«The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.»
Jacques Yves Cousteau
Having the possibility to explore and experience the awe inspiring depth and diversity of the many bodies of water, which account for over three fourth of our planet’s surface, it would be foolish, not to share our impressions and emotions.
We are scuba divers, who strive to connect to people, travel the world and let others participate in our experiences. We seek for awareness about global environmental challenges, the protection of wildlife and safeguarding natural underwater ecosystems, which invite us, to be their guests.
Having a professional background in the media industry and beeing avid scuba divers, has led us to combine our passions and form the collective ‹Under The Surface›.
If you wish to join our efforts and support a sustainable and responsible stay underwater, feel free to check out our partners and select NGOs, who aim to preserve marine ecosystems and promote their responsible accessibility for many generations to come.
Sharkwater: Extinction (2018) is a thrilling and inspiring action packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.
From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, France, and even in our own backyard, Stewart’s third film dives into the often violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade to expose a multi-billion dollar industry.
#TeamSeas is a global campaign to raise $30M to remove 30M pounds of plastic and trash from our ocean, rivers and beaches.
It’s also the second wave of the largest creator-led fundraising campaign to ever hit the internet: #TeamTrees. We launched #TeamTrees in 2019 with a goal of raising $20M to plant 20M trees and we smashed it—raising over $23M and generating more than 1B video views.
We believe the best way to safeguard the future of sharks is through a solutions-based approach that promotes positive change. Like a jigsaw, there are many pieces that make up the big picture.
Together let’s safeguard a future for sharks in our oceans. We’ve got lots of ways you can get involved. From becoming a member or citizen scientist to fundraising and volunteering.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit with a worldwide presence and a mission to protect all marine animals.
The mission is to partner with governments from around the world, to assist them with the detection and capture of criminal enterprises that are in operation to engage in Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing operations.
Every year, 640.000 tons of fishing nets are lost or dumped at sea. They lose their purpose, but not their function – and keep on fishing as they drift through the oceans.
Millions of marine animals get caught in these so-called “ghost nets” and suffer a cruel death. It’s time to end this! We recover the nets and handcraft them into Bracenets in Germany, upcycling a piece of real fishing net for every product.
At the end of the 1980ies, the small fishing village of Al Gardagha began its development to one of the largest tourism centres in the Red Sea.
Today it is known as Hurghada. Scuba divers played an important part in the quick boom, as they were among the first to discover the advantages of the Red Sea. Volker Clausen was among those pioneers; in 1991, he opened the first ORCA Dive Club at Hor-Palace in the south of Hurghada.
The world’s most recognized and respected dive safety organization, Divers Alert Network (DAN) has remained committed to the health and well-being of divers for 40 years.
The organization’s research, medical services and global-response programs create an extensive network that supports divers with vital services such as injury prevention, safety and educational programs and lifesaving evacuations. Every year, hundreds of thousands of divers around the world look to DAN as their dive safety organization.
SCUBA SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL GREW OUT OF THE PASSION OF A FEW AVID DIVERS WHO WERE INTENT ON MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR ANYONE TO LEARN HOW TO SCUBA DIVE.
For more than 45 years, SSI has provided training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centers, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2,800 International locations, and has materials printed in more than 30 languages. SSI is the name to trust in the diving world, and we attribute that success to our uncompromising standards and focused methodology.
Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans, of which the majority spills out from rivers. A portion of this plastic travels to ocean garbage patches, getting caught in a vortex of circulating currents. If no action is taken, the plastic will increasingly impact our ecosystems, health, and economies.
The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization developing and scaling technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. To achieve this objective, we have to work on a combination of closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean and doesn’t go away by itself. This goal means we plan to put ourselves out of business – once we have completed this project, our work is done.