Since 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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