About 7 years ago my family (me, my husband and 2 sons 6 y and 10 y) was just an ordinary Finnish family, who travelled once a year and mostly in Europe. During our vacations we explored mostly exiting places above water. Naturally we did some swimming also on the beaches and especially spent time at the pool area. In July 2010 we decided to travel to Hurghada, Egypt. This trip became a sort of turning point for us. We spent one hot and sunny week in Hurghada and snorkeled every day in the Red Sea. I still remember one drift snorkeling tour with Colona Divers, when I was snorkeling above one colorful reef with rich marine life. I was so amazed about this beauty that I cried. I felt that I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. I am happy that my whole family felt the same, even our youngest son who still had some issues with the salty water and sand.

For this trip we were wise to buy our fist under water camera. My husband got interested in underwater photographing in this trip. It is fun to see how his photos and videos keep getting better in every travel. Naturally also cameras are changing bigger and better and equipment’s are evolving.

After our trip we were so happy that we found snorkeling as a new hobby for the family. We thought that we could never do scuba-diving though. But, what then happened…