SHARM EL SHEIKH

Sport Diver - - Training -

Jac­ques Cousteau and his team pi­o­neered the waters around the on­cesleepy Egyp­tian fish­er­men’s refuge of Sharm El Sheikh on the south­ern tip of the Si­nai Penin­sula in the 1950s and ’60s. To­day, the bustling re­sort city is a mag­net for divers. Pris­tine reefs, plen­ti­ful sharks and his­toric wrecks re­main ma­jor at­trac­tions. And DPVS are still a part of the ac­tion.

“Easy ac­cess to shore div­ing, where divers can re­turn to the beach at any point, makes us an ideal lo­ca­tion for DPV begin­ners, and pro­gres­sively more chal­leng­ing sites ac­ces­si­ble from boats keep the adren­a­line flow­ing for in­ter­me­di­ate to ex­pert rid­ers,” says Elena Ra­vani of Red Sea Div­ing Col­lege. “From Naama Bay to the high-en­ergy lo­ca­tions of Ras Mo­hammed and Ti­ran Is­land, we of­fer DPV div­ing across the full spec­trum of Sharm’s dive sites.”

Ra­vani and her team guide guests on high-speed cur­rent dives through “huge shoals of an­thias, ban­ner­fish and hunt­ing jacks,” but only with the proper train­ing. “Us­ing a DPV gives so many op­tions, but it’s al­most like learn­ing to dive again,” she says. “The abil­ity to ef­fort­lessly and grace­fully cover huge dis­tances is a great at­trac­tion, and it puts us out in front of the other divers, head­ing into cur­rent, open­ing up the pos­si­bil­ity of see­ing large pelag­ics that would oth­er­wise be lost out in the blue, away from the nor­mal dive routes.”

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