All ready for the Diving Season
A presentation on our dive club in Kuwait
Neil Moroney - Diving Officer
In the month of October, the Kuwait Mantas were invited by the British Business Forum to give a presentation on Diving in Kuwait.
Neil presented 45 slides over 25 minutes which covered the history of The Kuwait Mantas, what we do and why, diving in Kuwait and the clubs long lasting friendships.
It was also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the club and gain a few more members.
British Ambassador launches new boat
The Kuwait Mantas Diving Club, which has been active in Kuwait since 1977 proudly held a naming ceremony on the 5th October 2018, for the clubs new custom built boat, the Mantas 4. His Excellency the UK Ambassador to Kuwait, Mr Michael Davenport MBE, very kindly officiated the ceremony culminating with the cutting of the ribbon bringing Mantas 4 into commission. His Excellency and his wife then took a trip across the bay near Souq Sharq, from where the spectacular seafront skyline of Kuwait could be appreciated in full.
The Kuwait Mantas Diving Club is a part of the British Sub-Aqua Club, whose patron is the Duke of Cambridge, and is run entirely by volunteers, on a non-profit basis. It recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and has trained countless divers who have gone on to pursue a love of the undersea world thanks to their introduction to the sport in the welcoming warm waters of Kuwait.
The boat has been constructed by Qabazard Marine, whose director, Hamid Qabazard, collaborated closely with the club to produce a custom boat suited to local conditions, capable of carrying 12 divers and a coxswain at 55 km/hr to any of the 10 coral reef dive sites in Kuwaiti waters.
The Chairman of the club, Mr Neil Moroney, thanking the Ambassador for his support, said, 'Divers from all over the world are members of the Mantas, and they all enjoy the chance to develop their skills with us. I am sure that our new boat, and His Excellency's support today, will ensure that the club will continue to contribute to cultural life in Kuwait for many years to come.'
Dahab June 2018
John Sharp reports
Ells bells and bobbys whistles I dived the Blue Hole with Aquanautics (formerly Dahab, Sinai, Egypt. Mantas past and present recommended -dive dive , Dahab, for diving in the Dahab area and I have to say that I can now add this to my list of operators that I trust and would dive with again. Their set up for shore diving is an efficient and well-oiled machine. the gas and stuff. Ahmed was commander in chief for the week and Simone proved herself to be a capable Divemaster. I did not get the chance to meet Hans, who has moved to Italy or Kathi, the new manager, who was out of the country, both of whom respectively ran
The first day was run of the mill stuff I had just been on a liveaboard and had four days diving in Sharm el Sheikh for the Red Sea. Hard and soft corals of all shades of the spectrum, fish, fish and more fish, octopi, squid, blue spotted ray. Cornet fish and a long nose seen at 36m on Um Sid but no sharks as seen in Sharm silver tipped reef shark and hammerhead to wit.
which consisted of diving down a narrow canyon and through an arch at around 32metres and then following the wall and ascending to around seven metres at the right hand side of the wall to the exit. Following this was the Canyon. Ash in the Earths crust that provides another memorable dive. Sorry, no photos from me. My memory suffices for me, such as it is!
A third days diving ended with another classic dive the Islands. Corals galore with appropriate fish
All the above were shore dives a new experience for me. A word of caution. I thought that I knew better but the heat and the Egyptian Sun are unforgiving and especially in June. I can only conclude that a bout of Montezums revenge was caused by not drinking enough water and thinking that I was ok. This caused the boat dive to be aborted as far as I was concerned. Do noit let that happen to you should you venture this way.
All in all, I wholeheartedly concur with the recommendations made to me by fellow Mantas and, I will be back! Many thanks to Ahmed, Mohammed and Simone. See you next time!
Wonderful first dive
Our latest trainee Mohamed had a few words to say about his first day diving from the boat with Kuwait Mantas.
Dear divers gang. Thank you so much for those dives yesterday. It was a wonderful day with unforgettable experience. Diving for the first time with a highly experienced diver and a wonderful dive manager was indeed a memorable experience. Also being in the company of such fantastic people and passionate divers added to the experience and gave me courage to complete my first dive. I hope to see you all again on next dives. Thank you all so much. Regards Mohamed
Of course we are delighted Mohamed had such a wonderful experience and this is why the club exists, to allow people to dive in a safe and enjoyable environment. A big thanks again to Brian and Tim for volunteering your time with training and everybody involved with getting the boat out on the water each day..