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Dive Review of Red Sea Diving College/Eden Rock in
Red Sea/Sharm el Sheikh

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Korn, CA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5935
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Cozumel, Hawaii, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
74   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Varied depth limits - depending upon experience & buddy.  But in no
case deeper than 30m  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The dive boat was spacious - plenty of room to set up gear.  Dedicated
rinse tank for cameras - but this wasn't so big, and when 3 divers had gear
(one a very large rig with twin flashes and a housed SLR), it was
borderline full.  A fourth photographer wouldn't have had enough room. to
share it.  Staff were sensitive to camera gear, and helpful getting
into/out of water with cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
I had the luck(!) of going back to Sharm - where I had first learned to
dive 14 years ago - just at the start of the protests that led to the
ouster of President Mubarak and the military takeover of the country.  With
Internet access down, no ATM machines would function, and by gov't order
the banks were closed - and I hadn't arrived with much cash.  I cannot
thank the staff at Red Sea Diving College enough for how they helped in
this somewhat challenging time - allowing me to overpay by credit card and
then refunding the difference so I could have some cash, and then arranging
an inexpensive taxi to take me to the Taba border in Israel, where I needed
to be for business meetings.

I arrived on an overnight flight from the UK on Friday morning (a few hours
after Internet access was lost), and two hours later was on the boat for my
first dives.  Not surprisingly, these weren't particular great (Ras Katy
& Temple dive sites).  They were local - and not the stunning corals
that the Red Sea is known for - and I was tired.  The second day was far
better, with two calm seas allowing unusual access to two sites in Tiran -
Woodhouse & Jackson - that had lots of lovely corals.  Less tropical
fish than I remembered from 14 years ago though.  I had planned a 3rd day
diving on Sunday, but elected to sit that day out, as next was a planned 6
day live-aboard trip with the Torpedo Fleet.  However, concerns about a
potentially deteriorating security situation (Mubarak had pulled back
police in Cairo and Alexandra and Giza and all-but-invited looting) and
worries about future gasoline deliveries to Sharm from the port of Suez
lead me to cancel the live-aboard and travel earlier than planned to
Israel.  The U.S. State Department directive to all U.S. Citizens to leave
Egypt immediately also influenced my decision.

I took advantage of Red Sea Diving College's winter package: multiple dives
at a 10% discount with free Nitrox.  I also paid extra for 15L tanks, which
helped with my bottom time.  I used their wetsuit (5mm separates) and fins.

At the recommendation of Red Sea Diving College I stayed at the Eden Rock
hotel.  It was clean, relatively quiet, with a nice view from the balcony
and a lovely shower.  The hotel is set above the port, and is an easy walk
to Red Sea Diving College (as well as the boats).  I would stay there
again.  And I would dive again with Red Sea Diving College if/when I return
to Sharm.

A separate comment on DAN Travel Insurance: I was disappointed to discover
that it doesn't cover missed trips due to "civil unrest" - which
meant that the insurance I had taken out was useless to me in attempting to
recover my pre-paid liveaboard trip.  Unfortunately those funds are gone,
and I will avoid pre-paying (and forgo any discounts that provides) in the
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