Two passions linked by scuba diving: photography and my collection of old regulators of the Spirotechnique brand that rocked my childhood through weekly documentaries of the Calypso's Odyssey, the legendary oceanographic vessel ... In renovation at the moment in Turkey.
A site employing the two dominant colors yellow and black, those used by the brand of the man with the red cap: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, co-inventor with Émile Gagnan of the modern scuba in 1945.
A site made by a rousing diver, for divers of all backgrounds ... but also to non-divers.
I was born in Clermont-Ferrand in January 1972 and I grew up in Auvergne (center of France) until my 20 years old. Cadet a family of 3 children, my father is a "black feet", french from Algeria, and my mother Spanish, native of the island of Ibiza in the Balearic Islands. In fact, nothing predestined me to become a photographer and a collector of vintage regulators.
Yet from an early age, with all my family we left two months each summer to Ibiza. It is thus that grew in me this relationship between the big blue as all people living on the banks these shores.
Once the age has allowed me I accompanied my father in his underwater hunting parties before becoming myself hunter.
Until one day in 1994 where I trade my gun against my first camera ...
Thus was born the self image hunter I've become ...
The next year I got affected by the "mistralopithecus virus" with my first purchase "vintage": a MISTRAL, I bought to an old policeman in Annecy.
But my "mistralomania" it really developed from 1997 with the purchase of my ROYAL MISTRAL DIN to an old German diver in Ibiza ...
My diver's curriculum vitae? Today I have to turn about 5,000 dives with fifteen years as a professional diving including several seasons with the renowned and regretted diving center IBIZA -DIVING.
I made my first introduction dive in "Pou Des leo" in Ibiza in August 9, 1980 but I have spent my first level (FFESSM/CMAS) in 1988 in Clermont Club Diving. In 1989 I signed up to the club "Les hommes grenouilles de Cournon d'Auvergne" chaired by Bernard Cavoret. That year I make my first immersions lake to the "Lac Pavin" (2 of which memorable as 5mm suit with ice water at 2 ° C).
In 1990 I spent my second Level (FFESSM/CMAS) in Carqueiranne.
In 1994 I spend my third level (FFESSM/CMAS) and I performed my first job in diving into the shop " Le vieux plongeur" in Marseille. (Thank you to Pierre Vogel! ).
The following year I doing my first step coaching with the club IBIZA-DIVING and passing the divemaster PADI.
In 1997, during my military's obligation I spend my fourth diving level in Saint-Tropez in the club Octopussy of Jean Paul Trilles.
In 1998, I went to work at Toulouse to the shop "l'Argonaut" owned by Jean Gregory as manager of workshop and the pit diving pool. I'll stay there for a few months, the work atmosphere doesn't suit me specifically ...
In 1999 I pass the PADI diving instructor in Cannes and I become diving's director of H2O diving center in Ibiza that have just been taken over by Christophe Ubbelhodde and Elisabeth Pieffer.
I go back to work with IBIZA-DIVING in 2000, and from 2003 until its closure in 2007.
From 2008 to 2010 I will become freelance instructor before my return to France.
Since then I stopped working as an professional diver and I'm a staff volunteer for the Leo club in Amiens. Our association organized diving trip everywhere all over the world ... recently the Maldives with Seafari and my first meet with the whale shark and manta rays .
A site for two passions...
The story of my logo
My logo symbolizes both my diver history and where I come from.
It consists of two seahorses, a punic amphora of Ibiza (PE 18) and palm leaves.
The seahorse is for me the most fascinating of all fish! It is proof that the human imagination is often inspired by reality. Until the age of 6 years I thought it was a mythological animal as well as dragons, unicorns and griffins. What a real surprise that day who my uncle Jean of Cala Mastella show me one trapped in his net !!
Amphora Punic from Ibiza are atypical and do not look like anything that could be produced in ancient times, the famous PE 18 is the last form called Punico-Ebusus produced around the beginning of our area, its slender shape is biconical, modern and graceful ... This is for me the symbol of Ibiza, my island.
The design of the palm leaves is the most common motif decorations of the Campanian dishes made around the IV and III century BC. The drawing for my logo was inspired by the dishes that I found in a greek wreck on the island of TAGOMAGO, the discovery of this wreck is my best memory diver! It has been dated by archaeologists between 375-325 BC!
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