This is my 3th story in a series of personal scuba diving adventures since I got my PADI certificates. After our first dive without a guide we got even more determined to learn how to scuba dive in the Netherlands. We practiced that whole summer till it got winter. This changed the rules more then we thought. This one time we made a mistake which luckily ended well, but which could have ended in a much more dramatic scene.
As you are reading this article I’ve probably just landed in Saint Petersburg. This will be the starting point of our Trans Mongolia adventure. I still have no idea what to expect of this trip and of my plans to go scuba diving in lake Baikal near Irkutsk. I did went hunting for some video material of other people who have dived here. I have found the following videos on YouTube. I hope to bring my underwater camera and to shoot some footage of my own. I’ll try to keep you posted!
This is the 2nd story in a series of personal scuba diving adventures since I got my PADI certificates. In this story I’m taking you along how I met my current dive buddy, with whom I still have adventures till this day. It was also our first dive without a guide. A special day and dive that I’ll never forget. How can I, this specific dive is still often ‘the story’ on parties. ;)
I just came back from a solo two week scuba diving holiday in Dahab (Egypt). I was filled to the brim with excitement about what I had seen below water and being a scuba diver. It had been my wish to learn to scuba dive for many years, but as it goes with many wishes I just never came around to actually doing it. At least not till that summer of 2009. After getting my open water and advanced open water in Dahab I wanted nothing more then to start diving in Holland. However as newbie with only 15 dives in my logbook I didn’t now what to expect from the Dutch waters. I wanted my first dive to be with a professional guide. In hindsight a very smart choice…
It’s difficult to find a scuba dive center yourself near Lake Baikal. I found some references on tour sites, but that’s it. Even +PADI wished me good luck with Googling for a dive center. This is the first time I’ve heard that there is no PADI certified dive center near a dive location. However, after contact with our tour operator, who contacted her local agents for us, the opportunity to go scuba diving in Lake Baikal in Russia became more promising.
I’m counting down till my newest adventure and this time by train. I’m off with the Trans Mongolia express, travelling from Saint Petersburg to Beijing during a 3,5 week period. Despite the awesomeness of this trip, as a scuba diver I’m on dry land with no opportunities to dive. Or are there? I’ll be visiting lake Baikal, the world largest sweet water lake. Which options does this offer and will it be enough to still my scuba diving cravings.