Scuba Diving at Echinger Weiher

Next chapter in my Divemaster “career”:ย Scuba Diving at the Echinger Weiher, supporting an OWD course.

Nice day at the Echinger Weiher in Germany. Supporting a PADI OWD class as part of my Divemaster training.

OWD – Open Water Diver

This is the basic scuba diving training. We had two students today that did their first dive in open water (i.e. not in the pool) today.

Echinger Weiher

Echinger Weiher is perfect for beginners as it is not much deeper than 6 meters. But still the under water environment is quite interesting as I also described in a previous post.

Echinger Weiher, Supporting OWD course- Dive Profile
Scuba Diving at the Echinger Weiher, Supporting OWD course- Dive Profile

Students made great progress

It was amazing to see how both of the students made a lot of progress just from dive one to dive two! They already acted almost like a buddy team in dive two and seemed to enjoy some of the underwater environment.

I will be back!

I will be back at Echinger Weiher in the next couple of weeks as my Divemaster training progresses – looking forward to it!

Nice day at the Echinger Weiher in Germany. Supporting a PADI OWD class as part of my Divemaster training.

Lake Starnberg – PADI Rescue Diver

Lake Starnberg - Stress and Rescue 03

Today I had a lot of fun at Lake Starnberg! As part of my PADI Divemaster training I am supporting various training classes. Today it was the open water part of the Rescue Diver class.

Lake Starnberg - Stress and Rescue 02

PADI Rescue Diver

The PADI Rescue Diver class is the most demanding class in the PADI non-TEC – non-professional series of classes. I can confirm that as I did it myself a couple of month ago as a student and it took me a couple of days to recover :-O


I have signed up for the PADI Divemaster course. This is the first step in the professional segment of PADI courses. As part of this I am supporting various training courses in order to understand their procedures and flow better and – one day – will teach myself.

Lake Starnberg - Stress and Rescue 04

Only 4 students and a lovely day

With only 4 students it was a very manageable class and everybody was doing very well! On top the weather was just a fantastic day with a super nice group of people and everybody enjoyed a lovely day under the blue-while Bavarian sky!

Lake Starnberg - Stress and Rescue 03


Getting Wet @ Plansee

Plansee Austria Scuba Diving - Dive Profile 1

Today I was at the Plansee in Austria / Tyrol. Bad news: It was raining. Good news: I was there for scuba diving anyway – so I expected to get wet ๐Ÿ™‚


The Plansee in Tyrol / Austria is a beautiful lake located nicely in the Austrian Alps. Even with the not-so-nice weather it looks like a postcard.

Scuba Diving logistics is super easy: Just buy a ticket at the reception of ย the “Hotel Florelle” and you are ready to go.ย Parking is possible close to the entry of the lake.

Visibility: Extremely poor

The visibility under water was extremely poor today. I assume this was due to the heavy rain we had over night.

We have been diving in a group, but only after a few minutes got separated. Just no chance for the group to stay together. But of course my buddy and I managed to stay together so we continued the dive.

Plansee Austria Scuba Diving – Dive Profile 1

Plansee Austria Scuba Diving - Dive Profile 1
Plansee Austria Scuba Diving – Dive Profile 1

Better visibility below 12 meters

Once we where below 12 meters visibility got much better and down at 22 meters it was actually really good. So we enjoyed the dive and after just under 40 minutes surfaced again.

Second dive

The second dive was similarly bad from a visibility standpoint. But we got used to it by that point in time and our group with four divers this time even managed to stay together.

Plansee Austria Scuba Diving – Dive Profile 2

Plansee Austria Scuba Diving - Dive Profile 2
Plansee Austria Scuba Diving – Dive Profile 2

My verdict

A wonderful lake for scuba diving. Simple logistics and diving possible for all skill levels. Visibility should be better when its not raining so heavily before.ย Thanks to DCP for the great preparation and guiding.

I will be back!

More details about the lake – check out wikipedia.



That was an intense but successful week at work. Still I could not wait to get out there for a run. I just needed it!!

Hence I did my Thank God Its Friday (TGIF) Run! ๐Ÿ™‚ See details on Strava:

Running again

Just a couple of weeks ago I started to run again. Last year I was cycling a lot and actually did 5000km in that year. Since I am now also doing quite a bit of scuba diving I simply do have less time for cycling – so instead of a 2.5h cycling tour I just go for a 45 min run now.

PPM – Pain Per Minute

So “Training Efficiency” or calories burned per minute is just higher with running… in other words:ย “Pain Per Minute” Running is > PPM Cycling. At least for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Slowly getting faster

Today I was going a bit faster – just to see what I can do over a 7000 meter run. Was pleased to see that I can get close to 6 mins / km now. Given that we have really warm summer temperatures in Munich thats OK and in line with my current expectations – although not even close to what I have been able to do 2-3 years ago.

Enough on sports now…

I earned my beer + steak today! Hope you enjoy your weekend, too!

TGIF Beer Mug
TGIF Beer Mug


Run-Bike to Kindergarten

Super nice morning run. Joined by my 6-year-old on this team exercise:

Run-Bike to Kindergarten! ๐Ÿ™‚

And yes – so far I am still the one that is running and he is on the bike ๐Ÿ™‚

Check it out Strava:

Scuba diving – Blindsee


Blindsee – pretty cool diving! The Blindsee is located in Austria – about 1,5h by car from Munich. Depending how fast you can or want to drive on the nice German Autobahn: A95 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Awesome place in the mountains

The lake is located right next to the Fernpass in an amazing environment. The Alps are all around you and the lake is right there, clear blue – green water, just waiting to be discovered! We have been diving in the most northern part of the lake.

Blindsee Scuba Diving
Blindsee Scuba Diving

Underwater XXL Mikado

In one area of the Blindsee you can find a lot if trees – under water. At one point in time an avalanche has drowned quite a lot of mud and trees – this now looks like an underwater XXL mikado.

Blindsee Underwater Photography:

That was great fun!

Thanks to Tobi and the DCP Teamย for organizing this trip – was great fun!

Andreas at Blindsee
Andreas at Blindsee in Austria



First Run with my Garmin Fenix 5x

First Run with my Garmin Fenix 5x

Just did the first run with my new Garmin Fenix 5x. I upgraded from the Fenix 3 – so the one without integrated HR sensor.

A surprise

I was a bit surprised that the new watch did not make me any faster. Damn – so still training required even with this awesome device ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fenix 5x vs. my old Fenix 3 – what I like

  • Has integrated HR sensor
  • Better resolution display
  • Integrated Maps
  • Easily changeable wrist bands

Fenix 5x vs. my old Fenix 3 – where I expected more

  • Still very bulky – not exactly an elegant sports watch
  • Map loading can be a bit slow
  • Price

The verdict

I like the Garmin Fenix 5x. And coming from the Fenix 3 (without HR sensor) for me it was worth the upgrade as I travel a lot and now I don’t need to remember to also bring the HR chest strap.

My run on Strava: