Location: Unnamed Road, Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
Season: July 8, 2020 to July 18, 2020
Session Dates: July 8-18, 2020
Application Deadline: March 8, 2020
Deadline Type: Rolling
The Shipwreck Survey
Ruud Stelten, Ph.D.
The Red Sea is one of the most amazing places in the world to dive. It is teeming with marine life and vast coral gardens. It has also been an important crossroads for thousands of year. As a result, this vital stretch of water, linking North Africa to the Arabian peninsula, contains an astonishing number of historical submerged sites. When the Suez Canal opened in 1869, it became one of the most popular sailing routes in the world. The Red Sea’s many shallow coral reefs and other navigational hazards caused countless ships to wreck in subsequent decades, each with their own fascinating story. This expedition is aimed at diving a number of the most spectacular shipwrecks in the Egyptian Red Sea, from nineteenth-century steam ships to incredible WWII wrecks.
This educational expedition will comprise an 11-day program during which we will dive numerous historic shipwreck sites, including the world-famous Thistlegorm, Carnatic, Kingston, Giannis D, Numidia, Aida, Salem Express, and El Mina. Participants will be completely immersed in the history of the Red Sea and each shipwreck we visit, and will have the opportunity to learn about underwater documentation techniques such as underwater photography, videography, and photogrammetry. The liveaboard vessel Royal Evolution will be our base during this trip. In addition, a trip to Luxor, the center of ancient Egypt, will be organized. Prior to embarking on the boat, there will be several presentations and workshops to get acquainted with the region’s history and archaeology.
Period(s) of Occupation: Nineteenth century - WWII
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 11 days
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent certification from another agency.
Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation on the first and last two nights will be in a hotel in Hurghada. During the expedition, we will spend 7 nights on board the Royal Evolution liveaboard vessel. The Royal Evolution is a luxurious and spacious boat measuring 39 meters in length. Its steel hull makes it a very stable vessel. Staterooms are spacious and each has its own bathroom. The boat features two sun decks, a large common area with TV, and a spacious dive deck. The staff on board is very friendly and helpful. Wifi is available on some days of the trip, when we are within reach of a cellular network. We believe that good food is key to a successful and productive project. Food and drinks will be provided for the duration of the project. When in Hurghada, we will be going out to dinner or enjoy the hotel’s all-inclusive meals. On board the Royal Evolution, food is amazing. Three delicious meals will be served each day, with plenty of snacks in between. Meals on board usually consist of meat and fish, rice, potatoes, pasta, vegetables, salads, and delicious desserts! There are plenty of vegetarian options too. The total course fee is USD 2,900. This includes: - Liveaboard dive trip - 3 nights hotel accommodation in Hurghada - Food and drinks based on three meals per day - Airport transfers - Full dive equipment rental - Presentations and workshops - Day trip to Luxor - Fuel surcharges - Port fees
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