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Red Sea Wrecks: Dunraven and Thistlegorm

Red Sea Wrecks: Dunraven and Thistlegorm Storms, strong winds, dangerous currents and countless reefs have made the Red Sea difficult to navigate for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians were renowned shipbuilders and the Romans travelled along Red Sea shores. The advent of steam didn't diminish the number of wrecks. Even today it's not uncommon for ships to run aground on coral...

Brain Corals, Red Sea Corals

Red Sea Coral Reefs Corals belong to a group of animals called Cnidarians. This includes hard and soft corals, sea fans, gorgonians, jelly fish and sea anemones. Amongst other common characteristics is the presence of stinging cells (nematocysts) which are used to catch prey. A single coral animal is a polyp - the attractive "flowery" item looking like an anemone....

Gulf of Aqaba

Gulf of Aqaba The sea in the Gulf of Aqaba is almost invariably calm with temperature varying between 18 C in winter months to 24 C in summer. All diving is shore based as Aqaba offers fringing reef which commences at the shore line. There are no off-shore reefs to warrant boat diving. The soft and hard coral formations are spectacular and there are many...

Gubal and Shua'ab Ali Dive Sites

Gubal and Shua'ab Ali Dive Sites The Strait of Gubal connects the gulf of Suez to the Red Sea and is bordered to the west by the Egyptian coast and to the east by the Sinai peninsula. The Gulf of Suez is much shallower than the Gulf of Aqaba with an average depth of 80 meters. The southeastern section of the strait is characterized by the presence of two massive half-outcropping...

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...

Using The Right Weights

Using The Right Weights Being properly weighted while scuba diving not only increases your safety and diving ease, but also increases your dive time; the less you struggle with maintaining buoyancy, the less air you'll consume. Assemble your weight belt. See "How to Use a Weight Belt in Scuba Diving." Steps: Assemble your weight belt. See "How to Use a Weight Belt in...

Underwater Navigation

Underwater Navigation Because you can't tell east from west by looking at the sun when you're underwater, here's how to navigate using natural markers or a compass. Always check tide tables before diving, check for landmarks - an island, rock outcropping or sand trap - to orient yourself during and after your dive. Knowing where you are and more importantly how to get...

How To Use Fins

How To Use Fins The basic movement is called the flutter kick, which can be done on the surface or underwater. Keep your arms at your sides. You'll get more than enough power from the action of the fins alone. Steps: Keep your arms at your sides. You'll get more than enough power from the action of the fins alone. When swimming on the surface, keep your legs...

How to Protect the Environment When Scuba Diving

How to Protect the Environment When Scuba Diving Scuba is a way to explore the underwater environment, but you don't want to destroy it in the process. Employ gentle techniques to observe - rather than adversely affect - the underwater world. Enter the water carefully, avoiding objects on the shoreline and below the surface. Steps: Scuba is a way to explore the underwater environment, but you...

Equalize Underwater Ear Pressure

Equalize Underwater Ear Pressure As you descend into the water, the air inside your ear is compressed and its pressure reduced. The water on the outside of your ear increases in pressure causing a squeeze. You must equalize to bring the two pressures into balance. If you do not equalize properly, the pressure inside your ear could rupture your eardrum. A reverse squeeze is the...

Emergency Ascent

Emergency Ascent Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA) (aka "blow and go") is a technique used by scuba divers as a safety measure when a diver has run out of breathing gas in shallow water and must return to the surface. One of the scariest things that can happen to a Scuba diver is an uncontrolled ascent either intentionally initiated in an emergency or by...

Diving in Strong Currents

Diving in Strong Currents Some of the most exciting diving is accomplished in moving water. Don't let currents shake your confidence. Never swim against a strong current. Learn the technique of drift diving from a qualified instructor, and swim the opposite way. Steps: Assess the visual pattern of currents before diving. Ask a knowledgeable local resident about an...

Defog your Mask

Defog your Mask While there are a few high-tech solutions to this problem, most people rely on this preventive technique that has been around for decades. Dip your mask in the water to rinse it out. Empty as much of the water from the mask as possible. Steps: Dip your mask in the water to rinse it out. Empty as much of the water from the mask as possible. Spit...

Buddy Breathing

Buddy Breathing Always scuba dive with a partner so that you have an emergency breathing plan if you run out of air. Before you dive make sure to set a schedule for the dive, and make sure that you and your buddy both understand it, and agree on hand signals to indicate low air, out of air and requests to buddy breathe. Scuba diving is an inherently dangerous...

List Of All Red Sea Liveaboard Diving Sailboat Vessel Safari

List Of All Red Sea Liveaboard Diving Sailboat Vessel Safari Go diving in Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Nuweiba, Marsa Alam and El Gouna. Red Sea liveaboard holidays offer guests greater diving flexibility compared to land based packages, and are more suited to the adventurous diver. Diving in EGYPT - especially the more experienced divers from Europe enjoy the sometimes challenging liveaboard diving trips to...