Sprimont / Belgium: Carrière de Lillé

Early in the morning, at nine o’clock we met Torsten at stone quarry of Sprimont in the Ardennes. Because of talking to another diver we know that you can come for diving to Sprimont without registration before – different to La Gombe that is next to Sprimont.

The parking place was really full but we found two places for our cars and so we looked about at first. With our bad French we registered for diving in the restaurant and amazingly they talked to us in English. Our French seemed to be too bad… Perhaps the man at registration didn’t want to hear that. After we got a briefing about diving in the quarry by him he explained (mehr …)

Triebischtal / Sachsen / Germany: Old limestone mine Miltitz

After the good dives in the limestone mine ‚Miltitz‘ last year we could get one of the appointments for diving this year. Already before we made plans about our dives and filled our bottles with appropriate gases.

On Friday evening we started after work and a check if we have packed our camera and its body. With continuous rain we drived straight to Dresden where we stayed in hotel ‚Waldschlösschen‘, directly next to brewery ‚Waldschlösschen‘ and a bridge called the same name. Here we had a late dinner.

The next day started very early in the morning because there are some kilometres to drive from Dresden to Triebischtal. Out on the countryside where time has stopped a little we arrived at our rather goal for this weekend: the limestone mine ‚Miltitz‘. (mehr …)

Lake ‚Kreidesee‘ Hemmoor: Our turn of the year…

We already went for christmas to the North of Germany, to Steffie’s parents who live in Norderstedt (next to Hamburg). And so we decided to spend the turn of the year with friends at lake ‚Kreidesee‘ Hemmoor. The tour was organized by dive school Sepia.

Actually we wanted to go to Hemmoor at the 31st December but it is an long time between christmas and sylvester. So we went to the lake two days before because it isn’t far away from Hamburg. Mike, Eva, Ralf, Steffi and Sascha invited us for having breakfast at their holiday house before diving. Thank you again. That was really good. After we started our dive with some of them from E2 to the Rüttler. Afterwards we drove back to Hamburg. We finished our lovely day with a good dinner at restaurant ‚Schweinske‘ Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel and a glissade back to NorderstedtAt 31st December we moved from Hamburg to Hemmoor in one of those framehouses on the terrain of lake ‚Kreidesee‘. We like them an they are ‚gemuetlich‘. We shared it with BeateManfred and Armin. Perfect. That was really good. After a short greeting we picked up our diving equipment and drove to the water: Together with Eva, Stefan, Mike, ManfredRalf und Armin we dived from E0 to the plane and beside the steep face back to E1. For the turn of the year we had a small party in one of the houses and a barbecue. Thank you Carsten! The meat was broiled really good. Mjam!

The new year we began with our personal highlight of the Hemmoor trip: Wolfgang by dive school Sepia borrowed us two scooter for our first scooter dive. At the beginning trying with the lowest speed we lined up inaptly. But some moments later it wasn’t dificult any more and so we scootered downwards to the ‚Rüttler‘ – with the highest speed. Three times around the ‚Rüttler‘ and past again… The concret bomb and the sail boat revolving we tried them. Lovely! That was a lot of fun. Very good. Thank you, Wolfgang!

A day later we began our day slowly and dived with Beate from E2 again to the bridge of the ‚Rüttler‘. Diving over the chute we went to the cellar of the building. We were very happy that  Beate had so much fun and cracked her record of depth in freshwater.

Our Trimix dive we made with Manfred at E5 one day later. Actually we decided to dive there at home. The steep face should be very nice at this place… But the tow of the equipment holded us off until then. We planned our dive until the depth of 50 metres. But when we arrived that depth we kept to the right. But there wasn’t anything except sludge. So we turned and still encountered the steep face. Altogether it was a good dive.

Unfortunately our holidays were coming to an end. So we met with MikeManfred and Ralf (*grr*) really early in the morning for doing a last dive in this lake at the 4th January before driving home and having breakfast. We started at E1 and dived over the street to the pipelines and the ‚Rüttler‘. Our decompression time we spent in the forest. A lovely last dive.

Thank you, Wolfgang by dive school Sepia for the organisation. We had a really good time with you, Eva, Beate, Steffi, Elisa, Claudia, Marlies, Carsten, Mike, Stefan, Ralf, Nils, Wolfgang, Sascha, Wolfgang, HarryManfred and Armin. We enjoyed it really!

Vinkeveen / Netherlands: predators…

Normally we aren’t fish watcher… But in Vinkeveen we had some interesting encounters with luce and co. We think that some good pictures were gotten out.

Slate mine Nuttlar / Sauerland: Being unfaithful to…

– slate mine ‚Christine’… But it will really forgive because we must have a look to other things… And there was an open account with photographing. Last time our camera under water body was flooded.

At the long October weekend in Germany we didn’t pack our cases again. We came back from our trip to the lakes of the region ‚Salzkammergut‘ in Austria the weekend before. So we spent a nice day in slate mine Nuttlar with two good dives. (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

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


Slate Mine Christine: really good light…

… Steffies new 21 HID-light head has. The head is almost better for photographing in combination with buddy’s light than the iTorch video light. Therefore some interesting light effects has become on the pictures. Have a look!

Today we have penetrated in an unknown part of the Christine for us. We turned right on the first T like a lot of other times. Afterwards we followed the corridor. Uninterrupted we cranked until the side strake where we often turned or returned. Another hole in the ground invites for diving in deeper corridors. But we didn’t do that today. Past some corridors and alcoves we came across an old tank which is placed in an alcove and a control desk on the other side. Three fin kicks later we saw a room and another diverged from it. We dived into the first one but the second only one diver could see in it because it is too small for two divers. Directly, only at breathing in this room, the grate of the door fall down. We think that nobody was here since a long time.

What a pity! – the pressure gauge suggested returning. But the corridor with the main line continues and there are a lot of turnoffs. But next time we can go to the point where we returned uninterrupted and than we can look for the next part…
Water: 8°C, max. depth: 25 m, gas: Nitrox 36, max. dive time: 66 min.


Eschweiler: lake ‚Blausteinsee‘

Last sunday in Panheel: ‚We go to lake Blausteinsee on Wednesday. It has a good visibility.‘ Mh, yes – Blausteinsee. We did our first 20m+-dives there. But we haven’t been to it since the lake has been in bad headlines and our dry suits smelt nasty after this one dive which is long ago. But we can try the lake again.

In fine – on to lake Blausteinsee. After work diving. We were arranged with Stefan, Armin and Manfred, but anywhere Stefan was at the lake at 6 p.m.. But no one else. Armin war ill and Manfred came a little later. After we have asked some other diver about the visibility and they told something with 10 cm Stefan and Peter decided to go to Maastricht for eating some Netherland rissoles. But restaurant ‚Reitz‘ in Maastricht was closed and when Manfred and his female buddy arrived the two girls still decided to go into the water. Wolfgang sold us day tickets and we started with the prospect of bad visibility. We discussed diving along the line until the first truck cabin and after that to follow the cave lines and to dive the big Blausteinsee tour. Until the first truck cabin other diver’s statement about the bad visibility was right. The visibility was 2 metres not 10 cm und when we passed a depth about 12 metres the visibility became a lot better. We didn’t believe our eyes. It was dark and at first there were some flakes but the visibility of 10 – 15 metres astonished us.

So we followed our diving plan and dived the big tour: pipes, bank, grill, trailer, Mary (sail boat), underwater forest, truck cabins and back again. At last, on the way back to the entrance we were happy to see that something lives in the lake: perches and crayfish followed our lights in flat water. It was a really good dive with Manfred, Stefan and Eva.
Water: 6°C, max. depth: 33 m, max. dive time: 65 min., visibility: until the depth of 12 m ca. 2 m, after 10-15 m


Panheel / Netherlands: Boschmolenplas

Actually I thought about Panheel: underwater scrap yard with bad visibility. But at this day I have changed my mention about this dive spot.

With Stefan I started after a cup of coffee very early in the morning. We met with the people of dive school Sepia from Hamm. After a short hello and some exchange we got together with Armin, Manfred and Beate.

Our first dive we went to a basket along 6 m depth from the entry left. Wow, what a visibility. I didn’t know by Panheel. At the basket we turned to the middle of the lake, course 355°. So we found the helicopter after a short time.

Unser erster Tauchgang führte uns entlang der 6 m Linie am Einstieg links herum über ein kleines Boot und eine Mühle bis hin zu einem Korb. Wow, was für eine Sicht. Die kenne ich aus Panheel überhaupt nicht. Dort bogen wir ab in Richtung Seemitte mit Kurs 355°, um nach kurzer einer Weile auf den Hubschrauber zu stoßen. Dieser ist hier und da mit Muscheln bewachsen. Besonders gut haben mir die Rotorblätter gefallen sowie die Kabine, denn dort hatten sich die Muscheln an der Vergitterung angesiedelt. Leider mussten wir nach kurzer Zeit schon zurücktauchen, denn die vereinbarte Zeit war um.

Nach einer Pause, etwas zu essen und zu trinken sowie etwas Austausch starteten wir unseren zweiten Tauchgang. Dieser führte uns über einige Statuen bis zum Flugzeug. Letzteres schauten wir uns etwas näher an. Ein bisschen Posing gehörte natürlich auch dazu. Übers Flachwasser beendeten wir den Tauchgang. Den Tag ließen Stefan und ich mit einer smakelijk Frikandel special und Fritten ausklingen.   – Steffie –
Max. Tiefe: 11 m, Sicht: 5-7 m, Wasser: 15° C, max. Tauchzeit: 63 Min.


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