Onward & Downward Red Sea Technical Diving Centre
Onward & Downward Red Sea Technical Diving Centre
It’s always great to see returning guests after such a long time … although with Rod it was only a month since he was last here! I must be doing something right!!
Rod first came here in March to make his Tec 50, then flew back again in May to have some fun tec dives and it’s been great to welcome him back again for some more courses.
Congratulations to him today on completing his Tec 65 course – well done Sir!
Not much rest for him though as tomorrow he starts his Hypoxic Trimix!
Onwards & downwards …
The tec diving community often appears to be male dominated and female tec divers certainly seem to be in the minority. That’s why I was very happy to welcome Anuskha to complete her tec courses with me.
It’s true that tec does attract a largely male following but there is nothing at all to stop more ladies joining in. To become a tec diver you must be an experienced, capable and strong recreational diver, once you have the passion to learn tec there’s no reason at all why you can’t qualify.
So it was a great pleasure to welcome Anuskha Durrer here recently and I congratulate her on successfully completing her Tec 65 course and then going on to complete her full Hypoxic Trimix course.
Well done Anushka, very well deserved and a great new tec diver.
Yep! They’re back! Great diving as ever with the London Boys – always a pleasure to dive with you guys.
Started local with a little shakedown dive to 60m with our friends on “Kerry 1” and getting ready for Tiran and the famous Thomas Canyon tomorrow … bring it on!! Thomas Canyon! Simply fantastic dive. 90m and stunning as ever, teeming with marine life and not another diver in sight! Following day from the back of Jackson Reef at 65m on the wreck of the Lara. Another brilliant day and brilliant dive.
Next day sees us making a fantastic 100m dive on Shark Observatory. Stunning marine topography teeming with life and some of the best decompression stops, especially for the 6m stop as it has some of the most fantastic corals and fish life. Definitely a serious dive for serious divers.
We spent the final day at Shark Observatory with an 80m dive. Fantastic dive but the currents were a bit strong to say the least! The boys all dealt with it in their stride.
Thanks for a fantastic week boys – superb diving with a great bunch of lads.
Thanks as well to Elise Watling, Hooch and Dave who completed his Divemaster course with us on Kerry 1.
Had a fantastic week Tec Diving with the London Boys!
Day 1 started locally with a 55m on Ras Nasrani, Merv on the Inspo and Garry on Open Circuit.
Day 2 we were out at Ras Mohamed and Anemone City, 65m into the blue and over to Shark and Yolanda. Teeming with life – such a beautiful dive.
Day 3 a bit nearer to base and we headed to Tiran. Dolphins on the way and Thomas Reef and the Canyon at 70m. The Canyon was as stunning as ever and we had the pleasure of a turtle on the 6m deco stop.
Day 4 saw us back in Ras Mohamed at Shark Observatory and a 100m+ dive. Dropped down and just as we hit the 102m mark, up came a King Hammerhead shark to see what we were up to and swam around us for several minutes! Must be the biggest hammerhead I’ve ever seen – it was like a freight train! At least 3.5m long! It stayed with us for the rest of the dive – in total a bloody excellent dive!!
Day 5 gave us a very nice 80m dive on the outside of the south lagoon. Stunning corals and teeming with life, nothing big around but still a fantastic dive.
Last day back at Ras Mohamed and a 105m dive on Shark Reef. Current was a little strong at the start but once we dropped below 45m all was calm and it turned into a superb wall dive, again teeming with life and beautiful corals.
I’d like first to congratulate Francois Dalbiez on passing his Tec 65 tmx course. Very well deserved Francois (aka the Frog!). It’s been a brilliant couple of weeks, starting off with 3 days diving with Francois then the Tec 65 course and then joined by Geoff Bridge and Steve Hinton for more Tec dives. Including the Yolanda reef at 65m and the containers and 100m. Thomas Canyon at 65m and 95m to the cave. Then it’s off to Dahab for the Blue Hole. The arch at 65m and a 100m dive for me and Geoff.
I had a fantastic couple of week’s thanks again Francois Dalbiez and Geoff Bridge. Briliant!!!
It’s been a fantastic year for Chill-Tec. And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all my Guests for their support over the last year and look forward to seeing you all in 2015.
Had a fantastic couple of weeks diving with Andrew Boyle. It was one of the best ways to end 2014, I could have hoped for.Thanks Andy.
Just seen a great review on Trip Advisor posted on the Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village page with a fantastic mention for CHILL-TEC …
“The dive centre at Umbi in my opinion caters extremely well for all divers from novice to the technical. Being a tech diver myself I was particularly impressed with the service provided by the technical guide Mark Chilton. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he worked tirelessly to ensure the diving we did went without any dramas. The boat we went on was spotless and the crew worked like a well-oiled machine knowing exactly what to do and when to do it. I would recommend this dive centre to any diver and in particular the technical divers out there. Had a fantastic weeks diving with Umbi”
Cheers mate! Hope to see you all back later in the year.
Check out the August issue of SportDiver magazine to see a write up of CHILL-TEC!
Good to be mentioned in SportDiver magazine in August helping the College and diving with the great Eddie Kidd.