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Hello from Holland.

Discussion in 'Introductions & Greets' started by Blackdog017, Jul 21, 2021 at 5:13 AM.

  1. Blackdog017

    Blackdog017 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Netherlands
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    Hi there,

    I grew up in the 60s, so as a child I wanted to be an astronaut and a diver ! Eventually, a bit over 10 years ago, I managed to fulfil one of those childhood goals... and I'm hooked.

    Got the PADI OW and AOW certifications in one go, then expanded to EAN and recently the SSI XR Advanced Nitrox.

    Mostly diving on liveaboards lately, a bit stopped now with the pandemic, but otherwise trying to take a diving holiday twice per year.

    My buddy is my wife. She's a long time diver (since the mid 80s), so she learned the hard way and is lot more old school. I find that very reassuring and useful as I am a "diving is fun" generation diver.

    Anyway, looking forward to learning more things and enjoying our addiction together with this community.

    Cheers.
     
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  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to Scubaboard! We're so glad to have you join us and look forward to reading more of your participation here.
     
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  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
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    Welcome from the US Great Lakes. No local diving?
     
  4. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
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    Welcome. I've never been to Holland. Glad you've been making the live-aboard trips. Hopefully things will keep opening back up and vaccination rates will climb.

    Richard.
     
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  5. Tripp

    Tripp Aquanaut Naturalist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Antonio & Marco Island
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    Welcome to ScubaBoard! You are so fortunate that your wife dives! Have fun and tell us all about it!
     
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  6. CycleCat

    CycleCat Contributor

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: near Taos, New Mexico, USA
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    What part of Holland? My wife is from Driebergen with family in Veenedaal and Arnhem.
     
  7. Pat85

    Pat85 Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: the Netherlands
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    Welkom!
    Enjoy your stay here, amazing board.
    Also, be sure to drop by in the regional forums. There is a lively thread with all Dutchies in the Benelux regional board!
     
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  8. Blackdog017

    Blackdog017 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Netherlands
    11
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    Thanks ! Indeed it's a great thing to be able to share the passion with my wife. The fact that she had such a different training also teaches me a lot. Modern day training can be very basic sometimes.

    I'm in the Leiden area, so not really close to Veenendaal, but I know the area. They used to have (in the BC years: Before Covid) a nice vintage guitars show twice a year... I'm also a guitar player/enthusiast.

    Thanks, I'll have a look. Anyway, I'm not local. Living here for a number of years already, but I'm an expat.
     
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  9. Blackdog017

    Blackdog017 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Netherlands
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    There seems to be some local diving in some lakes and the North Sea, but I'm not attracted to cold waters at all.... More than 5mil wetsuit is not really my thing...

    Yes, we all hope we're finally getting out of this mess. The vaccines really seem to be working, so the light at the end of the tunnel maybe getting closer.
     
  10. Pat85

    Pat85 Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: the Netherlands
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    I've grown up near Veenendaal, and been to that vintage guitar show! Had a vintage guitar examined there, fun to go to!
     

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