Probably the most frequently asked question: “Can we dive alone in your buddy team?”
We don’t have to be there for every dive. But it is generally forbidden in Egypt to dive without a guide certified by the state CDWS (Chamber of Diving and Watersports). So, what now actually?
Legally it is necessary that a state-certified guide is responsible for the procedures at the dive site. Usually this is guaranteed by us by having our guide lead or accompany the dive. In individual cases, after approval by the base management, the guide can also ensure compliance with the rules from shore simply by being involved in the dive planning .
We move in a grey area, which is regulated as follows:
- Each of our guests completes at least the first dive with our guide. During this “Welcome Dive” we briefly practice/complete the basic safety procedures. This does not take long, makes everyone safe and relaxed and the dive is finished as a normal dive. -> Welcome Dive
- Basically without exception our base management decides after the Welcome Dive whether unaccompanied diving is possible. The minimum requirements for unaccompanied diving of the respective associations must be fulfilled in advance (normally at least AOWD and 50 logged dives).
- At every dive site outside of our hotel grounds, without exception, a guide is included according to the legal regulations. This guide is responsible for the procedure, the safety of each guest and the compliance with the legal regulations. He can usually ensure this by accompanying/guiding the dive as well as by other means.
- For house reef dives we ensure safety and compliance with the legal regulations through house reef maps and briefings, house reef lists with entry and exit times and the presence of our staff for emergencies. This makes it easiest to dive unaccompanied at the house reef.
So the answer is clearly: Maybe!
PS: We know about the concerns and needs of underwater photographers. We would be happy to accompany you only “on the edge” and we are completely dependent on your speed and motives. Thus our guide will also take care of the necessary safety concerns (e.g. dive depth, duration and profile).