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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nigel Wade of Diver Magazine Visits Elite Diving in Sharm El Sheikh

We at Elite Diving, had the pleasure of  Nigel Wade dive with us for a week early March 2014.
Nigel is the Technical Editor of Diver Magazine and also one of their highly acclaimed freelance underwater photographers. Seen above on the left with Mr Alun.

While in Sharm, Nigel wanted to review some equipment. Mainly a Aqua Lung Ladies mask (which he asked one of Elite's regular divers to review for him and also model the mask), a set of regulators and a wet suit. Look out in Diver Magazine for the article.

While here, Nigel offered his skills free of charge to photograph our staff and some guests. 

"FREE!?" We made him say it twice just in case we misheard. 

"Yes Free" he said. 

Well, we put him straight to work and cracked the whip to get the most out of him. He loved it. For a guy who has been diving for almost 30 years and also working as an instructor, professional underwater photographer and diving journalist, he still has a massive appetite and enthusiasm for diving.

Nigel is a retired fireman and still talks so fondly of his crew and station. He obviously liked the team spirit of his previous profession, and that's why we think he enjoyed diving with Elite so much when he saw the team spirit we have here, and the way we include our divers as part of the team, dishing out friendly banter most of the day. Some people call it "Boat Banter". We like to call it free abuse. Compliments are extra by the way!

Karen Bruce. A very popular Instructor who has been apart of the Elite Diving team for almost three years. 

Karen guides and teaches PADI, BSAC and soon SSI diving courses.

On his last day, Nigel took some photos of Karen teaching an open water course. Again we wait eagerly for the end results.

In this blog, you'll find a few photos that Nigel took, but most haven't been sent to us yet. We wait with bated breath. The brief preview he gave us from his camera was breathtaking. Watch this space.

Nigel and Mr Alun went on a technical, dive. This photo shows Nigel's sense of humor. When following Alun on a Decompression stop, he decided to take this photo. Not sure why, perhaps he has a thing about male backsides! As you can see, it's copy righted, so obviously, Nigel thinks this photo is worth some money or he's just very fond of  Mr Alun's backside!

Nigel's main priority was to take some photos of equipment being worn and used in the equipment tests and also he was always on the lookout for that special shot that would hit the front cover of Diver Magazine.

We know the photos are going to turn out far more professional than the snaps we took of Nigel working.

Nigel was a self taught photographer, but was under the wing of the legendary John Bantin for many years. It's said that John was grooming Nigel to take over from him. Nigel has stepped into John Bantin's shoes admirably when John retired mid 2013 and is a tremendous ambassador for Diver Magazine.

Nigel here taking a photo of Mark and Sarah Valentine, just for them to keep as a memento. Mark had just passed his open water course last week and here he had just completed his advanced course. Sarah had completed her Open water and advanced on previous trips and was just enjoying the diving when Nigel asked her to model and review the lady's mask for him. They won't know how lucky they are to get such good quality photos for "FREE"! (I still can't believe it!)

Nigel insisted he dived one last time so he could capture Alun and Moyra together with himself in a "Selfie".

Just before Nigel was getting picked up for the airport on his homeward journey back to the UK, he couldn't resist taking photos of the different awards that Elite has won over the last few years.

Good luck on your future travels Nigel. We loved having you dive with us.

Look out for the photos in Diver Magazine folks.

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