Continuous talks of two friends about scuba diving I participated in a Discover Scuba Diving course (pool and after that an accompanied open water dive in the Caribbean Sea) at Gri Gri Divers, Rio San Juan (Dominican Republic), in October 2000. A spark ignited immediately but it took until June 2001 when I finally took a beginners course at the Neptuno Dive Center, Juan Dolio, when I was travelling again to the Dominican Republic. Some weeks after returning to Germany I gained my first experiences with fresh water diving in the Nagoldtalsperre and the Lake of Konstanz – a shock as I dived in the ocean and pool only since then. ;-)
Diving in the following years began slow but it got more and more every year. I took all additional courses at the Action Sport Sindelfingen (f.k.a. Tauchsportschule Sindelfingen) at home in Germany and in the meantime I achived the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer in 2006. An additional crossover to SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor certification followed in 2008. As I don’t like being patronized in France there is also a CMAS *** certification.
As Action Sport Sindelfingen closed I can be now found at Action Sport Rainbow Divers in Ehningen. First of all I’m interested in wreck diving but I also like colorful reefs and the dark and cold German lakes.
I gathered diving experience in some German, Austrian and Swiss lakes and rivers (Lake of Konstanz, Kreidesee Hemmoor, Attersee, Lago Maggiore, Verzasca, Maggia etc.), the Red Sea (Egypt), the Pacific Ocean (Queensland/Australia), the Southern Ocean (Australia), the Indian Ocean (Western Australia, Bali/Indonesia), the Mediterranean Sea (Istria/Croatia, Rhodes/Greece, Liguria/Italy), the Caribbean Sea (Dominican Republic, Curaçao/Netherlands Antilles) and the world’s largest freshwater lake, the Lake Superior (United States). Not much, but this is just the beginning. :-)
Scuba diving can be stressful, at least until you reached the water (pictures taken 2004 in Egypt):
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