Today we had a practice dive in the Oostvoornse Meer, here in the Netherlands. It is the same place where we finished our PADI Open Water course last year. We hadn’t dived since Hurghada in September 2005, except for Nemo 33 in Brussels two weeks ago.
Oostvoornse Meer is located just south of the port of Rotterdam. We dived at the location Baardmannetje, which is at the far west-side of the lake. The water here is brackish, as there is an opening to the sea. Back in December a dolphin stranded here.
We hadn’t been here since our last two dives with Tibia diving school in July 2005, when we finished our PADI Open Water course. Just as that day it was a beautiful day today, around 26°C. The water was 14°C at the surface and 11°C at the deepest we went, which was 14 meter. We got geared up, entered the water and swam to the 6-meter buoy. There we descended and swam due east toward the track of tires. The visibility was 3 to 5 meters, which was better than when we dived with Tibia — then the viz was only 1 to 3 meters. We followed the tires south to the underwater house, which we couldn’t find, and then back again. On the way back we saw the ‘Titanic’, a small metal boat wreck, and a small signpost with distances to far-off diving locations (see photo below).