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  • Q.1 | What is the CDWS?
    • The Chamber of Diving and Watersports (CDWS) is a business organization dedicated body operating under the umbrella of the Egyptian Tourist Federation committed to all diving and watersport activities which take place throughout Egypt’s coastal waters.

  • Q.2 | What is the main role of the CDWS?
    • The role of CDWS is to improve quality, safety and standard of services in the diving and watersports industry, as well as to preserve unique environment of the Red Sea. One of our main aims is to ensure all diving centres, safari boats and watersport facilities meet with internationally recognised standards set out by certification organisation European Underwater Federation. These are ISO standards EN 14467 / ISO 24803 as agreed with CDWS, the Austrian Institute of Norms and the European Underwater Federation (EUF). Market the Egyptian diving and watersports services and destination 

  • Q.3 | Why was it formed?
    • Prior to its formation there was no official body to represent, regulate or support Egypt’s booming diving and watersports tourism industries.

      In the absence of an official body to support the industry, non government organisations such as Red Sea Association, SSDM and HEPCA were formed in an attempt to set regulations & standards, educate and inform both members and visitors resulting in various levels of success.

  • Q.4 | How was the CDWS formed?
    • CDWS was founded by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism (MoT) in 2007. There are five tourism chambers for the tourist companies, hotels, entities, shops and CDWS. They are to help develop and nurture each individual area related to tourism. CDWS has a board of 12 directors, three of whom are appointed individual roles as the chairman, a vice chairman and a treasurer. 

  • Q.5 | How is a board put together and for how long does the current board operate?
    • The 12 members of the board are made up from 8 key figures in the diving and watersports industries. 8 members are elected by CDWS members through the process of nominations. Four remaining directors are appointed by the MoT. The chairman is elected once the nominees have been voted in at a General Assembly Meeting in Cairo. The board of directors will operate for a period of three years.

  • Q.6 | How is the CDWS funded?
    • CDWS is primarily funded by membership fees, donations, contributions and also funds from Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism.

  • Q.7 | Where are the offices of CDWS based?
    • The CDWS has branch offices in Sharm el Sheikh (South Sinai), Hurghada (Red Sea) and Cairo. Offices are open from 9 am to 2 pm Sunday and 9 am to 5 pm Monday - Thursday

  • Q.8 | If my business is based outside of Hurghada or Sharm el Sheikh which office should I contact?
    • If you are based in the Red Sea Governorate, Alexandria or the north coast please contact the Red Sea branch. If you are based within Sinai or Cairo please contact the South Sinai branch.

  • Q.9 | How is the CDWS structured?
    • Within CDWS are the following departments:

      • Environment
      • Membership
      • Human resources and development
      • Marketing & PR
      • Technical (Please note as of the 1st July 2011 this department will be working under the umbrella of the Ministry of Tourism.)

Latest News

CDWS salutes annulment of decree that allowed fishing in national park

CDWS salutes annulment of decree that allowed fishing in national park
Sun, 22 May 2011
Following the annulment of the decree that allowed fishing boats to fish in Ras Mohammed National Park, CDWS can confirm that at 8am this morning, all fishing boats had left the area.

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