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Mick Lane
New Technical Certs
Mick Lane reached the highest pinnacle in deep diving with PADI Tec Rec courses by completing his Tec Trmix course with us..course dives were completed down to 90m and a 100m dive is being planned. Amanda Krugen also completed her Tec Deep Instructor Course and Trimix Blender before leaving on a long journey back to the US via Europe.
Amanda Krugen
The whole group
Scuba Diving for All
They are back, the whole group have come to Aqaba again for a two week holiday. Scuba Diving for All are based in Ripon, UK and come to Dive Aqaba on a regular basis to give their students with various challenge a great experience in the Red Sea and visiting the famous sites in Jordan.
Von with the kids
Turtle approaching diver
Love at First Site
Lucy the hawksbill turtle is now engaged to Omar Madain...underwater the couple meet and play on a regular basis. Lucy helps Omar find frogfish to photograph and her hobbies are watching scuba divers and synchronised swimming. Watch the video! Right click and save if slow connection file size 25mb
Dive with turtle
Clean up team on boat
International Clean up Day
Our team of 8 divers removed 1567 items of trash from the seabed, mostly plastic the total weight was 40.5kgs. The Aqaba Marine Park provided trash bags, collected the trash and then separated and weighed it at their base. You can comment on this event on the Project AWARE Flicker page. Make your comment
See the full story with before and after shots....
Trash recovered from the sea
Dive the Gap
New Instructors
Our Course Director Rod has produced two more instructors that made full scores on the PADI IE keeping our high standards of instructor training. Well done to Piers and Dave. Thanks to Jon who is now an IDC Staff Instructor for all his help. We are holding and IDC in Aqaba Late November and will have an exam in Aqaba if we get enough numbers...that will be on 13th/14th December if it happens.
Underwater martial arts
Kung Fin craze hits the Red Sea
The dangerous practice of Kung Fin has been spotted being practised by divers in the Red Sea. Dive Aqaba's spycam managed to catch these pictures of PADI professionals engaged in this dangerous new craze..don't try this at home kiddies. They were apparently training for the 2012 olympics when this will be a new discipline. Watch the video!
Underwater kung fu
Amanda goes tec
When One Tank Is Not Enough!
All prices on technical diving and courses have been reduced for the summer months from 1st July! You can start you technical dive training with the Tec40 course if you are Advanced Open water and have a Nitrox certification...find out if tec diving is for you! We have lots of great tec diving sites to visit in Aqaba. New tec prices
Taiyong wreck
New instructors
New Instructors
Robert & Eunja pictured with Rod (left) both successfully completed their PADI Instructor examination in Dahab on 19th June. Rod will be conducting another IDC for Dive the Gap at Red Sea Relax IDC centre in Dahab from 6th to 18th September in 2010. The program includes many extras - including a mock exam which has been a great stress reliever for candidates!
IDC Team
Formation diving team
Calypso Dive Centre
Nahla Hanna arranged a trip for a group of divers from Lebanon with Dive Aqaba. Everyone enjoyed themselves and great diving and good times were had by all. Formation diving team photo by Bassam Oud and group shot at our dive center. The trip ended on a high note with a boat night dive followed by a BBQ party on board Laila One with inflatable ducks and Amstel beer! Nahla on Facebook
Calypso dive team
John McIntyre
BBC Film Crew
Dive Aqaba hosted a BBC film crew for the underwater and water surface shots of a promotional BBC trailer. John McIntyre shot all the underwater shots with the help of Rod and Omar. Samer, our deck hand acted as a stunt double for swimming shots. Thanks also to the crew of Deep Blue dive boat who also assisted with the filming.
Underwater Videographer
Diver on the dive deck
New Pelagian Diver
Eyal Sayag, already a technical instructor trainer and PADI Course Director has completed both module one and module two course on the unit. Eyal is working with our team regularly bringing guests and students from Israel. Go to Eyal's Tec Team page
Pelagian Diver
Sunken ferry ramp
Ramp Revisted
Suez Marine repairs & services diver, Rod Abbotson, started a survey of the area of the Yarmouk berth that is used by the ferries to Egypt. The first transect crossed the ferry ramp that was lost in 2008. Trimix Tmx18/30 was used for the survey dive with EANx40 and EANx80 for decompression. The survey will be completed in several more dives over the next few days. Aqaba Diving Services
Dive equipment
Stingray beached by fisherman
Stingray Capture
After viewing the video and you do not approve of what you see...please e mail the Aqaba Marine Park and voice your opinion...for the sake of the marine life here that divers enjoy. If they receive enough e mails they may even attempt to enforce the no fishing rules in the park! View video nasty!
Illegal fisherman
Tec diver
New Tec 40 Diver
Dive Aqaba team member Amanda Krugen completed her Tec 40 course under the new PADI Tec Rec system, she is now going on to complet both Tec45 and Tec50 courses in between running recreational courses as a PADI Instructor. Amanda is the first female diver to complete this course in Jordan and now has developed a passion for tec diving. Find out more!...
Tec diver
Chris Kennedy
New Pelagian Diver
Chris Kennedy completed a Pelagian Mod One course in Aqaba this April. He is now able to apply the principle learnt during the course to make use of the GAF in the article below. We can now run Pelagian DCCCR courses at anytime in Aqaba. The Pelagian is ideal for the traveling diver! Want to know more...
Pelagian diver
Diver with GAF rebreather
GAF at 62m
The GAF underwater breathing system was tested to a depth of 62m. This was the parameter for the testing as the unit, designed in Australia by Chris Kennedy, with the purpose of taking underwater photos at these depths. The unit recycles oxygen to eliminate bubbles that scare the fish away. The " R " word...
Diver with GAF rebreather
Peter hovering
New PADI Instructor
Peter Tovey completed all segments of his PADI Instructor Examination with high marks in keeping with the Dive Aqaba tradition. The exam took place after the PADI Go Pro 2010 Event in Eilat, Israel. Ask him to show you special tattoo he had to commemorate the event! Go to Peter's page...
Peter with Ashraf
Diver with duck
DUP On line
Now you can complete Digital Underwater Photography on line with PADI giving you more time on holiday to get great underwater pics to share with your friends. This is the Specialty of the Month for November so if you complete the course in November you will be eligible for a fantastic prize from PADI. Taking a pic of your toy duck in the bath doesn't count!! Not even for level one! Honestly! Do it NOW!...
Girl with duck
Dorit Yoseph on the Shorouk
Advanced Wreck Course Approved
We have now had approval from PADI to teach the new Advanced Wreck Diver course written as a TecRec course by our technical instructor trainer, Rod Abbotson. The course will be conducted on the wrecks of the Cedar Pride, Taiyong and Shorouk in Aqaba. You must be a Tec50 diver or equivalent to join the course which will take 6 days to complete.. find out more...
Chris Bowmer on the Taiyong
New Instructors
Red Sea Relax
Our Course Director Rod Abbotson ran a successful Instructor course in Dahab this February. This location is easier and cheaper to get to than Jordan. Rod runs regular instructor development courses in Dahab each year. Any PADI Divemasters who would like to join IDC courses in Dahab please contact Chris at Red Sea Relax
Class of February 2010
Laila One passing the Movenpick
Laila One Back in Aqaba
After a complete rebuild from bottom to top our dive boat has finally arrived back in Aqaba. She has a new extended dive deck giving ample space for 16 divers to kit up. The sun deck on top have also been extended - so plenty of space to rest between dives. A new deck level toilet has been fitted. With an engine rebuild and complete rewiring she now cruises at 12 knots piloted from a new flying bridge. See more photos of the boat
Back in her berth at the Yacht Club
Everette receives an award from PADI
Everette Moves to Honduras
Everette has found a new job as a Course Director in Roatan with Subway Watersports, we wish Everette all the very best with his latest career move. The experience he gained with us will help him be successful in his future diving career where he will be responsible for all the professional level training and running Instructor Development courses every month. Everette's career with Dive Aqaba
Everette meets Queen Rania of Jordan
Underwater Wedding
After James proposed to Erin at New Year in Wadi Rum they decided to exchange vows underwater on the last day of diving on their holiday. Once again Ashraf performed the ceremony underwater and organised the grooms party. Enas helped the brides party get ready. When everyone was appropriately attired they all entered the water. Omar and Rod were the official photographers.see the pics...
Engagement In Wadi Rum
Former staff members and friends of Dive Aqaba, Erin Steward & James Catchpole got engaged in Wadi Rum when James popped the question over the new years celebrations. They have both been visiting for several years and gained their Divmaster certifications with us completing our internship programme. So it was appropriate for James to pop the question here in Jordan.
Pelagian diver
New Courses for 2010
You will now be able to complete a TDI Pelagian Mod One and Module Two courses in Aqaba at anytime. A good idea if you are thinking of purchasing a unit. Also in 2010 we will be able to teach a new technical DSAT Advanced Wreck Diver course including penetration beyond the light zone and deeper than recreational depths....more on the Pelagian
more about the Advanced Wreck course...
Diver inside the Shorouk Wreck
Best Wreck shot winner
Photos of the year 2009
All the voting have now finished for the Photos of the Year 2009. This year we added some new categories. Best Diver Shot, Best Wreck Shot, Best Fish Shot and Best Invertebrate shot. For the 2010 competition we have also added Best Technical Diving Shot, Best Wide Angle Shot and Best Macros shot. see the winning photos...
Best Invertebrate shot winner
Everette Leaves Dive Aqaba
After working with us since 2005 we wish Everette all the very best with his latest career move. The experience he gained with Dive Aqaba will help him be successful in his future diving career. He will be working with another ex-team member Shadi and managing the Aqaba International Dive Centre conducting courses from the shore.
Everette's career with Dive Aqaba