Tekstreme “The Tour” visits Malta

Tekstreme Wings

MALTA 2016

May 7th – 14th

Price = £600

 

The Maltese Islands’ clear blue Mediterranean sea is ideal for scuba diving. All three islands offer some unique diving experiences with an abundance of reefs, caves and wrecks that make diving here some of the most interesting in the Mediterranean. The calmness and clarity of the sea makes for excellent visibility whilst the risk of encountering dangerous fish is extremely low, creating the ultimate conditions for scuba diving. For the more experienced divers, there are plenty of challenging dives to choose from.

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights self catering accommodation in shared villas with equipment storage
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • 5 days diving
  • Transfers to and from Dive locations
  • All ferry costs
  • 12 litre Twin set hire or CCR tank hire
  • 1 decompression tank
  • Technical guides

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This trip is aimed at diving some of the most popular wrecks and reefs of Malta and Gozo to with all dives between depths of 30 – 55m. It is preferably that divers should hold a certification to enable them to dive to 50m on either air or limited trimix. Lower certifications of certifications are also welcome and courses to achieve the higher levels are available during the trip.

For the shallower dives (30 – 40m) there will be planned two dives per day. For the deeper dives up to 55m it is planned for 1 dive a day. This makes for a minimum 8 dive trip. The dives are subject to weather conditions but hopefully will include the following: P31 patrol boat, Rosie Tug Boat, El Faroud, MV Karwela, MV Xlendi, HMS Stubborn and the Blue Hole to name a few.

Nitrox, Helium and extra Deco cylinders are available but not included in the overall price. All extras are to be paid directly to the Dive centre at the end of the trip.

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 Flights are available quite inexpensive from most major UK airports.

 Email to info@tekstremediving.com for more information.

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Red Sea Advanced Technical Expedition to the wreck of the Maiden.

For all you advanced technical divers out there, the expedition trip of the year is about to happen.

 

Way down in the middle of the Red Sea you will find an Island called Rocky Island. Situated on the surrounding reef lies quietly the wreck of the Maiden. This particular wreck is probably the least dived in the Red Sea due to its depth; beginning at 90 metres and going to a maximum of around 120m. Tekstreme will be running an expedition to go and dive this wreck this summer time. There are not many divers that can say that they have been and visited this wreck, it certainly is one for the log book! (if you even have a log book!). The trip only has a few remaining places left so contact us soon if you would like to join.

 

The Wreck

Built by W Hamilton & Co (Glasgow), the Maiden was launched in March 1902 and officially described as Steel Screw Steamer. A very large ship for her day, She was 152.4m (500 feet!) long, 17.7m wide and had a draught of 10m. The Maiden was owned and operated by T & J Brocklebank who were much respected throughout the world and something of a legend in Liverpool. The Maiden had been used exclusively on the Eastern Trade routes, operating between European Ports and India. It was in 1923 that a navigational error resulted in the ship hitting the south side of the Rocky island.

 

 

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  • Port of Departure = Marsa Alam
  • Port of Return = Marsa Alam
  • Boat = Emperor Elite
  • Level of technical diver = Advanced Trimix diver CCR or OC
  • Courses Available = Trimix CCR and OC on request
  • Number of dives = minimum 7 / maximum 8
  • Number of technical divers = 16 divers
  • Recreational divers welcome upon request (subject to conditions)

 

 

Included in the price

 

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Marine Park Fees
  • Fuel surcharges
  • All food and soft drinks on board
  • Wine with evening dinner
  • Twin set hire
  • CCR tank hire
  • 2 x Decompression tank(s) hire with rigging
  • 2 x Bailout tank(s) hire with rigging
  • Twin set air gas fills
  • CCR oxygen fills
  • CCR air fills
  • Emergency Surface marker buoy hire

 

 

 

Wreck Dives

 

  • Zealot @ Daedalus
  • Maiden @ Rocky Island

 

 

Reef Dives

 

  • Daedalus Reef
  • Elphinestone
  • Fury Shoal

 

 

(Please note dive sites are subject change due to weather conditions and level of technical divers on board. Please also note that night dives are not permitted at Daedalus reef or Rocky Island)

 

Email us to place your booking tekstreme@emperordivers.com

New life in the depths of Hurghada

Words & photos by Paul Vinten

Hebat Allah Back in August of 2004, the Red Sea Association for Diving & Watersports managed a project to remove and re-sink the wreck of the Hebat Allah which had been sitting on the reef outside Hurghada for a number of years.
The idea was to create a new artificial wreck reef at depths suitable to all levels of divers to both alleviate the pressure which is steadily increasing around the sites of Hurghada and also to provide a new attraction to both marine life and divers alike. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the wreck was sunk at a location other to that which had been surveyed and planned, and as a result it ended up at a depth which is unsuitable for normal recreational dive limits.

HOWEVER, what has been created is a new attraction to visiting technical divers which will hopefully increase the number of visiting ‘tekkies’, and the wreck also provides a perfect training site for any number of technical courses which are on offer at a growing number of the Hurghada dive centres.

The Hebat Allah is a 51m long, 300 ton freighter now lying at a maximum depth of 46 metres, and with the top of the masts reaching up to a minimum depth on the wreck of 27 metres It offers a superb new dive site to those with the correct qualifications or under training.

Hebat Allah bow Hebat Allah bridge Megalodon diver on Hebat Allah

Penetration through the superstructure is possible with the intact nature of the wreck providing a very safe environment, also helped by the fact that the interior was laid out with line and exit arrows prior to it’s sinking. It provides a great exploration dive, and a good opportunity to practice those advanced wreck skills & drills.
Doorways are present at the rear of the stern superstructure and also in the front of the bridge at the mid level of the aft hold. Once inside, all the levels can be accessed via stairways inside, so eliminating the need to make multiple entries and exits.
A single door in the forecastle at the bow gives divers another point of easy penetration.
A fine layer of algae has covered the wreck both inside and out, and diver’s bubbles rapidly dislodge rust from the ceiling inside, therefore care must be taken with the fin kicks and buoyancy to minimise the reduction in visibility which will inevitably occur inside the wreck.

Hebat Allah wreck One part of the project did go exactly according to plan – that of providing a new artificial home to the numerous varieties of Red Sea marine life, much of which is endemic to the region. Already, large hard corals have taken up residence on some of the railings of the wreck, while encrusting corals are slowly covering other parts of the wreck. Coral grouper can be found lurking around inside the superstructure and under the bow, lionfish are sitting on the deck and masts and big shoals of fusiliers are often hanging around either the bow mast or along side the stern section. A giant moray has also taken up residence in the top of the funnel! In less than a year it has changed from a lump of metal into a very dynamic marine ecosystem which will continue to grow and develop.
Due to its relatively shallow depths (in technical diving terms!), it is possible to take a very leisurely tour of the wreck and really appreciate the ability of nature to adapt and prosper in almost any environment.

It is now the responsibility of visiting technical divers to maintain and protect this site in order to allow the life to prosper and give us what will certainly become one of the best sites in the daily diving region of Hurghada. Due to the comparatively low number of deeper divers in the area, no damage should result from the infrequent visits to the site, and a true survey of ecosystem development can be undertaken and witnessed by all those lucky enough to dive this site.

Diver on Hebat Allah In order to dive the wreck safely, a shot line has been fixed to the stern of the wreck to which one boat at a time may tie on to and more permanent moorings are being planned for the future. In addition to this, diver descent lines on a thinner rope have been placed at both the stern and bow of the wreck giving divers an option for a safe ascent reference should they be unable to return to the anchor line. A decompression trapeze is an added comfort to divers which should be provided by the boat as they come back up due to the current which is usually present near the surface in this open location.

The RSDASS has worked hard to provide this new attraction to Hurghada, and it is now up to the local dive centres and divers to act responsibly in order to maintain strict safety standards for the divers, and also to protect a brand new ecosystem which will flourish in the years to come.