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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Good Value PADI Courses in Sharm El Sheikh.

Value For Money PADI Courses in Sharm El Sheikh.

•PADI Discover Scuba (1/2 day) £50
•PADI Scuba Diver (2/3 days) £120
•PADI Open Water upgrade (2 days) £90
•PADI Open Water Course (4/5 days) £180
•PADI Express Open Water Diver (3 Days) £180
(PADI e.Learning approx £80)
•PADI Open Water Referral (2 days) £120
•PADI Advanced Open Water (2 days) £140
•Emergency First Response First Aid Course (1 day) £90
•PADI Rescue Diver (3 days) £180
•PADI Divemaster. Minimum 2 but 4 weeks recommended £450 / 2 weeks £650 / 4 weeks
•PADI EAN (Nitrox) £100
•SCUBA Review. (Recommended if not dived for over one year) £75

About PADI Courses run by Elite Diving
Discover SCUBA Diving (half day) £50
This course provides the perfect introduction to scuba diving and can be credited towards PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certification.

If you have never dived before, come along and give it a go in The Red Sea.

We have several short courses that are ideal for those wishing to get a feel for diving.

We have options available from complete beginner in our pool to shore diving or boat dives with our qualified instructors.

PADI Scuba Diver. 2 to 3 days £120
Ideal for those who want to begin their initial diver training without committing themselves fully to the five day Open Water Course.

The course covers the fundamental elements of diving and basic standard safety rules. After completing the Scuba Diver course you will be able to dive most places in the world to a maximum depth of 12 metres accompanied at all times by a Divemaster or Instructor. The course itself consists of three knowledge development sessions, three confined water or pool training sessions and two open water dives either from a boat or the shore, conducted to a depth of 12 metres.

Following successful completion of this course, students can be certified as PADI Scuba Divers.
Price includes all dive equipment and tuition. PADI log book £18 and PADI Registration certificate £28 are not included and are purchased upon completion of your course.

Upgrade to PADI Open Water Course 2 days £90

Upon successful completion of the Scuba Diver course it is possible to upgrade to the full PADI Open Water Diver qualification.

You may elect to do this in the resort and it adds a further two days to the duration, with two knowledge development sessions, two pool sessions and another two open water dives to a depth of 18m. After completing the extra sessions you will be qualified for a PADI Open Water Licence. This qualifies you to dive to a maximum depth of 18m accompanied by any other qualified diver.

PADI Open Water Course 4 to 5 days £180
All aspects of this course are completed at resort.

Your instructors will assume you have no advance knowledge of diving and they will take you through each stage point by point, mixing theory and practice and explaining all the details as you go. It is a complete, carefully structured course designed to teach you to be a safe, competent diver.

The course is divided into three parts: classroom, confined water and four open water scuba dives. During the course you will practise and master the skills that you will need as a diver, with your instructor devoting maximum time to teaching you fun, safe diving. This ensures virtually anyone in good health who is reasonably fit and comfortable in the water can learn to Scuba Dive.

The following sample itinerary shows how the five day dive course fits into a week’s holiday in the Red Sea
Your course starts today with an introductory video and the fitting of your equipment. During your first three days a small part of your time will be spent in the classroom for academic training and your water skills training dives will be in the confined shallows of a local beach or swimming pool.

After two to three days training you will be ready for your first open water dives. Depending on weather conditions, you will usually go by boat to a suitable sheltered dive site where you will complete your course with four open water dives. These may be made from the beach if conditions are not suitable for boat diving. On successful completion of the course you will be qualified for a PADI Open Water Diver Licence.

PADI Express Diver Course. 3 days £180
PADI have now developed an on line tutorial for the Open Water Course. You can study and qualify for the theory section on line before coming to resort, reducing the time you’ll need to spend in the classroom when your on holiday. They charge 120$ (approx £70) per person enrolling on this scheme.
Complete all the classroom work on line with e.Learning or from a CD ROM at home before you set off. The practical water skills part of the course, is completed in the resort and is programmed for just three days. For the most part, diving is a practical skill and nothing can replace practice in the water, but many people value the chance to prepare for the course in advance. The Express Diver programme allows you to work through the theory lessons in the comfort of your own home. Choose between, multimedia CD ROM or e.Learning.

e.Learning with PADI option
How does it work?
After enrolling on line, PADI's eLearning system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.
You will need to register the name and number of the dive centre that your completing your practical sessions with. Our PADI dive centre is Divers United 35022

What does it cost?

The PADI Open Water Diver Course online is $120 (US) non-refundable. The fee covers your knowledge development training and gives you unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual (course textbook). Your PADI Dive Centre or Resort will charge an additional fee for the in water portion of your certification.

How long do you have to complete the eLearning course?
The e.Learning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration.
At the end of this programme, you can print off a certificate to give to your PADI instructor or dive centre.
One of the benefits of this programme is that you’ll always have access to an updated on line Open Water Manual.

Computer CD-ROM option:

This system is an excellent application of “Interactive Multimedia Learning” technique. A mix of instruction and video clips, with options such as a “virtual pool” to sample. This system is both entertaining and instructive. It allows you to learn at your own pace, with questionnaires to ensure you have understood each part before moving on to the next. A PC/Mac with CD-ROM drive, soundcard and speakers is required.

The benefit of this system is you don’t need to have Internet access and you can share the CD ROM between several students in your household.

The Express Diver Course: When you arrive at your resort, your instructors will first test your understanding of the theory section, then move on to the practical skills. When the practical sessions and dives are completed, you will then become a qualified Open Water diver in just three days.

PADI Open Water Referral. 2 Days £120
This course is for students that do not want to spend their holiday in a class room but still want the instruction from a qualified instructor to lead them through the initial learning process.

A referral course is when a student would have completed their confined water and theory training with another instructor. Then that instructor can refer the student on to another instructor to complete the four open water dives portion of the course.

Receiving instructors can pick up the course at any stage within a twelvemonth as long as the student has the documentation from the referring instructor.

PADI Advanced Open Water. 2 days £140
This course is designed for divers who have completed the Open Water course or any other entry-level dive course.

The course focuses on expanding your diving experience and building on your knowledge from the open water course.

The course consists of 5 elective dives over two days (two core and three electives) and will introduce you to diving using navigation techniques or in a current and how to plan dives when you want to venture a bit deeper.

Elective Dives

•Peak Performance Buoyancy
•Underwater Naturalist
•Aware Fish identification
•Search and Recovery
•Deep (Core Dive)
•Navigation (Core Dive)

EFR. Emergency First Response First Aid Course.1 Day £90
A recognised First Aid course that covers 1st and secondery level first aid.
PADI Rescue Diver. 3 days £180
The PADI Rescue Diver course develops your knowledge and skills so that you can effectively perform diver assists and rescues, manage diving accident situations and render first aid. The programme is an important step in expanding your knowledge and experience as a diver. The course takes place over 3 days. Days 1 and 2 are spent covering 5 academic topics together with 10 confirmed water exercises. The final day is conducted in a real world environment from one of the dive boats, where you combine all the skills and knowledge gained into two simulated dive accident scenarios.

PADI Divemaster min 2 weeks £450/2 weeks ~ £650/4 weeks
Two weeks but four recommended to begin to gain true experience. As the first level of professional qualification the Divemaster course will qualify you to organise and conduct diving activities.

You will develop your water skills and academic knowledge including dive planning, control and supervising of students and dive management. You will be required to complete many exercises including 15 minute tread water, diver rescue assessment and underwater mapmaking. This qualification is normally required to work as a Dive Guide.

You will need to have your own personal copy of relevant PADI manual for each course . These range from £15 to £30. These can be bought at resort through our dive centre at resort or you can buy them before you travel and have them delivered to your home address.

You will also on successful completion of any course, need to purchase a PADI Positive Identification Certificate (PIC card) from resort. The price of this is 30€.

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A Big Thank you from Sharm Hyperbaric Doctors and Staff

Dr Adel and Dr Ahmed of The Sharm Hyberbaric medical chamber would like to give a big "THANK YOU" to all our divers who have contributed to the upkeep of the hyperbaric facility in 2010.
At resort, we ask each diver if they'd like to make a donation to the upkeep of this vital diving medical facility. Our clients raised 2,588 euro during 2010 through our Divers United dive centre in Sharm.
Below Moyra, a director of Elite Diving, takes great pleasure in presenting a cheque to Dr Ahmed on behalf of our diving customers.

We felt that we should not only thank our divers but show them where their money was being spent, so we headed down to the Chamber to present the money and find out more. Dr Ahmed welcomed us and showed much appreciation for the donation. He also gave us a sneak preview of the new additional chamber that is being installed.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, recognising the importance of the diving industry and the need for safety within it, has initiated the buying of a 6 million Egyptian Pound (apporx 1.06 million US$) state of the art Hyperbaric Chamber. The computer run, 11 seat, 2 bed, full door chamber, is a serious piece of equipment! It is impressively housed in its own building with built in fire protection and additional rooms for extras such as examinations and gas mixing. A team from the German company "Haux" are in Sharm for 3 weeks, to assemble and test the new Chamber.

Dr Adel and Dr Ahmed will then be trained on the use of the Chamber on visits to Germany.

We are fortunate in Sharm to have such experienced and competent diving physicians to run this Hyperbaric facility. It’s also good to know that they are being provided with high calibre equipment to help them provide the medical care all the more easier. Sharm has world class diving and now a world class diving medical facility. We will continue to ask our divers for contributions to help with the upkeep of this vital facility.

The new chamber will not only be used for diving acidents, but also in treating other medical conditions that benefit from Hyperbaric and increased Oxygen pressure treatment.

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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Longwood Holiday Deals To Sharm El Sheikh

Longwood Holidays have sent us these prices for those needing to plan ahead for their holiday.

Longwood are a well established UK Holiday provider that specialises in Red Sea Holidays.
June: 2nd or 9th 2011 / 7 nights
Falcon Hills Hotel: - £385 per person (Based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room)
- Bed and Breakfast

Sonesta Club Hotel: - £517 per person (Based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room)
- All Inclusive

Maritim Peninsula Hotel: - £456 per person (Based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room)
- Bed and Breakfast

July: 3rd or 10th July 2011 / 7 nights

Falcon Hills Hotel: - £442 per person (Based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room)
- Bed and Breakfast

Sonesta Club Hotel: - £558 per person (Based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room)
- All Inclusive

Maritim Peninsula Hotel: - £488 per person (Based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room)
- Bed and Breakfast

August: 11th or 18th August 2011 / 7 nights

Falcon Hills Hotel: - £618 per person (Based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room)
- Bed and Breakfast

Sonesta Club Hotel: - £774 per person (Based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room)
- All Inclusive

Maritim Peninsula Hotel: - £631 per person (Based on 2 people sharing a Standard Room)
- Bed and Breakfast.

Note from Longwood Holidays:
All prices include flights from London Gatwick with in-flight meals, transfers, accommodation.
Manchester flights can be arranged at an extra supplement.
Prices can change without notice and are subject to availability.
Arange your diving direct through Elite Diving. Contact
Combine Longwoods and Elite Diving's BSAC discount, for a very good diving holiday deal.

Longwood Holidays are fully ATOL and ABTA bonded so your holiday is protected.

Longwood Holidays ABTA No V6754

Lonwood Holidays ATOL number is 2199 (from 1 April 2011, it will be 1272)

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