This is what happened:
DAY 1: trial at the pool.
We arrived at 2 PM at the pool where some other people were trying the thrill to dive into the dark, 2 meters deep waters of the pool.
I did it already years ago and so I went there happily.
The oxygen cylinder was already in the water, floating thanks to the inflatable jacket, otherwise called GAV (as I will do in the future because it is shorter and less boring than "inflatable jacket") so its real weight was "hidden" to me as it has been years ago.
I dived with a strange egyptian guy called "barracuda" (!) and making a real mess underwater.
The barracuda has been patient with me.
Happily ended the trial, I decided to go for the course.
The morning after at 8.30 (!), theory lesson!
I decided to ruin my holiday, and fight the growing belly, doing a fierce scuba course.
I had been pressed by my brother who is also doing that at home. I obviously couldn't do less, regardless my questionable physical condition and the ton of cigarettes I daily smoke.
My companions at the resolt glanced at me in compassion when I told them my intention.
I made two dives in Alexandria and it was absolutely a different experience. The first dive was at Pharos Island, just outside the fort. It was very wavy and we entered the water two and two and descended along a line.
In the water we could see what is thought to be ruins of the famous Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There were big blocks, pieces of columns, a few sphinxes without heads, a stone relief of a man and a woman and a winepress (or something for water). I also saw a few fishes and deep waves in the sand.
It was a shallow dive (max 8 metres) and we moved with the waves a lot. In the end of the dive I started to feel seasick and I definitely did back on the boat, where I quickly laid down without moving until we came to the second dive spot. Three of the divers threw up and did not want to continue. A small boat came to pick them up.
We made the second dive inside the Eastern Harbour at Cleopatra’s City (Lovers Island). It was very bad visibility and you could only see the fins of the diver in front of you. When we descended we first saw what was left of an Italian airplane from the Second World War. In the plane was the mask of the pilot. We also saw pieces of some amphora and columns from what is said to be Mark Anthony’s summer palace.
Alexandra Dive Centre is situated in Eastern Harbour, next to Tikka Grill. It is just by the sea and there are tables were you can sit down to have something to drink. When you dive lunch is included in the price and it is served after the two dives.
Two dives, rental of full equipment and lunch were 628 pounds.
Click on the link below to be directed to a site that has a chart of the water and air temperatures for diving in Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, Egypt. They are organized by month.
This is also useful if you want to know temps for swimming from the beach as well.
Average daily temperatures for several top tourist destinations are included.
If you want to dive in Hurghada and want full professional care and top safety go to a good club like Colona - The instructors/guides there offer the top professional skills and care you may onlywish for in some other places. Under their care you can really enjoy your underwater experience - Dorota, Wojtek, Bart, Ali and others will show you what you want to see and keep you from doing things that could be dangerous for you...
Equipment: All the scuba diving equipment is safe, well maintained, regularly checked and fit to your needs. Besides the basics you can also have the extras like underwater cameras or lights to make your documentation even better...
Scuba diving is a new sport to me. I have had some opportunities to dive in a few different types of water but nothing (yet) as spectacular as the Red Sea. It was like swimming in an aquarium. Absolutely unbelievable. There is tons of sea life to see all around you. The water temperature is perfect and the dive locations are phenomenal. If you go with a dive tour they will have certain areas that they will take you for your dives. The two areas we went to were amazing!
Equipment: Definitely bring a suit that you are comfortable diving/snorkeling in. The wind can pick up quite a bit at night by the time you start heading back to the port so you may want to pack a light sweater or jacket. You can bring all of your own gear or rent it from the tour companies. Either way they will help you to be outfitted best. We were using full wet suits and only one tank of air per dive.
Snorkaling can be best organised from either Hurghada of Sharm. Hurghada is otherwise a bit of a dump, but trips will include everything you need and can put you over reefs just a few metres deep, hopefully without dragging up half the coral with its anchor.
The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats. This area has many fine accommodations, usually offering warm and efficient service.
Other nearby islands and destinations include the Shadwan Island (Diving, snorkeling, fishing but no swimming), Shaab Abu Shiban (Diving, snorkeling and swimming), Shaab el-Erg (Diving, fishing and snorkeling), Umm Gammar Island (Diving and snorkeling), Shasb Saghir Umm Gammae (Diving), Careless Reef (Diving), Abu Ramada Island (Diving), Shaab Abu Ramada (Fishing), Dishet el-Dhaba (Beaches and swimming), Shaab Abu Hashish (Beaches, diving, snorkeling, swimming and fishing), Sharm el-Arab (Diving, swimming and fishing and Abu Minqar Island (Beaches and swimming).
Equipment: You can bring your own equipment or you can rent in all Scuba Diving centers
The world under the surface is wonderful in the Red Sea. So full of different and colourfull life. There are also many interesting wrecks to dive at, like Thistelgorm.
On this picture you can see two Masked Butterfliefishes at Talata, Hurghada.It was taken during my UW-photo course, which I took at Colond Diving Center in Hurgada
Diving or even Snorkling in the Red Sea is like a dream.
The colors in this underwaterworld are absolutly great. What you can see in TV is not nearly as beautiful as in live.
If you don't like the water, you can go to the sea with a Glass-Boat so you can also see the underwater-world.
Equipment: You can find diving-Centers everywhere and Aqua-Centers for Snorkling. They have all the equipment you need.
So you can try both for one day to find out, if you like it or not.
Diving in the Red Sea is brilliant! There are diving schools and diving companies in every tourist place. Compare the prices and check with other customers!
When you come to Red Sea you should go diving or at least snorkeling to enjoy the beauty of the corals and fishes.
Basslets and soft coralls at Abu Ramada, the north side, Hurghada.
Without the flash light, the red colour of the corall would not be seen at this dept.
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