Lagona Divers looks to the future

27 years, from 1994 to 2021, is a long time for an entrepreneur working in a sport as young as recreational diving. On the other hand, 27 years is nothing for a well-run company.

How can you reconcile the two? I have been asking myself this question a lot lately, loosely based on the saying: “Happiness must be found along the road, not at the end of it.” And this year, luck has virtually placed itself in my path.

A friendly meeting in May 2021 with Kerstin and Andy – as always when I’m in Dahab – this time quickly developed into a “collegial” conversation. And in the end we agreed to combine our strengths and competences and to “take the same road” in future rather than parallel paths. Everything else happened in quick succession and today Kerstin and Andy are shareholders in Lagona Divers. And thus an important part of the future of our company.

Some of you may know Kerstin and Andy from their years working in recreational diving at Lagona Divers. For everyone else, I would like to introduce my new partners here.

Kerstin comes from Austria and discovered her love for the sea at a very early age. She was inspired by watching Jacque Cousteau films endlessly, which led to a Master’s degree in marine biology in the end. The next logical step was to start diving, which changed her entire life. Trying to escape the cold lakes of Austria, she travelled the world for a while, finally arriving in the warm waters of Egypt in 2012. After two years in recreational diving with Lagona Divers, she discovered her love for technical diving. Consistent – and eloquent – as she is, she relentlessly pursued the path to becoming a technical diver. Today, she is an Instructor Trainer for the IANTD and TDI organisations, among others, and can also look back on seven successful years with her own dive centre for technical diving. Her greatest passion is closed circuit rebreather diving. As an instructor on the X-CCR and Hollis PrismII, she can train interested rebreather divers up to hypoxic CCR diver. In addition, she is the only registered service technician in Egypt for the X-CCR.

Andy‘s enthusiasm for diving started in 2008 in the Swiss lakes. After four years of diving in the beautiful yet very dark and cold lakes, he decided it was time for a change and moved to Dahab in 2012 to work on the sunny side of life. There he not only found his fulfilment in recreational diving, but also a partner in Kerstin for a joint journey into technical diving. During the time they ran their own dive centre together in Dahab, he continued his education to become an Instructor Trainer for IANTD and Advanced Trimix Instructor with TDI, among others. He is known and loved for his empathetic approach to all his guests’ needs, whether it’s their first dives on a double tank or a guided technical dive to 130m.

Together with Kerstin, he is now in charge of the sport diving area of Lagona Divers – Divecenters with its main location at Lagona Divers – Dahab South in Happy Life Village. Both are also responsible for the new area of “Technical Diving”, which we have also established at Lagona Divers – Dahab South. The high standards of professionalism that technical diving entails and which are in Kerstin’s and Andy’s blood, coincide with the Lagona Divers philosophy that safety, fun and enjoyment come before commercial interests.

For the “connoisseurs of the scene” and those interested, here is the list of the highest levels of training that Kerstin and Andy have to offer:

Kerstin:

  • TDI Advanced Trimix Instructor Trainer
  • IANDT Normoxic Trimix Instructor Trainer
  • CCR Hypoxic Trimix Instructor for X-CCR and Hollis PrismII
  • IANTD & TDI Technical Sidemount Instructor Trainer
  • Official Service Technician for X-CCR in Egypt

Andy:

  • IANTD Normoxic Trimix Instructor Trainer
  • IANTD & TDI Technical Sidemount Instructor Trainer
  • IANTD Expedition Trimix Instructor
  • TDI Advanced Trimix Instructor

…and that’s just the technical part.

I think it’s a collection of skills and knowledge that not every dive centre can offer.

Yours
Christian

Newsletter April 2021

We have some great news for you again today. Dive into our newsletter of the month April.

We are reopening! For a whole year we had closed our bases and could only offer limited service. Now it’s time to really get going again. You can find more information below.

And yet we have closed for good. For 10 years we were present in Marsa Alam at the Happy Life Resort, the last years of which were filled with massive (internal) trouble. It was time for us to say goodbye.

Stay and Dive – New in our offer. With our partner hotels in Dahab we have put together great packages with accommodation and diving. From Sharm El-Sheikh airport we take care of your holiday.

Have fun reading on
Christian and the Lagona Divers Team

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Newsletter March 2021

Diving holidays 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 – what does that mean? In our essay today, we fabulate about the change in our sport and the associated travel.

Free further education? Of course! With the Marine Ecology Specialty, you can dive into the fantastic underwater world right now. Until 31.03.2021 completely free of charge!

Diving in Dahab is possible all year round! A new voucher code is available. Now secure even 12% discount on all our online prices! With continued free rebooking or cancellation.

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Christian and the Lagona Divers Team

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Diving Vacation 3.0

Diving Vacation 3.0?

We like to call the present of traveling and diving as diving vacation 3.0.

What, pray tell, was then the diving vacation 1.0 and 2.0?  Did we just miss it?
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stays closed: Three Corners Happy Life Beach Resort

Today, 26.01.2021 we were informed by the management company of the Three Corners Happy Life Beach Resort in Marsa Alam that the currently closed hotel will not reopen until 01.06.2021. Depending on the development of travel willingness and possibilities, this date may still be postponed.

In this context, we would like to inform you at an early stage that the Lagona Divers base in the Happy Life Beach Resort in Marsa Alam will probably not reopen in 2021. Our bases in Dahab will continue to offer individual diving services after prior registration at our service centre.

Newsletter January 2021

Lagona Divers Newsletter

…and… And here we are in year 2 of Corona. I don’t know about you, but we are slowly getting used to the current situation.

To make a long story short: We continue as before. With a positive look forward and a satisfied look backwards at everything we’ve already got behind us.

But what does “as before” mean? Of course, our world has also become a different one. But we have come to terms with it. Even though our dive centres are basically all still closed, we still manage to get our guests into the water. And we get very positive feedback on our efforts.

So no one has to do without diving – at least not in Dahab. Marsa Alam is unfortunately a little different, because the hotel there is currently closed and our service is not in demand.

In a nutshell: We are here for you! Do you want to visit us in Dahab? No problem. We look forward to seeing you! With VIP service. At the moment even with 10% additional discount!

Longing for the sea? We can’t wait to finally see fish and corals every day again and to float weightlessly through our second home! Do you feel the same way? With the digital SSI courses, we can bring a piece of the sea into your living room, so to speak. Learn all about corals, fish, sea turtles, manta rays and much more! Have you wanted to switch to Nitrox for a long time? Now you can do it from home! Find out about the further training you can do online.

Have fun reading on
Christian and the Lagona Divers Team

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Help our employees to stand the Corona crises
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Dear diver,

on behalf of the whole Lagona Divers team I hope that you and your relatives are healthy and safe during this time.

I am writing to you personally today because I am very concerned about our guests and our staff. And I will come straight to the point: Our team needs your help.

In the past few days (and we are still doing so), we have gradually refunded all payments for pre-booked dive packages. For all arrivals from mid-May 2020 onwards, this is already being done from external funds.

In the past years – we will “celebrate” our 25th anniversary in 2020 – we have worked hard Read more

Open letter of our CEO about Corona Crises

Dear diver,

on behalf of the whole Lagona Divers team I hope that you and your relatives are healthy and safe during this time.

I am writing to you personally today because I am very concerned about our guests and our staff. And I will come straight to the point: Our team needs your help.

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25 years anniversary campaign in March 2020

offer of the month:
SSI Specialty Diver Package (2 SSI Specialties of your choice) incl. printed Brevet card, Diamond Pack and 2 dives for 199,40 Euro Book two Specialties of your choice and use the voucher code "jubi03" in the shopping cart.

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25 years anniversary campaign in February 2020

offer of the month February 2020:
only in online shop for both dive center in Dahab: 25(!) dives for the price of 19,94 dives = 376,87 Euro. Simply book in the shop! The package always stands in the first place.
Bookable from 01. 02. – 29.02.2020, period of stay arbitrary, to be defined at booking. No voucher code necessary!

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