Requirements for Divers
Participants in liveaboards should be certified divers. The liveaboards are accompanied by a dive guide. According to its corresponding briefing about the dive site, it can be dived independently with one or more partners (Buddy System). This also applies to special dive site conditions such as drop offs, currents, waves and darkness. It is recommended for each dive to have the appropriate and suitable safety equipment with you, e.g. a rescue buoy, signal lamp or “signal flash”.
For night dives an own underwater torch is necessary. Training Certificate and logbook must be brought. Medical statement from a doctor, if available, also has to be brought. Medical certificate: Not older than 1 year! On the other hand, the PADI-form “Medical Statement” has to be completed on board. National and international rules of diving safety must be observed. The instructions given to you by our diving instructor or assistant instructor are for your own safety and must be heeded.
You dive at your own risk. Diving depth is to be determined according to the certification. Minimum diving experience at all National Park tours: The Red Sea Diving Association has sent a circular to all safari organizers on 30. July 2002 with the indication, that the minimum diving experience at all National Park tours (Brothers, Daedalus, Zabargad and Rocky Island) must be 50 dives. In the case of a control, and there should be someone with less experience, one can be expected to be banned from diving from the RSDA.
On the dive safari boats of Seawolf – Diving Safari we have an in Egypt employed dive guide. This has become compulsory in Egypt some time ago. This diving guide will accompany the first dive (check dive) of our guest at the beginning of a diving cruise and assess the skills of the divers. On the other hand, it is a matter to examine the functioning of the equipment and the required amount of lead. The dive guide is not obliged to accompany all dives, also he is not obliged to join buddy teams of experienced divers, but he will do it with pleasure!
Planning and management of dives
On most dive cruise boats, the number of dives per day is limited to max. 3 dives and it is a depth limit of 30 meters. We allow our guests – if justifiable due to nitrogen saturation – up to 4 dives per 24 hours. Dives must require no decompression and a max. Diving depth of 40 m (if certified for this depth) must not be exceeded. Depending upon the route of the safari, it can happen, that less dives are possible, because the boat has a greater distance to cover.
This applies particularly to routes in southern Egypt, where the diving spots are more far away from each other than in the north. The dive guide is instructed to hold a briefing before each dive and even if he remains on board during the diving activity, he has to supervise the diving activity.
Risk of decompression and other diving accidents
Some areas of Egypt – especially those reefs that are reached during a safari – are remote and communication options may be limited. Although on the boats first-aid equipment and emergency oxygen for initial treatment are present, the transport to the next decompression chamber can sometimes last longer than the permanent supply of oxygen is possible. It is strongly requested not to take any unnecessary risks in dive planning.
Route and dive sites
The places to visit within the booked route can be seen on our home page, but can also be set after an arrangement between the dive guide, the captain and the guest. Of course, dive guide and captain will always try to satisfy our guests, but a claim to certain dive sites within the range specified for the route does not exist. Decisive here are dive experience of the participants, weather conditions, ocean currents, logistical considerations and the approval situation. The last say has always the captain, who is responsible for the safety of the guests, the crew and the boat. Particularly in southern Egypt large travel distances have to be covered and the boats sail with a limited travel speed, which is more reduced in bad weather conditions. Although the boats of Seawolf – Diving Safari Red Sea are regularly maintained, an unexpected technical defect can occur, which reduces the cruising speed. The crew of the boat will take all necessary action to repair the damage already in the sea. But the captain must bring you back in time to your checkout even with potentially upcoming bad weather or technical failure. Route changes / curtailments for logistical reasons may be required. If dive sites can not be reached for reasons of force majeure (such as adverse weather conditions, short-term changes in the permit situation on the ground) or unpredictable technical defect, there is no compensation if necessary route changes / curtailments appear. For diving at Ras Mohamed, the Brother Island or the Marine Park dive sites a Marine Park fee is charged by the local government. These will be collected on the boat and paid to the government. The amounts are 10 Euro for Ras Mohamed, for the Brother Islands 50 Euro, for the Marine Park tours 80 Euro and for the 2-week Marine Park Tour 100 Euro.
Change of the safari boat
If the booked boat is not available, because of logistical or technical reasons, you will go to your safari, if possible, on another boat with the same standards. If there are no further significant standard deviations prior to the disadvantage of the travel customer, there is no claim against Seawolf – Diving Safari Red Sea for switching to another diving safari boat.
On the boats of Seawolf Diving Safari, it is possible to dive with Nitrox 32 for free. So if the Nitrox Compressor is not available, because of technical problems, there is no refund.
Fresh water and showers, use of drinking water
The Red Sea is surrounded by desert areas. Drinking water is in that region of particular value and a precious commodity. Our safari boats are indeed equipped with sufficiently large freshwater tanks and fresh water purification machines, but it is not possible to take showers or showers with sprawling water consumption several times per day. Economical water use is appropriate, because with emptied water tanks a possibly very far distant supply station on the coast have to be reached. Have also understanding of it, that the improper wastage of drinking water on board (e. g. washing hair with drinking water, wanton spilling or wasteful use) cannot be accepted.
Bridging days with hotel accommodation
There is big different between liveaboards and the stay in a hotel. The fact that a. The timely arrival and departure of the vessel is substantially dependent on the weather conditions, possibly technical incidents and logistical needs, b. for the maintenance of the vessel between two liveaboards time is needed, and c. the arrival and departure times of our guests vary continuously. For these reasons it is possible that the last night before the return journey or a extension stay has to be at a hotel. Seawolf – Diving Safari Red Sea will bear the costs for it. If our guests decide to spend the last night in the hotel, they will bear the costs.
Transfers from the airport to the check-in – place of the safari boat or vice versa can be carried out either by bus or by boat for logistical reasons. The location of the check in / checkout may change according to logistical requirements. If the transfer carried out by boat, it will be possible for the guest to make some dives during the transfer time. Your cruise will start as early as possible and ends between noon and afternoon of the day before your departure or your additional holiday. On delay of flights we have no influence. We make every effort to intercept the negative consequences for our guests, but a claim for compensation does not imply, as we depend on the departure and return times of the coming trips. The transfer back to the airport will be done from us on time, so that the guest can easily reach the flight. For safety reasons there is 24 hours before your departure time, according to your ticket time or Indication of the carrier, no claim for further dives to avoid decompression sickness.
Loss or damage of luggage
Let exhibit a confirmation about lost or damaged baggage immediately at the airport desk of the airline company. Our tour leader will assist you helpful.
If you don`t have your own diving equipment, you can rent it in our diving centre. For damage of the rental equipment, the damage must be paid. Unfortunately, there is no insurance for lost or damaged equipment. This also applies to your own equipment.