Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore
Waterproof Expedition is a Voting Member of IAATO, a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
IAATO members work together to develop, adopt and implement operational standards that mitigate potential environmental impacts. Numerous guidelines have been adopted over the last two decades that have proven to be successful in avoiding such impacts. These include but are not limited to: site specific guidelines, site selection criteria, passenger-to-staff ratios, limiting the number of passengers ashore, boot-washing guidelines and the prevention of the transmission of alien organisms, wilderness etiquette, garbage policy, ship scheduling and vessel communication procedures, emergency medical evacuation procedures, emergency contingency plans, reporting procedures, marine wildlife watching guidelines, station visitation policies and more. Our membership ensures that your expedition is carried out according to the highest safety and environmental standards and assist in the permitting and advance notification process.
The desire to explore the deep ocean has existed since the dawn of humanity, with stories of Jules Verne and Cousteau documentaries. The popularization of scuba- diving brought the oceans within our reach. Unlike scuba-diving, a manned submersible can take us deeper and in comfort – without the risk of decompression or getting wet ! Dutch Yacht builders are known for their great designs and U-Boat Worx is proudly continuing this tradition by leading a dynamic and challenging maritime market. Awarded with the prestigious Red Dot Design Award, U-Boat Workx has become a global industry leader in submarine design, construction and operations. Waterproof Expeditions has partnered up with U-Boat Worx and developped deep sea experiences like 'Submarine Pilot Courses' and 'Charter a Sub'.
Jacques Cousteau was a pioneer in diving and environmental awareness. He sparked passion for the seas in the hearts of millions of people worldwide and inspired many of us. With his youngest son, Pierre-Yves Cousteau, we continue this legacy. Pierre-Yves loves the oceans, he loves diving, and he wants children to grow up in a world in which they can enjoy it as he has. After his studies in biochemistry and space, he founded Cousteau Divers in 2010, an organization that uses affiliated dive-centers and ocean scientists (the divers) as observers of the ocean. The Cousteau Divers organization will harvest the Cousteau memory, tapping into the pool of Cousteau friends and family, and through them attract the general public to recreational diving and snorkeling. By empowering recreational divers to become active agents of the study and conservation of the oceans, this program aims to attract concerned non-divers to the undersea world. Waterproof Expeditions and Cousteau Divers joint forces and operate expeditions since 2012, bridging science and education with recreational diving and tourism.
Waterproof Expeditions is a member of Pure Life Experience since 2009. Pure is the global marketplace for the high-end experiential travel industry. Our community of like-minded mavericks push boundaries to create life-enriching experiences. Together, we are a movement that is transforming the sophisticated traveller.
Waterproof Expedition is a member of the Adventure Travel Association. ATTA is a 1000 Member global community that supports and benefits from the creation of sustainable adventure tourism.