Autumn has definitely arrived in Europe, but it’s still Summer in Sharm El Sheikh! Don’t miss our Autumn-Winter special offers, with up to 25% off diving until 20 December 2011 and during 4 January-15 March 2012. Alternatively, if you're a UK or Irish resident, vote now in the DIVER awards, for your chance to win a 3,000 GBP Caribbean holiday!
It was great catching up with everyone at DIVE 2011 in Birmingham, UK. We’re already looking ahead to 2012 dive shows, so be sure to note the dates. We’ll keep you updated about upcoming events, competitions and other news via our Facebook page; if you haven’t already ‘liked’ it, please do, in order to have access to our Facebook exclusive news and offers.
We’d like to thank all our divers who participated in our recent eco-actions, including Dive for Debris and European Shark Week. Or why not make your contribution to preserving the Red Sea by joining a dolphin research trip this winter?
Finally, enjoy our latest video highlighting the curious behavior of octopus, normally seen only by divers with plenty of patience.
We wish you happy diving!
Your Camel Dive Club team
DIVER awards 2011: vote and win a holiday to Dominica!
Have you enjoyed diving with Camel? Then please vote for us as ‘Dive centre of the year’ in the DIVER magazine awards, for your chance to win an amazing dive trip for two to Dominica, worth 3,000 GBP! In previous years we’ve just missed the top spot, so we’d really appreciate your support this year. Simply click the link and add Camel Dive Club to category 4, for 'Best Dive Centre'. Many thanks from all the team here at Camel, and good luck!
Save up to 25% with our Winter 2011-12 specials
Autumn has arrived, meaning falling leaves, rain, cold weather and hot drinks... but not at Camel! Say no to Autumn and book your next diving holiday in Sharm El Sheikh. With our special offers, 7 nights with breakfast at 4* Camel Hotel, plus 5 days diving and return airport transfers cost just 391 Euros per person sharing, until 20 December (356 Euros during 4 January – 15 March 2012). Alternatively, book a stay in any hotel in Sharm, then choose one of our diving packages: 3 days cost 138 Euros, or 5 days just 200 Euros (valid for all dates above; free nitrox and hotel transfers included). Don’t miss a cold beer at Camel Bar and an ice-cream in Vanilla after your diving!
Video: the wandering octopus
Do you remember Paul the Octopus, the mollusc who predicted the outcome of Germany's seven football matches, including the final, during the 2010 World Cup? The octopus in this film by our videographer Vicky Spiller may not be as exceptional as his famous relative, but admiring his moves in his own habitat is certainly a joy for the eyes. Octopuses are thought to be among the most intelligent creatures in the world and their behaviour often resembles that of humans. An example? Some change colour according to their ‘mood’! Ironically, reproduction for octopuses is a cause of death: males only live for a few months after mating, and females die shortly after their eggs hatch. Now you know why we won't see Paul the Octopus at the next World Cup! Thanks to Rickydive for this photo.
Great success for European Shark Week
After our excellent results in September for Debris Month of Action, we celebrated another eco-success with European Shark Week, 15-23 November. A massive “thank you” to the 147 Camel divers who signed the petition for Project AWARE's Give Sharks a Fighting Chance campaign, and to everyone who participated in the quiz in Camel Bar during our Tuesday Divers’ Night. The quiz raised 150 GBP which we donated to the Shark Trust at DIVE 2011 (Eco Tribe coordinator Cath and long-term Camel supporter Phil are pictured presenting the cheque). Congratulations to the winners of the prizes offered by our Tribe Shop, Tandoori restaurant and Camel Bar.
Red Sea dolphin conservation and research: get involved!
Would you like to assist with research into the conservation of Red Sea dolphins? The Red Sea Dolphin Project (RSDP), run in conjunction with HEPCA, is the first long term, boat-based research project targeting the waters of the Southern Egyptian Red Sea. The final goal of this project is to deepen understanding of the ecology of cetaceans, in particular of dolphins, identifying their abundance, distribution and critical habitats and, eventually, proposing management measures, including the development of a network of marine protected areas. Research trips are based on liveaboard safari, and run until mid-February 2012 with very special rates available to participants. The next trips run from 23 November -2 December 2011 and 03 - 12 December 2011. For more information, visit the RSDP blog.
Camel at DIVE 2011 and upcoming shows
We had a fantastic time at the DIVE 2011 in Birmingham, 22-23 October! We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the Camel regulars, and of course meeting up with diving guests past and future. One of the weekend’s highlights was meeting up with Camel friend Dr Andrea ‘Queen of Mantas’ Marshall, who we hope to host again in Sharm very soon. We’ll be participating in all the major dive shows around Europe next year: Paris (13-16 January), Dusseldorf (21-29 January), Warsaw (4-5 February), Milan (16-19 February), Moscow (16-19 February) and London (31 March-1 April). Add the dates to your diaries now!
Camel Dive Club & Hotel, Facebook Page: 1600 likes!
We’re about to reach a milestone of 1600 likes on our Facebook page and hope to have more in future. Many thanks to all of you who’ve joined us on Facebook: we love reading your comments and answering your questions! Don’t be shy and keep on using this virtual space to stay in touch and to learn more about Camel before meeting us or until your next visit. Do you have friends who aren't yet diving? Tell them to ask us questions, we’ll help you to persuade them!