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Scuba diving and sleeping late are two words which are never mentioned in the same sentence. The alarm clock going off at 06.00 a.m. only proves this once more. After a quick breakfast we are ready for our 2 hour drive from Dubai (West coast) to Fujairah on the East coast. Why? Because according to the local dive centers scuba diving should be much better over there. They are absolutely right! We had an amazing day in Fujairah and where blown away with all the marine life we saw during our dives. Check out my video and photo's of the dives on my blog. Just follow the link below! 

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For my Dutch followers, on of my blogs has been posted on Duikeninbeeld, a Dutch #scubadiving platform #suunto #prostaffer
Een veelgehoorde vraag: een Suunto Vyper of een Suunto Zoop? Suunto Pro Staffer Sebastiaan van Aard werd onder water gestuurd met de Vyper.
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This is my 10th story in a series of personal scuba diving adventures and this time I want to take you along memory lane in my weirdest dive I've ever made. It has nothing to do with wreck diving or any other adventurous thought you may have. The dive was in a small pond in the middle of a golf course in the middle of the Netherlands far away from the salty waters I love so much. Scuba diving for golfballs wasn't something I ever thought I would be doing. What is your weirdest dive?

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This is my 10th story in a series of personal scuba diving adventures and this time I want to take you along memory lane in my weirdest dive I've ever made. It has nothing to do with wreck diving or any other adventurous thou...
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You're a good guy, Sebastiaan.  Thanks for the humor & good energy; make it a great week...
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Just have to share this one :) +NASA​, what do you think?
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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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Dubai… What can I say about this city?! Almost everything you see here as a tourist is fake and build to entertain. Despite this it’s all very beautiful here and you’re amazed about the skyscrapers and enormous projects they are constructing here. We all know Dubai from Palm Island and the 7 star hotel Burj Al Arab. Well currently they also have the highest skyscraper in the world, Burj Khalifa, 800 meters high. Also they are building two extra man made islands. Another Palm Island and another one in the shape of the world.  You can understand that all this building isn’t great for scuba diving and marine life in general! Even the scuba centers themselves don’t promote diving here. 

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From May 21st till May 25th the world championship underwater photography will be held in the Netherlands. Let's take a closer look at the dive sites where the photographers will be competing for that winning photo. Probably most if not all the names of these dives sites will be impossible to pronounce, unless your Dutch off course ;) There are 10 different dives sites in total spread over three locations.

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Last weekend I was at the birthday party of my favorite niece and I was talking with one of my uncles who is also a passionate scuba diver. Big difference between us he loves to dive fresh water and I'm a salty lover. At this birthday party he was telling me he had taken an extra insurance for scuba diving. This peeked my interest because globally we 'Dutchies' are the second most insured people you'll ever going to meet (The Swiss are the number one). So what has DAN (Divers Alert Network) which my own insurance company doesn't have?

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Hi +Nadine Kämper , I heard from a fellow Dutch scuba diver whom is with a Dutch scuba association (NOB) they have it also included in the member fee. I'm with PADI so I'm glad I checked it out :)
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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.

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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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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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reviewed 11 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 - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 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.
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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.
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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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reviewed a year 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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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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