Egypt – Precautions & hygiene regulations

Precautions and hygiene regulations Sharm el Sheikh and Marsa Alam

Prerequisite for the opening of our diving centre in Sharm el Sheikh as well as “The Oasis” Dive Resort incl. diving centre is a Health-Certificate, which is issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Health in cooperation with the CDWS (Chamber of Diving & Watersport).  It includes corona tests for the entire hotel staff as well as a safety training regarding the rules of distance and hygiene. The approval of the following measures will be conducted by the CDWS within the next weeks, so that a Health Certificate will be available for the opening of our destinations.

Many of the hygiene rules are not new to us. We have always cleaned and disinfected our rental equipment thoroughly after returning it and you have always kept the rental equipment in your box during the whole diving holiday. Before it is handed over to you and of course also after return it will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. If you like, you can bring your own mouthpiece, which we will be happy to fit to the rental equipment.

Your own personal mask, fins and wetsuit is currently of advantage. Of course, the rental equipment is also thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The decision is entirely up to you.

In the diving centre, on the boats and in the hotel as a whole, the usual precautions and hygiene measures, which we already know from home, apply. Coughing and sneezing into the elbows, keeping a minimum distance, frequent hand washing and disinfecting. There is enough disinfectant available for you in the dive centre and the adjoining facilities. The minimum distance can also be easily maintained due to the spacious facilities. It is helpful but not mandatory if each guest brings his own pen for the paperwork.

In Egypt, there will be an infra-red thermometer in the dive centre as well as on the boats. Before entering the boats it is mandatory to check the temperature of each guest.

During the transfers to the dive sites it is compulsory to wear protective masks as ordered by the health authorities. This also applies to the guests we pick up from other hotels for diving.

It is also a good idea to bring an anti-fogging agent on the boat instead of spitting into the mask.

What else is important?

– Drink enough water and label your water bottles so that there is no mix-up.

– If you feel uncomfortable, contact us. We will then discuss with you whether a doctor needs to be consulted.

– Wash your hands before you come into the dive centre and keep your distance.

– Cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm.

– Keep your distance and avoid touching, kissing or hugging other guests or employees.

– Disinfect and clean your equipment after each dive in the specially prepared tanks.

If you want to take a closer look at the topic of precautionary and hygiene measures, we recommend that you take a look at the document prepared by DAN and SSI.

Your and our employees’ health and safety is very important to us. We have therefore drawn up the rules as outlined and will make sure that they are observed. Nevertheless we should not let the joy of diving be spoiled.

Werner Lau

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