I'm Corinne Bourbeillon and you're on my personal blog Bubbles Underwater & Beyond. I publish here my underwater photos and videos, my stories of diving trips. I try to share the wonder that the ocean brings me. Through my pictures, I hope to make divers as well as people who never put their head under water aware of the beauty and fragility of marine life, so little known...
Bubbles Underwater & Beyond in a Nutshell Start of the blog : 2006 Author: Corinne Bourbeillon Subject: scuba diving and travel Destinations : most likely where the water is warm Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Who I am in "real life"
I live in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine) in Brittany, where I am a journalist for the daily newspaper Ouest-France daily newspaper, for over twenty years now. I am currently on duty at the digital evening editionone of the newspaper's internet services. Before that, I also worked for various magazines and publishing houses in Paris. I have also been literary translator (English → French) for about ten years.
When I'm not working, I go underwater to take pictures... Some of my colleagues at the office have nicknamed me "Coco the Fins" or, more elegantly, "the Naiad". It is this double passion for scuba diving and underwater photography that I share here.
Bubbles Underwater & Beyond is my personal blog, a small patch of the internet that I run for pleasure, in total independence. What I publish here has nothing to do with the media that employs me or my "real life". Note by the way that I always look much better in the water than in the office...
2. How I became a dive blogger
I started publishing my first blog posts in 2006, as a holiday hobbyto give news to my family and friends, during my travels and my dives at the end of the world. And then the blog became my logbook. Since then, the audience of these Bubbles Underwater & Beyond has grown incredibly! Without realizing it, I became a "dive blogger"...
I keep this blog for fun, it is not an activity with which I earn my living. But it has become a kind of "showcase" of my underwater adventures, which is why I am regularly solicited by the media, books and magazines, to publish reports and underwater photos, in addition to the journal Ouest-France for which I work.
Above: in 4 columns on the front page in Ouest-FranceOn June 8, 2022, for the World Ocean Day, one of my pictures, taken in the "blue mangrove" of Raja Ampat. The occasion to evoke in an article the work of the association The Sea People.
3. My experience as a diver (with bubbles and sometimes without)
I have been scuba diving (with a tank) for more than twenty years. My very first underwater bubbles date back to a vacation in Thailand in 1999. A revelation! Since then, every time I go back under the surface, it's a renewed, immense, intense happiness!
I am a great chiller and prefer warm intertropical seas to cool Breton waters... But in 2020 I got into drysuits, which prompted me to go back and explore the ocean floor near my home in France. Long live the little bubbles from here!!! 😂 Nevertheless, my favorite spots remain those of the Indo-Pacific archipelagos (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines) in the heart of the fabulous Coral Triangle…
I strive to encourage as responsible a practice of scuba diving as possible. I have been diving regularly for a long time, and I tell myself that I am very lucky to have been able to observe so many species underwater, in their natural environment... This may not be the case for the next generations, who may only see coral and live fish than in an aquarium.
I already see the impact of overfishing, pollution and global warmingThe impact on fish density and coral ecosystems has changed in only a few years. The impact of tourism, too...
This brings me back to my own contradictions. I am much more aware than I used to be of the huge carbon footprint of my long-distance air travel. Today, after years of travel, I am seriously questioning myself, a little thanks to the Covid-19 pandemicThis is a synonym for me of immobility since March 2020, and especially because of the new IPCC report on climate change, published in August 2021. So to keep blowing bubbles, I started diving in France again. I will certainly not fly as often as before. On this topic, I refer you to this very complete post published by Louise Ascher, diving instructor and author of the blog SeaWonderfulwhich is in line with my concerns: Traveling to dive, or how to destroy what we all want to preserve
6. I like to travel solo
I love travelling on my own, it's really freedom. Those who have never tried it before don't realize it, but a solo trip is rarely synonymous with loneliness. You never meet as many people as when you are unaccompanied. This is even more true when you practice an activity like diving, which allows you to "socialize" easily around a common passion. I have already talked about it at length in this post → Travelling solo.
I like my independence and the internet makes it easy. If I don't travel anymore in "backpacking" mode like when I was 20 years old, I still organize most of my small diving expeditions by myself, without necessarily going through an agency or a tour operator. In general, a few e-mails are enough to book my accommodations and dives. And then, preparing a trip is already traveling...
7. My bubble of freedom and escape
This blog is my bubble of freedom, my bubble of escape! I feed it on my free time, without constraint, according to my inspiration, my desires, my destinations... I enjoy telling here my escapades for scuba diving, live or recorded. To discuss with those of you who leave me a comment.
As I often continued to blog between tripsEven in the drizzle of Brittany, some people mistook me for a full-time globe-trotting diver. I love the idea. I would dream of being able to travel permanently, quietly, without having to fly back and forth at the beginning and end of the vacations...
8. Photos and copyright
Unless otherwise stated, I am the author of the photos published on Bubbles Underwater & Beyond. These images are not free of rights and it is forbidden to use them without my consent.
I generally authorize the use of one image for a mention or a short quote, provided my name, Corinne Bourbeillon, is on credit, with a link to the source. For any other request for use of photos do not hesitate to contact me!