We've joined Scuba Schools International, read on for more info!
We are happy to announce that as of November 2018 Eagle Divers will also provide SSI courses and services to our guests!
We have always recognized divers from other training agencies however to stay current and to be able to meet a growing demand for a variety of courses, our Instructors have successfully completed the SSI Crossover meaning we are now able to offer both PADI and SSI courses in a variety of different languages.
Special thanks to Karim and Ramy from SSI for their time and expertise, we're looking forward to being part of Scuba Schools International!
We're done with single use plastics, can you be to!
Being in Egypt unfortunately we are a little behind in the recycling and push for products which are more environmentally friendly, however changes are starting to be made and with videos circulating on social media of sea's full of plastic, or marine life caught in ghost nets or chocked on ingested plastic, more and more people are realising how important it is to change habits and help protect the marine environment.
One small change which will hopefully have a big impact is that we've now ditched single use plastic cups so that you'll only be able to refill water bottles or use the ceramic cups in the dive centre and onboard Eagle One. Don't worry if you don't have a reusable bottle, you can get one of our shiny new bottles for only 5 euro! Better still, with every bottle sold 1 euro will go to Project AWARE and another euro to our local Hyperbaric Chamber, every little helps!
If you have other ideas to help us reduce our environmental impact feel free to get in touch, we'll do all we can to help preserve our underwater office!
Read on to find out which design will be featured as our next dive centre t-shirt!
And the WINNER is…………
The votes were counted, and it was a very close call, but congratulations to Jimmi Bo Lund Eriksen from Denmark with design number 2, you are our winner!
This was our first ever competition and we really appreciate the level of interest and submissions that we received from everyone, so a big thank you to everyone who took part. The t-shirts will be getting put in to production soon, with the finished product available hopefully before Christmas time. Keep your eyes peeled for more Eagle Divers goodies available in store soon.
Congratulations also to Kelly Seymour, you win a free t-shirt just for liking and sharing our original post!
When great minds work together, wonderful things can happen!
Each year we look to refresh the diving centre’s T-shirts but we thought we’d mix it up a little as we always hear such good ideas from you guys…..so this year YOU are going to design it for us! And better still, if your design wins you get a mention on the T-shirt itself and of course a free t-shirt* for your efforts!
- We want your creative juices to flow but, there is some criteria to follow listed below’
- We need the logo, email & web address somewhere within the design
- Needs to be related – a design with a dinosaur on ski’s would be cool for sure but doesn’t really scream diving and snorkelling so we’re hoping for designs that can at least loosely be tied in with what our jobs involve and possibly our name also.
- Please no profanities or nudity, at the end of the day we gotta wear these things on a daily basis 😉
- A sketch on a piece of paper with a bit of a description to accompany works just as well as a professionally laid out design.
- You do not need to have been an Eagle Divers guest previously to enter so if your granny, 2-year-old, or friend of a friend have some great idea’s they’re more than welcome to enter also!
HOW TO ENTER
Final submission for designs is Friday 26th October 2018 and you can enter by either emailing us directly or posting on the Facebook page wall. We’ll pick our top 3 ideas then put it to a public vote with the final winner announced Wednesday 31st October......don't have a design but still want a t-shirt? No problem, you just need to 'like' and 'share' the facebook post to be in for a chance of winning**
*As you can imagine the postal service is a little slow here in Egypt so we’ll aim to post it from the UK instead. For this reason there may be a slight delay getting it to you but rest assured you’ll be one of the first to receive it.
**winner will be chosen at random after the competition closes.
The summer season is throwing us some seriously amazing marine sightings
As a dive guide there are some creatures that you can almost 100% guarantee to your guests that’ll you see during a dive, for example the anemone fish in Ras Umm Sid, blue spotted rays in Yolanda Reef or the super ancient moray eel that is normally chilling around Gordon Reef. Then there are the quite common but never guaranteed sightings like turtles, eagle ray and white tip sharks, as guides we know the sights we’re most likely to see them at but we never make a promise as it’s a big ocean out there. But 2018 has already thrown quite a few unusual, and even extraordinary, sightings!
Imagine you’re on a dive and a big dark shadow makes its way towards you. You try to figure out just what it could be, nowhere in your imagination would you consider it to be a Blue Whale right!!...Ok so we didn’t actually experience this, but definitely thought about it a lot since the blue whale sighting back at the end of May. This was the first time a blue whale, the largest of all animals has ever been spotted in the Red Sea and experts can’t explain what it was doing here as they normally shallower, enclosed seas. It’s been a while now since its been spotted so we’re hoping it’s found its way out to some deeper cooler waters.
Read on to get to know her and Eagle Divers better!
Scubaverse, the go-to-place for al things SCUBA related, recently caught up with our instructor Hannah to find out a little more what it's like to what in a diving centre and more specifically what the Red Sea has to offer in terms of diving holidays. Check it out HERE for the full article.
Read on for more details on this exciting news and some unmissable dive & stay offers!
We’ve upped tanks and moved!
It might seem like only yesterday we announced we’d moved to a new dive centre, but in actual fact that was almost 2 years ago now, doesn’t time fly! We’ve had a great time in the previous base and it has allowed us to make many improvements and meet a ton of new people which we’re really grateful for however it was never going to be our ‘forever home’. So when the opportunity came along to move to a new place which is a lot bigger, logistically easier and better located, we decided to jump right in and grab it…..so, welcome to Eagle Divers located in Naama Blue Hotel, Naama Bay!
It’s been a busy time the past few weeks with paperwork procedures and moving but we’ve finally moved in and starting to add the personal touches (so if you’re due to visit in the next few weeks, bear with us 😉).
As another year comes to an end, we’ve way too much to be thankful for, and not enough time or wordcount to list everything.
OUR TOP 5 FROM 2017!
As another year comes to a close (seriously how quickly do they pass?) we’ve way too much to be thankful for, and not enough time or wordcount to list everything. Instead, we’ve chosen our top 5 highlights from the past 12 months to share with you as just a small example of how great 2017 has been here at Eagle Divers. We can only hope for more of the same in 2018!
No. 5 – Marine sightings
It won’t come as a surprise that the dives and marine sightings this year make our top 5, it’s why we love our job so much. We’ve been privileged to have seen almost everything you could hope for as a snorkeler or diver, including schooling hammerheads, dolphins, big manta, whaleshark and of course the completely unexpected dugong. One thing is guaranteed for 2018, as long as we keep diving in the Red Sea we’re going to keep having amazing underwater encounters!
Check out the latest offers avilable on different dive & accommodation packages, with something to suit all budgets.
Scuba diving & Accommodation packages in Sharm el Sheikh
As many of you are booking your own flights separately from accommodation and scuba diving packages, we’ve put together a summary of some package deals in Sharm for the coming season. From 5-star beach front hotels to self-catering studio apartments on purpose built complex, hopefully there’s something to suit every budget and with airport transfers courtesy of the diving centre bus, all you need to do is a book a flight and leave the rest to us.
Monte Carlo Resort & Spa (5-star beach side accommodation)
7 nights accommodation in a shared double room on a half board basis + 5 days diving (10 dives) = £380 per person.
Il Mercato hotel & Spa (4 star in-land accommodation)
7 nights accommodation in shared double room on bed & breakfast basis + 5 days diving (10 dives) = £299 per person
Upgrade to 7 nights all-inclusive with 5 days diving for £362 per person
Old Vic Sharm resort (3 star in-land accommodation – Opened 2017)
7 nights accommodation in shared double room All-inclusive + 5 days diving (10 dives) = £285 per person
Self-catering apartment, delta Sharm resort (studio & 1 bedrooms available)
7 nights accommodation + 5 days diving (10 dives) = £233 per person
All accommodation rates are provided directly from the hotel and may change depending on requested dates. The most accurate costs will be provided at the time of booking with no deposits required but full payment made during check-in. Depending on the hotel policy a 14% sales tax may be applicable.
Introducing the newest addition to Eagle Divers....Gold Land!
Christmas came early this year………
It is with great happiness and excitement that we finally get to introduce you all to the newest addition to Eagle Divers, meet ‘Gold Land’ our very own dive boat!
Many of you will know that having our own purpose-built dive boat has been a dream of ours since Eagle Divers started almost 6 years ago now. Through some seriously hard work and dedication from the whole team and quite a bit of planning we’ve finally achieved this goal, we almost can’t believe it ourselves 😊
After a refurb in the dry dock, where the toilets and stair layout were completely changed, wood replaced and a complete paint job amongst other updates, she’s been out running nicely the past week and it’s been a great joy to see guests enjoying sunning themselves on the sundeck and getting comfy in the saloon in between dives. We’ve been asked by a few of you who knew a little earlier if we’ll be changing the name but have heard that it may bring bad luck so we’re sticking with Gold Land, although we’ve a few Eagle Divers stickers and flags to put up to make it a little more homely, oh and wait for the mugs, courtesy of the wonderful Renata!
So, enough of the text, let’s share some photographs and hopefully you’ll be as happy and excited as we are about joining us soon on your next scuba diving holiday in the Red Sea!
Submerge into the darkness and discover a whole new world of scuba diving delights
As the Little Mermaid once said, “a whole new world” is waiting to be explored when you become a scuba diver. We’re so lucky in the sights we get to see daily here in the Red Sea, with no two dives on the same dive site ever the same. But what about changing that dive site up completely by discovering it at night? Are night dives really so different from day dives? The short answer is yes! You don’t have daylight to illuminate the reef, so everything changes. Are night dives for you? Have a read on then judge for yourself.
When divers are getting ready for their first ever night dive there is always an air of nervous excitement. Going in to the water when it’s night time does not seem like such a normal thing to do, especially to the first-time night diver however that nervousness quickly turns to enjoyment and everyone is full of excited chatter when exiting from the water. After you get over the initial submerging and turn your torch on, you realise that as the visibility is so great in the Red Sea you can actually see for quite a far distance, or as far as the torch beam reaches anyway. At this point you’ll realise that even if you’ve done the dive site 10 times before, it looks completely different to you now, but what can you see? Here’s a summary below of some of the highlights;
This week long diving liveaboard is gauranteed to provide every lasting memories!
The best of the Southern Red Sea – Daedalus, Rocky & Zabargad
So, we’re really excited about this one! After the previous trips to the South, we’ve put together some of our favourite spots in to one trip, also known as ‘The best of the Southern Red Sea’. Departing on the 30th of August from Port Ghalib, we’ll once again be on board the luxurious 10 cabin, spacious, purpose-built dive boat to explore the Southern sites of Daedalus, Rocky and Zabargad. We’ve been lucky in the past to not only be joined by great groups of divers who have all been up for a fun, but safe time underwater and have been rewarded with some amazing sightings from hammerhead sharks, to dugong and more. We’ve all fingers and toes crossed for the same experience next year, so what else can you expect from coming along? Read on to find out….
The only thing you'll regret about learning to dive, is not doing it earlier!
Learn to dive in Sharm el Shiekh
If you’ve been thinking about becoming a scuba diver, there is no better place to take your PADI Open Water course than with us in the beautiful Red Sea. Most people associate Sharm el Sheikh with great weather and fantastic diving specifically the very clear water, warm temperatures, and beautiful marine life. But what is actually involved in learning to dive? Let us give you an overview of the PADI Open Water course & schedule so you can work out how best to fit it in to your holiday plans.
The PADI Open Water course is the first step in becoming a fully certified diver, who can dive with other certified divers up to a maximum depth of 18m.
If you’ve chosen to include the theory during your holiday rather than study before you arrive (more about that later), then you can expect to complete the course in around 4 days with start and finish times around 9am-4.30pm. A typical course schedule can be found below;
Find out which season suits you best for your perfect Red Sea scuba diving holiday.
We get asked a lot ‘when is the best time to dive the Red Sea?’ and fortunately the answer is anytime! But there are certain times of the year that can suit some better than others so let us give you a summary of the different seasons so you can decide when is best for you to come visit.
It’s true that Egypt and the Red Sea maintains a relatively warm climate all year around and certainly you can always expect great visibility ranging from 15m-40m+, however there is a variant between winter and summer to both the air and water temperature which you may like to factor in to your scuba diving holiday planning.
Could you, Should you, Would you?
You’re a diver with a week’s holiday from work, but your friends either don’t dive or can’t get holidays on the same date. You desperately want to dive some where the water is crystal clear, warm and full of marine life, like the Red Sea and Sharm el Sheikh for example, would you make the trip solo? My response, why not!!
Ok so solo travelling is not for everyone, but if you think you’re going to spend the week alone with no one to talk to you couldn’t be more wrong. The great thing about diving holidays is that you are 100% guaranteed to meet others you have something in common with, diving! As soon as you get picked up from your accommodation in the morning you’ll be met by one of our guides and introduced to the other divers for that day. Once on the boat there will be a group orientation of the facilities onboard and then an overview of the days schedule before it’s time to set kit up and brief for the first dive. You’ll never dive solo, and even if there isn’t another diver of a similar level for you to buddy up-with, you’ll have the benefit of buddying one of our Instructors instead.