To make your experience a lifelong memory we provide an individual client service. We will adapt to your schedule, pace and special needs. Unless requested otherwise we take a maximum group size of four clients. With our experience of teaching scuba diving and guiding in ocean and cenotes you will receive a high quality standard and have an amazing time!
How Toby and Kasper met
Why the name Halocline Divers?
A halocline is one of the most beautiful natural phenomenon you can experience while cavern or cave diving. It is the layer between the fresh and the salt water that appears in most of the cave systems here, depending on the depth.
Salt water weighs more and is more dense than fresh water and will always stay below the fresh water. When a diver enters into the halocline it creates a surreal blurred visual effect. To non-divers it is similar to a mirage, the hot air shimmering above a hot tarmac road. Toby and Kasper, specialize in cenote cavern diving and thought this would be a perfect fit for their company.
From a very young age on water has always been Toby’s element. He loved swimming pools and learned swimming and skin diving when he was a little kid.
Toby became interested in scuba diving when his dad first got certified in 1984 and shared all his knowledge and experiences. Back then the equipment was not that widely available for rent and divers usually had their own equipment, which was at least partially adventurous – but this is a different story.
One day his father set up his yellow double eight liter steel back mount set at home. He brought it into the bathroom, where 6 year old Toby and his brother were sitting in the bathtub and taught them how to breathe from a regulator underwater. This was an easy task like for most kids in this age, who like the wet element. It ended up with buddy breathing (alternate breathing from one regulator with two persons while submerged) because both wanted to use the one regulator simultaneously. As the divers amongst you probably know or even remember, the alternate air source became a standard much later. Back in the day the minimum age to get scuba certified in Germany was higher than today. So there had to be some waiting time until both siblings got certified in 1991.
Toby became a member of the German Rescue Swimming Organization (DLRG) in 1996. Besides his own training he was working as a swimming instructor to teach kids how to swim as well as teaching rescue swimming for teenagers and adults.
Instead of going to the military (the draft was still in place) he chose to work part time for the DLRG over the next seven years instead. There he obtained his rescue boat license and gained deeper knowledge in first aid, ice rescue and much more.
During that time Toby moved to Darmstadt to go to university. After he finished his studies in computer science and business he became an international business consultant. But with the years it became more obvious that he had to pursue his true passion, not only on vacations, but full time. The decision was not easy but in February 2013 he moved to Makadi Bay, Egypt permanently to begin his professional diving career.
Toby went through a very intensive training and got certified up to the level of an Open Water Instructor in September. Due to the tourist crisis in Egypt he moved to Mirbat, Oman where he worked for the same company for seven months before returning to Egypt.
In December 2015 it was time for something new, so he quit his job in Egypt and went on a vacation to Mexico with his former base leaders and good friends. From the beginning the idea was to not have a return ticked and see if he would like to stay.
As they have been in Mexico one year before, they already knew the Cenotes. After seeing the footage from their vacation it did not take a lot of convincing to enroll in a Full Cave course with one of them. At the end of February 2016 Toby received his Full Cave certification.
When they returned to their base in Egypt, Toby was looking for a job and soon started working in a resort for a larger company in Playa del Carmen and later changed to the Excursion Team guiding dives in the Cenotes and on Cozumel.
During this time Toby met Kasper, a fellow dive instructor with similar interests, like cave diving for example. In the second quarter of 2017 the idea came up to start their own business. Both quit their jobs and put all the effort in the new project. To be continued…