Camel Dive Club celebrates 20 years in 2006
Camel Dive Club is 20 years old this year!
Both Camel and the resort of Sharm el Sheikh have seen huge change over the past 20 years.
When it started in 1986 Camel Dive Club consisted of a one-storey stone building (the diving centre), some straw huts (the 'hotel'), a water tank and a compressor. Na'ama Bay was little more than an empty stretch of sand!
Now Na'ama Bay is a cosmopolitan holiday resort, with Camel at its centre. Camel Dive Club is now a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, and a TDI technical diving facility. The four-star Camel Hotel stands in place of the original straw hut accommodation, along with two restaurants, a terrace café, and the Camel Bar & Roof.
Hesham Gabr, chairman and founder of Camel Dive Club & Hotel, commented "Sharm el Sheikh and Camel Dive Club have changed enormously over the last 20 years. But Camel's philosophy remains the same. As divers ourselves, we have always focused on providing what divers want - top quality facilities, friendly dive guides, and fantastic diving".
We will be commemorating 20 years of Camel throughout 2006, so please come and help us celebrate!
Happy Birthday Camel, and here's to the next 20 years!
Free Wi-Fi internet hot spots At Camel Dive Club
You're lucky enough to see and photograph an Oceanic White Tip shark at Jackson Reef. What's the first thing you do back on dry land? Tell all your friends back home, of course -- and with photographic evidence! Now you can send photos home directly from your laptop or PDA at one of Camel's Wi-Fi Zones. And for Camel guest this service is completely free!
These special zones are located in a number of Camel's facilities including the hotel's room terraces and pool area, Pomodoro restaurant and the relaxed courtyard of the diving center. The Wi-fi Zones give Camel customers access to the Internet enabling emailing msn/yahoo messenger and ICQ. There is no need to have any security keys or special configurations, making the service very easy and accessible.
So, make your diving friends green with envy! Send your holiday snaps and stories home for free whilst enjoying a cool Sahkara Beer or sharing a deliciously famous Pomodoro pizza, at one of Camel's Wi-Fi hot spots.
Camel Dive Club becomes a Mares test centre
Camel Dive Club has joined forces with Mares, the leading manufacturer of diving equipment, to test Mares' new products and technologies. Camel Dive Club was selected as a test centre since it is a recognized and authorized facility using Mares' high- quality diving equipment.
Camel Dive Club's Technical Manager, Ian Brown is proud to cooperate with Divex, the exclusive distributor for Mares in Egypt, on this project. "It is an opportunity for Camel to work with the latest in high quality scuba equipment, and builds on our strong relationship with Mares."
Last month, Camel Dive Club tested a new design of Mares regulators. This month Mares closed heel fins are being put to the test by Camel instructors. The results were based on the fins' performance in open water, plus their visual impression. Both the standard kicking method and the frog kick were used to test the fins. Craig, one of the instructors participating in the fin test, reported "excellent propulsion through the water in both mild currents and when swimming against stronger currents."
Overall, feedback from the testers was very positive. Watch this space for new and exciting diving equipment developments in 2006!