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3 months, 23 days, 11 hours and 46 minutes. That's the time that has passed since my last dive. Ok, ok... Perhaps not exactly, but for someone used to scuba diving each weekend it still feels like an eternity. Me and partner bought a house this year, which meant selling my old apartment and moving out. The big 'but' in this story is that our new house is still being build. So all our stuff is stored in a storage facility. Including all my dive gear. 

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3 months, 23 days, 11 hours and 46 minutes. That's the time that has passed since my last dive. Ok, ok... Perhaps not exactly, but for someone used to scuba diving each weekend it still feels like an eternity. Me and partner bought a house this year, which meant selling my old apartment and ...
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Haha yes I know. That feeling as well. I'm currently waiting for my helmet to be done and my friends drysuit to get here before we go diving again... 
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Ghost fishing... A word I had never heard about before, till some time ago when a fellow Suunto pro staffer posted something about it on Facebook. Reason enough for me to spark my curiosity and to start Googling. Very quickly I found a site which all explains about ghost fishing and I was appalled.

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Ghost fishing... A word I had never heard about before, till some time ago when a fellow Suunto pro staffer posted something about it on Facebook. Reason enough for me to spark my curiosity and to start Googling. Very quickly I found a site which all explains about ghost fishing and I was ...
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Sun, 28 degrees Celsius and a clear blue sky! That's the prediction of your smartphone's weather app for upcoming Saturday. Immediately you check with your regular scuba buddy what he is doing this weekend. To your dismay the answer is that his mother in law is having a birthday bbq. So scuba diving is out of the picture for him. Disappointed you are looking at your smartphone. No other friends scuba dive and you haven't joined a scuba club. So what are you going to do?!

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The scuba diving logbook… We are all familiar with it. Usually your first logbook is a small and annoying book which you get from the scuba diving center when completing your open water course. You can usually fill in around 25 dives after which you get a more ‘professional’ looking logbook. This one offers more room for more than just your logbook pages. I bought my own ‘professional’ logbook in the Netherlands and I’m still using it till this day. My own logbook contains actually quite some items which I always take along on any given scuba diving day. 

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The scuba diving logbook… We are all familiar with it. Usually your first logbook is a small and annoying book which you get from the scuba diving center when completing your open water course. You can usually fill in around 25 dives after which you get a more 'professional' looking logbook.
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Gone with the old and in with the new! Sometimes it's just time for a change... That's why I proudly present a brand new www.myscubadivingstories.com! Let me know what you think 
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+Sebastiaan van Aard yes sir! :)
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It's a been quiet here on My Scubadiving Stories, life has been a bit restless and today is the first day in which I found the time to be able to write again. Perhaps some of you already read about it, but the world champions...
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The Ikelite PCm LED is my current back-up scuba diving lamp while scuba diving in the Dutch waters. It's my primary lamp when scuba diving in tropical waters. Somewhere down the time line I got this lamp as a present with my subscription on a scuba magazine. Nonetheless this dive lamp has performed wonderful the last few years. Let's take a closer look at it's specifications.

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Thanks!
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Apparently we can say farewell to filling in our physical logbook pages. Damn and that while I just wrote about the advantages of a professional logbook last week ;) Today Suunto communicated that it's dive computers will be able to connect to two major online dive platforms; Diveboard and Diviac. Well I'm curious... I've never heard of these online platforms. Then again that doesn't say much as there are so many online platforms, scuba communities and diving app's... you can't keep track of them all! In any case, both platforms offer the option of an in the cloud logbook. The connection works from the Suunto the Movescount sport community and you'll need to make some steps before you can import your dives.

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Apparently we can say farewell to filling in our physical logbook pages. Damn and that while I just wrote about the advantages of a professional logbook last week ;) Today Suunto communicated that it's dive computers will be able to connect to two major online dive platforms; Diveboard and ...
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Do you also think it's annoying that all #scubadiving  logbook pages differ from each other? That's why I created my own logbook pages. Feel free to use them if you want. Just print them out or go to a professional copy shop. The image is an example and through the links you can download the high res documents. Enjoy! 

Front page: https://goo.gl/k7nVKS
Back page: https://goo.gl/d8A5Yg 
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Amazing! When I do I'll show here! =-) 
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anyone interested in some light? :)
 
Hi everyone! Happy #WorldOceansDay ! I wanted to share a promo +Intova is having this month. Up to 72% off all discontinued dive lights. Some of our best rated dive lights are heavily discounted. Limited quantity on most. Great deals!!

We have not listed our 10,000 lumen teranova dive light. If you're interested in that model, let me know.
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Usually all the attention around the world championship underwater photography goes to all the photographers. However being a photographer is often not a solo job. In many categories they need to take photos which include other scuba divers or better known as underwater models. Being a photo model during the world championship underwater photography 2015 is not to be taken lightly and isn't for everyone. That's why I took the time to interview one of the more famous underwater models in the Netherlands, +Marloes Otten. She tell's us about her experiences of being an underwater model and what it really entails.  

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So true.... it is an art to be a model under water! :-)
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Well you're scuba diving and then suddenly you find two skeletons... and it's no Haloween joke! 
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Lol I will take them back to my office
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Bookworm, Traveller, Diver, Online Marketeer, Amateur cook
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I am a:

Bookworm
I love reading Fantasy as well as Sci Fi books. Favorites writers are Robert Jordan, Raymond E. Feist, Peter F. Hamilton, Weis & Hickman, Steven Erikson and so many more. The tick I got is whenever I read a book I want to have it for my collection. Can tell you, expensive tick ;) One of my biggest wishes is to write a book myself one day... 

Traveler
I try to visit a new country every year when possible. I have a wish list many meters long. From the cold of Antartica to the warm seas of the Seychelles. The best thing about travelling I find is the meeting of new people and cultures. 

Diver
Diving is one of my greatest hobbies. I've been diving for several years now and I try to go as often as I can. And yes... I’m also a cold water diver, which means I also dive here in Holland! We do have some great locations for diving! Read more about my dive adventures on my blog 'My scubadiving adventures'.

Online Marketeer
I love marketing and especially online marketing. Currently I’m working as a online media specialist at the Rabobank where I got the change to mix up my work and interestests in a challenging job.
 
Amateur cook
I love to be in the kitchen and cook for friends, whom I mostly serve Asian and Mediterranean dishes. My favorite kitchen is the Greek one, Moussaka... Mmmmmmm :) However I love a challenge, so I try out as many things as possible when I get the change! I write all the recipes I use down, you can watch them here... They are in Dutch however, but you can always use Google translater

Off course I’m much more then just the things mentioned above... But one should not always tell all! A little bit of a mystery keeps us going... ;)
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Community Manager
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Helicopter view , Thinking outside-the-box, Hands on problem solver, Networker, Project management
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  • Rabobank
    Community Manager, 2014 - present
    Responsible for community management on image and reputation on the online and social media channels of Rabobank. Other activities are: Community management Yammer platform Rabo Network, Advise colleagues on social media (in marketing/ communication campaigns), Creating management rapports on social media engagement.
  • Rabobank Breda
    Online media specialist & Communication advisor, 2012 - 2014
    Responsible for the development of the (localised) online / social media strategy and translating this into activities which create possibilities for brand management, webcare, sales and opening a dialogue with our (potential) customers. For more information take a look at my LinkedIn profile.
  • ISM eCompany
    Marketing Manager, 2010 - 2012
    Responsible for optimizing the marketing department. Developing both short as long term strategies and translating these into effective marketing activities with a focus on brand management and lead generation. For more information take a look at my LinkedIn profile.
We came here for breakfast, croque monsieur with coffee. Breakfast was tasty, the coffee a bit less. Beside that it's a beautiful restaurant with free wifi and enough space to meet friends or do some work on your laptop.
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Great place for breakfast or meeting people I've had breakfast here twice, very tasty! You can sit outside or inside with workbenches for people with laptops.
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I had a great time staying here. The apartments are really nice, with more then enough room, a nice balcony and a spacious bedroom and bathroom. Everything was cleaned daily. If we had any questions we could ask Steven and he helped us out. The beach was also very nice, a minute walk from the apartment. Bella Casita also lies within walking distance of several good restaurants and very close to Rethymno. The most beautiful city on Crete.
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This is local restaurant a little bit (10 minutes walk) outside the city center. They serve a combination of meat and fish. Also they have 3-course adventure menu's. If your looking for a nice restaurant, this one should be on your list.
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We booked a budget apartment on the basis of the photographs the mention that every room just had been renovated. However when we saw our budget room, this was definitely not what we had seen on the photo's. We could have lived with the smaller/ not renovated room if it wasn't for the mold everywhere in the bathroom. We spoke to the manager (Joost) the next morning and helped us immediately. He upgraded us to a deluxe apartment, which was in tip top shape. He was very helpful and friendly which makes a world of difference. Our new apartment was really good and we have had a great time here. Apartment K (main location) lies in the center of Reykjavik, with many restaurants and shops nearby. It's a great central location.
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We did several tours with Reykjavik Excursions. We did the Golden Circle, The Southern Coast and the Northern lights tour. All the buses of this tour operator are equipped with wifi, which is really nice to keep in contact with family and friends at home. All their guides speak good and clear English and who also give you information during the trip. Every morning we where picked up at our hotel and driven to the central bus station for the switch to the tour bus. Afterwards you would be brought back to your hotel. All in all we had a smooth going with this tour operator.
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I had a great time doing this tour. The staff was very friendly and helpful in setting up our gear and equipment. They gave two extensive briefings. The first on the dive site Silfra itself and the second on how to dive in a dry suit. As it was my first time in a dry suit (as for the others), this was good to have. We did two dives in total which where both really amazing. The only minor is that it doesn't include any lunch, only a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie. Despite that the tour costs a lot of money I found it worth my while. .
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