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Why Dive Urge, we answer Scuabverse's questions

Why Dive Urge, we answer Scubaverse’s questions

Questions for resort.

These are some sample questions for you to answer to help write an interesting article to help promote your center. If any of the questions you do not want to answer that is fine, and also I have added space at the end that if you would like to be asked a specific question you can add the question and answer to the sheet. Hope this works for you.

 

What is your name?

_________________________________Lynne Helal-Gillis______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What center are you involved with?

______________________________Dive Urge, Dahab_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What is your role within the center?

_______________________________Owner and Marketing Manager________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How long has the center operated for?

__________________________________since 2001, 16 years this year_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

__________________________________________I am a PADI MSDT and learned to dive in Dahab in 1998_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What is your favorite type of diving?

________________________________________________low key, shallow, shore dives, impulsive_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If you could tell people one thing about the center (or maybe more) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

____________________________________4-1 we are the only dive center in the Red Sea that guarantees no more than 4 guests diving with a guide, for courses and guided. We are an Eco Centre, fully committed to responsible tourism. We are a family run club and offer a unique home from home experience. We are number one for our accommodation on Trip Advisor. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Where do you currently promote your center?

_____________We have our own website, www.dive-urge.com and are long standing members of Responsible Travel too. Facebook page. Trip Advisor. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What was your favorite dive in this location and why?

_____________________________Hard question. I do love Eel Garden which I have done literally hundreds of times but never fails to move me, the light there from early morning to dusk is always amazing, I have seen everything from Turtle, Giant Morays and the spectacular fish ball made up of billions of silversides on the reef being chased by Trevallies never fails to give you a wow moment.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What types of diving are available in this area?

_________________________________mostly shore dives, but with some sited that can be reached only by boat too, on day trips.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Are you involved with any other center / locations?

_____________________________________________________no__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

________________________________________________it’s our baby, Dive Urge is built with and shows the love of the area of Dahab. We are on every aspect of someone’s holiday from the first enquiry until their back home…and we all genuinely love making it the best holiday ever for folks. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How would you like help promoting your center?

_______________________Anything which shows the world that Egypt is very safe and not to believe the negative hype in the media which we have all suffered from since the revolution in 2010. I would like to promote not only our center but Dahab too, I really love this funky little town J_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What is your favorite underwater creature?

______________Another hard one eh? Of course we all get excited when we see a ray of any sort or a large moray sticking his head out of the coral etc.…but hands down got to be the Turtle, so serene and majestic…love love turtles )_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

___________________yes the British government will realize that they forgot to lift the ban on direct flights and take off the negative travel advice for South Sinai and let us all get back to work. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

__________________________________________See above ;(_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Is your center involved in any environmental improvement?

Yes, loads, as I mentioned we only dive with 4 guest max and less if they are not compatible divers (i.e. different levels of experience or air consumption) this reduces the impact considerably as a guide can control 4 much better than 6,8 or even in Sharm… 10 + per guide!

We do regular pickups on shore and anything we come across in the water too, this creates also a good habit for our guests. We teach buoyancy skills to everyone; our Advanced Course includes the Peak Performance Dive as mandatory for this reason. We make sure guests equipment is well trimmed and no dangles.

We conserve water in our club using renewable well water for plants etc. We offer a bottle refilling service for our guests which dramatically reduces the amount of plastic bottles used. We re-cycle everything Inc fruit and veg which is given to the goats. We provide cotton bags for local shopping so our guests don’t have to use plastic bags.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

I think it needs to take a much bigger responsibility for the underwater environment. I think some dive sites should be closed for a period of time i.e. a year to allow fish to re populate it. All fishing should be stopped now, even by the indigenous population of Bedouins who see it as their right to do so, but the nets are the killers not the fish they take out.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________