About our love for the ocean
We – Yoeri and Nicki – are more than happy to share our love for diving, the ocean and the wonderful world we are living in. It is not about us, but about what we do and why. It is painful to stand by and watch suffering, sickness and death of loved ones. What is happening to our oceans as well as nature on land is touching us on so many levels. But not everything is lost yet, there is still so much beauty and so many fascinating creatures out there that need our help as we need theirs.
As we only protect what we know and care about, we start right there with creating videos, photos, and blog entries (English and German) to introduce various parts of the world and diverse ocean life to you. We want to explain animal behaviour, feature initiatives, spread the good news, demystify the image of diving as an extreme sport, and present whatever else we do, like, support and find relevant to share in order to save our blue planet (though the planet will surely survive us).
Even though we think it is the time to show the beauty of the world, we can’t turn a blind eye to the dark sides as the solutions have to fit the problems at hand: waste, pollution, destruction, exploitation, abuse, … which are threatening our world (oceans). It – we – are all connected and it’s not too late to act and change the path we are on. Read more on our vision, mission and work on That’s Devocean.
Yoeri has felt connected to the ocean for as long as he can remember and has been working in the diving industry for over 20 years. As an MSDT he guided, taught, and managed dive centres and liveaboard operations all around the world, often in remote locations. For the last 16 years, he has also been working as an underwater videographer.
His work includes numerous promotional films, documentation for conservation programs, productions for NGOs, educational as well as travel programs for Swiss, Egyptian and Philippine broadcast companies. He can teach various specialities in English, German and Dutch (PADI, NAUI, SSI).
Nicki has been drawn to the ocean since her first visit to the sea. Whenever she felt unsure about what to do or in other way disconnected she would go and consult the ocean. Strongly interested in photography and writing she decided to learn more about the world and how to protect it and studied Geography, Management of Environment and Politics in Bochum and Berlin. Afterwards, she worked several years for non-governmental organisations in various projects and campaigns from energy and climate justice to trade and investment policy and mining (all-time favourite: PowerShift e.V.).
Just when she had decided to become a freelancer, hoping to focus more on researching and writing this way, she fell head over heels in love with diving – and Yoeri. She became a PADI instructor in 2012 and, in the beginning, she managed to integrate translating, writing and a little bit of photography, mainly for NGOs, into her new aquatic life. Unfortunately, that got less and less over the years. Now she is over the moon to be able to combine her passions and skills more than ever before and spends lots of her time writing.
„Storytelling fascinated me already early on in life. Fantasy or real, written or in pictures. Travelling opened up new horizons and stays one of my inspirations, especially nature, but also human traces therein. I use pictures to illustrate my writing and vice versa. When I started diving it felt like a whole new universe, another dimension suddenly revealed itself. So much to discover! I needed time to perfect my diving skills, to study the underwater realm and to save up for photo equipment to allow me to share this world with others not just in words. Only recently I started to work up the courage to present my vision to others, like on our website and social media channels.“ – Nicki
We believe that education leads to conservation – on land or underwater. Therefore we want to show how extraordinary our planet is, document diversity, explain behaviour as well as highlight problems and solutions. Rules and regulations are needed, nevertheless our attitude and actions matter.
To protect our underwater treasures from destructive diving practises we focus on improving buoyancy control of all our students and dive buddies. Respect the environment, control your movements and positions and at the same time, you’ll save energy and conserve air. The better your buoyancy control the more you can enjoy the natural wonders of the sea.