D(r)ive Tripping Around Europe: Introducing the Ocean Exposure Team

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Hello, we’re Linn Vennberg and Mattias Granberg from Ocean Publicity. We have been each born and raised within the north of Sweden. 

In 2013, after deciding to flee the chilly Swedish winter, we went to Thailand on a vacation and took our PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water diver certifications. 

The underwater world amazed us and has since then by no means left our minds. It didn’t take lengthy earlier than Mattias purchased his first digital camera with the intention to share his experiences for others to see and encourage extra to find this excellent and numerous world. A couple of years later Linn determined to start out taking pictures, too.

What impressed you to pack up your lives and journey round Europe exploring the native dive websites?

The thought for Ocean Publicity and taking a d(r)ive journey round Europe has been on our minds for a very long time and has been rising through the years. After diving around the globe we obtained the impression that folks don’t know a lot about diving in Europe and what the continent has to supply. 

After years of diving right here, we all know that there's world class diving to be discovered throughout Europe, and there are a whole lot of locations that need to be highlighted. The thought to do a documentary about our European waters was born and received us to take the leap and depart our snug lives at house.

Which dive websites have stunned you thus far in your journey?

In Wales we dived at Martin’s Haven and we actually appreciated that spot. We anticipated the diving there to be good, with quite a lot of marine life, however the abundance of marine life exceeded our expectations! One purpose for that could be that it’s a part of the Skomer Marine Conservation Zone and so fishing, catching marine life and so forth, is regulated. We have been additionally fortunate to see the spider crab migration which was a powerful sight. 

Spider crab migration, Martin's Haven (c) Ocean Exposure

The place are you actually wanting ahead to diving in your journey?

There’s a lot to sit up for alongside the best way so it’s onerous to decide on. One of many essential issues we each needed to expertise on this journey was snorkelling with basking sharks. We simply did that and it was as superb as we imagined it. 

Basking shark, Scotland. (c) Ocean Exposure

Subsequent up is diving with seals at Farne Islands. It’s one thing we’ve been eager on doing ever since we began diving so we’re actually enthusiastic about that. We’re additionally wanting ahead to performing some wreck diving within the Mediterranean.

What are your prime ideas for divers trying to dive regionally this yr?

Chances are you'll not have the ability to dive with mantas regionally however we’re positive there's something to be found locally for most individuals. It’s straightforward to be ‘homeblind’ so this could possibly be a very good probability to understand what you've got nearer to residence. 

We’d advocate contacting your local dive center and asking about what diving there's to be present in your space. This could be a probability to get to know new divers and begin new friendships.

Dry suit diving (c) Ocean Exposure

For somebody who lives within the northern elements of Europe and has solely been diving in hotter water we might advocate taking the chance to do the PADI Dry Suit Diver specialty course. A number of the greatest dive locations are, in our opinion, coldwater dives.

It’s additionally a good suggestion to ebook properly prematurely. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, in lots of nations the operators aren't capable of take as many divers as traditional of their boats so the spots refill shortly.

Use the PADI Adventures app to guide your subsequent dive journey

Out there on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

What steps are you taking to make sure you’re compliant with regional Covid-19 restrictions?

We be sure to learn the native authorities tips, discover out what restrictions are in place and use widespread sense. Since we reside in our van and have the power to decide on the place to remain we attempt to keep away from locations the place there are many individuals. We often find yourself in distant locations near the water or surrounded by nature. For us it’s straightforward because it’s how we favor it.

Mattias and Linn in their van (c) Ocean Exposure

Control the PADI Covid-19 dive map to seek out out when diving is open in your native space.

You possibly can comply with together with the Ocean Publicity adventures on-line by way of their social channels on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram

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