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 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.

Have fun reading more
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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VIP during Corona Lockdown

While our bases are closed, we still offer diving services in Dahab. Our guests enjoy our VIP service during their stay. Our guest Anita was so enthusiastic that we received a nice “VIP SERVICE Video” following her holiday in November 2020. We do not want to withhold this from you.

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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Newsletter November 2020

Lagona Divers Newsletter

the world is hiding at home. All without diving? No chance to dive in our beloved Red Sea again?

We mean, do not despair! We are here for you! Do you want to visit us in Dahab? No problem. We are looking forward to you! With VIP service.

Experience the underwater world at home? Many of our readers have asked us to extend our discount campaign. Well, we will! We can bring a piece of the sea into your living room with the digital SSI courses. Find out more about the training you can take online. A great idea also as a Christmas present for your buddy, right?

Speaking of Christmas. Still looking for THE present for a diver? Why not a voucher for our dive package store? Simple, always a joy to use and individually applicable.
Have fun reading on

Christian and the Lagona Divers Team

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Newsletter September 2020

Lagona Divers Newsletter

it’s about time we met again, don’t you think?

From 24.09. – 27.09.2020 the diving fair interdive will take place in Friedrichshafen. Of course we will be there! Make a note: At booth 506 you will find Lagona Divers.

We are waiting for the travel restrictions for Egypt to be lifted in October and a diving vacation will be possible again. For our guests in Dahab we already offer dives in individual arrangements. So to speak VIP service as standard.

Experience the underwater world at home? With the digital SSI courses we can bring a piece of the sea into your living room. Inform yourself immediately about the further education you can do online.

And then there was our Lagona Divers – Crazy Week 2020 in Dahab in December. For your planning security your participation can be cancelled free of charge until a few days before. A good reason to book now / already.

Have fun reading on

Christian and the Lagona Divers Team


Interdive 24.09. – 27.09.2020

You can find us at the interdive in Friedrichshafen at booth 506.

Come by for a chat, check out our news with Tom or just say hello.

While stocks last you can pick up your free copy of the Lagona Divers anniversary thriller “Legrand and the Dead of Dahab” (German language).

Tom is looking forward to seeing you in Friedrichshafen.


Crazy Week 2020 in Dahab

Can I book a vacation now without any risk? We say YES!

On the 05.12.2020 we start the Lagona Divers – Crazy Week round 6.0 – back to the roots to Dahab! After this long diving break it is time for us to have another great diving event together. And of course it will be a special one! You can be sure of that.

Booking is completely risk-free: Cancellation is free of charge until 14 days before arrival and all payments are insured against insolvency.

From Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Munich, Europe Holiday takes you directly to Sharm El-Sheikh. In Dahab, the birthplace of Lagona Divers, our team awaits you in the Tropitel Dahab Oasis. The focus will be on corona safe diving with a limited number of participants, new procedures, but as usual professional. Our team is already looking forward to experiencing our event week with you.

You do not know the Lagona Divers – Crazy Week? No problem: Here you can find all information about the current and past events.

Get information about our Crazy Week


VIP Service – Diving with Lagona Divers in Dahab

Our bases are officially still closed. We are waiting for the reintroduction of direct flights to finally be able to welcome guests again. If you manage to show up in Dahab despite the limited travel possibilities, we will be happy to dive with you!

Contact us in advance and our base manager Samy will prepare everything for your dives. He will personally take care of creating your individual diving program for you. So to speak VIP Service as Lagona Divers Standard.

So let’s go to Dahab to experience the Red Sea (almost) alone.

Due to local conditions this service is unfortunately not available in Marsa Alam.


The sea in your living room

You are sitting at home and are longing for our underwater world? Why not use the time for a little further education?

We offer together with SSI advanced training courses “for the living room”. Online and in the SSI App you can take different courses that you don’t have to go into the water for. You can even take the knowledge test digitally. And at the end you will receive your full, internationally recognized Specialty – Brevet. On top of that you will get the “Specialty Diver” from two successful brevets on.

Our bonus for you as a newsletter recipient: 20% discount on all “Living Room Specials”. With the voucher code STAYHOME such a specialty until 31.10.2020 costs only 79,20 Euro.

So let’s get going and bring home some ocean sounds:

Stay safe and healthy!

Your Lagona Divers

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.

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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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