|Diving in "Grevelingen Meer"
and in the "Oosterschelde", Holland
For about three and a half hours we were driving already,
coming from Luxembourg expecting having a nice and promising
diving weekend. We, that's Paul, Marco, Guy and myself Jerome.
"What do you think is the water temperature here?"
still I hear Guy asking that all the time. Poor guy, he was
the only wet suit diver among us and always a bit nervous as
he just passed his certification a little time ago.
In the Surf Centre outside of Ouddorp we met Tonie and his
group of 15 divers of the "Fata Aquana" Diving
School. We became friends early September 1999 when he and his
group came to Luxembourg for an unforgettable diving weekend.
So now we were all together again, this time in Holland. Tonie
has booked an accommodation for overnight at the Surf Centre.
He promised us excellent dive spots, finally he should be
having right but let's start from the beginning.
In Holland you have to buy a license to be allowed to dive,
so we did. After that we were driving to the first dive spot
in the "Grevelingen Meer" to a place called "Den
Ossen". There was an icy wind blowing around our faces
when we inspected the entry area on the shore. "I think,
Guy, it should not be colder under water than outside here!"
I told him, but he didn't appreciate it too much.
With slight fin movements I went down togther with Marco as
my buddy. The good visibility and the typical green colour
like in all the Nordic waters were impressing and let us feel
a little bit of adventure. Funny to see all the big and small
crabs flitting in all directions before you approach the
can see them anywhere underwater around Zeeland in any depth
but mostly in shallow waters. In every whole or crack it
swarms of pulsating life. Some Sea Pinks were made up on the
ground. Slightly rose or white in colour, they stretch their
fine tentacles out in the water.
Much more finely and invisible but also more restless are
the innumerable small shrimps. You easily miss them due to
their nearly transparent body.
With a less trained look, you can easily find the huge
number of starfishes, mussels and snails who populate by
millions the ground. Between all that, again small fishes,
anemones and sponges of all kind.
Gradually I left the shallow water zone, the ground went
slightly in the depth and the water got colder. The opulence
of sea life abruptly disappeared. The deeper ground in here
gets more and more muddy, sediments of the last decades were
not taken away by the tides which are no more present in the
On the way back, what a surprise was hiding under a small
rock, a huge lobster and a second one just before we came out
of the water.
Our second dive was in a place called "Dreischor"
also in the "Grevelingen Meer". You are probably
curious about our wetsuit diver Guy, who after the first dive
was so chilled out that he had enough of diving for the rest
of the weekend. But after a while he took it with some humor.
After this exciting day we decided to finish with some
drinks in a very nice public place with live music around
until late in the night.
The next day we had to pack already for our departure but we
went to do a final dive before we were leaving. So we decided
to go for the "Zeelandbrug" in the "Oosterschelde".
To dive there means first a detailed briefing about drifts,
depth and darkness combined with sometimes less visibility and
perfect tide timing. Diving in the "Oosterschelde"
means also wasteful abundance of sea life, fantastic macro
scenes, lobsters and spectacular descents along the "Zeelandbrug"
Drift dives need some extra briefing. Best time to go down
on this site has to be calculated out of a tide table with a
time correction factor of 45 minutes before high or low tide.
During that time are the most quiet drift conditions.
Around wintertime is probably the best period to dive here,
good visibility is more likely during that season.
So after the marvelous dive we exchanged some more
experiences during lunch and we expressed our satisfaction
about the exciting dive sites in this area of Holland. We
decided to come back again very soon. Tonie promised us he
would be back again with his group during summer 2000 in
But the adventure was not yet finished. On our way back just
one kilometre after the "Zeelandbrug" we got stuck
in the mud with our 4x4 after trying to do a U-turn in a
field. No way to get out, so we had to call Tonie back on his
mobile phone for some help. But that's another story...