Returned from Egypt

I had a great time in Egypt.. I’ll post the photos in my other blog; dive.mauricedeboer.nl but I returned in one piece.

The journey itself is GPS logged. I do not have all locations marked but at least it give you an idea of the journey.

Unfortunately Google decided to close the KML importing on a map, like I was using for this post. So, now you have to believe me on my word that the trip was worth doing…
Check the dive.mauricedeboer.nl divesite for more.

Back in Holland – Great holiday in Egypt.

I returned from my dive holiday yesterday… It was a great 11 days of diving, sun, good food and rest. I have to thank a number of people, for their great company, service, fun and support.

The holiday went as planned, there where no real changes from the plan.
First a couple of days at Wadi Lahami and then a week onboard of the Rosetta.

I have done a great number of things seen a lot of new things and had a great experience. I will post on most of it… but it will take me some time to do so.

Flatworm on the move

Dive Log application

In my preparation for my dive holiday I found a great little app that I really needed to install. This is the Dive Log app from Rob Knapen. I hope it works out and that I can actually log my dives during the holiday.

The application looks simple, and is functional in the free version, but I actually bought this app as I wanted the full functionality. That actually was a milestone for me: this is the first app I bought! (and I have been using android for 3-4 years or so)

I’ll report back on how the app performed during my holiday. I will not have roaming access nor wireless access points, completely offshore.

-9- days left before traveling to Egypt.

Gearing up! Destination Marsa Alam – Egypt

It is freezingly cold in Holland, at the moment, -5C and 6-8 Beaufort Easterly wind, winter in March?! It has not been this cold in decades. (Coldest 23 March since 1916)

I am really hoping not to catch a cold now… as I am feeling not to well. The idea is to go on holiday within one month. Early in the spring season, just before the big tourist rush.

The first stop is at the famous Marsa Alam resort called Wadi Lahami. It is a first for me; the resort itself is not much more than a tent-camp with a few stone buildings containing the restaurant and storage areas. The focus of the resort is on quality diving with an eco twist to it. Dives will go to Fury Shoals and other locations, by Zodiac… it is that close.

The map below shows Wadi Lahmi in the top, with right next to it Fury Shoal. The area below that is what I hope to visit on the next leg of my journey.

I will only stay four days in Wadi Lahmi; on the fourth day I transfer to the MY Rosetta. A small ship, that also partly brings me to this same location. Being on board makes diving easier… it will be 4 dives a day in a dive-eat-sleep rhythm.

Five or six days of diving off shore will almost certainly make me smile from ear to ear until well after I return home.

[updated small details]

Returned from Zeeland. Great dive weekend

I just returned from a great diveweekend in Schelphoek, Zeeland. I’ll blog more about it .. but the most important stuff first:

The dives were great, but it was a bit chilly. Conditions underwater were better than above… With near freezing temperatures and a cold wind coming from the polders, along the dikes.

The good thing, though:

We spotted some divers that spotted a seahorse. This particular one was found at Zoetersbout (/Zijpe) and was already around for three weeks. The great thing is, I stayed there long enough to even do some video. It is relatively low quality, but it gives a good impression on what we saw.

updated… now with vimeo video

Time for a new o-ring

busted o-ring

I did it… after cleaning my lamp, checking all stuff is ready for Zeeland, next week, I cut one of my o-rings. To be very sure I am not using that one again.

While checking all of the stuff, I noticed this o-ring had a small hole in it. Now the big search for replacements will start. Hoping to find some easy way of getting my replacements. Luckily the original lamp, when I bought it, came with a set of replacements. I can still use the lamp… 

Nice dives again – Calamari Zeelandweekend

On this rainy saturdayafternoon I finally get some time to do the posts on my latest dives. Last weekend we had another Calamari divingweekend. Great, it was quite busy at the camping we stayed… but that was more because of all the Calamarians than that there were other guests there.

We had great dives again, 7 in total, even though the weather was not that good all the time. I did not manage to spot something extraordinary this time.

To show off some of the pics I took:


I hope to be at the next Calamari camp again .. well done, cheers go to the organisers.



First Calamari Zeeland Weekend

Sorry for the delay in posting .. but: I returned from my divetrip to Zeeland last Sunday. I have blogged on the Dutch blog but I did not find time to do this in English Last week I went on a divetrip with Calamari, a biologists student diving club in Groningen. I am donor and as one of the benefits I can join the camps they organize. Great! First camp this year was last week .. windy, rainy and cold with morning temperatures not much above freezing.

The Calamari weekend was quite a busy weekend, with 30 to 40 divers present many of whom were trainee’s.. so there were lot’s of instructors needed to get them certified. My goal for this camp was to get myself certified for drysuit diving. I bought myself a used Procean Technical suit, and hoped to get the training arranged before I went on camp, but unfortunately the planning of the training changed … so I went to Zeeland with only my swimming pool training done. To bad, now I had to dive without. (without training .. not without drysuit) This meant I had to be extra careful. I decided only to do the easier dives and only opted for Grevelinge locations. This weekend I dove at

  • De Kabbelaar 
  • Kerkweg 
  • Den Osse Haven 
  • ‘t Koepeltje 
  • Zoetersbout/Zijpe (hmmm.. not a Grevelinge location)

The diving went great, no incidents, no problems, nothing remarkable… except for the great buddies and the great dive team as a whole. Cheers for you guys! great camp! I’m looking forward to the next camp in June!

Whow! great looking lamp.

I’ve been posting on the old chinese lamp I have… The guy that imported it now develops his own lamps.. since no company delivers the right combination of cheap and good.

His product looks very nice, I actually might want to buy me one of these if he could create something to hook it to my camerahousing. The whole range of his prototype products can be found on youtube and on his site

The 25 Watt version for instance will deliver 1800 – 2000 lumen at 4000 kelvin, is dimmable from 100% to 25% and has a strobe function. Switch is magnetic and the thing a low flux, so no real impact on the compass. It is currently rated 100m waterproof. Great, KOR!

Check the site! (in Dutch)