MY PASSION FOR WATER
Pleasant introduction !
FIRST THINGS FIRST
The BUBBLEDIVERS vzw was born in 2011. In 2015 the General Assembly appointed me as chairman.
The family oriented club counts ~60 members.
During the school year, training sessions take place in the swimming pool 'Strop' Ghent.
Every two weeks, and even more frequently in the high season, you can participate in an outdoor dive.
Twice a year we go on weekends. Our foreign club trip is an annual highlight.
Diving gives me peace and I like to share this fascinating world with others.
I'm a PADI Master Instructor.
I can offer you various training courses: ranging from beginner level (Discover Scuba Diving, Scubadiver, Open Water Diver) to Advanced Open Water, Rescue and EFR (Emergency First Response), specialties (Peak Performance Buoyancy, Deep, Wreck, Navigation, Night, Drift, Drysuit, Nitrox , Sidemount, DPV, Self-reliant,...), Divemaster and even IDC assistance.
I teach all courses in collaboration with BUBBLE&DIVE.
BY THE BEST
My first diving experience dates from 2001.
During a backpacking trip with friends I ended up in Palau Kecil Malysia. So, like so many others, I obtained my PADI Open Water on hollidays.
Afterwards I founded a family, renovated a boat and established the architectural practice DENC!-STUDIO.
This was a busy period with little time for hobbies.
Ten years later I took up diving again.
I entered BUBBLE&DIVE Gentbrugge and a friendly lady at the desk, named CAROL POE, managed to convince me to start a divemaster course.
I am happy to be part of her instructor staff for several years now.
My special thanks go out to Course Director PETER ROMBAUT. He was my mentor throughout the entire training process. We became friends.
Under the motto 'standing still is going backwards', I participated various additional training and graduation courses.
I love the humor and admire the wide experience of TOM STEINER VAN DEN OUWEELEN.
I really like the AUDREY CUDEL approach. Her sidemount and cave diving courses are outstanding and we share a passion for photography.
VAS PROUD shows how you can turn your passion into a business: a diver by design.Their different approach was an enrichment and added value.
AS A REMINDER
While diving I don't drag expensive cameras, balancing beams and large video lights.
Underwater I enjoy not being chased by the smartphone. I cherish the peace and tranquility.
That is why I only use a small action camera.
For me, green/blue/copper colored water may also reflected in the images.
I do not compensate for the underwater color reduction through filters.
The abstraction or discoloration of the images can even help to dramatize the statues or wrecks.
I am not looking for the perfectly colored photo without grain; just give me a raw artist impression. I want to feel the roughness of a drift dive.
Photos and videos can be a good support for diving analysis.
My students and buddies are happy with the memories. Quite a few divers have already asked to use a photo as their new profile picture.
FREEDOM OF LIVING
Make no mistake.
The ND D'ESPERANCE is not a dive boat.
There is no compressor on board to fill cylinders and the ship has no ambition to be a wreck.
The former barge houses a happy family.
Where previously a narrow cabin had to accommodate an entire skipper’s family, everything now revolves around the potential of the cargo hold.
After removing the cover hatches, 14 newly modeled "containers" were placed in the "convertible". These were arranged in such a way that a number of pleasant patios were created that from the glazed living spaces are perceived as a visual extension of the rather limited living space. The high transparency ensures natural light.
The transformation of the hold shows respect: on the one hand by the conception of the home as a ship's load and on the other hand by the emphasis on the visible riveted ship's wall.
You can find more about the architecture on DENC!-STUDIO.