Dive at the Meersburg ferry boat

Together with Michael from ScubaDo I’ve been for the first time at the Meersburg ferry boat. Important: This place is not for beginners.  Read more below.                 It was extremely interesting… Due to the high level of water in the lake , there was no shore anymore, as you can see on Google Maps above (and check the link). Basically, it was just 1 M of land and then water… Deep water… We used a cord to mark our descent because there were three levels of vertical walls: first level was at 20 m second level was at 24m the bottom where we stopped at 25.8 m Michael told me that it goes even deeper down, but it was not our goal. The reason why we used the cord was the ferry. We didn’t want to go too close to them and with the cord we knew where to get out of water. It was a permanent noise from the ferries which could be heard even at 25m. Speaking of noise pollution. Here is the diving profile:           Challenge 1 Find a parking place… 🙁 It was just a small street and absolutely full. And we had to pass this crowded street about 10 times each of us to carry the equipment on the side with the lake.   Challenge 2 The visibility was about 3-4m. After 15m there was almost no light, so we had to use our torches. The peisage Continue Reading →


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Nice view of all diving certifications on ScubaEarth.com

“Rescue Diver” certification is now official. I needed the First Help course in order to get this one 😉    


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Diving in Mallorca with Skualo

Between 21-28.5 I’ve been in Mallorca in vacation with the family. I used this opportunity to make 4 dives with Skualo Porto Cristo. Great dives…   Dive 1: Sa Feradura Depth: 15m, Weight: 12Kg, Air: 12L, Metal cylinder, Visibility: 10+ m, Dive Time: 43 min Guide: Philipp   Dive 2: El Faro ->lost the camera at a depth of 12m Depth: 16.5m, Weight: 12Kg, Air: 12L, Metal cylinder, Visibility: 10+ m, Dive Time: 40 min Lost a lot of time to search for the camera. Funny…I was expecting that the camera falls down, but it went up like a rocket and disappeared immediately. Guide: Steve   Dive 3:Muro de Cala Petita Depth: 16.4 m, Weight: 13Kg, Air: 12L, Metal cylinder, Visibility: 10+ m, Dive Time: 50 min It looks like making photos makes me use a lot of air. Once I stopped filming and taking pictures, I increased my dive time dramatically. Guide: Philipp   Dive 4: El Faro Depth: 18.4m, Weight: 12Kg, Air: 12L, Metal cylinder, Visibility: 10+ m, Dive Time: 52 min Went down again with 3 other divers to search the camera. No result, of course… 🙁 Guide: Steve   All dives have been made from boat, of course.  


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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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Diving with drysuit in Immenstaad Bunkers

I’ve been diving with Jörg at the Bunkeranlagen Immenstaad. Here are some videos made with this camera:     Warning, you might have to login with your Google account in order to view the videos.   But, the interesting part was that I forgot to take my suit that I have to wear below the drysuit (to keep me warm). This massively changed my buoyancy and I had too much lead (~2KG  too much). Useless to say that I needed to fight a lot with the weight and that I used my jacket to control the descent and ascent. Phew… what a beginner’s error… 🙁   PS: I am the one filming, the one that is being filmed is Jörg. This is also the reason why the video is so shaken.


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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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Padi “Dry Suit Diver” certification

I started to make the course Padi Dry Suit Diver with Jörg of ScubaDo. I got a great offer from Tauchschop-online.de for a ScubaPro Everdry 4 Dry Suit . I can say one thing: Dry Suit diving is not easy 🙂 It takes some experience to control the buoyancy because you can’t use the jacket. From time to time, air gets in the feet and you need to roll over to get it out. Well, part of the course is to be able to deal with such situations. You need to make sure that you have the right amount of lead. If you don’t find the right weight you will get very easily too much air in the suit, which increases the possibility to get air in the feet. And then the “fun” begins 🙁 If the suit is not set up correctly, you get wet. This was my case in the first dive… A lot of water entered through the neck. The temperature was 7 degrees Celsius. 🙁 Overall, you are carrying much more equipment because You have more lead The suit is much heavier than the semi-dry one But, overall, it is fun to dive with dry suit… You learn new stuff 🙂     Oh, we went diving in the Malereck in Langenargen.


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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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Diving with kids – Robert’s first diving experience

Sunday, with Jörg and Susi from ScubaDo and 5 children (8-10 Years) old, in the swimming pool of Obereisenbach. Two hours of playing ball under water, underwater contests… Pure fun! Kids loved it and all want to do it again. Robert was too big for the “normal” kid size neoprene and he borrowed the one from Susi. This is why the suit is a bit larger:   Fun ! Fun, Fun…   Best of all: Robert wants to learn to dive with me.   And the photographer (using Jörg’s equipment) who decided to not wear the 8mm suit and went diving only with the jacket :  


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