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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Liverboard Terms and Conditions.

Booking Policy

If a booking is made 112 days ( 4 months ) or more prior to your service date then a deposit of £200 per person is due within 7 working days of a provisional reservation. A booking is not confirmed until the deposit has been received by 'elite diving'. Final payment is due 54 days prior to departure and the company reserves the right to cancel a booking if final payment is delayed. If a booking is made less than 112 days prior to your sailing date, then full payment is required at the time of the booking.

Cancellation Policy: 

If you cancel:
• More than 56 days prior to departure cancellation fee of 50% is charged (or loss of deposit, whichever is greater).
• 56 days or less prior to departure a cancellation fee of 100% is charged The above percentages are of the total booking cost, not on any deposit received.


All diving guests joining a Liveaboard are required to sign a self-declaration medical. If you are taking part in a PADI or BSAC course on-board, you are required to a sign a medical form prior to starting the course. In both cases, if you have, or think you have, any of the medical conditions listed you will need signed clearance from a doctor valid within 12 months of your planned liveaboard. Where doctor’s clearance is needed, we ask you to arrange this before arrival where possible and to bring it with you to avoid any delays, additional costs or even missing the trip.


All itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions and changes in Egyptian Government approval. Whilst we will make every effort we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. In adverse weather conditions the guides and captain of the boat will have the final decision about which dive sites to visit to ensure that the guests, staff and boats safety is not compromised in any way. If in the unfortunate event that dives are missed or dive sites are not reached due to weather conditions or other unforeseeable changes, There will not be a refund offered or compensation.

Marine Parks: 

Night Diving is not allowed in the Brothers and Deadalus Marine Parks. Combine this with long travelling times and itineraries such as Simply the Best, although they provide some of the best diving the Red Sea has to offer, do have a reduced number of dives per day.

Number of dives required: 

We recommend that for the Marine Park Cruises (Just Brothers, Famous Five and Simply the Best) all guests have a minimum of 50 logged dives. For all other itineraries guests must be Open Water Diver or equivalent. We recommend that to get the most from our trips you are certified to 30 metres and are comfortable with drift dives.

Boat Changes: 

In the unlikely event that we have to change the boat you have booked for reasons beyond our control we aim to provide a boat of the same standard however in the event this is not possible we will reimburse you the difference in cost.

Additional charges for Liveaboards:

Any equipment rental, special tank requests, shop purchases (including materials & certification fees) paid locally will be subject to 10% sales tax.

Safety Equipment: 

Each safari guest is required to carry a Surface Marker Buoy (with a minimum 5 metres of line to deploy during the safety stop) and a torch per person on all Liveaboards.

General Terms Late payment: 

For bookings where payment is not made prior to arrival in resort, 'elite divng' are not able to guarantee course or boat slots and any bookings will therefore be arranged and paid for locally in resort at full resort rates plus any applicable taxes.

Amendments to your booking: 

Amendments or cancellations of confirmed bookings should be emailed directly at the earliest opportunity to If your foreign office issues a travel warning and advises against travel to a specific destination we will hold on account any monies paid to us as credit to use against a future booking or change/cancel your booking free of charge. Guests are responsible for checking with the Egyptian Embassy in their home country prior to arrival regarding visa applications. 'elite diving' is not responsible for cancellation costs resulting in failed or delayed visa applications.

No show fee: 

'elite diving' reserves the right to apply an appropriate surcharge to its prices should economic changes (such as exchange rates, fuel prices, etc) make a material difference to its pricing structure. - A minimum of 14 days’ notice will be given before such a surcharge becomes effective. - No surcharge will be applied within 28 days of departure. If the surcharge results in an increase of 10% or more to the price of the dive package/dive course then cancellation with a full refund will be allowed. Notification of the intention to cancel must be made in writing within 14 days of the notification or the surcharge.


We recommend purchasing cancellation insurance, in the event of unexpected changes in your travel plans. Baggage/Dive Equipment Insurance is also recommended. We do require every diver to have valid accident and medical insurance. Should Diving Insurance not be obtained prior to your visit, this can be arranged in resort with Indepths Insurance (Divemaster UK) at approximately 5 Euro per person per day. US and Canadian guests are required to sign a waiver which will be supplied at the time of booking or before departure. Please contact for a copy.


It is the divers’ responsibility to ensure sufficient insurance coverage is obtained for the diving element of the holiday, particular attention should be paid to excess charges that will be applied by insurance companies before settlement of any claim.

Skills Review:

Scuba Review

If you've not logged a dive in more than 12 months you're required to complete a Scuba Review on the first dive day after joining us fun diving. The Scuba Review is carried out from the boat. It is a refresher of theory and Open Water skills carried out over 2 dives. Divers find it useful and enjoyable. The cost for the course is £75.00 per person when booked and paid for in advance and includes all tuition and hotel transfers. Equipment is provided free of charge.

As it is classed as a course you will need to complete a medical form. Ask our office for a copy of the medical form. Please then study the medical form to ensure that you don’t have any medical problems which would prevent you from doing the course. If there are any "YES" answers you would need to be checked out by a Dr and bring a signed and stamped certification of fitness to dive. If the answers are all "NO", you don’t need to do anything, as you will fill out the form at resort at the start of your course.
 N.B. If students do have any "YES" answers and do not have a signed and stamped certificate of fitness to dive from a Dr this will result in students holding up the course or possibly not being able to complete. 
Alternatively, the SCUBA Review can be completed prior to your arrival in resort and signed by an instructor in your diving logbook. Evidence of the date of your last dive should be shown in a log book to avoid problems on check-in. In the interests of safety, 'elite diving' reserves the right to provide and charge for a Skills Review or Check Dive with an instructor or restrict diving activities if the instructor has any concerns regarding diver safety. We are aware that even after a period of diving inactivity that you maybe an experienced diver, therefore we advise that you complete a Check Dive prior to starting your diving. This allows you to check your buoyancy in an unfamiliar diving environment and acquaint yourself with your equipment. This can be arranged locally and will be incorporated into your first dive and includes the following skills: - Full mask removal and replacement - Regulator recovery and clear - Alternate air source use - Demonstration of neutral buoyancy dive guides will provide a detailed and comprehensive dive briefing before you enter the water with your buddy. When the guide is in the water they will remain with the group to navigate the site and to look out for any interesting marine life to show you. The dive guide will not provide any dive training during the dive and you and buddy dive together at your own risk. As qualified divers you are responsible for your own and your buddy’s safety during the dive and to plan your dive and dive your plan by using either dive tables or a personal dive computer. You must begin, execute and end the dive with your dive buddy.

Number of dives required: To dive the Thistlegorm you should have a minimum of 20 logged dives and for Elphinstone you should have a minimum of 30 logged dives. Currents can be strong and we recommend you are certified to 30 metres and are comfortable with drift dives.

Diving Issues you should be aware of when diving in the Red Sea. Your booking conditions with 'elite diving hereafter called “elite”.

In signing this form I acknowledge that I have read and agree to its contents and understand the implications and risks involved. I agree to follow the safe diving practices of my training organization(s). The Egyptian Authorities state a maximum diving depth of 40 meters for more experienced divers however elite recommend 30 meters as most insurance companies only cover to a depth of 30 meters when diving with air and Enriched Air NITROX. Different rules apply when diving with technical diving equipment and this will be explained if technical diving is undertaken. I agree that it is my responsibility to check my insurance cover.


I agree not to exceed the maximum limit under any circumstances barring a life threatening emergency. I also understand that it is my responsibility to check to what depths my insurance provides cover. I understand that should I break this rule elite reserves the right to stop me diving with no refund for diving packages. elite's dive guides will provide a detailed and comprehensive dive briefing before I enter the water with my buddy, when the guide is in the water they will remain with the group to navigate the site and to look out for any interesting marine life to show me. I am aware that the guide will not provide any training during the dive and I, and my buddy pair, dive at our own risk. As a qualified diver I am responsible for my own and my buddy’s safety during the dive and to plan my dive and dive my plan by using either dive tables or a personal dive computer. I must begin, execute and end the dive with my dive buddy. I confirm that I have been advised and informed of the inherent hazards of skin and scuba diving. I understand that skin and scuba diving can cause physical strain or exertion, not normally experienced in non-diving situations. I assume all risks connected with scuba diving and will not hold 'elite' responsible for any injuries including but not limited to, those resulting from heart attack, physical / mental strain or exertion, or barotrauma, including decompression sickness or arterial gas embolism. ENRICHED AIR NITROX: I agree to abide by the maximum operating depth limits applicable to my level of training and the gas mix used. I agree to personally analyze cylinders for my use and complete the fill nitrox log.


I confirm that I have no current or historic illness, disease or medical condition, which could lead to the injury of myself, any other diver or employee of elite, whilst skin or scuba diving. I am happy to complete the “Medical Statement” that is a requirement laid down by the Egyptian Authorities. If I am in doubt as to my health, past or present and the effect this may have on dive safety, I agree to be independently examined prior to diving. I agree not to drink any alcoholic beverages before I dive. I give Emperor my permission to stop me from diving should I drink any alcoholic beverages before diving or if I am still under the influence of alcohol before diving. I agree not to dive after use of medication or when feeling unwell.


I agree to bear all the costs of medical treatment, chamber costs, recovery and transport charges in the event of an accident. Should the case arise that I am unable to decide for myself I authorize elite and their agents to arrange medical treatment on my behalf. I will provide elite with details of my insurance company, policy number and Medical Emergency Telephone number. I do understand that if any accident happens, it might take some time to reach a medical centre, so I will abide to safety standards and listen carefully to the instructions of elite employees. 


Extra due care and attention is required when diving, operating and living on boats due to the increased hazard of, but not restricted to, movement in rough seas, wet decks and equipment movement. I undertake to take extra care whilst on board a boat and will not hold elite responsible for any damages incurred that can be attributed to normal boating hazards. I accept the increased risk of diving near to and from boats and Zodiac & Inflatables and accept that extra care and vigilance is required on my behalf.


I understand that there is marine life that may cause bodily injury if touched or harassed and therefore I agree not to feed, touch or harass the marine life. I will not wear gloves.


elite maintains rental scuba equipment and services them on a regular basis. This equipment is not in any way guaranteed either as to correct construction or safe use. Parties renting and using this equipment will do so entirely upon their own judgment and at their own risk.

I have inspected the equipment and find that is in good working order and free from defects. I agree to return the equipment at the end of the rental period in the same condition, fair wear and tear expected, and will be responsible for the loss or damage to the said equipment including freight charges and import duty.

elite is not responsible for any damages or losses of any equipment whether the property of the client or elite. I agree that elite will not be held liable or responsible for an injury I sustain as a result of not adhering to the above items.


elite with Divers United is an Egyptian company and comes under Egyptian law. elite/Divers United has “Dive-Master” liability cover for diving activities. There is no third-party liability insurance of European standards available in Egypt and hence elite insist that guests have adequate personal diving and non-diving insurance to cover all diving and non-diving risks involved in the service provided by elite.

IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY to check that my insurance provides adequate cover and that I dive within the limits of the cover provided. Chamber costs are high in Egypt. We also advise that it is important to have good travel insurance to cover accidents of a general nature.

The contact between you and elite/Divers United is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by Egyptian Law and clients shall be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the Egyptian courts. 
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Name of our New Boat is.

The Name of our boat is


 The next one will be elite 1!!!

Introducing Captain Yahia. He has in excess of 35 year of experience working and captaining boats in Sharm El Sheikih and Port of Suez. Yahia was the captain of New Age and worked with Alun for years at Ocean College where he was Alun's favorite captain, and again with us at elite when we hired New Age to work with us. Yahia was Alun's first choice for captain and was over the moon when he accepted the position of captaining "elite" and work with Red Sea elite diving on the first time of asking.

Captain Yahia was given a free hand to choose his chef. He didn't hesitate to suggest Machmood and said "I have a very good one that I want for our team". Having eaten on the boat several times, Captain Yahia certainly made the right choice.
 Plenty of upper deck space.
The Lounge has been named "The Lyn and Linda lounge" in honour of Alun's mother and father who donated the funds to be able to buy the boat.
 The third member of the crew needs no introduction for our elite diving regulars. He again was hand picked, but is also the most popular with the majority of elite divers after working with us for 5 years while a member of the LIDO crew. Yes Zenger is now on our team.

All of us at elite diving in Sharm, look forward to welcoming you onto our new acquisition.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Birmingham International Dive Show 2016 at N.E.C.

Elite Diving will once again be exhibiting in the Birmingham Dive Show for the 9th consecutive year. Come and say hi to Alun and his dive show team members. 

The Dive Show will be at The NEC on 22 & 23 October 2016.
Our new acquisition (our dive boat) Should have been named and publicised well before the show. Look out for that blog.
Our stand at Birmingham Dive Show in October 2015
Alun giving a Thistlegorm briefing from the back of G's T.shirt.

The elite Dive Show team of 2012

The Dive Show Team NEC 2014.
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Sport Diver Awards 2016

Yes, It's that time of year again.

I'm sure many of you have already been sent an e.mail form Sport Diver for the 2016 awards.

As I'm sure most of you know, we have been lucky to win our respective titles for the last three years and also in doing so with our runners up award in 2012, we have been the most popular dive center in The Red Sea for the last four years. This was made possible only by our loyal divers who have kept voting for us. Thank you.

Due to the devastation caused by the downing of a Russian flight a week after we won the award for 2015, and as a result, the banning of all direct flights to Sharm from the UK, the numbers diving with us in Sharm has fallen to very low numbers compared with how many were diving with us before the ban of flights, however, we have kept open with a skeleton crew, and we still get a good few coming to us from other routes, such as Heathrow via Cairo and Gatwick via Istanbul. We also get many non British divers such as Spanish, American, Argentinian, Jordanian, Australian who has found us via Tripadvisor and want to visit Sharm while they are touring Egypt. We've gone easy on the free abuse as non Brits don't always get our sense of humor!!!! Again we need to thank those of you who have given us such good reviews on Tripadvisor for this to happen.

Now, many of you would have had the chance to try some other resorts and countries, and other dive centers. This is always a good thing for the individual diver to gain more experience and explore other destinations, however, although you may have not dived with us this year yet, but you feel we are still your favourite dive center, there's nothing stopping you voting for us again this year. If you've found a dive center within Europe, North Africa or Middle East, that you are more fond of, then of course we'll expect you to vote for them. If not, we would appreciate if you made the effort again and voted for Elite Diving Sharm. This will give us a massive boost after such a dour year, especially giving our loyal staff who have stuck with us, some well needed encouragement.

Click on the photo below to take you to the voting site.

We look forward to seeing you back diving with us in the not too distant future.


Alun and Moyra.
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Elite Instructors Earn PADI 50 Certifications Award

Congratulations to 'G', Sean, Alec, Karen and Hasan for achieving their PADI 50 Student certificates badges during 2015.

For G and Sean, it was an amazing start to their Instructing carers. They both Qualified as PADI instructors together at the end of February 2015, and started teaching at the start of March after their Instructor awards came through. In fact, they both reached 50 student certification's fairly quickly, helped by the volume of new diver's that came through elite during the year, the amount of previously trained Open Water students upgrading to Advanced and Rescue and also due to an unfortunate medical condition which developed for our lovely Karen, not allowing her in the water for several months.

No doubt with the amount of divers they had actually certified (Sean 92 and G 79) and the amount of courses booked in for the later part of the year, they would have both achieved their 100 Student Count Award which would have been an incredible achievement in their first year, but it wasn't to be due to the restrictions of traveling to Sharm direct from UK that developed for the last two months of the year, which traditionally is a very busy period for us.

Karen, although not being able to work for six months of the year due to one reason or another, still certified 61 students in 2015 and a total of over 700 since she became a PADI Instructor. Congratulations Karen.

A new recruit to Elite in 2015 was Hasan. Hasan soon fitted in and became a valuable  member of our Instructor team. His English is a very high standard but has also conducted a few courses in Russian, not that we go looking for them!!!

Alec Jones, photographed above, inspecting a photo of himself taken by Nigel Wade and displayed at one of the Dive Show stages in Birmingham 2015, also got a fair few certifications registered even though he spent most of his working hours on the boat leading dives and managing the rest of the staff, and left Sharm to look for a career in the UK in Mid october, still managed to certify 66 divers in a variety of different courses, from Open water, Deep speciality to Dive Master courses.

It was a bitter blow to the diving and tourism industry in Sharm, when direct flights were withdrawn from UK to Sharm on 5th November 2015, along with many other European countries joining the exodus. 

Due to the flight suspension being delayed from month to month and now finally all UK direct flights suspended until October, it's given drive to many of our regular divers to find alternative routes to Sharm.

This weekend we see the first of a bunch of our regular diver's meeting at elite for their annual Easter trip. Some have come via Istanbul and others via Cairo.

Moyra and I have travelled both routes and prefer the Heathrow, Cairo, Sharm option with usually a quick turn around in Cairo. We check our luggage in at Heathrow and don't see it again until we reach Sharm. 
For holiday makers coming to Sharm, the British Insurers 'Westfield Insurance' insure the holiday even when flying into Sharm.

The airport has been given the green light as far as the security goes which leads us to believe the UK government has something else on their agenda that they want the Egyptian government to tackle.
We have heard sad news of the temporary closure of many old established dive centers. Centers such as Werna Lau, Sinai Divers with many of the smaller dive centers suffering the same fate.

We are still here to take divers diving and provide any courses they need.

We do ask that you contact us before booking flights hotel etc as we are trying to get people arriving on the same dates. This way, it allows us to take people diving together, without increasing the costs of your dive package, and it also gives everyone more company to enjoy while diving and socialising at Ras Stella when here.

Joye also worked as a freelance Instructor for the first time in Sharm Last year, after spells in Mexico, Honduras and Thailand and he racked up 43 diver certificates, just missing out on the PADI 50 certification recognition award. Due to the lack of work when the flights from UK were stopped. Joey headed back to UK and there he has met up with one of elite's divers where romance blossomed. Perhaps Joey's wandering days are over!!! Good luck Joey.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Our Youngest Open Water Student at Elite

This week, Sammy became our youngest ever student to complete the PADI Open Water course successfully.

After taking part in a Bubble maker (a junior discover SCUBA) on the Beach last summer, a programme that is designed to give youngsters too young to participate in an open water course, a taster of SCUBA, Sammy couldn't wait for his tenth birthday to start his Open Water course.

Sammy's tenth Birthday fell on 21st of January and on the 29th of Jan he completed all of the Junior Open water course. If it wasn't for G, his instructor taking part in a sea clean up programme with Sea Shepherd, Sammy would have completed sooner.

Sammy who hails form Birmingham, has lived in Sharm for the last six years but he's now moving back to UK with his mother and Step Dad Paul.

For the last two years, Sammy has been home taught by his mother Ali, who is a qualified teacher. Sammy has reached a standard higher than most children his age and we at Elite wish him and his parents all the very best with their move back to Blighty, and Sam's integration into mainstream education in the UK.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Stop Press! "Alec Taffro Jones Leaves Elite Diving".

The Collage of photos taken during Alec's two stints with Elite

The official leaving party was at Half Crown on Saturday where Alec was presented with a collage of photos of his time with elite from the early days back in 2006 when he did his rescue, dive master and instructor course and was taken on as Elite's first ever full time instructor (apart form Alun of course).

Alec had plans to join the Air force so left Elite and Sharm to pursue a career but the air force post never got off the ground so he took a sales job with Coka Cola to tide him over.

A few years went by and each year he contacted us at elite to see if he could come back. Alun said he would have loved to take him back again but advised him to follow another career path and perhaps come back into diving when he had security behind him. But his persistence paid off and back in 2010 when elite was looking at recruiting another full time instructor, Alec was given first refusal.

Alec jumped at the opportunity and headed back to Sharm for the unforeseeable future.

The last five years has been elite's biggest growth in diver numbers and it's no coincidence that Alec has been here during that time along with a personal gift form Alun and Moyra.

Alec did the right thing and informed us three months ago that he would be leaving, giving us ample time to adjust and recruit. He was even working in the office managing things up until the last minute.

It's going to be a big wrench for us, as Alec has become part of the family. In fact many people thought he was Alun and Moyra's son due to his close bond and Welsh accent.

Alec has some irons in the fire, but nothing concrete as yet. I'm sure you'll all get to hear about it when he does settle into something.

It's been a massive wrench saying our good byes. Many tears by some of our male and female staff.

The good news. anyone coming to the dive show in Birmingham will see Alec on our stand at the show from time to time. You can wish him all the best there.

Anyway, there's even money on that Alec will be back at elite at some point in the future, even if it's just for a visit!!!!!

Elite diving was so proud when Alec appeared on the front cover of diver magazine in May 2014. The editor called him "The Wolfman"

 Alec on his last day waiting for the boat permissions to be issued to get his divers moving.
 Alec grafting topless on his hands and knees, counting to see if there are enough weights on board for the new divers. Contain yourself girls, and not forgetting some of our boys!

 He can't tear himself away. He's flying back to UK the next day and he's still in the office bossing his staff around 'till the bitter end! Look at the clock on the wall 5.35 pm
Not enough weights. Someones going to get a earful down the phone!!!

Alec's last night at Ras Stella and he stayed until 9.30 p.m. YES, 9.30 p.m. The usual clowns were there, and a visit from Mickey and Mini, Tigger and a Minion!

We will miss you so so much Alec. Don't leave it too long. Best wishes form all the Elite crew.

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