Thursday 22 January 2009

Egypt's CDWS

The Chamber of Diving and Watersports was founded by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism in 2007 with a goal to improve quality, safety and standard of services in the diving and watersports industry, as well as to preserve unique environment of the Red Sea.
All diving centres and safari boats will meet ISO standards EN 14467 / ISO 24803 for diving by 2009 as agreed with Egypt’s CDWS, the Austrian Institute of Norms and the European Underwater Federation.

Elections in November 2008 selected a new board which will be in place for three years. All board members are key figures in the diving and watersports industries:

Hesham Gabr Ali

Vice Chairman
Hamed AbdAllah

Amr Abou ElSood

Board Members
Amr Aly Osmaan, Dr. Omar Adly Abdel Aziz, Eng.Zeyad Mamdooh ElBassel, Mostafa Farouk Hanafy, Essam Mohamed Hassan Eid, Asharf Ahmed Saleh, Mahmoud Abdel Hadi Hassan Gad, Sherif Boushra Ebeid, Volker Clausen

Egypt's Chamber of Diving and Watersports this week launched it's new website
The site provides a wealth of information to those interested in Diving and Watersports in Egypt including destination information specific to each activity, live weather information, maps and wreck data and history provided by Red Sea wreck expert and author Ned Middleton (this section going live early February).
Most importantly the site features an up to date list of diving centres who have met the criteria of European Norm EN 14467/ISO 24803 for Recreational Diving Services. So far 120 Red Sea Diving Centres are listed as having received their ISO certification with more centres being added each week.
The site will continue to develop over the coming months to include more news, information, galleries and a 'Members Only' area for CDWS members who will be able to access information specific to their industry.