Read Before You leave - Red Sea Liveaboards
Every liveaboard has its different rules; you only need to know which ones to follow. To avoid unfriendly surprises we have put together the following most important information, guidelines and rules for your liveaboard holiday. Please note: that these rule generally apply for all liveaboards around the world.
It is not allowed to smoke in the cabins or in the salon. All liveaboards have fire alarms installed for your safety which are activated with even a small amount of smoke. Please use ashtrays and don’t throw cigarette butts into the sea. Cigarette filters are non biodegradable and with time may damage the reefs or harm marine life. It is also not unheard of that an unwary smoker has thrown a cigarette into the RIB setting it on fire.
Life jackets, life rafts and other floating devices are available onboard. You can find fire extinguishers in the cabins, salon and engine room. Upon your arrival to the boat, please familiarize yourself with the location and operating methods of the safety devices.
It is mandatory that each diver has the following equipment and papers:
Dive computer, depth gauge and watch, a surface signaling device (SMB), snorkel, a medical certificate not older than one year (if the diver has medical reasons that grant it, ie diabetes), diving certificate, diving insurance papers, a regulator with alternate air source, torch and a weight belt even with integrated weight jackets.
A diving insurance may be purchased onboard the boat for approximately 3.5 Euros per day per person.
Many marine park destinations require a minimum level of experience of at least 50 logged dives and the last dive shouldn’t be older than one year. If you fail to meet these requirements, the dive guides are entitled to stop you from going on certain dives, or the routing might be subject to change accordingly.
All divers must show proof of a minimum of one logged dive during the previous 12 months from the date of the trips departure. A Scuba Review will be necessary for all divers that do not meet these requirements (only onboard Emperor boats).
In case of emergency, there is an oxygen tank and a medic first aid box onboard of all liveaboards. We suggest that you purchase a special insurance in case of a diving accident that covers the expenses of the hyperbaric chamber and medical evacuation.
Due to damage to the boats, it is forbidden to use road shoes onboard. Please take with you bathroom slippers, warm socks, or light sailing shoes.
Diving equipment is not allowed into the salon or the cabins. The salon and cabins are strictly dry areas due to the risk of slip and fall injuries.
Shower and toilets
All vessels have ensuite shower facilities for your comfort. Bathroom towels are provided. Still, we recommend bringing your own towel for use outside the cabin.
Please don’t use too much shampoo and soap because shower water eventually ends up in the sea. It is better to buy world known ecologically friendly products that don’t affect the environment.
Please don’t throw anything in the toilet bowls, including toilet paper and sanitary pads, to avoid toilet blocks and damage to the eco system garbage bins are placed in the toilets especially for that purpose.
Each cabin has portholes. We suggest that you open them as often as possible to let in fresh air to compensate for the air conditioner circulating the air. However, make sure you close the portholes while the boat is sailing.
Food & Drinks
Apart from soft drinks, coffee, tea & water, several kinds of beer and local wines are available for purchase onboard of each of the liveaboards. Full board accommodation is provided (3 meals and 1 snack) for all our clients during their stay onboard.
Sleeping on deck
It is not allowed to take bed sheets, covers or mattresses out of the cabin on the deck. If you wish to sleep outside, please bring with you a sleeping bag and use the mattresses from the sundeck.
Major credit cards are accepted onboard the majority of boats but there is normally a service charge. Most currencies are also accepted onboard with a fair exchange rate.
Onboard we only have basic emergency medication. If you feel the need may arise for any special medication during the trip, please take a small supply with you.
In any case don’t forget stomach and diarrhea medication, sea sickness tablets or plasters and ear drops and please make sure it will not affect your ability to dive.
Most boats have 220 volts power and we suggest that you bring a European normal adaptor. Please see the travel information under each destination for specific details about electricity.
Climate and clothing
This varies depending on where you are, however most liveaboards operate in warm climates so you can expect a temperature of 30 C + in the summer time. In the winter time it gets colder in the evenings and if there is wind it’s suggested that you bring a jumper. On the boat it is enough to bring light summer clothes and a jumper for cool evenings.
Please see the travel information under each destination for appropriate weather information.
The diving safari crew and dive guides onboard speak English.
Rental and spare equipment
Rental equipment is normally unavailable onboard. If you need any rental equipment, you can rent it from a dive school close to your home or contact Scuba Travel beforehand. We also suggest that you should have the most important spare parts with you like mask and fin straps and the repair kit for your type of regulator.
Please think as well about batteries, seals and bulbs for your torch.
In all countries, you are more than welcome to tip the crew if you are satisfied with the level of service that they have provided during your diving safari trip.
Kindly pre-book your nitrox before your trip, as well as any courses or specialties.
Part of the environmental law
1. Hunting, fishing, collecting or destroying corals and shells is prohibited.
2. It is prohibited to throw anything in the sea including oil, garbage, grease, etc
3. It is prohibited to use boat anchors in protected areas.
4. Feeding fishes and birds is forbidden.
5. It is forbidden to use diving gloves and knives.
6. It is not allowed to walk on corals or reef.
In Egypt: Culprit will be fined 10 000 LE or imprisoned on the first violation and 20 000 LE or imprisoned on the second violation. Further along the captain and dive guide will be suspended from working in the Red Sea and the boat will not get a permission to leave port for an established period of time.
The maximum depth of diving according to the law is 40m.
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