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.
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.
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!
Today I did the Deep Diver Specialty Course. Did three fantastic dives in Lake Starnberg in Germany up to 40 meters / 130 feet deep.
While I have been diving in these depths (and deeper) already before it was the first time for me to do that in a local German lake like Lake Starnberg. And this comes with some special environmental factors:
Practically almost a Night Dive
Diving 40 meters deep here means practically doing a night dive as its quite dark down there. So its mandatory to carry a lamp plus a backup lamp.
Today also the visibility in the more shallow areas was pretty poor. So good navigation skills with a compass are helpful 🙂
Water temperature drops to about 5 degree celsius even in summer at that depth. This means you have to have cold water ready gear – especially your first and second stage need to be certified for cold water. I am diving with Apeks MTX-R.
I am also diving in a drysuit in order to keep my body warm.
While the overall environmental factors sound challenging its actually an amazing experience to dive that deep. The darkness and the underwater landscape just look completely unreal – this is what an astronaut must feel hovering over a foreign planet!