Dive Master course started

I started today the Dive Master course with Jörg. A lot to learn…   And a lot of documentation in the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving: I love this… 😎  


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“Rescue Diver” certification complete

PADI Rescue Diver course is the most challenging, yet most rewarding course I’ve ever taken so far. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, we learned to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until we fall down because we’re too tired  🙂 . You rest and then you continue… until these skills come automatically. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning. Here is me and Pepe Bucher after 4 hours of diving in Bodensee on 10degrees water temperature. The diver in the background is Thomas, who generously played the role of victim. Thanks to Jörg Lietzmann of Scubado for this great course.


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“Dry Suit Diver” certification complete

And it is done ! I am officially certified. The second and last dive in open water was much better than the first one. It has been really, really nice and I actually enjoyed diving with drysuit. We went 8m deep to feel a bit more the suit’s squeeze 🙂 And the cold … 🙂 This was before the dive… already sweating. This time no water in the suit, just a lot of sweat.   Oh… and the weather… foggy, no sun, 14 degrees in the air, 8 in the water.    


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Guest post: Nitrox Diving For Beginners

Source: http://scubadiverlife.com/2014/04/30/nitrox-diving-beginners/ Author: Jessica Macdonald   What is nitrox diving? Quite literally, nitrox refers to a mix of nitrogen and oxygen, regardless of the percentage of each in the mix. The nitrox we use while diving is more properly called enriched-air nitrox, and refers to any blend of nitrogen and oxygen in which the oxygen concentration is greater than that of normal air. This means an oxygen level of 22 percent or higher, although the most common enriched-air nitrox blend is 32 percent. The recreational diving limit is 40 percent oxygen. What does it do? As every entry-level diver knows, increased pressure at depth causes the nitrogen in the air we breathe to be dissolved into the bloodstream. The time that we can spend underwater is limited by this nitrogen absorption — as we dive deeper and for longer, we absorb more nitrogen at a greater rate. Our no-decompression limit correlates to the amount of nitrogen our bodies can absorb before we must perform compulsory decompression stops or suffer the consequences of decompression sickness. Enriched-air nitrox slows down the rate at which nitrogen dissolves into our bloodstream, because there is less nitrogen available to be absorbed from the mix that we’re breathing. The higher the percentage of your enriched-air blend, the more nitrogen is replaced with extra oxygen. Benefits There are several reasons divers use enriched-air nitrox. One of its biggest benefits is an increased no-decompression limit, which means longer bottom time. The lower percentage of nitrogen in the nitrox you’re Continue Reading →


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Advanced Open Water Diver completed

On October 9th I finished the last dive from the Advanced Open Water Diver course with Jörg Lietzmann of ScubaDo. Deep Diving at 24.5 m at the Meersburg Tents (Die Zelte) (29.9.2015) Here is the diving profile:   Wreck diving at the Bunkers of Immenstadt (9.10.2015) We had to walk from the parking to the shore, to swim for about 25 min on the surface in order to reach the 2nd island and then we could start the dive. It was all worth!        Temperature: 16 degrees on the surface, between 12-14 on a 8.6 m depth. Here are pictures, courtesy of Jörg:


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PADI ENRICHED AIR DIVER certified

I took today the course PADI ENRICHED AIR DIVER certification, took the exam and passed it (of course). Thanks to Harry Bakker of Aquarius Diving Constanta. I still have a headache after 7 h of course ! Unfortunately, testing how a dive with EANx feels like will have to wait. The weather in Constanta is very, very bad for this time of year and the waves and low temperatures (20 grad C) don’t allow us to enter in the water.


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