Nauticam Tryout Workshop with Mustard

Nauticam Tryout Workshop with Mustard
Red Sea - Egypt
From £1220 inc. flights*
    
  • Trial a new range of Nauticam products
  • Photo instruction with Alex Mustard
  • Nauticam founders on hand to discuss concepts and designs
  • Iconic dive sites
Nauticam UK/Ireland are pleased to be able to offer a workshop with a difference. Timed to coincide with one of the world’s marine wonders, the spawning aggregations at the Red Sea’s world class dive sites of Ras Mohammed, guests will have the opportunity to trial a range of new products from Nauticam International’s prolific production line where it matters the most - underwater. Along with exciting new kit, you are guaranteed a week of outstanding diving on an itinerary that is tailored for the optimum photo opportunities.

Nauticam UK/Ireland are pleased to welcome on board world renowned underwater photographer, Dr Alex Mustard, who will be leading our tour, the master of our itinerary and photo instruction, Providing toys for all to play with will be Nauticam UK/Ireland founder Dr Alex Tattersall who will be kept in line by Nauticam UK/Ireland operations director Katrina Tattersall. Also joining us on this workshop will be Edward and Jacqueline Lai, respectively founder/CEO and General Manager of Nauticam International. We are thrilled that they will be on hand to share, discuss and listen to ideas on conception and design of the Nauticam product range. With so many experts on hand throughout your week, you really will find the answer to any technical, kit or diving related questions on this trip.

Your home for the week will be the award winning Whirlwind, who has endeared herself to many a photographer. In fact, Alex Mustard used Whirlwind as his regular a base in the Red Sea for several years. The Captain and his crew know how different the needs of photographers are and always bend over backwards to get their photographers in on the right sites at the right time. The itinerary is usually left open and is flexible - if one site is proving particularly worthwhile why not stay there! The large dive deck is comfortable, even with all the camera kit. And the saloon is spacious enough to accommodate all the laptops and camera gubbins. All of the cabins on board are twin cabins. Nitrox is available as well as any kit hire you may need such as 15lt tanks (prebookable charge applies). There will only be 15 spaces for Nauticam customers on this special photography extravaganza so make sure you book your place today!

Quick Facts

  • Average Water Temp: 19 - 28 C
  • Average Air Temp: 19 - 35 C
  • Average Visability: 15 - 25m
  • Good for: Wrecks, Reefs, Big Fish
  • Suitable for beginners: No
Alex Says...
  • I love the Red Sea in early summer. Above water it is very warm, but not yet reaching the oppressive temperatures of high summer and underwater the sea is flourishing at the most biologically active time of year. Early summer is mating season in the Red Sea, but you don't need to be a fish geek to appreciate it. This is biology on a grand scale as spectacular schools of fish gather at Ras Mohammed, turning it into one of the diving wonders of the world. Red Sea life will be the main photographic focus of this workshop.  Although we won't just be letting our cameras feast on wildlife, we'll start the trip with a couple of days shooting a few of the Red Sea's famous wrecks. This is predominantly a wide angle trip, although there are macro subjects on ever dive.  I am also really pleased to running this workshop for my friends from Nauticam, which will ensure we'll have some of the very latest innovations and some of the finest underwater photography products on board. I hope you'll join us for a very special week.

This is a typical example of the Nauticam Tryout Workshop with Mustard itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions and is only given as a example of what you would usually encounter during your holiday.


Scuba Travel are delighted to host Nauticam and Alex Mustard on this one off Try out Workshop. This itinerary has been custom built with Dr Alex Mustard and Dr Alex Tattershall from Nauticam. For more workshop information click the Alex's Workshop tab.

Trip Duration
This Nauticam tryout trip runs for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

There are normally 4 dives a day (3 day dives + 1 night dive) apart from on your first and last day. There are around 21 dives on an average week but this can vary depending on local weather conditions.

Arrival
Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. If you are making your own way to the harbour we ask that you not board before 18:00. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening. The boat will not leave harbour on this first night.

After the boat permissions are sorted, the boat will depart the next morning and the check dive will be made.

Alex's workshop dives will be decided by him however they would normally include the below dive sites.

Abu Nuhas
This is one of the best concentrations of wreck diving in the Red Sea with the newest and oldest wrecks you will visit on this itinerary. The Giannis D is always a popular dive with a brilliant (and easy!) engine room penetration. You can swim easily through the corridors and into the rooms as they have been cleared without entanglement risk. Head to the Carnatic for the oldest wreck - the iron ribs are iconic and the wreck is smothered in marine life. You may also dive the Chrisoula K.

Gubal
Gubal island lies to the north of Abu Nuhas and has some excellent sites to explore. The barge is a wonderful afternoon and night dive with it's resident humongous resident moray, scorpion fish and stone fish. Bluff Point is a relaxing drift dive - and always chances to see dolphin. On a flat day you can dive the Ulysses, a smaller but similar aged vessel to the Carnatic. On the west of Gubal is the Rosalie Moller. Due to the depth of this wreck it is not always offered but if you do dive it, cut through the swathes of glass fish to find a fantastic 2nd World War wreck.

Around the Thistlegorm
Around Shaab Mahmoud you find 3 classic dive sites. The Thistlegorm needs little introduction to UK divers - sunk during the 2nd World War, she was laden with munitions and with several dives (including a night dive) to explore the holds, decks and environs, you will discover just why this ranks as one of Egypt's top dives. At Shag Rock you can enjoy both an incredible hard coral reef dive (often with turtles) and the small but adorable wreck of the Kingston. Another top reef dive is Small Crack - here a spilt in the reef allows divers to dive between the outer reef and inner lagoon. The crack is packed with marine life and it can be a good place to see zebra sharks.

Ras Mohammed
If you visit the Northern Red Sea you have to dive Ras Mohammed! There are too many outstanding sites to mention but the best include Shark & Yolanda, Anemone City, Ras Gozlani and the wreck of the Dunraven - after you finish on the wreck head onto the reef to look for stone fish. The drop off in Ras Mohammed will take your breath away and you always have a good chance to see sharks or eagle rays cruising along the walls.


Tiran
Jackson, Thomas, Woodhouse and Gordon are the 4 reefs that make up the Tiran system and each has it's own individual charm. The coral gardens at Jackson are some of the most lavish you will find in Egypt and the wall stunning. Thomas is famous for the deep canyon but there are also some large sea fans to admire. Woodhouse is always a lovely drift dive, with plenty of nooks and crannies along the wall where you can find macro life. Gordon is distinctive for the tar barrels that are slowly becoming part of the reef - a vast school of banner fish live on the drop off. This is a perfect afternoon or night dive.

Disembarkation
You will normally leave the boat after breakfast on your last day and be transferred to a hotel for the day. Your final transfer will take you to the airport for your return flight home. Please do speak to the travel consultant at the time of booking to confirm the exact last day arrangements.


If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.

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This promises to be a very productive workshop week with the potential for really exciting subject matter on my Nauticam Tryout Workshop with Mustard itinerary.


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I typically run my Red Sea workshop in late June, which is my preferred time for shooting the dramatic schools of fish that gather in the early summer at Ras Mohammed to spawn. These include the famous bohar snappers, batfish, giant trevally, bigeye jacks, unicorn fish, barracuda, blue-line emperors, masked pufferfish and long nosed parrotfish. When it kicks off it is my favourite dive site in the world. The wonders of Ras Mohammed tend to be our focus for the second half of the week. We tend to start the week on the Red Sea's photogenic shipwrecks, usually including the Giannis D, Carnatic and Thistlegorm. And sometimes we fit in a couple of others. We also take in a few more standard reef dives, Tiran being a favourite for reef wide angle incorporating the classic Red Sea scenes of red soft corals and thousands of dancing anthias. It is also a great spot for hawksbill turtles feeding on soft corals.


That said, when the conditions are excellent at Ras Mohammed we don't move and just dive here all day, for several days in a row. When time allows we may try some other sites, such as diving in the middle of the day at cave sites to get light shafts cutting down into the caverns, or an afternoon dive at Anemone City, when the day boats have gone and the anemones begin to close up, revealing their bright red skirts as backgrounds. Late afternoon dives are also good for catching lion fish hunting and photographing mating, I have even photographed clear fin lion fish spawning. Plus there is plenty of macro too. Although I encourage people to use the workshop to concentrate on developing their wide angle skills. Suffice to say we don't struggle too much for subjects.


The teaching element of the Red Sea Workshop is themed on making the most of the photographic opportunities in the Red Sea. Lectures usually cover shooting wreck externals, wreck internals, filter photography, shooting schools and fish portraiture. On my Red Sea trips I give the lectures during the day, between the dives, so you have ideas to try straight away. This also leaves the evenings free for group image review sessions, which provide a chance to solve problems, make plans to improve our pictures and to get inspiration for shots to try on the next day. The group size is larger than the Cayman trips (usually 19 plus me, although we run Whirlwind under her official capacity of 22). These trips are usually sold with flights from London or they are available without flights. The flights to the Red Sea are charter flights and can be a bit tight on carry on luggage, so it is a good one to wear a photographer's waistcoat!



If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.

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