September 2014 archive

Wolfgangsee / Österreich: Marineschule I

Mit ein bisschen Herzklopfen möchten wir von diesem Tauchgang berichten, denn wir waren hinterher doch „maximal geflasht“.

Schon vor unserem Sommerurlaub im Juni haben wir uns bzgl. des Tauchens im Wolfgangsee informiert, ins Besondere über den Tauchplatz „Falkensteinwand“. Als wir dann dort waren, waren wir wohl an der falschen Stelle oder was auch immer. Jedenfalls haben wir keine Falkensteinwand gefunden. Vor einiger Zeit haben wir dann einen neuen Versuch gestartet. Wir haben von aus Linz kommenden Freunden gehört, dass man da auch besser mit einem Boot hinüberfährt, denn es wäre wohl ein unwegsamer langer Fußmarsch mit der kompletten Ausrüstung dorthin. Sie konnten uns aber nicht sagen, wer dorthin fährt, denn als sie da waren, war das privat organisiert. (mehr …)

Lake ‚Wolfgangsee‘ / Austria: divespot ‚Marineschule I‘

With a little bit of heart throb we tell about this dive, because we felt very well and relaxed after it.

Before our summer holidays in June we have informed us about diving at dive spot ‚Falkensteinwand‘ in lake ‚Wolfgangsee‘. But when we had been there perhaps we were at the wrong place or however. Anyway we hadn’t found the Falkensteinwand. Some time ago we started a new attempt. We have heard by friends from Linz / Austria that we would better go by boat to the spot because it would be a long and arduous march with the whole equipment from a parking place. But they couldn’t say who plans trips there because when they had been there they went to the spot by a private boat.

But for what there are a platform called ‚facebook‘ and some groups about ‚diving in…‘. The user of the facebook-group ‚Diving in Austria‘ and he who himself had finally brought together. So we went out with Alex Berner by the base ‚Tauchstation Wolfgangsee‘ by boat, but not to the Falkensteinwand. He said that there is a place which is a lot better: Marineschule I with a maximal depth about 83 m. Good – so we rely on the knowledge of someone who is native there. But the account with the ‚Falkensteinwand‘ is still open… It will be settled – really.

We made an appointment with Alex at 3 o‘ clock p.m. on this day. He said, that it would be possible that two other divers come with us. That is no problem for us. But Alex would have done the trip with us alone. We started earlier to St. Wolfgang, where Tauchstation is resided. Our route guidance system didn’t know the adress. The street ‚Markt‘ does exist but not the house number. But we would find it. We dawdled through St. Wolfgang on this rainy day and found the Tauchstation finally. Nobody had been there and so we where enticed by the cakes of a confectionery. Typical – Steffie loves a piece of cake and a cup of milk coffee.

Some time later and almost too late because of our culinary consumption of our pie slices we were on the parking place next to the Tauchstation. Some other divers unpacked and assembled their equipment. Swiss – we could extracted it because of their licence numbers. „Ah, you are the technical diver,“ we were appreciated. „Alex had announced you.“ By the way: In German there is the word ‚Teckie‘ for technical diver. We hate the expression very much because we are diver like anybody else, too. Whatever – the Swiss were nice. We liked them straightaway. While we assembled all our equipment, Alex came to the base, explained the process and asked for our dive plan: „Dive time 80 minutes, maximal depth 75 m.“ „Perfect, everything is okay. Where you want to go there was nobody since 4 years because the dive spot ‚Marineschule I‘ is private and you can only dive there after you got an owner’s approval,“ he countered. Boah, how cool!!! A little later we conseigned our dive equipment on the boat – the Swiss a little less, we a little more.

During the 20-minutes-tour to the dive place Alex told us about the lake ‚Wolfgangsee‘, the marine school and the reason why he has an electro boat and not one with a petrol motor. So we had an interesting and short trip. After we had applied we got the briefing about the spot and were the first divers who readied their equipment. Alex gave us the stages, we installed them, a short equipment check and then we went downward. We flew the scarp slope down in a free fall. We saw a partial smooth wall with impressive overhangs and crevices. From the depth of 20 metres down the visibility became better and better, perhaps something about 30 metres and more. But the coldness came with the depth. In the depth of 75 metres there were only 4.4 degrees Celsius. After a short stay in this depth we began to appear very slow. Now we could enjoy the partial smooth wall and its details. Slowly, meter per meter we floated upward, along interesting rock formations which changed with a smooth wall. But we didn’t notice while the descenting that we dive under a big overhang. The sediment gushed down because of our bubbles. Nobody had really been here for a long time. When you had a  look up you could realize some nice light effects. The closer we came to the depth of 20 metres the dingier it became. Unfortunately we had to wait our deco time without the nice visibility but the impressions about the scarp slope was good however. At a depth of 12 metres we met the Suisse group. They disappeared in the milky wall. After 80 minutes we appeared. The other diver waited for us – ready for departure.

Alex helped us to do our equipment on his boat and so we drove back to the base. On the way back everybody talked about the dive and so the trip ended fast. After arriving at the base we granted our equipment in our car and said goodbye to Alex and the Suisse. But before we had to put a stamp in our logbooks (Steffie needs always (!) a stamp if it is possible).

We give here a small impression about a dive which has suited us extremly. We don’t have words for subscribing what we have experienced. Unfortunately we don’t have the right equipment for the light situation in this depth. That is the reason why we don’t have so much pictures of the situation in the depth.

Thanks a lot, Alex, for the dive spot suggestion and your effort! We had a great day!
Max. depth: 75 m; dive time: 80 min.; water: 4,4° C; visibility: until zu 30 m (???); gases: TMX 15/55, TMX 35/35, Nx 50

Attersee / Österreich: Tauchplatz „Ofen“ oder die Reise ins Taucher-Nirvana…

Nachdem wir uns nach dem Tauchgang an der Schwarzen Brücke etwas ausgeruht haben, beschlossen wir noch einen, um die Flaschen zu leeren, zu machen. EiIgentlich könnten wir die am „Ofen“ leersaugen… – mal wieder eine prächtige Steilwand, die zwar nicht so tief endet wie die Schwarze Brücke, aber in unseren Augen etwas spektakulärer und imposanter ist. (mehr …)

Lake Gosausee / Austria: Two dives with panorama

After Bocki by Under Pressure told about the good visability of the lake ‚Gosausee‘ we decided to go there on this day. From Weyregg at lake ‚Attersee‘ where we stayed the tour takes ca. 1 hour because the lake is next to the glacier ‚Dachstein‘. So we started very early in the morning. But the panorama and the changing of the landscape reduced the drive.

Already the last metres until arriving we were pushed by another car. The driver was bent on getting the last free parking zone. But there was one more for our car. So we got the first parking zone next to the lake. In all dive guides we have read that the parking zones are only for unloading. But the parking time was bordered for 180 minutes. Yes – we left our car there. But where was the advertised and on a lot of pictures presented panorama of the Dachstein? In the clouds – too bad!. And with 6 degrees on 960 m it was really cold.

The pushy driver and his female companion and two other people were diver, too, but not very friendly. After we have explored the entry and the diving place we arranged our equipment. Bocki told that there is the possibility to borrow a wagon for transporting the equipment to the water in the guesthouse because there is a way about 500 metres until arriving the entry. But the other four divers picked the wagon up for their equipment. And they didn’t leave the mark sharing the wagon with us – we have never felt so much animosity between foreign divers. So we decided to walk. At some spots around Cologne there are often a lot to walk until arriving the water. With a lot of impetus and a big smile we pulled ahead by foot.

Hardly we have put our diving masks and kept our heads under water we astonished. We expected a good visability but a so good visibility… – incredible! From entry zone 1 we dived right in the direction of the middle of the lake. In not a long time it is possible to achieve depth. But we asserted really fast that there is nothing in the lake except some trunks and stumps – at least no fish wanted to show itself. But diving with this visibility is a lot of fun. We dived flater again and finished our dive at entry zone 1.

When we unsheathe our heads out of water we can watch the famous view: The cloud cover was gone and the Dachstein began to show its whole glory with fresh-fallen snow because there were a lot of deposit the night before. The other diver finished their dive at the same time. and picked up there wagon again. We went back with ostentation wearing our dive equipment. After the refreshment was really earned. Because of the bad weather in the morning and less tourists we got a place on the best bank of Gosausee. But hardly when the weather became better during the day a lot of tourists arrived at this beautiful place. At the top of the Dachstein there weren’t clouds any more. But in addition to that we were an attraction, too. The mostly bus tourists wanted to know how cold is the water, how heavy is the equipment, where we are from and what are the attractions under water. We responsed all questions very patient.

For our second dive we planned to dive left side beginning in entry zone 1. We thought that there could be a scarp slope because of the rocks on the opposite side. But damn! More than a relative steep fallen ground we couldn’t find. There were stones and rest of trees again. But we could have a look at the under water part of the power station. That was interesting. The second dive didn’t finish at entry zone 1. Because of asking the owner we were allowed to get out of water via boat ramp. That is next to our car. When we dived along it we had a little bit Hemmoor-feeling – cute.

Even if there isn’t so much to watch in this lake we had two really good dives. The very panorama you need to dive in this lake. We had a good day.
Max. depth: 40 m, max dive time: 65 min., visibility: 30 m (???) , Water: 6° C

 

Vorderer Gosausee / Österreich: Zwei Tauchgänge mit Panorama

Nachdem uns Bocki von Under Pressure von der Sicht im Gosausee vorschwärmte, haben wir an diesem Tag beschlossen dorthin zu fahren. Von Weyregg am Attersee dauert die Fahrt etwa eine Stunde, da man bis zum Dachstein fährt, so dass wir bereits in aller Frühe aufgebrochen sind. Aber das Bergpanorama und die Abwechslung der Landschaft verkürzten die Fahrt dorthin und ließen definitiv keine Langeweile aufkommen. (mehr …)