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It's going to be a challenge! It's going to be cold! It's going to be a first! It's going to be fantastic! The world championship underwater photography 2015 will be held in the Netherlands. The blue of the tropical seas is replaced by the green waters of Zeeland. From all over the world in total 90 scuba divers (from Russia, Brazil, Mexico and more) will be competing in finding and capturing the winning photo. I love to make photo's and video's during my own dives, but I'm definitely an amateur. Let's take a look at what challenges these professionals are going to face.

#scubadiving   #scuba   #diving   #worldchampionship   #underwaterphotography   #netherlands  
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For my Dutch followers a really good review!
 
Marloes Otten testte voor DuikeninBeeld de nieuwe Fusion 52X ademautomaat. Wordt dit echt de nieuwe norm voor ademautomaten zoals Mares belooft?
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Very mysterious behavior by the grouper. I'm very curious as to the grouper survived eating the Lionfish... 
Lionfish, a non-native species to the region, have played havoc with the marine ecosystem in the decades since they were introduced.
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Very interesting. I have seen snappers and groupers feeding on killed Lionfish, and seen groupers getting very close to Lionfish when in proximity of divers, as they think that divers will spearfish them, but I have never seen a Grouper move a  lionfish in open water to have a shot at it... 
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How often do you buy a new wetsuit? I recently bought my 2nd one since 2010, the Bare 7mm Elastek. My last wetsuit lasted me for over 5 years! After that time it really was time for a new one. Last Wednesday I went scuba diving and took the change to really test my new Bare wetsuit. Water temperature was 3 degrees Celsius with an air temperature of -1 degrees. How did it go?!

#scubadiving  #scuba #diving #wetsuit  
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My scuba diving dream... Not sure if everyone has one, but I do! The past five years I've been able to dive and see a lot of the world. However this dive location is still on the first place of my wish list. A dive location only a few can say they ever visited and experienced. The moment I saw a scuba diver diving near an iceberg I was sold. The lure of enormous beauty combined with the rush of adrenaline that comes with a real adventure. Scuba diving on Antarctica!

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Once in a life time
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Totally agree with the author here. It makes you wonder what they want to accomplish with this shoot. A death Tuna with a naked woman. My first thought was 'It must have smelled awful' instead of the beautiful animal the Tuna fish in reality is. 
 
While I absolutely applaud the work of The Blue Marine Foundation, I do have to question the latest publicity shoot involving Helena Bonham Carter.

What is that picture trying to say? As Photos are usually the main hook to articles and campaigns I was dismayed to see Helena posing naked with a ‘dead’ 27kg Tuna. Who was this image actually trying to reach?

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http://www.scubaverse.com/celebs-join-call-protect-uk-seas-wildlife/ #marine #ocean #conservation #HelenaBonhamCarter
While I absolutely applaud the work of The Blue Marine Foundation,  I do have to question the latest publicity shoot involving Helena Bonham Carter. The mission statement from the foundation states ‘The active and effective protection of 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020, delivered through a network of marine reserves and
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I would say that I'm odd. And I have no problem saying that. But if u cuddle up with a dead fish naked. you need some stronger medication.
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I was surfing on the internet and found an article which I really had to laugh about. At first I thought it was an hoax, but after some research on the web I had to adjust my thoughts. I even found a TedX talk about this topic and the organisation behind it, Shark Attack Mitigation Systems of SAMS for short. Apparently this is 'old news' as it was communicated back in 2013. Well I missed that news article! If you missed it also, keep on reading. I've included the video of the TedX talk. Very interesting!

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Interesting, thanks for sharing. 
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The last two weeks it has been a bit quiet here on My Scubadiving Stories. My life has been a bit hectic. A long story short is that I sold my current apartment and my partner and I are waiting for our new house to be finished. Meanwhile we moved in with a friend in his apartment. You probably get the hectic part right now... That's why I'm really looking forward to a short holiday in April to Dubai in the UAE. Off course I'm curious to the scuba diving possibilities in Dubai. Never pass a scuba diving opportunity!

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Wish all the best there and enjoy ur trip 
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Amazing photo of inside a wreck!
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Superb shot, Seb; rockin' steady on that composition...
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When your looking for a scuba friendly airline, check out this post. 
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My 2nd blog on +Scubaverse​ :)
 
Check out Sebastiaan van Aard's latest blog for Scubaverse, 'Top Ten Dive Sites In The Netherlands For Beginner Scuba Divers', here:

http://www.scubaverse.com/top-ten-dive-sites-netherlands-beginner-scuba-divers/ #scuba #diving #Netherlands #TopTen
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During one of my last dives in 2014 the dive housing of my Go Pro Hero 2 broke down. No idea how, but I lost my shutter button. It was just missing from the housing at the end of my dive. I did have some luck as my camera survived. I tried repairing it, but that failed completely. A camera without housing isn't very usable for a scuba diver. So I went in search for a new dive housing for my old Hero 2. This turned out to be quite a search. 

#scubadiving   #scuba   #diving  #gopro #hero2 #underwatercamera  

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We still have a few parts for hero 2. Some blur fix filters various stuff 
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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.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
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.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
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.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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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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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
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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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago