Alex Mustard’s classic Red Sea Workshop has a must-do status amongst many underwater photographers. It is a week of intensive underwater photography in the Red Sea taking in world class ship wrecks, vibrant Red Sea reefs and timed to catch gatherings of great schools of fish in the Ras Mohammed Marine Park, all with expert tutorage and photo insight from Alex, who has unrivalled photographic insight to these dive sites. It is excellent value for money and always hugely productive.

An Albion AM463 truck, fitted with a Zwicky aircraft refuelling system, on the Thistlegorm wreck, Sha'ab Ali, Sinia, Egypt. Red Sea. This photo shows the cab section, the rear fuel tank has collapsed, although the spring like coils of the fuel hoses are visible. This is the middle one of three on the port side at the rear end of the lower level of hold 1 of the wreck. The fuel tank of the refueller behind is illuminated.

Alex says “I run this trip every year not only because it is a great location for teaching underwater photography, but because the diving is so good, so diverse that even when you go as often as me you are still itching to get back there and shoot it all. Being just a week long, this is an intensive trip, with dives, talks, image reviews and more packed in!” You can read a detailed overview of Alex’s Red Sea Workshops here.

The 2019 editions of the workshop will be once again on the excellent MY Whirlwind, the perfect liveaboard for a productive photographic safari. Note that there are two weeks available. The diving is intended to be the same each week, although it always varies with conditions and how the sites are performing photographically. I recommend that people book just one week, although it is not forbidden to book on both weeks (but note that the teaching will be repeated). Alex adds “the teaching content focuses on the subjects we are shooting (wreck externals, wreck internals, schools, reefs scenery, split levels and fish photography) and therefore is likely to be very similar on each week, although it does vary a little with the dives we do, the interests of the group and the questions you ask me.”

A diver (Linda Pitkin) encounters a school of bohar snappers (two-spot snappers: Lutjanus bohar) which have gathered in the summer in the Red Sea for spawning. Shark Reef, Ras Mohammed Marine Park, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea.

Week 1 (code: TRP 36931) runs from Saturday 22th June to Saturday 29th June 2019
Week 2 (code: TRP 36932) runs from Saturday 29th June to Saturday 6th July 2019

The price remains the same as the 2018 editions, each workshops week is £1595 GBP per person (based on shared twin cabins on liveaboard), which includes Easyjet flights from/to London Gatwick, accommodation, full board (not alcohol), diving, workshop, Marine Park Fees, transfers in Egypt (not included are Nitrox and Egyptian Visa On Arrival). Our last day before flying home in the evening will be spent in a hotel where day rooms are provide and a buffet lunch is included.

It is possible to book the trip without flights for £1295 GBP. Scuba Travel can provide a price for doing both weeks. If arranging your own flights please book flights that synchronise with the main group, the liveaboard will not depart late or return to port early to fit with your other flight times.

A vibrant Red Sea reef scene, with orange female scalefin anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) swarming in front of fire coral (Millepora dichotoma) feeding on plankton brought to the reef by currents. Ras Mohammed Marine Park, Sinai, Egypt.

For further information and for reservations please contact Scuba Travel.
Email is the best way to start your booking on this trip – contact Caroline@scubatravel.com. A non-refundable deposit of £400 GBP is required to secure your place. See trip details (week 1 and week 2) on Scuba Travel website (note that they often show as full on their site because I have booked the whole boat).