Muck diving

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You either love it, or you hate it. There’s not really much room for half-way sentiments here. We’ve met a good amount of divers, even experienced ones, who’d never even heard of the term “muck diving”, and when asked if they’d like to try, had no idea what it was. So what is Muck Diving? The word muck diving comes from the place the dives are done in. Primarily sandy or muddy bottom composition without much corals, but potentially with garbage, or other (smaller) objects that are either brought in…read more

Our conditioned mind…

Posted by in Challenge, Change, Diving, Freedom

The other day a fellow photographer posted a random post on her wall. In it a box with sour cream and onion flavored crickets, and the question “who’s in?” It was followed by series of responses ranging from “Eew” to “That’s gross” to “Disgusting” and then some. And it got me thinking. Have you ACTUALLY tried them? Or are you basing your opinions on what you’re used to, and how things look on the outside…? This, of course, is not a new concept. Everyone knows that our mind is preset…read more

Conquering your fears… a story with a twist

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The last thing I wrote was about conquering your fears. It was about a great guy, who’d been wanting to dive already for a very long time, and last year finally put up the courage to take the plunge. Literally. When we got to the water with all the gear, and we went under, he almost immediately came up, big eyes, a hint of panic, and he said “Arno, I don’t think I can do this”. But he could, and he did. You can read about it in the blog…read more

Conquering your fears

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freedom

There are millions of scuba divers out there. Everyone was a beginner once, and although some people are naturally more comfortable with doing “crazy” things than others, we’ve all faced the same challenges while going through the skills that are required to become a scuba diver. The fast and the hesitant I’ve had students fly through the course without blinking (figuratively speaking of course, try a mask clear without blinking 😉 ). I’ve had students abort the course because they simply couldn’t overcome the fear of putting your life in the…read more

Anemonefish – A wolf in sheep’s clothes

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Outdoors

I guess it’s safe to say that most of us have seen, or at least heard of, Pixar’s movie ”Finding Nemo”. It tells about a young clownfish, which gets caught by divers to be sold as an aquarium fish. Daddy clownfish comes to the rescue and after countless threatening and funny adventures they are reunited and they live happily ever after. We tend to see these little orange fish as cute, harmless little … well, Nemos. But in fact, they are quite the opposite. The “sheep”-part of the sheep Clownfish…read more

The three most deceptively named dive sites in Camiguin

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You see it all the time. People have gone all out to come up with a fantastic name for a dive site. And whereas some may be very appropriate, others may be completely deceptive. A “manta point” where there are no (longer) any mantas to be found. A “nudi corner” where you would be thankful to see two or three nudibranchs, or similar instances. We have a few like those in Camiguin as well. Not so much in terms of suggesting there would be marine life which in reality there…read more

Passion or party?

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Let me state as a first thing here, that there are exceptions to the proverbial “rules” mentioned here. There ARE also “good guys”. And the “rules” I’m talking about aren’t really rules, but my personal, subjective observations. The scuba diving community is one with many faces, many stereotypes, and many generalizations. I’d like to pick out one, one which I’ve been pondering about ever since I got into scuba diving, which has only been a brief period, really. The partying kind For the young it seems to have the reputation…read more

116 pages of cuteness

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When Walt Disney and Pixar released the animation movie “Finding Nemo” in 2003 clownfish had been around already for centuries. Many of the characters from the movie have become “well-known” in the sense that people (snorkelers and divers) now better recognize the species. The clownfish, however, has made a huge entrée. Especially new divers, but also snorkelers, find those “Nemo fish” super cute. And sure they are. What most people don’t know, is that the clownfish is part of a much larger family, the Anemonefish (Amphiprioninae). Anemonefish All members of…read more

The destructive influence of Authorities and Media

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We all know “Authorities” and the Media have an incredible impact on how we perceive things. We see it every day, in virtually everything we do. They tell us this, and –sometimes even without a second thought – we believe it to be true. There are a few “problems” with how authorities and media deal with topics. The first problem is, regardless of which authorities or media, they are biased. They have a political view, or they have certain interests that take priority over telling what’s really important. The second…read more

The sweet euphoria of nitrogen narcosis

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freedom, Life

The other day I went diving for the first time in a week, after sitting out a pretty rough cold (in the tropics, I know, right??). I wanted to go already the day before, but I didn’t feel 100% yet, so I postponed a day. It was better, but I did notice that even now it still wasn’t completely ok. There was still something in my nose and sinuses. I inhaled a bit of salt water through my nose and cleared it, before putting on the mask and going down,…read more

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