Assorted Dive stuff till now

Way to much information and no time to publish. Meanwhile I:

  • have been on a liveaboard in november
  • again end of december (Egypt – Red Sea Liveaboard Wrecktour)
  • numerous dives in Zeeland
  • Local dives in Tynaarlo and Ruinerwold.

So I am just publishing some pictures.. without the great stories that are part of it.


Safaga Photos 2018

Returned from Egypt

I had a great time in Egypt.. I’ll post the photos in my other blog; 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 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.