El Gouna & Egyptian Tourist Authority to Host Miss Scuba UK 2014
Competition promotes marine conservation and responsible scuba diving.
The Red Sea town of El Gouna, a diver’s paradise offering clear warm waters and an abundance of reefs, wrecks and flourishing marine wildlife, and the Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA), are set to welcome the finalists of Miss Scuba UK 2014, a competition which aims to promote safe diving practices and highlight the importance of marine conservation.
Taking place from 26 April to 3 May 2014, the competition is the brainchild of scuba diver and conservation devotee, Robert Lo, owner of the Sipadan Mabul Resort in Malaysia, who established the event as part of the Miss Scuba International competition. The event will see the 10 finalists put through a series of water-based and scuba diving related rounds, including a three-day scuba diving PADI certification course, free-diving, swimming with dolphins and a finathon.
Under the guidance of Kat Felton, PADI scuba instructor, Project AWARE ambassador, free-diver and professional mermaid, one of the events will require the finalists to race in mermaid outfits as part of the competition’s support of marine conservation and Project AWARE’s ‘Sharks in Peril’ campaign to end shark finning. Supporting the Project AWARE Finathon™ challenge, the race will raise much-needed funds and awareness of this important cause.
Utilising the facilities in El Gouna, the finalists will stay at Club Paradisio hotel and use Colona Divers at the Rihana Resort. In addition to being sponsored by El Gouna and ETA, Miss Scuba UK 2014 has partnered with EgyptAir, PADI and Aqua Lung.
“Given El Gouna’s reputation as a world-class diving destination for all skill levels we were naturally delighted to host this event, which not only promotes marine conservation but also provides a platform to encourage a wider audience to try diving for the first time,” commented Jens Freise, VP Sales and Marketing for Destinations & Hotels in Orascom Development, developers of El Gouna.
The reigning Miss Scuba International and winner of the first Miss Scuba UK competition in November 2013, Jaime-Lee Faulkner, will be on hand to assist the finalists through the 12 rounds in El Gouna prior to presenting the Miss Scuba UK 2014 her crown during the final gala evening. The winner will then go on to Miss Scuba International, held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on 28 November 2014.
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About El Gouna
A self-sufficient, fully integrated resort town stretching across 10 km of pristine shoreline on the beautiful Red Sea coast, El Gouna is Orascom Development’s flagship project and development benchmark illustrating the vision “Life as it should be”. Year-round sunshine and turquoise lagoons a short flight from Europe make El Gouna the ultimate paradise escape; it is home to some of the world’s most reputable brands in the tourism and leisure industries. El Gouna offers its guests and residents an unparalleled lifestyle attracting a growing multinational community of 24,000 residents.
The town’s luxury facilities include a landing strip, three yacht marinas, an 18-hole championship golf course, 17 hotels, two Angsana Spa outlets, and a state-of-the-art Lax Gym. The international standard hospital provides 24-hour emergency care, a hyperbaric chamber for diving emergencies, and a dialysis service. El Gouna is also home to a pilot campus of the Technische Universität Berlin, a field study center of the AmericanUniversity in Cairo, international and Egyptian curriculum schools, a German-Egyptian hotel school, and a nursing institute. Additionally, the town has over a hundred restaurants and bars, as well as facilities for scuba diving, yachting, fishing, water sports, tennis, and horseback riding.
Award-winning architecture contributes to the resort’s unique flair, while its status as Egypt’s most environmentally friendly destination made it the powerhouse behind the Green Star Hotel Initiative. Here, a creative and diverse community of entrepreneurs, artists, environmentalists, and sports enthusiasts make their home and give the town an eclectic and sophisticated international flavour.
For more information, please visit www.elgouna.com.
Located in the northeast corner of Africa on the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt is placed at a crossroad between Africa, Asia and Europe. With colossal ancient monuments, thousands of years of history, expansive desert landscapes, the world’s longest river and the stunning Red Sea Riviera resorts, Egypt offers a wealth of wonders to discover.