We employ Egyptian, Bedouin and Nubian workers full time here. We also use locals for our diving, driving and camel safaris so as to try and share the pie, meaning a wider range of people benefit from the visiting tourist than just us. We feel a massive responsibility to the environment we work in, as it is so precious and yet so abused by the masses.
We are not flighty dive club owners just looking to make a fast buck and move on. Our home is here in Dahab and we are raising our family here too (now two girls & a boy).
Our eldest daughter Nadia is very aware of how precious this environment is and as she is bi-lingual, is able to chat away to the local Bedouin kids about why it is wrong to fish, why not to throw rubbish in the sea etc and is very effective, if a bit fierce sometimes.
This is the only way, via the kids, as the adults are too stuck in their ways to want to change. So we ask help of the local kids with our annual pick up in September. We pick rubbish from the beach at every site we go to and from underwater. This doubles the effect as customers see us taking care of the environment and follow suit.
The very fact that we dive with small numbers (4-1 ratios) also means we can instruct more effectively about environmental impact issues like, good buoyancy, tidy equipment (not dangling and hitting reefs) no sand kicking (stopping the reef feeding). We also are passionate about our fish and pass on lots of aquatic information to each customer. We believe you will leave us a better, more responsible, non coral bashing, informed, and environmentally aware diver and person. We do presentations to the local schools about responsible behaviour towards the sea and hand out the Arabic version of the Project Aware brochure so that hopefully the message spreads even further.
We recycle all our waste; food items go to our goats, bottles, cans and plastic are collected here in our recycle bins and taken to re-cycle units in Dahab. Environment notices are posted in rooms and welcome folder to be more aware of the local best practices. Re-cycle shopping bags provided in each room to remove the need for plastic.
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