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Gepost door: nuweiba | maart 24, 2009

Sara Campbell back in action

Posted By Sara-Lise Haith on Monday Mar 23, 2009 @ 05:40 in FreeDiving
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36-year-old British World Champion freediver Sara Campbell, who set three World Records last year, is launching her own coaching programme, Discover your Depths. Sara’s progress from beginner to triple World Record holder was done in just nine months, and she now would like to share the secret of her success with the rest of the freediving world.

Sara said: “It all happened so quickly, that when I was asked how I achieved those three World Records, I wasn’t exactly sure. Time out last year, and some very difficult dives shortly after my mum died, made things much clearer for me, and I began to understand what my unique strengths are as a freediver. My progress was down to a combination of my physiology, and advanced meditation and pranayama practice. I feel strongly that fear and lack of self-belief holds a lot of very promising freedivers back”.

Sara has said that “Discover your Depths” is about developing each freediver’s self-confidence, helping them understand their own potential through controlling their minds and of course advanced equalisation and deeper diving techniques.” The course combines daily yoga and meditation, discussions and plenty of practical training at the Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt.

Sara combines yoga and meditation practice in the course syllabus, together with freedive training. She is limiting the group sizes to a maximum of four people, and accommodation is in the luxury Villa Isis, which she built herself last year. Guests wanting to do more than one week can extend their stay in the villa, and rent diving equipment from Sara to practice the techniques they’ve learned. There is a prerequisite that Divers must have a sound knowledge of freediving, in line with an AIDA *** qualification or similar.

Sara, referred to affectionately by her fellow athletes as ‘Mighty Mouse’, is also the smallest freediver on the circuit, at just under five foot. Her mother died in 2008, giving her an enforced break in training and record-breaking, but in 2009 she is back with remarkable goals, among them to be the first woman ever to dive to 100m on one breath in Constant Weight.

She is an Ambassador for The BLUE Project, advocating small daily change in order to protect the oceans and slow down, and ultimately reverse, climate change. By demonstrating the beauty and fragility of the precious ocean reef systems, Sara hopes to encourage small daily changes in other peoples’ behaviour and shopping choices.

Sara has a website http://www.sarafreediver.com.

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Gepost door: nuweiba | februari 20, 2009

Burnhamite freedriver helps to clean up the seas

 4:30pm Thursday 19th February 2009
By Adam Cornell

» A FREEDIVING world champion is using her skills to help clean up international reefs and dive sites. Sara Campbell, 36, from Burnham, joined 22 scuba divers to remove rubbish from the red sea from her base in Dahab, Egypt. She said: “I’ve always had a close connection with the environment, and am delighted that I can use my diving to reach a wider audience to help protect not only the Red Sea, but all water environments. “We brought up around 30 kilos of rubbish – mainly glass, cans, plastic wrappers and fishing lines. “The amount of waste that ends up in the sea is shocking – it not only looks horrible, but it destroys the reefs and particularly in the case of fishing lines and nets, can create the most awful devastation to the wildlife.” Sara has also been working with a British environmental group – the BLUE Climate and Oceans Project – and is set to appear on a new broadband television channel – The Underwater Channel – live in March. Sara, who becgan competitive freediving in April 2007 has already set eleven national and three world records. She also has a world championship gold.


Gepost door: nuweiba | september 26, 2008

Visa to Dahab – Tourism report for Egypt released

Over the past year Egyptian tourism has grown at rates not seen since 2004, according to a Companies and Markets report.
The growth in foreign arrivals in Egypt has been attributed to the weakness of the Egyptian pound against the Euro, the development of tourism products and operations, successful marketing campaigns and success in key markets.

Europeans are still dominating the international visitor market in Egypt, who now comprise 74 per cent of all tourists in the country (up from 69 per cent in the previous year).  Arrivals from India and China were also on the rise, reports PR-inside.com.

An Egypt visa is a permit issued by the Egyptian visa authorities to a person for entry, exit or transit through Egypt. Tourist and Business visas are issued according to the applicant’s status, purpose of visit and passport type.

British and other EU nationals travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts only, for up to 14 days, do not require a visa but can instead receive a free entry stamp upon arrival. 

The Egypt tourist visa (or Egypt visit visa) is issued with a validity of three months, and is intended solely for applicants wishing to visit the country for the purposes of tourism.  However, applicants must leave upon the visa’s expiry and must not engage in any form of employment while on their visit.  Additionally, Egyptian tourist visas can be issued for either single entry or multiple entries. 

The Worldwide Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in Egypt visa and immigration services.

Article by Jessica Bird, Worldwide Visa Bureau.


Gepost door: nuweiba | september 20, 2008

Andrea Bocelli in Egypt

Gepost door: nuweiba | september 5, 2008

Mobinil launches 3G in Dahab

At the beginning of this month Egypt’s leading mobile operator Mobinil launched 3G services, covering large cities, tourist, industrial and corporate centres in Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Dahab, Taba, Safaga, Marsa Alam, Luxor and Aswan. Mobinil

Mobinil has been hard at work revamping its network in preparartion for the launch 3G earlier this month

Since agreeing to purchase the 3G licence, Mobinil has since increased the number of installed base stations to more than 6,500, out of which 700 3G base stations and more than 2,100 EDGE-enabled base stations are in place.

Nokia Siemens Networks, along with Huawei has developed Mobinil’s 3G network, while Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola cooperated with Mobinil to establish the 2G portion of the network. This is in addition to the cooperation with Cisco Systems and Ericsson to develop and enhance the network infrastructure.

In April this year Mobinil did say it would delay the introduction of 3G services and payment of an EGP750 million (US$138 million) instalment on the licence fee by about two and a half months. At the time, the operator said the delay was necessitated because the regulatory authorities were late in handing over the frequency band needed for Mobinil to conduct the necessary tests before commercial service began.

Mobinil had been meant to receive the frequency band on January 17 but the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) did not say it was available until March 27, according to Mobinil.
Mobinil is the last of Egypt’s three mobile operators to launch 3G services, having initially refused to pay the licence fee asked by the NTRA.

“The licence condition set the value of a 3G licence (for the incumbents Mobinil and Vodafone Egypt) at 20 per cent of the price of the 2G/3G licence awarded to the third operator,” explained Alex Shalaby, CEO of Mobinil at the beginning of last year. “We thought this was high and elected not to bid for 3G at this time.” Etisalat bid US$2.9 billion to win Egypt’s third mobile licence, valuing the amount required to be paid by the incumbents for 3G licences at US$580 million each.

Gepost door: nuweiba | juni 11, 2008

Dahab – Sinai