The Red Sea Newsletter

Issue 84
30th August 2004

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Features & Articles

The Results Are Out!

By Suzanne Pugh , UK Competitor, AIDA 2004 World Freediving Championships.

It was a close competition with everything hanging on the static apnea competition.

The Results Are Out!

Dave Harries, as the 'ultimate alternate' who entered as an independent competitor, beat the UK static record with an amazing performace of 5mins 58 seconds, but only stayed at the top for about 2 hours. He ended as the top independent competitor overall. He was then beaten by Sam Still with a fantastic 6mins 14 seconds! Dave King had a comfortable 5mins 56 and Mark Harris had a tough 5mins 47 seconds. It was tense, but they all pulled through with clean performances, to put them in second place overall.

The UK women gave solid, safe performances with Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler pulling off 4mins 27 seconds, which is a personal best in competition. Hannah Stacey played safe and came up at 3mins 56 seconds, Suzanne Pugh also played safe and came up at 4mins 15 seconds, but was given red card from the judges, which was appealed and won, placing the UK women in 4th place overall.

Fantastic performances from the whole of the team, place the UK as a whole as 3rd in the World.
Congratulations to the whole UK team for fantastic performances.

For full results of the AIDA 2004 World Freediving Championships click here

Local News

The Red Sea 's First Artificial Wreck Reef

At long last the Red Sea now has its first artificial wreck reef. The Red Sea Association, with the continued support of HE General Saad Abo Rida Governor of the Red Sea, have made this a reality.

Artificial Wreck Reef
It has been one of the Association's goals from the outset to create new dive sites in the Red Sea , particularly the Hurghada area, to alleviate the pressure on some of the dive sites and to add to the attraction of Hurghada as a dive destination.
To this end, the idea of an artificial wreck reef seemed the perfect answer, as it will not only create a new reef under disciplined environmental practices, but will also provide the area with a new and exciting wreck dive that is accessible to most levels of divers, from beginners to technical penetration divers, in a safe environment.
With funding obtained from the NGO service centre, with the full support and resources of the Red Sea Governorate and with the help and approval of the Red Sea protectorate office in Hurghada, the cargo ship Heba Allah, was the ship of choice. Current owner, Mr Mohamadi Hoeidek, did not hesitate to donate the ship as a gift to the Red Sea Governorate, who in turn earmarked it for this ground breaking project by the Association under the supervision of admiral Adel Hegab, the newly appointed general coordinator for investments and environmental affairs at the Red Sea Governorate. The ship is 51 meters long, 8 meters in width and an impressive 300 tons of dead weight. As a former cargo ship it will make an ideal wreck dive with lots to discover in and around it. 
The Hebbat Allah was sunk on 10 th August by the Egyptian Navy in its new home south of Erog Giftun. The ship has landed with even keel on the bottom at max depth of 44 metres with the bridge upright at around 25 metres with excellent visibility.
The new wreck is now being prepared and secured for diving and dive centres will be advised of its official opening as a new dive site with relevant guidelines and directives for safety.

Mall 8 - Sharm El Sheikh



MOBBY'sNEW this year: DIVEX will market MOBBY's Dry Suits exclusively in Egypt. Starting from September 2004, in time for the winter season, DIVEX will launch its amazing promotional offers to all Diving professionals

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Parents & Kids

Parents & Kids
Check list for the first day of school
  • Is your child registered? When is the first day of school? What time does school start?
  • What time is lunch? Can your child buy it at school, and how much will it cost? Will she need a snack?
  • Have you filled out all the health forms or emergency contact forms that have been sent home?
  • Have any new health problems developed in your child over the summer that will affect her school day? Does the school nurse know about this condition, or is an appointment set up to discuss it?
  • If your child needs to take medication at school on the first day, have arrangements been made for this?
  • Does your youngster know where she is going after school (e.g., home, babysitter)? Does she know how she will get there? If you will not be there when she arrives, does she know who will be responsible for her, what the rules are, and how to get help in an emergency?


Find out more at :
For Sale/Rent
FOR SALE - Camera : Canon Optura, Mini DV (very small and easy to handle), American NTSC system. Housing: Amphibico Explorer (one of the best brands in the world), Model MV 1 (exactly the same size of the camera), goes to 99 meters max depth. Accessories: 2 Power supply chargers, 2 remote controls for the camera, 3 batteries, extra O-ring for housing. Carrying Case: Pelican Case 1600, protective, shock proof, water and pressure proof, very robust. Carries all the above plus the digital still camera included in this offer. Digital Still Camera: FujiFilm FinePix A201, 2.0 Mega Pixels with small carrying case, included are 2 memory cards 16MB and 32 MB.
The total for the above package U.S.$2,500. They all have been used no more than 10 times and are less than 3 years old. Please contact Omar El-Naggar. Mobile:
010-105-0545 or Work: (202) 705-7044 10am-8pm Sun-Wed, Thur 10am-6pm and Fri & Sat closed. Cairo Resident.
Range Rover for sale. Beautiful black, 1986, Range Rover 3.5 V8 with leather interior, full option including AC, electric windows, power steering. For more information call: 012 311 3434 (El Gouna)
Apartment for sale (upper floor) in Kafr El Gouna, El Gouna resort. Two bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, 1 guest bathroom, open kitchen, large reception, balcony. Overlooks the sea and Club House. Including A/Cs and possibly almost new furniture. Please call: 010 500 0625.
Receptionist / Admin Assistant: Required for Abu Tig Marina office, El Gouna, should be English speaking with other languages an advantage, lady preferred, must be presentable and good communicator: Applications with C.V. & Photo to [email protected] .com or by fax +20 65 580 040.
Russian speaking sales person wanted (male or female, any nationality) to work in a tourist gift shop. Telephone : 010 520 8368. Hurghada.
Speed boat or glass boat wanted to buy, around 7 meters in length, with or without engine. Please contact [email protected] (Safaga)
Apartment wanted urgently to rent in Sakala, Hurghada. Minimum 2 bedrooms, fully furnished & phone connection. Please email [email protected]
Chef wanted - local or international - for The Club House, El Gouna. For more information, please call 012 311 3434 or email [email protected]
Camel Dive Club, Sharm El Sheikh, is looking for an Assistant Operations Manager to join our experienced management staff. The successful candidate must be:
• A native German speaker fluent in English. Other languages an advantage.
• An experienced & renewed PADI instructor with at least 300 certifications
• Highly motivated with a commitment to customer service
• A skilled communicator with exceptional organizational skills
• Available for a minimum of three years
Management experience preferred but not essential. Work experience in the Red Sea an advantage. Salary Package on application. Applications with C.V.& Photo to [email protected] or by fax +20 69 600 601

Les Petites Nursery, El Gouna, is looking for a female from overseas who can speak & read English or an Egyptian English Teacher. For an appointment please call: 012 393 4407 or 065 549702/03 ext 2225.

Wanted - Home in El Gouna. Looking to purchase or rent a villa/house in El Gouna. Furnished or unfurnished. Please contact: Wendy 012 243 9945
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