Shark Week St. Maarten

This week is Shark Week for the Dutch Caribbean Islands. This includes the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten. We are lucky on the island of St. Maarten to have a very active Nature Foundation that has set up some activities for the week. This...

Questions for your Dive Center:

What to ask your dive center. If you are getting ready for your first dive with a new crew here are some questions you need to ask before you head to your first dive site. 1. What should I bring on the boat? -Some boats are small and don’t...

Equalizing Your Ears

One of the most common problems beginners have when they start diving is not being able to equalize the pressure in their ears. Several Discover Scuba Divers give up because they say their ears hurt and many instructors don’t have extra time to spend making sure every diver goes...

The Caribbean Octopus

In my Marine Life posts you can find information on different types of marine animals, how to find them, and the best ways to photograph some of these creatures. I have a long list of favorite underwater creatures but the Octopus is definitely at the top! Let’s start with...

Buying your first piece of Scuba Gear (a Dive Mask!)

Now that you’ve caught the scuba bug you are ready to invest in some gear of your own. In my experience there are a lot of dive centers who would gladly sell a full set of gear to someone who hasn’t even started their course yet. This isn’t always...

It’s Regatta Week

Today is the 1st of March, 2017 and tomorrow is the first official Race day of the 37th Heineken Regatta. For me this means for the next 4 days my life as a captain on St. Maarten is going to be much more difficult. While everyone else is watching...