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Tributes paid to Red Sea pioneer
Tributes have been paid to
Guido cherif, a hugely popular
figure and pioneering red sea
liveaboard operator, who died
aged 62 after a long illness.
Abd El Megeed El cherif, who
was widely known as Guido,
was the owner of the famous
coral Queen liveaboard,
regarded as the best of its kind
when it was launched in 1996.
The coral Queen remained
a favourite, particularly with
visiting uk divers, until its
International Tourism Day
demise at shaab sataya in
2005.
cdWs member dive centres teamed up to promote red sea diving
at the first ever International Tourism day to be held outside of
cherif worked as a military policeman before joining a successful
cairo. The popular diving destination of sharm el sheikh was
family owned textile firm in Alexandria. he sold up his side of the
chosen to host the Ministry of Tourism event to promote all sectors
family business when his passion for diving was ignited during a
of the Egyptian tourist industry, including the cdWs and its
trip to sharm el sheikh in 1984.
members.
describing the man as a ‘legend’ hEPcA said in its statement:
As well as special diver training and dive holiday package deals,
‘Through this boat [MY coral Queen] Guido showed to the
the event on 27 september reinforced the message to tourists
entire industry the true warmth of Egyptian hospitality. Guido
about the importance of diving only with cdWs member centres.
was committed to giving back to his local community and over
The cdWs stand in the show tent at Naama Bay was represented
the years many of the crew came from local tribes for training
by members including ocean college, lucky divers, sinai divers,
onboard.’
camel dive club, subex, sinai scuba and dahab-based club red.
hossam helmy, owner of red sea diving safari, said: ‘he was a real
The day also featured a procession from Ghibli raceway to the
friend, a true gentleman and a genuine person. We spent together
Ghazala hotels, live street entertainment along the main strip and
there many months diving and exploring sites, and he helped me
ended with presentations by the mayor of sharm. special diving
personally with setting up our speedboat fleet that serves all the
tourism awards went to diving & discovery, Mina dive c Forum,
red sea diving safari bases throughout the south. God bless him.
royal Evolution, Typhoon and Extra divers.
We will miss him.’
Diver tracking system
Emperor divers has announced it is to install a diver tracking system on
all its liveaboards by the end of the year.
A device on a divers’ arm about the size of two cigarette boxes is able to
activate an alarm and send out a location signal which can be picked up
by all boats installed with the seasafe system. This was tested accurately
within an 18km-range of a diver according to the Egypt-wide operator.
Although cases of missing divers are rare, Emperor divers said
incidences do happen, particularly in remote areas in the south where
there are often strong currents.
www.emperordivers.com
First woman to 100m Red Sea CCR cave course
russian freediver Natalia Molchanova has become the first woman The first ever complete closed circuit rebreather
to reach 100m in the constant weight discipline after diving to (ccr) cave diver course in the red sea is set
101m at the september championships in sharm el sheikh. she to launch at the end of November. PurE, the
beat the record of 96m held by dahab-based British freediver technical arm of the sharm el sheikh-based
sara campbell, who has yet to be recognised for breaking dive centre red sea college is running the TdI
100m following a series of minor shallow water black-outs in (Technical diving International) course between
competitions. 29 November and 1 december this year.
10 www.cdws.travel
Issue  october / November 2009
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