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SCUBA-L  December 1999, Week 3

SCUBA-L December 1999, Week 3

Subject:

Re: Trip Report - Sharm-El-Sheikh

From:

Huw Porter <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:48:18 -0500

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Kuty wrote:
>At 08:07 14/12/99 -0500, Huw wrote a nice trip report.
>Thanks Huw.
 
....Dark and lonely work....:-)
 
>I am planning a diving visit in Sinai and I was just told that the Egyptian
>law is that one could only dive with a club there.  Did you hear anything
>or were told about it?
 
I didn't hear anything about this, but then I was already diving through a
local organisation.  The 'Sinai Dive Guide' (by Pete Harrison) that I picked
up seems to imply not, as it gives instructions on how to get to many sites
by car.
 
>>One afternoon we were all lined up ready to start striding
>>in, and the dive was pulled - President Mubarak was in Sharm
>>for a diving holiday this week,
>
>Wow, I didn't know he was a diver.  Can anyone recruit him to >participate
>in scuba-l? :-)
 
Can you imagine the responsibility of being his buddy! :-)
 
Apparently he learned in the army.  Sharm was crawling with soldiers all
week: after (another) unsucessful assasination attempt last year, security
was pretty tight, but it didn't get in our way (apart from this occasion
:-)).
 
>>At this point, an enormous Napoleon Wrasse attached itself
>>to the group and tagged companionably along for the rest of
>>the dive.
 
>Those Napoleons were hand fed by divers for many years.  They
>love boiled
>eggs BTW :-)
 
Awww, and I thought it was just being friendly! :-)
 
>>All in all a blissful first week's diving in tropical water!
>>:-)
 
>Huw, you were spoiled.  This is not just tropical water.  This
>is one of
>the best places to dive.
 
Don't I know it!  I would particularly recommend the Ras Mohammed National
Park, though many divers I met preferred the Straights of Tiran.
 
>BTW, water temperature is not really
>tropical
>now, is it?  It should be around 22C-23C.  What kind of thermal
>protection
>did you use?
 
I tried to get away with my 3mm shortie on the first day, but got pretty
chilly after 20-30 mins, so I hired a full 5mm suit which was toasty.  The
dive guides were all in semi-drys or even dry suits and complaining about
the cold though!
 
Cheers,
Huw
 
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