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Freediving School/Emperor Divers, Soma Bay.
divers and swimmers will have practiced freediving
at some point; every time you go underwater, whilst
holding your breath, you are freediving; other names
include Apnea Diving, Breath-hold Diving and Skin
Diving. If you have held your breath underwater and
been relaxed then I would say that you are well on
your way to being a freediver!
Freediving is a very misunderstood activity due to
the lack of information readily available, so to clear
things up, below is a comprehensive explanation of
all disciplines that freedivers encounter, and you
are 6 main disciplines of freediving, including the
world records for both men and women for each discipline
are as follows:
Weight: Descending with only mask, fins/monofin
and weight belt using the power of the fins only.
The key point is that the diver is not allowed to
change his weight during the dive. Constant Weight
is one of the two disciplines considered for international
competitions, including Static Apnea (see below).
In competition you descend down a rope and at your
pre-declared target depth there will be a “tag”
which is usually on a piece of elastic or thin string
so you can easily pull the tag off returning to the
surface with it. The freediver can only use the rope
for guidance and can pull it once at the target depth
only to stop the descent and to assist in starting
= 102m, Carlos Coste (Venezuala)
= 78m, Mandy-Rae Cruickshank (Canada)
Immersion: The freediver descends by pulling
along a vertical line without using fins. The movement
is more efficient than constant weight, but the action
involves a smaller muscle group (mainly the arms),
therefore can tire more quickly. Free Immersion is
the original depth discipline with the purest sensations.
This is due to the speed of the water flowing over
the body, and the power of each pull on the rope as
the only mean of propulsion. Performances can be done
head first during the descent, or feet first, depending
on the equalization capabilities of each freediver…
some of them even use a combination of the two to
Current World Records:
Men = 102m, Martin Stepanek (Czech Rep)
Women = 71m, Annabel Briseno (USA)
Apnea: This discipline requires an extremely
high degree of mental control. The freediver simply
holds their breath with their face underwater for
as long as possible. They must enter a very relaxed
state so as to minimize oxygen consumption. The freediver
lowers their heart rate right down, sometimes to 1
beat every two seconds! The mammalian dive reflex
also aids the freediver greatly as this also lowers
the heart rate. Eventually, the store of oxygen will
reduce to critical levels, resulting in hypoxia, and
possibly black-out if the freediver fails to listen
to his body or ignores what they hear. The current
records stands at over 8 minutes, but the human body
can survive for much longer in a state of apnea. Apnea
is the scientific term for breath-holding, literally
meaning 'without air'.
Men = 8mins 47secs, Tom Seitas
Women = 6mins 31secs, Lotta Ericsson
Apnea, Variable Weight and
No Limits to follow next week ...
Tourists Continue Flocking to Egypt
This year Egypt has attracted a record 6 million
foreign visitors, a 16.4 percent increase over
the past year.
The sharp depreciation of the Egyptian pound,
which followed the floating of the currency
in January 2003, and an aggressive and international
advertising campaign, contributed to the sector's
strong performance as the country's top foreign-exchange
earner, bringing in $4.3 billion.
Mamdouh El Beltagy, who was the Tourism Minister
until early this month and is now Egypt's Information
Minister, estimated that the number of tourists
this year will exceed 7 million. He said that
in the first five months of 2004, Egypt had
3.2 million foreign visitors, up 68 percent
from the same period last year.
The infrastructure demands for the increasing
inflow of tourists — modern airports,
road networks, ports, telecommunications, international-standard
hotels, catering and tour facilities —
is having a positive spillover effect on the
rest of the economy.
is preparing with joint-venture partners to
build a new airport in the Suez region. Plans
also are under way to increase the main air-cargo
hub in Cairo and expand the hub for cargo and
passengers near Sharm el Sheik.
LIKE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR DIVING EQUIPMENT
exclusive distributor in Egypt
8 - Naama bay - Sharm El Sheikh - South
Sinai - Egypt
069 603103 - mobile: 012 3399334
Hurghada Paintball Xtreme
Situated on Sheraton Road
(between Safir Hotel and
the old Sheraton Hotel)
5 players per team.
Each game lasts approximately 1-2 hours.
Children aged 12 years and over can play.
price includes all equipment - clothing,
goggles, masks - and 200 paintballs!
24 hours a day - call to arrange a game
at your convenience!
012 734 8648 or 012 388 4773
Email : email@example.com
Egyptian Recipes for Children
Ice Cube Necklace
some string the length you want for a necklace.
things that you can put into your ice cubes, such
as little stones that are pretty, leaves, tiny flowers,
marbles, beads, etc.
the items into the ice cube tray then fill it with
your piece of string on top, making sure that it goes
into each cube.
the tray into the freezer and when it is all frozen,
carefully take them out.
should have an ice cube necklace that you can put on during
hot summer days, and when it melts, it will cool you down!
8 - Sharm El Sheikh
DIVEX will market MOBBY's Dry Suits
exclusively in Egypt. Starting from
September 2004, in time for the winter
season, DIVEX will launch its amazing
promotional offers to all Diving professionals
more details, please don't hesitate
to contact the DIVEX staff
Canon Optura, Mini DV (very small and
easy to handle), American NTSC system.
Amphibico Explorer (one of the best
brands in the world), Model MV 1 (exactly
the same size of the camera), goes to
99 meters max depth. Accessories:
2 Power supply chargers, 2 remote controls
for the camera, 3 batteries, extra O-ring
for housing. Carrying
Case: Pelican Case 1600, protective,
shock proof, water and pressure proof,
very robust. Carries all the above plus
the digital still camera included in
this offer. Digital
Still Camera: FujiFilm FinePix
A201, 2.0 Mega Pixels with small carrying
case, included are 2 memory cards 16MB
and 32 MB.
The total for the above package U.S.$2,500.
They all have been used no more than
10 times and are less than 3 years old.
Please contact Omar El-Naggar. Mobile:
010-105-0545 or Work: (202) 705-7044
10am-8pm Sun-Wed, Thur 10am-6pm and
Fri & Sat closed. Cairo Resident.
7650 Photo mobile
phone for sale.
station and leather bag. Languages German/English.
Bed, matress, oven, 6hp air conditioner,
play station 1, cd/stereo. Prices open
for negotiation. Please call : Silke
012 321 5273. Hurghada.
Rover for sale.
Beautiful black, 1986, Range Rover 3.5
V8 with leather interior, full option
including AC, electric windows, power
steering. For more information call:
012 311 3434 (El Gouna)
(upper floor) in Kafr El Gouna, El Gouna
resort. Two bedrooms, 1 full bathroom,
1 guest bathroom, open kitchen, large
reception, balcony. Overlooks the sea
and Club House. Including A/Cs and possibly
almost new furniture. Please call: 010
speaking sales person
wanted (male or female, any nationality)
to work in a tourist gift shop. Telephone
: 010 520 8368. Hurghada.
boat or glass boat
wanted to buy, around 7 meters in length,
with or without engine. Please contact
wanted urgently to rent in Sakala, Hurghada.
Minimum 2 bedrooms, fully furnished
& phone connection. Please email
- local or international - for The Club
House, El Gouna. For more information,
please call 012 311 3434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dive Club, Sharm El Sheikh, is looking
for an Assistant
Operations Manager to join our
experienced management staff. The successful
candidate must be:
• A native German speaker fluent
in English. Other languages an advantage.
• An experienced & renewed
PADI instructor with at least 300 certifications
• Highly motivated with a commitment
to customer service
• A skilled communicator with
exceptional organizational skills
• Available for a minimum of three
Management experience preferred but
not essential. Work experience in the
Red Sea an advantage. Salary Package
on application. Applications with C.V.&
Photo to email@example.com
or by fax +20 69 600 601
El Gouna, is looking for a female
from overseas who can speak &
read English or an Egyptian English
Teacher. For an appointment please
call: 012 393 4407 or 065 549702/03
- Home in El Gouna.
Looking to purchase or
rent a villa/house in El Gouna. Furnished
or unfurnished. Please contact: Wendy
012 243 9945
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