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Emergency Medical Health and Rescue

Emergency Medical Health and Rescue

SCUBA is short for "Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus." Scuba divers, while underwater, breathe through a mouthpiece that is attached to a tank of compressed air. Scuba diving is defined as pleasure diving to a depth of 130 feet.


In the early days of the offshore diving industry it was considered desirable to transport (under pressure) an ill or injured diver in saturation from an offshore location to an onshore facility which would provide specialised medical care. As experience was gained however it became clear that it was much better to retain the casualty at the offshore work site and transport medical equipment and personnel to the casualty. This has now become the accepted method of operation.

As a recreational diver, you can receive training to provide vital first aid that can make a difference to a scuba diver with decompression illness. First Response Primary Care (CPR) teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies. The course focuses on primary care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure participants have the confidence in their ability to provide care when emergency situations arise.

Cost of diving
The cost of renting equipment for each dive sums up to around Rs10,000 per person. However rates may be subject to variation depending on the dive shop, number of dives or if the person is carrying his / her own scuba diving equipment.

Tips essential for diving

  • One needs to get a certification from either Professional Association of Diving Instructors or Scuba Schools International.
  • Never dive alone.
  • Never dive when you are diagnosed with cold or cough or any infection that affects your breathing.
  • Ensure that you are always accompanied by a professional guide.
  • Strictly adhere to instructions given on board the boat.
  • Always keep an eye on your diving buddy while underwater to ensure you do not get lost.

Several scuba-certifying agencies offer training for divers, from beginners to experts. Some are given below based on Red Sea in Egypt:

  • Emergency Medical Health and Rescue

    • Diving Emergency Center Organization (DECO)

      Deco International is the first Egyptian German company specialized in underwater medical emergencies in Egypt. The company was founded in November 1998 in El-Gouna, 20 kilometers north of Hurghada / Red Sea. The company installed its first Recompression Chamber in El- Gouna Hospital in December 98 and started operating there ever since. In summer 2000, the company built a medical center in Marsa Alam, and successfully installed its second Chamber there. This medical center was equipped with emergency care facilities and a well trained staff and has surely turned out to be not only a diving emergency center, but also a life saving medical center in this rapidly growing remote area of the red sea. With the continuous growth of number of resorts, hotels, and accompanying diving centers along the Red Sea coast in the area of El Quesir and Safaga, immerged again the necessity of installing another Chamber in this area, and the company’s offer was welcome by both the Governor of Safaga and the Ministry of Health, so the company opened third chamber in the General Hospital of Safaga. Lately, Deco International has launched chamber in Dahab. DECO International team opened the modernst Recompression Chamber and 24 hour medical emergency facility in the Marina of Hamata, 135 km South of Marsa Allam city starting at 1st of February 2010.

      • DECO Diving Emergency Center In El-Gouna
        The chamber is located in El-Gouna hospital (link) 22 km north of Hurghada. The hospital is a modern, European standard establishment with a very good team of doctors covering all specialties. Emergency contact numbers: +20 65 3850 011 (El-Gouna Hospital), +20 122 190 383, +20 127 445 700.
      • DECO Diving Emergency Center In Marsa Alam
        The chamber is located in Port Ghalib Hospital, near the Airport of Marsa Alam. The hospital is a modern, European standard establishment with a very good team of doctors covering all specialties. Emergency contact numbers: +20 65 3700 122 (Port Ghalib Hospital), +20 122 190 383.
      • DECO Diving Emergency Center In Marina of Hamata, south of Marsa Alam
        The chamber is located in the Marina of Hamata 130 KM south of Marsa Alam in the Deco International Hyperbaric Medicine Center. The center is well equipped to deal adequately with both diving and non-diving related emergency situations. Emergency contact numbers: +20 122 190 383, +20 122 174 148.
      • DECO Diving Emergency Center In Safaga
        The chamber is located in the Deco International Hyperbaric Center in Safaga General Hospital. Emergency contact numbers: +20 122 190 383, +20 121 741 533.
      • DECO Diving Emergency Center In Dahab, South Sinai
        The Deco International Hyperbaric center located in the heart of the city of Dahab in Mashraba zone. Emergency contact numbers: +20 122 190 383, +20 693 640 572, +20 122 190 372.
      • Contact D.E.C.O. International
        D.E.C.O. International
        Dr. med. Fadel Fayoumi
        Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine
        66440 Blieskastel, Germany
        Management: Dr. med. Fadel Fayoumi
        Telephone: +49 6842 3088
        Fax: +49 6842 3089
        E-Mail: i...@deco-international.com
        Website: http://www.deco-international.com/en/
    • Sharm el Sheikh Emergency and Trauma Center

      The Sharm el-Sheikh Hyperbaric Medical Center was founded in 1993 with a grant from USAID by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, represented by Dr. Adel Taher to assist with diving related illnesses and complete the area's reputation as a full-service dive destination. A new Emergency and Trauma Center in the well-known Red Sea diving resort area of Sharm el Sheik has recently been opened. The hospital, the first of its kind in southern Sinai, specializes in diving medicine and includes a physical therapy clinic and a pulmonary therapy clinic. Sharm el Sheik Emergency and Trauma Center is close to many hotels and the downtown area. Further information may be obtained by contacting Dr. A.G. Hamada, 8841 Garden Grove Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92844 or call (714) 537-6780, fax (714) 537-6782.

    • Sharm el-Sheikh Hyperbaric Chamber and Medical Center

      Located in Sharm el-Maya by the Travco Jetty
      Telephone Number: (+20) 69-3660 922, 3
      24hr Emergency Numbers:
      Dr. Adel Taher: (+20) 12 2124 292
      Dr. Ahmed Sakr: (+20) 12 3331 325

    • Sharm el-Sheikh Hyperbaric Chamber and International Hospital

      Located at the International Hospital, Hi-El-Nor
      Telephone Number: (+20) 69 3660 893, 5
      24hr Emergency Numbers:
      Dr. Magdi Zakaria: (+20) 12 2152 196
      Dr. Mohammed El Houfy: (+20) 69 3660 893, 5

    • Sharm el Sheikh, Sea Search & Rescue (SSR)

      Located in Sharm el-Maya by the Travco Jetty
      Telephone Number: (+20) 12 3134 158
      Fax: (+20) 69 3664 148
      Radio: Channel 16
      Email: res...@sinainet.com.eg

    • El Gouna Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine

      Located at El Gouna Hospital
      Telephone Number: (+20) 65 3580 011, 8
      24hr Emergency Contact Numbers:
      Dr. Hossam Nasef: (+20) 12 2187 550
      Dr. Hanaa Nasef: (+20) 10 1560 559
      Standby Physician: (+20) 12 2935 821

    • Hurghada Navy Hyperbaric and Trauma Center

      Located at Tourist Harbor
      Telephone Number: (+20) 65 3449 150
      24hr Emergency Contact Numbers:
      Dr. Ahmed Saber: (+20) 65 3449 150
      Dr. Mohaymen: (+20) 65 3449 150

    • Marsa Alam Hyperbaric Chamber

      Located at Ecolodge, Marsa Shagra
      Telephone Number: (+20) 195 100 262
      24hr Emergency Contact Numbers:
      Dr. Hossam Nasef: (+20) 12 2187 550
      Dr. Hanaa Nasef: (+20) 10 1560 559
      Standby Physician: (+20) 12 2935 821

  • Sinai Emergency Contact Details:

    • Ambulance & Emergency, Sharm El Sheikh
      Sharm El Sheikh,South Sinai, 46619,
      Tel: (069) 3660425
      From a mobile: 123 069 920 5270 / 1 / 2
    • Ambulance & Emergency, Dahab
      Dahab City, Dahab,South Sinai, 46617,
      Tel: 123 Local
    • Electricity Company
      Sharm El Sheikh,South Sinai, 46619,
      Tel: (069) 3660662
    • Fire Brigade Dahab
      Dahab City, Dahab,South Sinai, 46617,
      Tel: (069) 3640221
    • Fire Brigade Sharm
      Hadaba Next to the police station, Sharm El Sheikh,South Sinai, 46619,
      Tel: (069) 3660633
    • Police Station, Sharm El Sheikh
      El-Hadaba, Sharm El Sheikh,South Sinai, 46619,
      Tel: 122 / (069) 3600554
      TOURIST POLICE: 069 366 0311, 069 366 1143
    • Police Station, Dahab
      Dahab City, Dahab,South Sinai, 46617,
      Tel: (069) 3640215
    • MARINE MEDICAL EMERGENCY CENTRE: 012 3134 158 24 hrs
    • SHARM EL SHEIKH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 069 362 3304/5
    • FIRE BRIGADE: From a mobile:180 069 366 0633
    • MARINE POLICE: From a mobile: 180
    • CITY COUNCIL: 069 366 0303, 069 366 0424
    • ELECTRICITY CO: 069 366 0340, 069 366 1027
  • Help For Other General Medical Health

    • HOSPITAL

      • SHARM LOCAL HOSPITAL
        Tel. 069 366 04 25
      • SHARM INT. HOSPITAL
        Tel. 069 366 08 94
      • SHARM MEDICAL CENTRE
        Tel. 069 366 17 44
      • Dahab Hospital: 3640208, Dahab-Clinic (Mashraba-Road), Tel. Ambulance: 123
      • SOUTH SINAI HOSPITAL
        Tel. +2 069 920 5789/90/91, Mob. +2 010 043666 1/2, +2 012 003533, i...@southsinaihospital.com , www.southsinaihospital.com
        St Peter Medical Services - Ambulance service and medical clinics
        Ambulance service Hotline: +20101616999, +20122771770
        Medical Clinics Hotline: +20182018045, +20122771770
        www.petermedicalgroup.com
    • THERAPIST

      • CONNY LAMMERS
        Osteopathy / Reflexology/Cranio Sacral Therapy
        Montazah
        Tel. +2 016 7959016
      • MASSAGE THERAPY
        Medical Massage / Reflexology
        Tel. +2 019 9717 508
      • HATHA YOGA
        Call Nina on: +2 0167 717 384
        uyt_...@mail.ru
    • PHARMACY

      • AMR PHARMACY
        Sharm Trade Center Mall, Naama Bay
        Tel.: +2010 - 545 44 92
        Open: 24 hours
        El Salam Hotel, Coral Beach - Montaza
        Mob. 010 7513369, 010 3935104
      • ASHRAF PHARMACY
        Beside El Haram Hospital, El Nour District
        Tel: 069 3663980 - 9am / 2am
      • EL ALFY PHARMACY
        Beside Sandy Hotel, El Souk El Kadim,
        Tel: 069 3661881, 8.am - 2am
      • EL - EZABY PHARMACY
        - Il Mercato – Hadaba
        Tel: 069 3665256, 069 3665489, 069 3665486 - 24hrs Free delivery
        - Inside El Khan Mall, Nabq
        Tel: 069 9205486, 069 9205487
      • MINA PHARMACY
        Delta Sharm
        Tel. 069 366 02 16, Ext. 2355
      • NADA PHARMACY
        Gate 2 - Old Sharm, El Kadim
        Tel: 069 3660914
      • OMAR & OMAR
        - Maritim Shops-Naama Bay,
        Tel: 069 3600830
        Maritim Hotel-Naama Bay
        Tel: 069 3600960
        Hilton Fayrouz Naama Bay
        Tel: 069 360 3766
      • REDA PHARMACY
        Old Sharm - El Kadim
        Tel: 069 3661434
      • TOWA PHARMACY
        Management
        El Hadaba - Tel/Fax 3660447
        Pharmacy
        El Hadaba: Tel. 3660388
        Gazia - El Hadaba
        Tel. 3664388
        Sinai Clinic Pharmacy
        Tel. 3666850
        Naama Bay: Tel. 3600779
        Naama Bay 2: Tel. 3603747
        Hay El Nour: Tel. 3664350
        Coral Bay Hotel: Tel. 3601610
        El Baron Hotel: Tel. 3670100
        Savoy Hotel: Tel. 3605000
      • WE CARE PHARMACY
        IL MERCATO, Deja Mall, In Front Of Mcdonalds
        Mob: 010 932 8328
      • Ali Baba Shopping Center, Masbat, Seafront (E6), Dahab
      • Dr Ahmed Pharmacy, Mashraba Road (F7), Dahab
      • Pharmacy Ganet Sinai (Dahab City), Dahab, Tel.: +20 12 762 31 81
    • DENTISTS

      Dr. AMR YOUSEF AMIN
      Dento Art, Hadaba - Banks Street
      T: +2 012 115 7559, +2 010 460 6508

      DENTAL CLINIC - CITY
      CLINIC - El Mashrabeia mall, El Mercato St. El Hadaba, Sharm El Sheikh
      Tel. +2 011 353 7023, dent...@cityclinic-eg.com , www.cityclinic-eg.com

      HADABA DENTAL CLINIC
      Dr. Karim El Baz
      Mob. 012 1686603

      MARINA DENTAL CLINIC
      Dr. Ashraf El Mahmoudey
      Mob. 010 54 333 41, mari...@hotmail.com

      NABQ DENTAL CLINIC
      Amwaj Hotel Mall, in front of Arab Sat, Nabq
      Dr. Ahmed Sherif
      Mob: 0100 546 900, 0100 547 900, dent...@gmail.com

      SHARM DENTAL CLINIC
      Prof. Dr. Hassan El Sharkawy
      Sharm el Sheikh Branch - 2nd floor, Mall 8, Naama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt.
      Nabq Bay Branch - 3rd floor, La Strada Mall, Nabq Bay, South Sinai, Egypt.
      Tel: +20 69 3602302, +20 12 1206078, Fax +20 69 3602302, Mob. 012 120 60 78, http://sharmdental-egypt.com/

      TOP DENTAL CARE CLINIC
      Naama Bay, in front of Cataract Resort
      Tel. 069 360 3878

      DOCTOR MAHMOUD, dentist's implantologiest hygienist, Dahab,Tel: 012-1707750
      Dr. Adel Ramadan, Dahab, Tel.: +20 12 451 59 98

    • DOCTORS

      • 247 CLINIC
        Tel. 016 5541335
        www.247clinicegypt.com
      • 1ST CARE CLINIC
        Delta Sharm Resort
        Tel. 069 3660216 ext:2396, Mob. 012 5628 202
      • DR. EMAD EL WELALY
        In Tiran Mall - Shop no 32, Old Market
        Tel. 069 366 4630/8
        Mob. 010 1302987
      • DR. ASHRAF SAMY
        Naama Bay Hotel Clinic
        Tel:012 277 1770
      • DR. MAURICE FAHMY
        South Sinai Hospital
        Tel:069 3666 020, Mob:012 9777 073
      • DR. VICTOR SAMY
        Psychiatrist.& Neurology
        tel: 012 310 9211
      • DURA LAB
        Hadaba - Khazan St.
        Tel./Fax. 069 366 6161, Mob. 010 9502295, l...@duracaregroup.com
      • PROF. DR. ATEF KHALIL
        Villa no. E83 Hadaba
        Mob. 012 2223 397 - 012 2110 182
      • SHARM WOMEN CLINIC
        Khazan street - Hadaba
        Mob. +2 010 5404 646, iyn...@yahoo.com
      • SHARM PEDIATRICS NEONATES CLINIC
        Khazan street - Hadaba
        Mob. +2 012 2382127
      • SINAI ANGELS
        Hospital Assistance Service
        Tel. +2 016 8088616, +2 018 2026489, www.sinai-angels.com
      • ST.PETER MEDICAL SERVICE
        Ambulance sevices
        Tel. +2 010 1616 999, +2 012 2771 770
      • ST.PETER MEDICAL SERVICE
        Medical sevices
        Tel. +2 012 2771 770, +2 018 2018 045
    • VETERINARY

      • DR. ALBERT GABRA
        Dahab Mall, Hadaba
        Tel: 010 706 7508
      • DR. PATRICK
        179 Sea Street Hadaba
        Tel: 010 1171160
      • SHARM VET CLINIC
        Dr. Sheta 24hr.
        Tel: 010 547 7795
    • OPTICIAN

      • RODANA OPTICS
        Naama Bay, Plaza Mall
        Tel. 069 360 13 04
      • C & CO.
        Jolie Ville Hotel, Naama Bay
        Mob. 010 1634 096
      • M.GAHAR
        Nabq Bay
        Mob. 010 530 4597
      • OMERA OPTICS & SUNGLASSES
        Old Market, shop no. 106, Tiran Mall
        Mob. +2 010 7271251, +2 018 9626 471
Last Updated on Sunday 9th January 2011