Friday, 29 February 2008

Leaving Atlanta... On my way to Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands-1

Gonna take a bath now and on my way the airport once more. Next stop: Grand Cayman !!!


Vou tomar um banho e lá vou eu uma vez mais no caminho do aeroporto. Promixa Paragem: Grand Cayman !!!

Finally in Atlanta / Finalmente em Atlanta

Finally got here. Now on my way to the hotel for some deserved sleep.
Tomorrow Cayman Islands.


Finalmente cheguei. Estou agora a caminho do hotel para um merecido descanso.
Amanha Cayman Islands

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Got to Newark. Waiting in the plane

I guess there is gonna be running for me. Plane is late one hour and I need
to get the next plane to Atlanta. Feel tired as I couldn't sleep.

My schedule for the Cayman Islands Dive trip

Thursday, 28th February

- Flight to Newark, NY from Amsterdam

- In Newark, flight to Atlanta, GE

- Sleep in Atlanta

Friday, 29th February

- Flight from Atlanta to Grand Cayman in the morning

- Arrival in Grand Cayman at approx. 12:00

- Stay one day visiting Grand Cayman

Saturday, 1st March

- Board the Cayman Aggressor at 14:00

- Welcome drinks and briefing from the Captain

Sunday, 2nd March - Friday, 7th March

- Dive, dive and more dive

Saturday, 8th March

- Check-out Aggressor

- 17:00 - Flight from Grand Cayman to Houston, Texas

- Stay overnight in Houston

Sunday, 9th March

- Flight from Houston to Amsterdam

Monday, 10th March

- Arrival in Amsterdam at 7:00 am

Sunday, 17 February 2008

First dive after a while...

Several months have passed since the last time I did a dive. To be more precise, since July 2007. That's a looooooong time. Not to happen again.

Well, today I went with Fred to Vinkeveense Plassen a did a short dive to get used to it... Man, that's cold... Not used to it anymore LOL

Got my housing. Big Kudos to and Mares Benelux (TopSport Diving)

S&S DX300

So finally I got my housing. This has been a very long story for which I have to thank Ron at Scubacam and to Mares Benelux (former TopSport diving) for their great service.

Please find below a short version of the story.

Last year I bought a Sea&Sea housing for my Canon EOS350D at Scubacam. Since the beginning there were issues with the TTL. Ron at Scubacam always promptly tried to solve the issue and housings, TTL converters and strobes came back and forth from Sea&Sea Japan without any success. TopSport diving at that time ordered a brand new housing to try to solve the issue and kept the "old one" in their stock. Unfortunately also this one didn't work.

In between, I had a liveaboard to Honduras. Two days before I left to Honduras one of the strobes simply died. Once more Ron when completely out of his way and immediately got me a new strobe to replace the faulty one. Since the beginning I was very pleased with the level of service provided by both companies.

Unfortunately, after a long time trying to solve the problem, the housing came once more from Japan not working properly.

ScubaCam and TopSport immediately agreed with finding a different solution since this was not working out. Specifically, they agreed to replace the S&S D350 kit for the brand new S&S MDXD300 for the Nikon D300 without any costs from my side. I just had to choose which lens kits I wanted and everything was arranged. In addition to that, for all the troubles, TopSport kindly offered me one Mares product of my choice.

I must say I am very very pleased with how this case was dealt with and must say that these two companies are an example to any company out there in terms of customer service.

For all this, THANK YOU very much.

Below a picture of me and Ron with my new housing:
Me and Ron (Scubacam)

Saturday, 16 February 2008

On my way to get my new Sea&Sea Housing

Getting out now to go to Scubacam and get my new housing. More details when I am back !!!

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Some pics from BOOT 2008 - Dusseldorf

BOOT Dusseldorf 27Jan08

BOOT Dusseldorf 27Jan08

BOOT Dusseldorf 27Jan08

BOOT Dusseldorf 27Jan08

BOOT Dusseldorf 27Jan08

BOOT Dusseldorf 27Jan08

BOOT Dusseldorf 27Jan08

New Sea&Sea DX300 housing on its way

Sea&Sea MDXD300

My Sea&Sea housing for the Canon 300D didn't work out. We were never able to make the TTL work properly. So Scubacam agreed to take this system back and get me the new Sea&Sea housing for the Nikon D300 without any additional payment. Although this whole situation has been a pain in the ass, I am extremely happy with the service provided by Scubacam and the important in the Netherlands. Thank you once more Ron... Looking forward to get my new housing !!!

When I get the housing, I will post the whole story.