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It was a bitter blow to the diving and tourism industry in Sharm, when direct flights were withdrawn from UK to Sharm on 5th November 2015, along with many other European countries joining the exodus.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