Off to a running start Federico and instructor Chris Armstrong organised the building of a new and ultra-safe Confined Water area in front of the College HQ in Naama Bay. It is now probably the safest learn-to-dive area in the Red Sea with fantastic training aids too.

The Confined area

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! …well it is safe actually.
The safest and largest Confined Water facility in the Red Sea has just been completed next to the Red Sea Diving College in Sharm el Sheikh.A clever system of floating pipes and buoys has just been installed – and now only divers, swimmers and snorkellers can use the area.

The Confined area

In the past it had been possible for pedaloes, small boats and windsurfers to occasionally enter the area by skimming across the ropes that previously cordoned-off the area just off the beach.Long term instructor Chris Armstrong – the manager of the project – told us that “the idea was to build something more permanent to keep out potentially hazardous boats and to make it much safer for all our divers” – and Mehriz Abdel Ghafour came up with the detailed plan.Chris explained that other dive centres are welcome to use the facility but they are asked to abide by the safety guidelines of Red Sea Diving College – for example ascents are to be made only within the confined area.

Within the area there are several ascent and descent lines and an array of useful training aids that make this area probably the best and safest learn-to-dive facility in the Red Sea.

This section of Naama Bay is in the process of transition – as well as the safety aspect, it is becoming one of the most interesting Confined Water facilities in the Red Sea.

Last year a large number of Amphoras and four metal structures were sunk and divers can now see a new reef emerging from these objects.

On the Amphoras small Raspberry coral colonies are starting to develop – Boxer shrimps have also found a new home. A large moray eel was found in one of the pots recently.

A College team has also given nature a bit of a push – transplanted corals have begun to be attached to the metal structures. This project, carried out in conjunction with Dr Mohammed Salem – Head of the Ras Mohammed National Park – will be completed in August. The corals were taken, under strict guidelines, from the soon-to-be salvaged wreck of the Million Hope.

It is a challenge for the diving community to create interesting and safe training for their guests. At Red Sea Diving College they seem to have got it about right.

Red Sea Diving College would like to thank the following for their work in building the Confined area: Chris Armstrong, Federico Valle, Tamer Khazragui, Mark Chilton, Jenya Chechkova and Pete Bruce.

Out with the old

In with the new

Project Manager Chris

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