Monthly Archives: July 2018

Jaddy Boy

Jad is a keen diver, a Sheesa local, a good kid and he wanted to experience what working in the Dive industry entails. We therefore invited him here for a week to show him the ropes, put him through the paces and hopefully teach him a thing or two.

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Jad stayed in the ‘saffer’ Sheesa staff house with Neil, Cecil and Shayne during his time here. We exposed him to some decent food, plenty of South African lingo and what life is like living in Dibba.

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We decided that while Jad needed to be exposed to the usual cogs in the dive centre operation, he would also benefit from learning some general life skills. This originates from the Sheesa way of training; we value thorough, rounded education over quick ‘checklist’ training.

He’d also be setting out to complete his Junior Rescue Diver certification in his time here.
We made a point to include him as one of the boys and he was expected to pull his own weight from the outset.  



Both Neil and Cecil come from a military background and believe in the wisdom of making your bed in the morning, so Jad’s morning started the same way everyday. We were then out of the house and on the way to work at 7:45am sharp. Jad was expected to have his duties sorted and himself ready by this time.



Once at the office Jad was on coffee duty, providing the team with the early morning brew before starting off with his days activities. Days consisted of dive centre operations combined with classroom time and water skill drills. He maintained a great attitude throughout the week, soaking in the lessons and contributing where he could.

On the training front Jad worked with Cecil toward the completion of his Junior Rescue Diver certification; with Neil, Kenji and Shayne trying to make realistic victims. He slogged through the classroom sessions to achieve fantastic results on his theoretical exams and bossed his way through the practical sessions to finish his certification strong. We don’t make the advanced certifications easy here at Sheesa, and Jad earned his certificate. We’re very chuffed for the youngster, and we’re proud of the way he carried himself this week.

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Well done Lad!

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Fiona the chocolates went down a treat. The staff say thank you!

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PS: If you wondered why Jad had to make his bed every morning, watch this video!

 

‘Til next time!

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It’s your life!

Today we’re talking training, skills and your safety underwater!

The northern Musandam can be a challenging area to dive and you’re likely to be faced with currents on a dive here. Drift diving can be an awesome experience but it’s important to choose the right guide, who knows the area well.

Our guides are clowns on the surface but they work in this industry because of their passion for what happens under the surface. They’re the ultimate professionals underwater and they take their responsibility seriously. Their first priority is your safety, followed by your enjoyment of the dive. They’ve been working in the Musandam for years and they’ve taken the time to get to know it like an old friend. The more knowledgeable your guide is about the conditions, currents, risks and environment; the safer and more likely you are to enjoy yourself. Choose your dive guides carefully folks, you’re quite literally making a decision that your life could depend on.

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We’re taking big strides and making changes here at Sheesa, and many of them are within our dive centre. We plan to be registered as a PADI 5-star dive centre by the end of the year and we’re working towards becoming a complete Instructor Development Centre; providing the full spectrum of training from beginners to the advanced.

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We pride ourselves on raising the bar in the realm of training, providing only the best to our students. As part of this we’ll soon be releasing a series of YouTube videos, highlighting our training methods and showcasing why Sheesa is different to the run-of-the-mill. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here to be notified when these videos are released.  

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Our dive centre staff spend their lives working with students and as a result we can’t help but notice the differences in how courses are run and training is done. It seems that many trainers in the industry are gearing their courses towards quantity, rather than quality. Courses are being set-up to ensure that people pass in the quickest, most efficient timeframe and this concerns us. Diving is a serious endeavor, and we believe it can’t be entered into lightly. On a dive you’re not always going to be faced with optimal conditions and you need to possess the skills to keep yourself safe. At Sheesa your certification won’t be the easiest option, it’ll be the most thorough one possible. By earning your certification at training time, you’ll be a safer, more confident diver at dive time. Once again your life depends on the way and place you to choose to train; is this the time to choose the quick, easy or cheap option?

 

The same can be said for your skill-set once you’re qualified. It’s vitally important to maintain your skills and avoid becoming rusty. If you’ve been out of the water for awhile, do yourself a favour and complete a refresher course before heading out for a dive. We often find divers on our dhows who are in need of some instruction due to time away from diving, which can become challenging when it’s one diver in a group.

Take the time to continually work on your skill-set, you’ll feel more comfortable going into the water and your dive buddies will thank you for it.

 

On a final note and away from training; a question that we get confronted with stacks is the process of coming through the checkpoint, and divers apprehension towards it. The diving here is so great because the Musandam has remained unspoiled and uncrowded. This is partially due to the checkpoint!

Nowhere in the world will you be presented with the opportunity to dive in or enter another country with such ease. We have dedicated staff here to process all of the paperwork for you, making your crossing a breeze. This side of the border really does offer some of the best diving in the world and the checkpoint allows it to stay that way. If you’re tired of diving the same sites in the UAE give us a shout, you’ll never look back once you’ve dived the Musandam.

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Take care All, we hope to see you soon!

Competition Time

We recently wished Cristy farewell for her annual leave and we’re already wishing she would come back! We all know how much Cristy does around here but it’s even more clear when she isn’t around, we’ve caught Neil crying a few times and we’re going to have to get him into the water soon to save his sanity! Have a safe holiday Cristy, we can’t wait for you to get back!

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This past weekend we sent a Sharing Dhow out for 2 nights with a large group on board. New staff experienced the dhow trips for the first time and we enjoyed the weekend with a mix of loyal regulars and new faces! We managed to get six awesome dives in on different sites around the Musandam, including one sneaky night dive on Friday night!

With rumours of rough conditions floating around we were the only operator to launch over the weekend. Our staff have been sailing and diving in the Musandam for a very long time and they fell back on their vast experience to make an informed decision before departure. Safety is our utmost concern, but we were able to launch and we were rewarded with an outstanding weekend. Thanks to all that joined us!
We also managed to give loyalty certificates to some of our valued regulars on the trip. Doreen Huwe, Jad Van Buren, Fiona Van Buren & Brigitte Chemla, thank you for your long-standing support. We love having you around and we hope that you’ll keep coming back often!

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Maintenance rituals are in full-swing as the new season approaches. We’re dotting the i’s, crossing the t’s, preparing the dhows & speedboats, servicing the dive gear and resting the staff. By the time our busy season arrives we’ll be fresh, serviced, rested and ready to go! We do hope you’ll join us for a trip or two over the forthcoming winter months!

You’ll want to keep an eye on us in the new season, we’ve just signed on for our biggest project yet, and we’ll be able to tell you about it soon!

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Cecil is now here full time and it’s safe to say he’s got a firm grip on the position. We found him in the reception area at the end of his first week, have a look below!

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The dive training centre is ticking over nicely with a constant flow of students coming through the door. We’ve had a flow of new students working hard to earn the most thorough open-water certification in the region. We’ve had rescue courses being consistently run throughout the summer and we’re about to embark on our Dive-Master programme. If you’re serious about your diving, your training, your skill-set and your safety, then you need to have a chat to one of the boys in our dive centre. It’ll very quickly become apparent how our more intensive training methods stand out from the crowd.


We were having a chat in the office this week about the the benefits of diving on nitrox weighed against the cost incurred in the process. We prefer to see safer divers coming through our doors and we recognize when a diver has made the choice to be a safer diver. We therefore don’t charge anything additional for a nitrox refill or a nitrox dive. We’d rather shoulder the small cost of the nitrox and have safer, happier divers along on our trips. How do you feel about Nitrox and are you willing to pay extra for it? Give us a shout on our social media or in the office, let us know your experiences and your thoughts.

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It’s competition time!

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We mentioned last week that we’re putting together a client wall in our reception area and we need your photos, so we’ve decided to have a wee competition.

Submit your best images that are Musandam based and from a Sheesa trip to Shayne at marketing@sheesabeach.com by December 31st, 2018.

We’ll accept photos that were taken above or below the water and full credit will be given to the photographer.

On January 10th 2019 we’ll enter the photographers into a lucky draw, and the winner will receive a free 2 day / 2 night dhow safari with Sheesa Beach.  Aren’t we just the best???

That’s all for this week.

See you for a dive soon!