Camel Bar’s fancy-dress Halloween party has become a tradition for locals and guests alike, and this year was no exception! Angels, demons, witches, goblins, mummies, vampires, aliens, and a special SWAT team packed into the Bar along with other spookily dressed party-goers. As blood flowed (in the form of secret-recipe cocktails) the crowd rocked until late, to live music from regular band Screwdriver. See our Flickr page for some of the night’s best pictures.
Halloween rocks at Camel Bar
Watch DIVE 2009 highlights on the Underwater Channel
It was great to meet so many of you at DIVE 2009 in Birmingham last month. We hope you enjoyed the Show as much as we did. If you weren’t able to be there, you can catch up with exclusive coverage of the weekend on the Underwater Channel. Part of the channel’s monthly Splash! Programme, the three-minute film covers DIVE 2009 highlights. Check out our very own instructor, Cath, talking about our nomination for a Responsible Tourism award and her work as Camel Eco Tribe coordinator. Watch the video (Cath appears after 1 minute 36 seconds).
European Shark Week, 10-18 October
A shark-themed pub quiz in Camel Bar was one of the events organised by our Eco Tribe team to celebrate European Shark Week, 10-18 October 2009. Over 60 staff and guests participated in the quiz night on 16 October, to win prizes sponsored by Tribe Shop, Camel Bar, and Tandoori restaurant. The evening raised over 100 Euros which we donated for the Shark Trust (see photo). Thanks to Nick Pinnock for hosting the quiz, and to everyone who supported the event. Thanks also to everyone who signed the Shark Trust petition, for which we collected over 300 signatures during October. The petition calls for issuing of Special Fishing Permits, which allow shark fins to be removed at sea, to be banned.
Visit the Tribe shop online
Camel Tribe clothing and merchandise is now on the web. You can browse through the complete range of Camel t-shirts, long-sleeved tops and hoodies (if you’ve dived with us, you may recognise who is modelling the clothes!). There are also pages with snorkeling gear, posters, log books and PADI materials, gifts and gadgets, plus other holiday accessories. Unfortunately you can’t yet purchase Camel Tribe stock online, but this is the next step and we’ll be sure to tell you about it when it happens. If you would like to buy an item but won’t be visiting Sharm in the near future, our staff may be able to post it to you from Europe. Email emma (at) cameldive.com and we’ll do our best to meet your request.
Camel cleans up fifteen dive sites
This year for International Clean Up Day on 19 September, we decided to set an ambitious target: to clean all the sites we dive frequently, rather than focus on one or two particular sites. By scheduling clean ups daily during the weeks surrounding the event, we managed to clean 15 sites, from which a total of 27kg of rubbish were removed by the 92 staff and guests who participated. Tank tape and hairbands were the most common items of rubbish that the team recovered. As a result we are introducing new ‘cylinder caps’ which remove the need to use tape to indicate a full tank. Thank you to all who helped to keep our dive sites clean and tidy. See more pictures on Flickr.