PADI Master Scuba Diver

PADI Master Scuba Diver Card and Patch

I received my PADI “Master Scuba Diver” certificate today. I was actually positively surprised to receive not just the usual plastic card, but a full booklet with a letter, certificate, a patch and the card.

Requirements for PADI Master Scuba Diver

In order to get certified as a “Master Scuba Diver” you have to complete a couple of things:

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • Five PADI Specialty Diver certifications
  • Logged a minimum of 50 dives

So quite a long list and give the cost for these training corses its more than fair PADI sends you not only the plastic card, but also the booklet and patch etc. Not sure where to put that patch – probably not a good idea to stitch it on my drysuit…? 😉

Bare X-Mission Drysuit
My Bare X-Mission drysuit

PADI Master Scuba Diver – highest non-professional rating in the PADI system?

According to PADI the “Master Scuba Diver” rating is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system. I am not so sure as you can do quite a few TEC classes now in the PADI universe that are also non-professional, but from a diving skill perspective clearly another level up. I know as I just do the SSI Tec Fundamental Training – that is similar to PADI’s “Discover Tec Diving”.

Scuba Diving Blindsee, Austria, 2018-07-22

My Path to Divemaster

My objective is to become PADI Divemaster. This is the first professional rating in the PADI world. The Master Scuba Diver rating for me just “happened” as I needed all the classes anyway for my Divemaster.

Withe current course and speed I expect to be certified as a PADI Divemaster at some point in the first half 2018 – of course all depending on how much time I can invest into the training.

Andreas Timm - half underwater shot
Andreas Timm wearing a drysuit. Scuba Diving Gozo. Malta, June 2017

Beyond Divemaster

While becoming a PADI Divemaster is a firm objective for me I am not yet sure if I will take the next step – and that would be to become an Instructor. As I have no intention to make a living form scuba diving the only factors defining this will be whether I enjoy scuba diving and teaching / co-teaching as a Divemaster and whether I have the time to spend doing all the training and certification. So lets see….!


Scuba Diving at Echinger Weiher

Next chapter in my Divemaster “career”: 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 🙂


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  the “Hotel Florelle” and you are ready to go. 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. 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! 🙂 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: “Pain Per Minute” Running is > PPM Cycling. At least for me. 🙂

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