The route of the MS Number One takes you south on the Brother Islands Tour via Safaga to El Quseir. Since the dives at the Brother Islands are very demanding, you first dive into one of the easier reefs off Hurgadha or Safaga.
This also applies for desaturation. For various reasons, the return journey to the Egyptian mainland will start on Thursday. This leaves enough time for 2 dives on Friday. From Friday afternoon on, no more diving takes place so that the body can desaturate from the nitrogen itself before the return flight, which is abundantly present in the tissue after the intensive scuba diving week.
Brothers is not for beginners. This is mainly for the following reasons:
Since the Brothers are located in the middle of the Red Sea, the spots are considered as high-sea dives, i. e. you have to deal with the currents. Drifting can lead to very dangerous situations because the boat cannot find the divers anymore. This requires special equipment (flash signals, whistles or even rockets). Discipline is called for here, and it is necessary to show up at the place where as agreed.
Some of the dive spots are quite deep. For example, to observe thresher sharks you have to dive deeper than thirty metres. For large fan corals, fifty and more meters are needed. Discipline must be maintained here too. The MS Number One has no pressure chamber. If a case of decompression illness occurs, the diver can only be treated with oxygen. The journey to the next pressure chamber takes one day, which is long too late in the case of serious accidents.
High sea diving also includes pelagic fish, especially pelagic sharks. I've never experienced a tense situation with the perfect fish before, but everyone's breath is likely to pause for a moment when they first meet a Longimanus shark. This happened to me when, during a lunch break, I was snorkeling with the camera looking out for the oceanic whitetip shark and suddenly came into the company of silky sharks. The feeling of being alone with the sharks was a special one.
For diving compressed air is used but also nitrox, whereas the latter is less suitable due to the depths. Especially I would like to mention the 20l tanks, which allow two hours of diving. The dives are led by a German-speaking diving instructor.