A paradise of the Earth Raja Ampat - Four Kings

Manta Ray Papua Raja Ampat

I first stepped foot in this great place over 17 years ago when it was still under the name of Irian Jaya. Landing at the airport on a small island close to Sorong, getting off the plane feeling lucky that the plane even landed then being approached by all these … Continue reading

The Vercors Region in France The excitement of karst landscapes

Cave of Choranche in Vercors Region

The karst area of the Vercors Region is located in the foothills of the France-Alps, bounded on the East by Grenoble and on the West by Valence in the Rhone valley. This location is an insiders’ tip where tourism has grown very slowly, barely industry, no congested roads, no large … Continue reading

Soft Bottoms Sand, Mud and Detritus: the environments less known to divers

Diving into sand, mud and detrites

About 75 percent of the coasts of our planet is occupied by the sands. Resulting from erosion or other volcanic or geological phenomena in general, the debris are transported to the sea by rivers and accumulate so and to varying degrees according to the locality. In some areas, such as … Continue reading

Technical Diving Part 6 Begin with the end in mind / The path from recreational to technical diving

Technical diving at HMS Stubborn

This is another part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2][Part 3][Part 4.1][Part 4.2][Part 5] After our last course the wrecks of a.o. Malta and Croatia have been our playground, building experience and confidence until the dives worked like clockwork, letting us fully enjoy the … Continue reading

Cave Diving. Can It Be Safe And Fun? Part Two

Cave diving in Cenotes - Mexico

This is another part of our special articles about Cave Diving. Read also [Part 1] I can still remember my first happy trip to Mexico and the joy of receiving my first temporary certification diving card. Finally I was ready to explore underwater and really push my boundaries. That was … Continue reading

Technical Diving Part 5 Begin with the end in mind / The path from recreational to technical diving

Technical diving descent

This is another part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2][Part 3][Part 4.1][Part 4.2] As you may have read in the previous posts, all members of Team Pitch Blue managed to pass the brutal T1 course. Amazingly enough, the whole team stayed together after that … Continue reading

Technical Diving Part 4.2 Begin with the end in mind / The path from recreational to technical diving

Technical diving - on the surface

This is another part of our special articles about Technical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2][Part 3][Part 4.1] After successfully finishing the first part of the T1 course in Croatia, of which you have been able to read all the ups and downs in the last post, we could start … Continue reading

Technical Diving Part 4.1 Begin with the end in mind / The path from recreational to technical diving

On the boate to our technical diving

This is another part of our special articles about Technical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2][Part 3] It’s October 2012, 05:00 a.m. As quietly as possible I try to get out of my bed without waking my (then) pregnant wife. As all fathers know: waking up a pregnant woman is … Continue reading