Rain, wind and more rain. Well that sums up how autumn is in the Netherlands. Summer and it’s warm sunny scuba days are already long gone. Almost all the leaves have dropped from the trees and the temperature drops a bit more every day. Winter… with it’s icy water temperatures is not far off. I’ve been called crazy (and with me my buddy), but we scuba dive all winter in our wetsuits. During the past winters we’ve learned a couple of tricks to stay warm.
This is my 7th story in a series of personal scuba diving adventures since I got my PADI certificates. It all begins in December 2012, I’m packing my scuba suitcase for a scuba holiday to Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, with my buddy Victor and our girlfriends. Where off for a week of sun during winter time and a wreck diving experience that none of us had expected. The SS Thistlegorm in Ras Mohammed national still stands on the number one place in my private top 10 list of most beautiful dives.
It doesn’t happen often, a current in the Grevelingen lake strong enough to make our dive a drift dive. Luckily me and my buddy where expecting it and we have some experience with drift dives. The current was created by powerful storm with wind speeds up to 80 á100 km/ hour. It had been some time since my last drift dive and it was nothing as spectaculair as that one.
A colleague learned scuba diving in Honduras about two years ago and didn’t make a single dive since. She heard me talk about scuba diving in the Netherlands and this made her curious. After watching some of my scuba video’s she was sure about it… she wanted to try a dive here. However, I’m no dive master (yet), so what do you do if someone hasn’t dived for two years and has only 11 dives in her logbook? Netherlands is definitely no Honduras! But then again I’m familiar with al the dive sites and this wouldn’t be my first dive with someone less experienced.
After three weeks of traveling I’m back home and looking back at one amazing holiday. Traveling from Sint Petersburg to Peking (Beijing) in China by train was quite the experience. However one part was a big disappointment. I was really looking forward to go scuba diving in lake Baikal in Russia. Unfortunately this was the only part that didn’t go through. At forehand I had checked with the traveling agency for a scuba diving center. They told me I could (only) arrange everything when arriving in Listvyanka, the town at the shores of Lake Baikal. I’ve spent quite some time finding an option for a scuba diving center, there is almost no information available. In this post some more information on the dive center I found.
I’ve made my very first guided scuba dive in the Netherlands with them, I’ve rented all my equipment there until I bought my complete scuba set in their store and after five years I’m still coming here for a cup of coffee and to fill my tanks whenever I’m in the neighborhood. I’m talking about the best dive center in the Netherlands ‘Dolphins (Go Dolphins)’. I always write a review about every dive center I’ve dived with and this one has been overdue for a very long time.