|On February the 4th and 5th , 2006
the Dutch Dive Show, also called the " Duikvaker", was held in Utrecht, The
Netherlands. The "Duikvaker" draws visitors from the Netherlands, Belgium and
Germany and informs the visitors about equipment, education, holidays and other
diving related issues. More than 120 stands were equipped with information and
materials. The show was visited by 9000 people.
One of them drew a lot of visitors:
the stand of Museum of Diving. The goal of the Museum of Diving is to inform
visitors about the diving history. To do so, Kees de Jonge, Raimond Dupont, Jan
de Groot and Melvin Oostdijk showed equipment from their personal collection.
Among them were a complete Russian helmet diver, a complete Siebe Gorman diver,
2 Siebe diving pumps, 1 Russian diving pump, 2 Mark V helmets, a Drager,
Yokohama and three different Dutch Diving Helmets. Beside informing the
visitors, there was also a chance to do some actual helmet diving: 2 Dutch
Diving Helmets were used in the warm water diving tank. For the first time, a
big plasma screen was used to show the newest Dutch Diving Helmets promotion
DVD, taken in the indoor diving pool of Monte Mare in Germany. Also, we were
surprised by Ed de Bruyn, a well known Dutch landscape and harbour painter. Ed
visited us when we were diving with the Siebe equipment and he asked if he could
take some pictures which he wanted to use for his paintings. Especially for the
"Duikvaker" Ed framed two large paintings. His paintings were the "finishing
touch" of the stand.
Just as in previous years it was
very nice to contribute to the "Duikvaker". It's a nice way to keep the diving
history alive. Next year we'll be present again.