Scuba Diving in Cíes Island (Spain)

We recently visited the Cíes Islands in Spain, with Portosub. For those who do not know them, the Cíes Islands are a protected Natural Park, which can only be accessed by boat.

The dive centre facilities offer everything you need, whether you go with or without equipment. The diving group was quite homogeneous, with people who already knew the area and a large majority who were visiting for the first time.

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GULF OF SUEZ WRECK HUNT – 8 WRECKS, 3 DIVES, 1 SCRUBBER FILL

The idea was that we would go and look for some new wrecks around the southern end of the Gulf of Suez. We’ve never done anything like it before and I’d heard of wrecks that were undived and I’d previously tried having a good scooter around but to no avail as you don’t cover enough ground.

What was needed was a sonar to give us an idea of what was down there. A used one had come for sale and Tony bought it. I acquired another scooter and that was it. It was Tony and Simon’s wreck hunt. While I was away Tony had managed to get the boat that we wanted to try out. A new livaboard out of Hurghada. It was designed nothing like any other dive boat and it takes 8 divers so as there was only two of us we felt that we wouldn’t be pushed for space.

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INSTAGRAM FOR YOUR SCUBA BUSINESS. IS IT WORTH HAVING?

I was asked yesterday on Twitter whether I would recommend Instagram as a marketing tool for business, and more specifically if I would recommend Instagram for scuba professionals looking to promote themselves or their centers. I did directly answer the question but decided it would make an excellent topic for the blog today, especially as Instagram released an update yesterday which makes it even better for promoting yourself and your scuba business. Continue reading “INSTAGRAM FOR YOUR SCUBA BUSINESS. IS IT WORTH HAVING?”

UNLINK YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKING PROFILES FOR BETTER RESULTS

I know this will appear contrary to many things you may have been told but it is really one of those areas where you have to trust me! It is now extremely easy to link your social profiles together so when you make a post on one it automatically posts on the others but here I am going to give you a few crucial reasons why should not do this (and if you are doing this now, why you should stop). Continue reading “UNLINK YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKING PROFILES FOR BETTER RESULTS”

HELP SAVE A SPECIES FROM EXTINCTION

A great project from the Oscar winning makers of The Cove.

OPS is launching a bold mission called The Heist, which will serve as the climax of our next documentary about the thousands of species that are blinking out before our eyes. It’s estimated that half the species on the planet could disappear by the end of this century. But not if we can help it. Continue reading “HELP SAVE A SPECIES FROM EXTINCTION”

EL SACHWA ABU GALAWA

El Sachwa is the name for a fishing tool in Egyptian fisherman slang. Basically it is a cage where the fish can go into but not come out off. At this dive site you can see a narrow bay in the reef where the fishermen used to scare fish into and then put a net at the end so they were closed in. After this procedure they could pick the fish up easily. Continue reading “EL SACHWA ABU GALAWA”

BOOK REVIEW – ‘SS THISTLEGORM – THE TRUE STORY OF THE RED SEA’S GREATEST SHIP WRECK’ BY JOHN KEAN

John Kean’s intricately woven SS Thistlegorm, is an in-depth look at the history and sinking of one of the world’s most famous wrecks. What could have been a dry history is brought to life with vivid testimony from survivors and witnesses, detailing not just the sinking, but also the daily life of merchant seamen during the Second World War. The history is brought up to date by first hand accounts from some of those who played a role in rediscovering the SS Thistlegorm in her new incantation as a wreck, and by the view of a dive guide heading out to show the wreck to this week’s holiday divers. SS Thistlegorm brings the story of this ship and her incredible crew to life in such detail that it reads more like a novel than a history book, whilst maintaining all of the factual accuracy of the latter. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW – ‘SS THISTLEGORM – THE TRUE STORY OF THE RED SEA’S GREATEST SHIP WRECK’ BY JOHN KEAN”