New PADI Divemasters within the Al Mezena tribe in Dahab

PADI is proud to welcome Eid, Eid, Haggag and Salim to the PADI family!

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…Everything started back in 2013 when Karim El Hemeidy – owner at Daniela Diving in Dahab – decided to start an Environmental Conservation and Awareness Project in Dahab.

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April 2013 – the project starts!

Part of this project included the PADI ‘zero to hero program’:

The idea was to help the local community, specifically a team of Bedouins from the Al Mezena tribe, to get into the diving industry and slowly progress from Open Water Diver all the way up to Divemaster.

This project, personally conducted by Karim himself and sponsored by PADI, Codex (the local PADI redistributor), Dr Heinkal from The Hyperbaric Medical Center Dahab had some clear objectives:

  • Give the participants the opportunity to find a job within the diving industry
  • Have the participants becoming mentors for other youngsters within their tribe
  • Have the participants becoming role models in terms of marine protection and awareness within the local community

PADI Regional Manager – Teo Brambilla – had the privilege to follow the progression of the students during these years and eventually award them during a party that has been organized at Daniela Diving!

bGoing back to 2013 an excited Karim stated:

<<The attendees are motivated and even if it will be hard work we are looking forward to the challenge. The aim of this project is to bring the awareness of the susceptibility of the marine life, the ecosystem and the need to uphold and respect the local and international laws. Diving will be a form of integration into this environment with the opportunity to adapt and to be ambassadors for the protection of marine life>>

cHere his words at the end of this journey:

<<It was a very long but successful journey. It was for me a great and rewarding experience: being able to help their dream come true, is something fantastic. I believe the more we involve locals in our industry the more they will be concerned with its protection, this will help to protect the marine life, so fragile specially in our area>>

Well done Karim, congratulations and keep up the good work!

Eid, Eid, Haggag and Salim, from all of us at PADI: congratulations on your Divemaster credentials and all the best in furthering your career within the diving industry!

Egypt, PADI …and The Boot Show

After the supportive attendance of Egypt’s Regional Manager and Regional Training Consultant at Dive 2016 in the UK, PADI decided to increase the support towards Egypt and have a dedicated booth – within the PADI Village – at the Boot Show in Dusseldorf, to promote and support this fantastic country.

boothDedicated flyers – in English and German – were handed out with info about Egypt, a map highlighting the different diving destinations, the closest airports and a QR code with a link to the PADI Dive Shop Locator …in order to help visitors to find their favorite PADI Dive Resort in Egypt!

boot3During the 9 days of the show, PADI Regional Manager [Teo Brambilla] and Regional Training Consultant [Pam Holt] shared roles in promoting Egypt and helping Boot Show’s visitors with practical tips on how to travel to Egypt, how to move around, answer generic questions and overcome concerns about security in the country.

boot4Having someone like Teo, who lives in Sharm El Sheikh since almost 20 years and has an extensive local knowledge of this region …and Pam, who is handling – from the Bristol office – any request from Egyptian-based Diving centers and Individual members on a daily base was an inestimable added value!

boot6The Show was also a great opportunity for Pam and Teo to further support all the PADI Diving Centers (located in the Red Sea) exhibiting at the show: beyond providing the usual marketing kit “PADI Show support pack”, there was time for discussing ideas, campaigns, training and sales for 2017.

boot7 copyThe Boot Show was really successful and even more important we succeeded in our intention: more and more people were inquiring about Egypt, especially compared to last year were visitors were just neglecting the country.

The general feedback from participating Egyptian based Members was positive for the whole region …we just hope for more flights and the removal of the travel ban from some countries!

Egyptian PADI Instructors among the winners of the 2016 Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge!

PADI EMEA has recently announced the winners of the Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge:  15 PADI Professionals who certified more people between July and October than they did during the same four-month period last year.

Considering the tough times Egypt diving industry is facing (due to the lack of tourism) it is a source of pride to have, among the winners, two Egyptian Instructors both based in Dahab!

It is with great joy that I present you Asharaf and Hassan: respectively winners of the ‘100 level’ and ’50 level’.

Let’s start with Asharaf!

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Asharaf, tell us about your diving background:

I did my first dive ever in 1997 …I liked it a lot, so i decided that this was my career: I took my Open water course and Advanced in 2001. Then PADI Divemaster 2004 and enjoyed working as a PADI pro until 2009 when I upgraded my  level to PADI instructor. I loved it so much and I am making the best out of it by trying to help all divers to become a professional and to enjoy it.

How do you feel to be part of the exclusive group of Elite Instructors?

I am the happiest person on earth !

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What helped you, personally and professionally, in achieving the goal of winning the challenge?

Long time teaching and learning and diving. My crew and colleagues. And the  great way and materials that PADI provides me.

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Which message would you like to deliver to those who are reluctant to visiting Egypt?

Come back now!! It’s great fun and safe here in EGYPT.

 

…and now we want to know something about Hassan!
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Hassan, tell us about your diving background:

I started diving in 2001; I always had a passion for underwater discovery, it was a passion that ignited once I first set foot into my suit and had my first dive, after finishing my studies I was determined to finish my DM course; which I got done in 2006. As I grew more experienced with diving, my passion grew with it. But I wanted to do more. I wanted to teach people how to dive so that I can help them discover and share the wonders of scuba diving so I decided to get my OWSI + MSDT done in 2011. Eventually I became a manager at Seven Heaven Divers. I wanted to develop a more fun approach to diving where it took the whole experience to another level; One where the diver could further enjoy the courses.  My next goal is to be a CD so that I can pass on my methods to IDC students whom are going to help enhance the whole experience for generations to come of curious divers.

How do you feel to be part of the exclusive group of Elite Instructors?

Happy! To say the least.
It really is a matter of pride for me to know that all the hard work that I put into the dives has paid off:It brings me joy and self worth to know that I am a member of the group of Elite PADI instructors!

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What helped you, personally and professionally, in achieving the goal of winning the challenge?

Perseverance and a never quit work ethic, I was relentless, I always wanted to make sure that I did the best possible job so that my students always had the best experience. I want them to be special and distinguished among divers. That way when I saw how successful they were, it always gave me the power and energy to keep going. And I can’t go without mentioning that I wouldn’t have done it without my Seven Heaven Divers Team. I want to give them a huge shout out and say that I couldn’t have done it without them!

Which message would you like to deliver to those who are reluctant to visiting Egypt?

I would like to send this message out from my beloved country Egypt and take the chance to say that. Mainstream media and social media have made it seem like we are at war and that Egypt is not safe to visit. When in fact that is not the case. Yes, there have been a number of terrorist attacks but the same has happened in France, England, Belgium and the USA. Regardless that has not stopped tourism in these places and the same should apply to our beautiful country; it makes me sad to see the major difference that has resulted from these ongoing rumors about how “Egypt is not safe”.  We have beautiful weather, and many forms of history and entertainment that should be visited and admired by people from all over the globe. Diving in the red sea could be an exhilarating and breathtaking experience that I would recommend to any diver worldwide. I can only hope that my message has some kind of impact and gets a message through about how “Egypt IS safe”

Thank you Asharaf and Hassan for your amazing achievements, your dedication in teaching the world to dive, and for creating more ambassadors for the ocean.