Archive for October, 2011

Egypt changes mobile phone numbers

Friday, October 21st, 2011

CAIRO In an attempt to accommodate a growing number of mobile phone users, Egypt s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has decided to add an 11th digit to all current 10 digit phone numbers.

Current 11 digit numbers will also change.

The change goes into effect today, Thursday, although there will be a four-month grace period during which both the old and the new numbers will work.

The new digit will be added after the 01 at the beginning of each mobile number, and the added number is different for each of Egypt s three mobile providers 2 for Mobinil, 1 for Etisalat, and 0 for Vodafone.

According to a report by the government-run Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, the number of mobile phone users in Egypt increased by 22.2 percent in 2010, reaching a total of 59 million users.

To determine which number should be added to any old mobile number, see the list below

Mobinil (old -> new)

012 XXX XXXX -> 0122 XXX XXXX
017 XXX XXXX -> 0127 XXX XXXX
018 XXX XXXX -> 0128 XXX XXXX
0150 XXX XXXX -> 0120 XXX XXXX


011 XXX XXXX -> 0111 XXX XXXX
014 XXX XXXX -> 0114 XXX XXXX
0152 XXX XXXX -> 0112 XXX XXXX


010 XXX XXXX -> 0100 XXX XXXX
016 XXX XXXX -> 0106 XXX XXXX
019 XXX XXXX -> 0109 XXX XXXX
0151 XXX XXXX -> 0101 XXX XXXX

Mikes memorable holiday!

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Mike thought it would just be another family holiday but after talking to his stepson Giulio who has already done his AIDA 1* and 2* with me he decided to give freediving a try!

He said ‘Giulio is so animated about freediving and how much he is enjoying it that I wanted to try it too’.

[“So proud of Daddy!”]

Mike was a very attentive student, listened and went through the AIDA * course with a mix of ‘oh this is new’ and ‘oh this feels great’!  We saw clown fish, squirel fish, a nudibranch, lots of gobies and crabs and all just off the beach :-) Think a day on the boat is called for now.  Lula (above) wanted her picture taken too, much more interesting than a certificate!  So so cute!  Well done Mike and keep up with the relaxation!

Martin Stepanek World Record Attempts

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Packed and ready to go over to Sharm el Sheik to Judge Martin Stepaneks’ record attempts for Constant Weight, Constant Weight without fins and Free Immersion.

Bye bye Hurghada…. Hello Sharm el Sheikh!

First day was interesting. Picked up at the airport by Honza and taken straight to the hotel so we made it in time for lunch  Result! Honza asked if you are ready to go in the water then Martin is training at 2.30! I met the other judge Miguèl Vannieuwenhoven ( and we arranged to go out to the platform to watch. There was the huge barracuda nicknamed Luca, hanging around at 15 metres with rather big teeth! There were some other freedivers training with Andreas on one platform and Martin and his team on the other.  Martin’s team had his lovely wife Niki and organizer David doing freedive safety, videographers, photographers, lots of technical divers and lots of smiling faces, really good to see! Martin did some variable dives and looks like he is ready for some records!

First night in a new place is always a bit strange. What made it stranger were the Michal Jackson greatest hits from the Hotels DJ. Thankfully it stopped at 11 so I could get some sleep. Unfortunately my body didn’t want the same thing and at 5.30 decided that I should be wide awake. Good photo’s from the balcony though. We had a meeting after breakfast and were given cool event T-shirts and nice yellow Judge t-shirt, don’t think anyone is going to miss us!

Line measuring is always fun and in the heat we built up a bit of a sweat too! How many men does it take to measure a line? Quite a few, but it is a rather long line!

Confirmed Course Dates for October

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

October 2011

Judging Sharm El Sheikh 1st – 10th October 2011

2 Star Course – 16th – 18th October 2011

If you would like another date please mail us and we can see when we can arrange some freediving fun for you!