(Micro) BrotherDive 2014
- Hurghada Egypt
In this review we will only discuss
the dive center because we were both in different
To be real honest, this review might not look as
‘independent’ as our other reviews. That because we’ve
been to ‘Tauchen unter Freunden’ many times and Edwin
worked here as a dive guide when they had large groups
However that states something too; would we work,
and spend our family holidays here if it wasn’t worth
In her younger years, the current owner Ute Renung came
with a friend to Egypt for a holiday. They both enjoyed
it so much that they wanted to extent their holiday,
however they run out of money…..
The solution was to start selling homemade beaded chains
and bracelets at the beach. This way they could make
some money in order to pay for their extended holiday…..
Later on she exchanged the chains and bracelets for the
diving industry and started in 1997 her own dive center
togheter with her friend Geli. They started of as ´Orca
diving center Geli & Ute´. After Geli quit the diving
industry in 2011, Ute changed the name in 'Tauchen unter
Ever since Ute is managing the Diving Center togheter
with her Egyptian business partner ´Ashraf´ in middle
of Hurghada (Sekkala) with great success.
Basing on her experience, especially in dealing with
people, she managed to gain a lot of regular guests and
to run a professional working Diving Center with a
familiar and relaxed ambience.
For quite some time Ute even has her own diving boat,
which is called 'Lumination' (or Lumi) and is anchored directly in
front of the entrance to the center.
The dive center
You can find the dive center in the Le Pacha Resort,
this hotel is located directly in the center of Sekkala, the
part of Hurghada, approx. 6 km away from the airport. You
have to walk through the hotel in order to reach the
jetty were the dive center is located. It’s directly
next to the private beach of the hotel.
In their daily diving principally they concentrate on
boat dives, they head on to two, sometimes three
different spots during daytime. The dive sites are
chosen individually to be well-suited to the divers
Beginners are guided in small groups by their
Instructors or Dive guides.
However it’s also possible to make a shore dive from the
beach at the diving center.
The Diving Center has a modern
spacious boat at its disposal, anchored directly “in
front of the door”. If more boats are needed they can
have that arranged right away.
All the boats have the necessary
rescue equipment, Oxygen, Medic First Aid Box and of
course modern navigation and communication accessories
There’s an excellent lunch served onboard.
Tauchen unter Freunden Diving Center can offer 30
complete equipment’s in all sizes for rent. You can
This equipment is always up to date and checked
You can off course also rent
separate items if needed.
If needed, there is also a technical service available
for small equipment repairs
To support the diving
education they have in our classroom with TV and
DVD-player, as well as comprehensive training materials.
can store your personal equipment in a spacious, good
ventilated drying room, which is locked and guarded
during the night.
For rinsing your equipment you find two pools at the
center, one of them only for regulators and cameras.
They have their own compressor room where they have 2
heavy duty compressors.
These and a highly efficient Nitrox System are
responsible for the good quality of the air you breathe.
The office contains a small souvenir shop and is also
the ‘bar’. You can order your drinks here and enjoy them
on the small terrace in front of the dive center.
The protection and conservation of the Red Sea is
essential to the dive center, accordingly they support
the local environment organizations like HEPCA.
Of course all their boats are equipped with Oxygen and
Medic First Aid Boxes as well as mobile phones and
radio. They cooperate with “Hypermed“, the new
decompression chamber in Hurghada, which is managed by
very experienced doctors and organized in an excellent
They are also a member of “Life Boat Medevac”, this
organization is operating since 2003 to rescue people in
case of emergency. With their speed boats they can
ensure a fast and safe transport to the shore.
Our ratings below are based on our personal
experiences. They are also adapted to our needs
as divers. Meaning that we’re less focused on
Therefore you should only pay attention to our
ratings if you’re planning a diving holiday.
Where we base our score on:
Quality of equipment, boats, crew, dive
guides, location, service, marine conservation,
We’ve been to many dive centers around Egypt,
and this is one of the best!
A real familiar dive center, with a relaxed
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced diver,
they will always respect your level of diving. They are
always open for any kind of suggestions, questions or
wishes. The crews, is used to work together
since many years, they are very helpful and
What makes this dive center unique is that they
treat you like family… You’re not just another
customer, but they really try to connect with
That probably why once you acquainted with them
you will almost certainly come back!
And that’s the reason why they have so many satisfied
Therefore we would highly
recommend the Tauchen unter Freunden dive