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Want to big blue? Hop, to the water! I'm taking you to the Red Sea for snorkeling, snorkeling and underwater photography ...
Oops, I did it again
A year ago, I had accumulated some not trivial experiences in the space of a week: I had not only met a mermaid, but also photographed sharks and also explored wrecks... It was in October 2016, in the Egyptian waters of the Red Sea, thanks to a special "three-in-one" dive cruise. The concept: take all bottle divers, freedivers and underwater photographers at the same time.
I liked it so much that I started again this year ... 😊 Oops, I did it again, as Britney Spears said.
In November 2017, I took off for Egypt and embarked on a new "snorkeling-photo" cruise in the Red Sea.
It was organized by the same as last year: the Greek-Swiss underwater photographer Phil Simha, the French apnea champion Rémy Dubern and the Franco-Egyptian team of theExocet. This time the route was not to the north (Ras Mohammed, Brothers), but to the south (St. John's Reefs)…
Update 2019: the next "snorkeling-photo" cruise will take place from November 16 to 23, 2019. Infos sur les sites de Blue Addiction (Rémy Dubern) and Sunfish Production (Phil Simha)
On the program: a week of great blue and great sun (oh joy, just before really entering the winter gray Breton 😎). A water at 27-28 ° C, with vertiginous transparency. And then, above all, happiness and wonder under the surface. Of all the shows offered by nature, coral reefs are really the ones that fascinate me the most ...
Diving, freediving, photo in the Red Sea
Those who do not dive do not realize, but to gather bottle divers, freedivers and underwater photographers on the same boat, it is not necessarily obvious ... With or without bubbles, once released in the water these three "populations" of web-like humans do not have exactly the same morals.
Exploration buffs sometimes curse the slowness of image hunters who hate to palmer quickly. Photographers, they, groan after those who arise inadvertently in the frame or scare the fish. As apneists, followers of the aquatic simplicity, they contemplate with an eye often sly the bulky paraphernalia of "bulleux" ... 😁
This clash of underwater cultures sometimes gives rise to amusing scenes. I let you admire below the ease of Remy (yes, as I said above, this boy is still apnea champion), when it comes down to tease, in selfie mode, the GoPro those who carry their reserve of air on their backs instead of being content with their lungs:
During this cruise in Egypt in November 2017, I will finally devote a morning to apnea and all other days of the week to the picture under water! Yes, every time, I hesitate a little, and then each time I choose to immerse myself in the bottle ... The fault Jen and Julien, our two guides, who each morning make us a tantalizing briefing of the first site the day.
Suddenly, the desire to photograph is the strongest: instead of chained short dives on a single inspiration, I prefer to spend an hour under the surface, so quietly explore the reef and make images! My partner François, him, less addicted to the picture, alternates regularly both: apnea in the morning, diving in the afternoon.
Left: a turtle has come back to meet apneists, to breathe on the surface. Right: Audrey goes sneaking off to say hello ... (Red Sea, Egypt, November 2017)
Because there is still something to know about this type of mixed cruise where we can chain up to three or even four dives per day: if we choose to start the day with a scuba diving, it will be not possible to go snorkeling afterwards. Eh yes ! If you can do without apnea BEFORE a scuba diving, the opposite is not true.
To be able to practice both in the same day, you have to opt for apnea first. Security Question.
Why not go snorkeling after a scuba dive. I summarize by simplifying: diving, under water, we breathe compressed air (air is about 79% nitrogen and 21% oxygen). But the more the pressure of the water increases, the more the inhaled nitrogen dissolves in the body and accumulates there (it is the saturation). We learn, during training in scuba diving, that if the pressure suddenly decreases (rise too fast), dissolved nitrogen becomes gaseous and then risk forming dangerous bubbles in the tissues of the body ... 😱 We learn also that it is eliminated very slowly, by the breathing (that's why the divers make bearings under the water at the ascent and also the intervals of surface, to "désaturer" a little, simply in breathing, for a given duration). To make apneas then, even at shallow depths, would be tantamount to stringing sudden changes of pressure, while holding one's breath ... What favors the accumulation of microbubbles and their uncontrolled degassing in the body, which cause the diseases and accidents known as "decompression" or "desaturation"…
All the interest of this thematic "three-in-one" cruise, besides the pleasure of getting into the water (with or without a bottle, with or without a camera), are the workshops and mini-formations that we propose every day Rémy and Phil. Introduction to relaxation techniques to improve your apneas, yoga and stretching sessions, course on photo composition and underwater shooting, discussions on how to approach sharks or marine mammals in accordance with animals, etc. etc.
Between the meals and the dives, before the aperitif of the evening or during the periods of navigation, they share with us their knowledge, their experience and give precious advices, which one can put into practice the same day. 👌
It's exciting and rewarding. It creates a nice atmosphere, a climate of benevolence and listening really nice, whatever the level of each. These exchanges also make it possible to get to know each other better and to create new affinities, as the week goes by, with other divers.
I do not know yet if there will be a third edition next year [EDIT: Phil, Rémy and Audrey have just confirmed that they are preparing something for 2018]. But during this second "snorkeling-photo" expedition in the Red Sea, I am not the only "repeat offender" aboard. Several divers, present on the cruise 2016, have returned, too!
I only ask to put that back. Who knows, one day I may even be able to snorkel ... But in the next post, I'll tell you why, on a site in particular, I was very happy to have chosen the camp of bubblers! 😉 🦈