North Atlantic Diving
My name is Bogi Krossteig. I was born in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands. The Faroes are in the North Atlantic Ocean – about halfway between Iceland and Scotland and they consist of eighteen small islands. It was almost inevitable that I would end up becoming a scuba diver, as I was raised not one hundred meters from the ocean and spent a lot of my childhood playing along the shoreline looking for crabs, sculpins and other sea creatures.
Fast forward some 20 years, I am now certified PADI MSDT, an IANTD instructor, cave diver and a full trimix diver on closed circuit, with four years under my belt working in a busy dive centre in Copenhagen. I have been diving in the caves of Mexico, Florida, southern France, Norway and mines in Sweden just to mentioned some. Now, I’ve moved back home to the Faroe Islands in order to grow and promote diving on my island.
What is North Atlantic Diving?
North Atlantic Diving is a high-end dive centre in Tórshavn, offering the very best of Faroese Diving. Be it for locals to learn to dive and explore, or for divers visiting the Faroes who want to experience diving a place not many, if anyone, has dived before.
We provide top-of-the-range service with experienced dive guides, high-end rental equipment, gas fillings and more. Technical Divers are also catered for.
North Atlantic Diving is the accumulation of over four years of planning every single conceivable scenario. We want to give to people an experience of the stunning underwater nature we have surrounding our islands.
How did we get started?
As everyone knows, buying dive equipment is expensive, but buying dive equipment for an entire shop is something entirely in its own league. I did not have enough funding to go to a bank and ask for a loan. So how could I do it?
A good friend of mine told me about crowdfunding. It occurred to me that this would solve two things at the same time – I would be able to get the required funding for the loan and at the same time I would create awareness about diving in the Faroe Islands. Plus, if the response was positive I would know for sure that the interest from the locals was there.
Helping each other out.
The funders choose themselves how much they would like to fund. They can choose the charity way and “just” donate to the cause or they can choose to donate a predetermined fee and in return get an unforgettable experience. It is all about helping each other out.
There are 7 ways to fund, you could choose either:
26 € – Add a helping hand. You are also free to adjust the donation higher or lower.
100 € – Get a snorkel course. Experience something completely different from coral snorkelling in the warm oceans around the world and see what the North Atlantic has to offer.
200 € – Get a try dive. Not everyone is sure if diving is something for them. Try dives are the best way to determine if you are ready for the underwater world experience.
265 € – Get two guided dives with a local divemaster or instructor. We will pick you up and together get the right size equipment for you, as well as we will provide homemade sandwiches. Coffee and tea and water is included. When the day is done, we drop you off at your hotel or home and we will handle all the equipment rinsing.
465 € – An Open Water course. Duration is over 6 weeks so there is time and it does not feel rushed and the students have plenty of time to practice and dive supervised. This offer is obviously mainly for the locals.
530 €– A whole day excursion. It will include two boat dives, we will catch horse muscles and sea urchins and we will cook and serve them for you in a unique boat house (Faroese style) along with some good white wine and as a finish off for the day, we will go for a scenic tour before getting dropped off at your hotel or home.
1660 € – Open Water Course for four people to share among your friends.
Setting plans in motion.
When you enter hopfigging.fo you have only 40 days to reach you set goal. Mine was 13.500 € and I reached that within 17 days. This does not mean that it ends, because people can still donate until the end date. When my 40 days are up and the paperwork done, it takes a couple of days to receive all the donations…
Then it’s time to set everything in motion.
Finally I can order the equipment my shop requires. I have chosen to have the best of the best (fourth element, of course) kitting my clients out in fourth element thermal underwear and Argonaut Flex drysuits. Plus, all of our hardware will be Halcyon. I can start planning out all the dates for my funders so that I can give back them what they have helped me with. I also plan to throw a party for everyone who funded this project as a ‘Thank you’ and so that I can give a little bit more back.
Next on my agenda is to train locals and together with them I want to explore all of the coast line and go places no one has ever dived before – of which there are a lot of places on the Faroe Islands. There are caves, gorges and the best of all; the unknown. We will be able to clients on trips like these as well, to give them a once in a lifetime, unique Faroese experience.
IMAGE CREDITS : Harald Bjørgvin
Bogi wears the fourth element Argonaut 2.0 Drysuit