Vather’s Day Scuba Diving

Lake D-Loch Entry

Lake D-Loch

Lake D-Loch
The Lake D-Loch in Memmingen, Germany

is a very nice place to dive! The owner has really taken good care of the place and it has actually a bit of “German Gemütlichkeit” – only garden gnomes are missing! 🙂

 

German Gemütlichkeit at Lake D-Loch
The owner of lake D-Loch takes good care of the place

So an ideal place to go scuba diving on Vather’s Day! Especially as there is also a nice grill area.

Great Scuba Diving

The lake at this time of the year is only is about 5 meters deep. Later in June and July the depth increases to 10 or more meters as groundwater will feed the lake. This water basically is melted snow from the nearby mountains.

Nevertheless its a lot of fun to dive here. You will find a beer-table under water with bottles, a sunken small boat and a lot of sturgeons hanging around.

Semi-dry diving suit

Unfortunately my dry suit had a hole in one of the cuffs so the 2nd dive was not as “dry” as I wanted it to be.

Short 2nd dive
Short 2nd dive after my drysuit flooded

And it was not as warm as I wanted it to be! 😉 After 15 mins I gave up and enjoyed the nice, warm day on the surface!

So taking it easy – on Vather’s Day!

Scuba diving Echinger Weiher

Echinger Weiher

Echinger Weiher for diving

The Echinger Weiher lake is located north of Munich. Its a small lake that is not very deep – maximum 9 meters. So very easy diving also for beginners. The under water world looks amazing  as there are multiple areas with “white fog”: Some kind of fermentation gas and liquids building a white substance that makes the ground of the lake look like a planet right out of  a science fiction movie.

Alien

Very much aligned to that look and feel you also find an …. Alien under water: An alien statue that somebody put there – nicely decorated with a regulator! 🙂 Fits nicely into this unreal underwater world!

Need to bring my camera next time, but you will find lots of pictures using the search engine of your choice.

Find more info about the lake here (in German): http://echingerweiher.simdif.com

2 Dives

I did 2 dives today. All  was organized by my favorite dive center DCP Dive Center Paradise and was very smooth thanks to the wonderful guide Katja!

Andreas Timm in Wetsuit
Andreas Timm in Scuba Diving Wetsuit at the Echinger Weiher.

New Gear Tested

I tested two new pieces of gear during these dives: SCUBAPRO – Jet Fins and  the Waterproof Meshtec undergarmet. Both worked amazingly well for me and I will write a post about these soon.

Dives on Movescount:

You can find my dives on Suunto’s online platform:

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move157503226

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move157503222 

 

Disclaimer:

Title picture copyright by Google, taken from Google Earth

Dry Suit and Rescue Diver Certification Card

I have finally received my Dry Suit and Rescue Diver Certification Cards. I did the respective training classes already a couple of weeks ago, so its great to finally hold the precious cards in my hands! 🙂

Speciality Diver – Dry Suit Diver

I did this PADI class on 5th of March earlier this year when the water temperature was just around 5 degrees celsius. So the value proposition of using a dry suit was very clear immediately! 🙂

First time in a dry suit

So far I was a pure vacation-30-degree-celsius-neoprene-diver. No diving with dry suits and no regular diving in local lakes at all.

So the first time in a dry suit was… well interesting: Everything is a little bit tighter, movements a bit more difficult plus you have to manage an additional buoyancy device: The dry suit on top of your wing or jacket.

But once I managed this “new device” that keeps you warm and comfortable even in cold water it was great to know that now I can extend my diving season basically to the full year! 🙂

Rescue Diver

One of the most intense classes you can do in the non-professional / non-TEC portfolio of PADI certifications. Its basically a three-day class with one day of theory, one day in the pool and the final third day in open water.

Your learn how to recognize and manage emergency situations. E.g. how to get a panicking diver out of the water.

I would absolutely recommend this class to every diver and it would be good if PADI would define a short (lets say one day) refresh class – so that people who did the full class before can get an efficient refresh.

Whats next

I already did more speciality classes since I did the “Rescue Diver” – including “Nitrox Diver”, “Equipment Specialist” and “Night Diver”. You can ready about my night dive here.

This is part of my personal roadmap to become “Master Scuba Diver” first and then get on the pro track becoming “Divemaster“.

Night Dive

Scuba diving in the dark

On the last weekend of April 2017 I did my PADI Night Dive Class. This was very exciting as it required to do 3 night dives.

I like Night Dives

This was not the first time I did a night dive. I have done maybe 10 or 12 before, but these where all in nice warm waters like Red Sea or Indian Ocean. So a bit warmer compared to what you get when you jump into a lake in Germany end of April…

Cold local lake with drysuit

So these dives took place in one of the local lakes in the Munich area (Friedberger See). Temperature has been clearly below 10 degree celsius. But my Waterproof drysuit kept me warm and comfortable.

3 dives

In total we did 3 dives – the last one was just after midnight. What a nice scenery this was: Clear sky with moon and stars and you go for a dive! 🙂

All dives went nice and smooth and I earned my official PADI Night Dive certification card!! 🙂

Check out the dive profile on Movescout: http://www.movescount.com/moves/move154017323

Unboxing APEKS MTX-R

APEKS MTX-R Unboxing

I have finally received my new regulator for scuba diving: The APEKS MTX-R. This is the latest (and greatest?) regulator from APEKS and it is specifically positioned as very rugged and cold water resistant.

Cold Water Configuration

I decided to go for the MTX-R as I started to do drysuit diving this year and plan to do regular diving in local lakes. As the water temperatures here can be clearly below 10 degrees celsius a dual first stage configuration is required for safety reasons.

First Test

The first test of the MTX-R will be next weekend during my Rescue Diver training. As we just got snow again in Munich I am sure the dive is going to qualify as a cold water dive! 🙂

APEKS MTX-R Unboxing Photos