped me to change my way of teaching, opening my mind and helping me understand that anything is possible … provided you want it!

New Course Director in Egypt – Detlef England

detlef<<I started diving in 1986 with a ‘try dive’ in the swimming pool, during a holiday in Mombasa – Kenya: after the first breath underwater, I immediately understood diving was going to be my addiction for the rest of my life. The diving center where I started was a CMAS diving center therefore after completing the 1* CMAS, I continued all the way until I become a 3* Instructor. In 1996, I crossed over to the PADI system, as I knew I wanted to ‘go Pro’ with PADI and in 2011, I enrolled in my IDC with Course Director Nikolay Baumann at the Dive Connection in El Gouna.

My mission as a Course Director will be to encourage IDC candidates, from all over the world, to become PADI ambassadors and embrace the PADI philosophy. For this reason, I will focus as well on promoting Instructor level continuing education!

My ambition is to aim for Platinum Course Director within the next few years and maintain that status.

Another important goal for me is to share Project AWARE’ s motto SAVE OUR WORLD / OUR WATER with future professionals …so that they can deliver it to all their future students, their friends and family!

By the end of 2016 I can celebrate 3 mile stones: diving for 30 years, 20 years PADI Membership and my first year as a Course Director. What a Fantastic year!

I need to say thank you to all my friends, family and PADI staff for their support.>>

Congratulations to Detlef for successfully completing his CDTC !

School Groups and the diving business

Corri Clarke, PADI IDC Staff Instructor and Assistant Manager at Oonas for 9 Years, discusses here one of the more unusual groups of repeat guests and the benefits and challenges they present.

IMG_1564editCorri, can you give us a short background about Oonas?

As one of the longest established Diving Centres in Sharm El Sheikh, Oonas Dive Club is recognized for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, set in the centre of one of the world’s most popular diving destinations. Guests return year after year to enjoy incredible Red Sea diving and the personal attention of our small team of professional and dedicated dive staff. Its charm and popularity are built around the unique combination of a dedicated Hotel and Dive Centre which are located right on the beach and set in a quiet corner of the busy resort of Na’ama Bay.

Why did you decide to focus part of your business to School Groups?

About 10 years ago, over a sociable après dive session, discussions with a diving guest and UK-based teacher explored the possibility of offering a special school trip to introduce school kids to the wonders of the underwater world. The following year, Oonas Dive Club welcomed the first of its many school groups, all booked on a specially constructed ‘Learn to Dive’ Package.

The event resulted in 30 newly certified divers enthused with their new found skills and the experience of visiting an exotic destination, happy teachers and a huge motivation for the dive instructors who enjoyed rising to the challenges of this new and unusual venture.

So, that’s the history. Since that time Oonas has hosted 15 different schools, (with many returning each year to continue their diving education) and issued over 500 certifications from Open Water to Rescue Diver. Groups sizes have ranged from 12 to 43 participants with students aged between 11 and 18 years old.

It’s a perfect solution for keeping the Dive Centre busy and the Hotel fully booked in what would otherwise be the more expensive school holiday periods which ‘regular’ divers are more inclined to avoid.

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How are School Groups normally organized?

With any large group, especially those involving schools, the key attraction is the ease with which things can be organized. The more that can be offered by way of support, the more likely teachers will be willing to take on arranging a trip.

To this end, Oonas entered into a collaboration with a previous guest and school teacher, who set up a UK-based agency offering bespoke Scuba Diving School Trips. The services offered by the agency include:

  • Presentations to schools and parents about the proposed trip
  • ABTA / IATA backed travel agency for booking flights and insurance
  • Templates for risk assessment and other formal documentation required by school governing bodies and authorities
  • UK payment facilities
  • Pre-trip delivery of PADI materials required for courses
  • UK liaison at all stages of the trip

This leaves teachers free to concentrate on encouraging participation and ensuring that payments are collected, rather than getting bogged down in bureaucracy and paperwork – a great relief!

What are the challenges you face?

One of the biggest challenges for any Dive Centre based in a more exotic destination, is convincing those in authority of the safety aspects of the activities and the location.  Good briefing documents, thorough Risk Assessments, Emergency Action Plans and the backing of the PADI teaching system, all contribute to this aim. References from previous school groups, excellent ratings on customer review sites and international awards are also an important part of promoting the Dive Centre’s reputation as a professional and reliable outfit.

Once the decision makers have been convinced, the rest of the challenges relate to organization and planning. Communication is key! Try to obtain as much information as possible beforehand – there is nothing more frustrating than running around on the first day trying to work out how many students will do each course. Clear and precise information about each student, ages, proposed courses, the date of last dive and number of dives logged (where appropriate), food allergies, date of completed medical forms etc. Never give up on this – it’s always that one piece of missing information that will be bound to trip you up on the day!

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It’s not just a holiday

Another important aspect is to promote the educational benefits of learning to dive in a foreign location. Scuba Diving is often seen as a relaxing pastime, with palm fringed beaches and hammocks, which doesn’t really fit with the learning and development objectives of a school trip. So, as well as making sure to promote the dedication and discipline needed to learn the skill of diving, emphasize the opportunities for cultural exchange, such as supper in a Bedouin encampment with experience of the traditional lifestyles and foods. Arrange a PROJECT AWARE evening with instructors all contributing to a presentation on the protection of our oceans, using Project Aware leaflets and materials. Quiz nights about local information, diving topics and marine conservation are great! An underwater clean-up dive can be very rewarding, or a shopping trip to the local bazaar with opportunities for interacting with local shop keepers and perfecting bargaining techniques – the resulting stories are hilarious.

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Dive the Plan!

Of course, we’re all fabulous at dive planning, logistics, timings etc. Well, for school groups apply the same principles but much more! Always build in extra time for unexpected eventualities. Apply low student:instructor ratios, allow time for remediation in the timetable (you will be so glad you did!) and keep to a planned schedule so that everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing at each point of the day. Have a debrief every day with staff and teachers to make sure everything is on track. Things that might seem minor, such as allocating spaces to groups for kitting and de-kitting can develop into chaos if not planned and communicated sufficiently.

What is so special about teaching school students?

So, is the extra effort really all worth it I hear you ask? Well after 10 years of welcoming school groups, I can definitely say a big emphatic YES!

The most amazing and motivating aspect is the transition you see as an instructor/teacher/manager, from students who arrive in a foreign country, slightly shy and often anxious about what they have embarked on, to responsible and confident divers, keen to discuss their experiences both above and below the water.

Ordinary diving guests have often remarked on their (unexpectedly) pleasant experiences mixing with a younger generation of divers, and teachers on their own diving holidays who have seen with their own eyes what a rewarding experience it is, have come back with their own groups in subsequent years.

The last night party and presentation ceremony is testament to the whole experience, with speeches from students and instructors, thank you gifts presented, friendships formed, group photos and a promise to continue diving in the future……….. oh, and a great big Egyptian buffet – what could be better than that 🙂

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For more information about arranging a School Group contact [email protected] or have a look at the following website: http://www.321dive.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

A magic dive with a special person!

At the end of October, I was invited to a special event  …or better, a dive with a ‘special person’.

IMG-20151104-WA0001Here below the interview with Raffaele Vallana – General Manager and Co-Owner of Diving&Discovery – who hosted the event:

Raffa, can you give us a short background about Diving&Discovery and yourself?

Situated into the wonderful dive location of Ras Umm Sid, one of the most popular and fascinating capes in Sharm el Sheikh for biodiversity and landscape, Diving&Discovery has been operating in the scuba diving industry since 1996, offering top quality services for sea lovers.

Awarded for “Excellence” by H.E. Ministry of Tourism and as “Best Diving Center in South Sinai” by H.E. South Sinai Governor, the centre is proud of its esteemed position, recognized by several qualified international authorities such as EUF (European Underwater Federation) and ISO-UN (International Organization for European Standardization).

Classified as PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, Diving&Discovery offers a wide range of aquatic activities; finding himself in a homely environment, the guest has always the chance to be advised by a team of qualified professionals and choose what he likes more.

My own presence at D&D, as General Manager and Co-Owner, started on 1999. Earlier, since 1996, I had the opportunity to increase my personal experience and know-how as Instructor, through the cooperation with several diving centers in Sharm. My professional diving career started in Italy on 1991, but I had the privilege to dive since when I was 6 years old (1979) with my father, who transmitted me his passion, guiding me into a world which changed my life.

Who is Ghanim Mohmmed Al-Muftah?

Ghanim is a Qatari 13 years old cute and lovely boy, who was born with a severe pathology, called “Caudal Regression Syndrome”. He learned how to make his disability a strength point and he demonstrated how motivations and positive energy can bend and eliminate any kind of limitations, achieving unbelievable success and objectives.

How did you get in contact with him and his team?

It happened thanks to my “second Family” in Qatar. In fact, two of my best friends and partners of Diving&Discovery are working and living there. They are superb divers and very well integrated into local diving community. Therefore, when has been decided to edit a professional documentary about Ghanim’s life, they had of course no doubt about which diving centre to involve.. and I was really honored to have D&D being part of something so important.

What is the ‘’Journey to the depth’’ project?

It is a documentary, which narrates Ghanim’s biography, since when he was born, passing through all events and experiences which made him becoming a disabled athlete, able to compete successfully in several sports. I believe that the main message and meaning of the documentary, is to highlight how much fundamental are motivation and courage, for a serene and positive life, regardless the presence of a physical disability. Youth and adults too, can just achieve a very positive teaching, by Ghanim’s attitude and tenacity.

Why did you decide – together with his staff  – to organize an event in Sharm and what you wanted to achieve?

Well, since when has been illustrated to me the possibility to manage the event, I’ve realized that it was going to become the most important “mission” and challenge of Diving&Discovery. Something to be proud of…  I’ve immediately realize the importance of a fundamental perfect organization, putting together all our experience, for a very special case which deserve absolutely the best care and attentions.

…..Why to take this responsibility and why here?

First, for Ghanim.. as I said, he just deserved to be assisted, giving him the opportunity to have fun and learn, improving his diving skills, which believe me, are absolutely remarkable.

Second, because I firmly believe that Sharm El Sheikh deserve something too, as our small contribution for the raise of the image of the location, highlighting the safe, the flexibility and the good organization of professional dive operators, showing not least, the gorgeous biodiversity which characterize the local environmental. Perceptions and concepts, that were guiding here remarkable number of tourists, before of the deep crisis that we are sailing through.

Did you have any previous experience with Disable divers?

Yes, at Diving&Discovery we already had several previous experiences with disabled divers, but honestly, nothing comparable with the specific case of Ghanim. I mean, we never had the pleasure to assist a diver who suffer of a so severe handicap, being able to transmit motivation, positive energy and strength to the Team and myself. I have to say it.. we all learned a lot. And it will be unforgettable.

What makes diving with Ghanim a unique experience?

Wow… that’s the question I was waiting to answer to..

What makes unique the experience with Ghanim? Himself, his bravery, the contagious enthusiasm which made all Diving&Discovery Staff and Supporters to feel even more motivated in our profession and positive in life.

How Scuba diving can help people with special needs?

Scuba diving gives the opportunity to feel in freedom, without any barrier and limitations, being able to don’t suffer for any obstacle. How to measure it? Just seeing the wide smile and happiness which accompany special needs people before, during and after any dive…

2015-10-27 17.47.37 (2)PADI Regional Manger Teo Brambilla awarding Ghanim for his outstanding achievements in diving.

 

 

PADI ON TOUR – HURGHADA – October 2015

During the second week of October, Teo Brambilla (PADI Regional Manager), Pam Holt (Field Service Coordinator) Su-Li Wong (Consultant, Training and Quality Management) and Amir Khalil (Sales Representative and Product Consultant) conducted a joint trip to Hurghada.

SPATThe trip included a series of events and activities designed to provide support to the Egyptian market, PADI Dive center and Resorts and PADI members.

During the week, several meetings were conducted with key accounts in both Hurghada and El Gouna: the aim of these meetings is to provide customized business support in terms of marketing, social networks does and don’ts, training development, PADI continuing Education philosophy and digital training material use/benefits.

A dedicated PADI Pool Party, to introduce Turkish Airlines Staff to Scuba Diving, was conducted by PADI staff as a way to celebrate the great partnership between the two companies in running the PADI DIVE DAY.

TA pool3The PADI Member Forum took place on the 13th of October and more than 100 PADI Members attended: the presentation was delivered by Teo, Su-Li and Amir as representatives of their departments (Field Service, Training and Quality department and Sales).

mf5mfThe MF covered important topics such as, PADI’s market share in comparison with competitors – as part of the ‘Win with PADI’ value proposition, an overview of the revised OWD course and the exciting ‘ready to be launched’ PADI Freediver Program and a great workshop on the PADI digital products (how to purchase, assign, use …and benefits!)

This fantastic week ended with the PADI DIVE DAY!

bannerAn event organized by PADI and HEPCA and sponsored by Turkish Airlines, Project AWARE, Aqua Lung Egypt, FourthElement and Scuba Online.

On Wednesday the 14th of October 2015, over 300 diver joined forces to conduct both underwater and beach clean up at Magawish Island in Hurghada:

happy diversclean up boatcleanupSpecial thanks goes to members of HEPCA and PADI Dive operators: Dive Point Red Sea, Aquarius Hurghada, Colona Divers, Euro-Divers Grand Hotel, Hurghada, Dive Pro Academy Hurghada, Panorama Divers, New Dino Diving Centre Hurghada Red Sea Egypt, Ilios Dive Club, Blue Paradise Red Sea,Cool Divers Diving Center, Deep Dark Safari, Red Sea Sails, Queen Utopia

The day ended in PAPAS BEACH CLUB where a closing ceremony was hosted.

dive day cerimonyDuring the ceremony, winners of the ‘Selfie competition’ were awarded:

First and second place won a Turkish Airlines Flight Ticket and third place a complete Aqualung ‘Core’ regulator.

selfiexBefore the great BBQ prepared by PAPAS’ staff it was time for some fun with the Prize Draw. Divers from different nationalities and affiliated to different PADI Dive Centers received the following prizes: SCUBAONLINE Dive Bag, Fourth Element Swimwear, Forth Element Dry Bag, PROJECT AWARE T-Shirts, Aqualung masks.

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