Camel Dive Club & Hotel
Centre of Na'ama Bay
Sharm El Sheikh
South Sinai, Egypt
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Sharm El Sheikh calm, dive trips depart normally

Sharm El Sheikh calm, dive trips depart normallySharm El Sheikh and surrounding areas remain completely calm. There is no curfew in Sharm El Sheikh; a nationwide curfew implemented across Egypt on 14 August was lifted in Sharm El Sheikh the next day. All Camel Dive Club diving and snorkeling trips continue to run as normal. Today we have approximately 35 guests diving with us, with boats departing for daily diving at Ras Mohamed and Thistlegorm wreck. We have plenty of new divers taking PADI courses diving from our beach and diver training pool. Now is the best season for diving and, with uncrowded dive sites, our divers are spotting on a daily basis manta rays, hammerheads and other sharks! See our Facebook page for news of our latest sightings. Guests from six European countries, including Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Finland, UK and Spain, are staying and diving with us at Camel Hotel at present. Our own restaurants, bars and beach are operating as normal, as are other venues in Naama Bay. There are no restrictions on the consumption of alcohol. Internet and mobile phone networks are fully working. Sharm El Sheikh International airport is fully open; scheduled and charter flight services from different European countries including the UK are operating without interruption. Airport transfers are running as normal 24 hours per day.

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20.08.13

Successful PADI Instructor sponsorship at Camel

Successful PADI Instructor sponsorship at CamelSince its creation in 1986, Camel has always been a place where great things happen! This is what we thought when Ian Edge, from Middlesbrough, UK, approached us last year with the idea of sponsoring one of our Egyptian team members to become a PADI Instructor. Ian has dived at Camel many times: “I wanted to give something back to Egypt as a thank you for all the great diving and life experiences I’ve had here over the years.” –Ian told us. For everyone at Camel it was natural to think of our snorkel guide Samir Ahmed Salem (Said), as the ideal candidate for sponsorship. Said is a Bedouin from South Sinai and has been working with us since 2002, first as a member of our logistics support team and then as a Snorkel guide. Said was overwhelmed by the offer and embraced with enthusiasm this once-in-a- lifetime opportunity. Ian’s sponsorship covered all the costs of Said’s training, including his professional courses, PADI fees, materials, salary expenses, insurance and English language courses. Said has been studying very hard for the past four months and passed his Instructor Examination, after successfully completing our PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) with Bianca. As an added bonus Ian, who is a PADI Instructor himself, was able to attend the same IDC and gain his PADI Staff Instructor certification. Congratulations to Said and Ian, and a big THANK YOU to Ian on behalf of all our team!

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22.06.13

Camel Dive Club & Hotel earns four TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence

Camel Dive Club & Hotel earns four TripAdvisor Certificates of ExcellenceWe are very proud to be awarded four TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence 2013, for Camel Dive Club & Hotel, our Pomodoro and Tandoori restaurants, and Camel Bar. The Certificate, which honours hospitality excellence, is awarded only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. It is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide, but only 10% of establishments listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. “We are honoured to receive this accolade for the second year in a row”, said Clare Mucklow, Camel’s marketing manager. “We’re delighted that so many of our guests chose to share their feedback about the “Camel experience”. The truest recommendations come from those who matter the most - our guests”. Help travellers to make the right choice! Add your feedback and get inspired by others’.

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28.05.13

100% success for PADI Instructor candidates

100% success for PADI Instructor candidatesCongratulations to our resident PADI Course Director Bianca Greiner and her candidates for another 100% pass rate in the Instructor Examinations (IE)! The two-day IE followed our latest PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Emergency First Response Courses (3-17 April). Camel Dive Club’s IDC group was a cosmopolitan mix, with candidates from seven nationalities: Hannah from Scotland, Caleb from Canada, Peter from Switzerland, Emma from Sweden, Tiina from Finland and Nouf from Saudi Arabia, assisted by our PADI Staff Instructor Beth, from Wales. As usual the atmosphere combined intense concentration and total enthusiasm, as candidates went through together one of the most challenging experiences in a professional diver’s life, the IDC and IE. Caleb – a member of the Canadian military - commented: “ I’ve taken or taught hundreds of courses over the last 12 years, with the military and otherwise. Bianca is one of the best instructors I have ever had or worked with in any field. She genuinely cares about creating competent and professional instructors.” Why not follow your dream and make diving your professional future? Our next IDC starts on 22 May, you could be joining it! for more information.

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11.05.13

Camel’s resident Course Director achieves Gold

Camel’s resident Course Director achieves GoldWe are glad to announce that our resident PADI Course Director Bianca Greiner just achieved the GOLD Course Director Level for year 2013. Only 52 CDs worldwide earned this prestigious recognition within the so-called PADI Frequent Trainer Program. While IDCs at Camel may be hard work for Bianca and her numerous international candidates covering all age ranges and backgrounds, they always lead to enriching encounters. “The special atmosphere that Bianca manages to create during IDCs is the result of dedication, professionalism and true love for teaching and diving” says Anthony, who did the IDC at Camel a few years ago and then came back for more Specialty Courses. When IDCs are over, it’s time for “celebration mode” at Camel Bar and that’s when the tension goes down and Bianca looks at her students with satisfaction and pride. Good luck to current IDC candidates and future ones and to Bianca for reconfirming the Gold level and hopefully achieving the Platinum one in 2014.

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07.04.13

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Camel Dive Club & Hotel
Centre of Na'ama Bay
Sharm El Sheikh
South Sinai, Egypt
Telephone: +20-69-3600700
Email:
Skype with Camel

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