I’d like to tell you a little story about that:
After about 1000 dives, I had seen myself as an experienced diver.
I felt safe and dived in belief that I had everything under control.
So the next dive was planned, an exciting wreck tour to the Inger Klit, a well preserved motor ship in the Baltic Sea. The only point of the dive discussion: ascent at 50 bar.
Arrived at the wreck we started…
In front of us lies the entrance to the Machines Room of the Inger Klit, a small ladder in the belly of the ship. Armed with a spool and a hand lamp my buddy and I start the dive into the engine room full of euphoria.
Arriving in the engine room, I turn to my buddy and see the “OK” sign. Later it turned out that he was signaling “ascent”. This is the first problem.
So I dive further into the wreck, while my buddy dives out again.
Turning back to my buddy I get caught in my own leash, because I don’t really know how to put a leash. Problem number two.
To top it all off, the third problem sets in: My lamp stopped working. The feeling of security is no longer there, I get scared. Perhaps even panic I would say today. Fortunately, I manage to free myself from the situation. Never before have I felt such a relief to have arrived safely at the surface again.
From that moment there was only one thought for me: stop diving or start afresh with better and safer training.
I was familiar with the GUE for a long time and I heard about a training with extended safety standards. So I booked a course with GUE and found out that the training not only brings more safety, but also a lot more. A lot of importance is attached to team training and awareness, so today the first problem in my story would probably not arise in the first place. In addition, there is a great focus on the equipment and the ability to master it perfectly. GUE dives start long before contact with water. The equipment configuration is an important component, especially redundancy for everything that can fail – for example the lamp. SO problem two and three would also be eliminated.
This list of examples of GUE training can be easily extended. However, it should show only one thing: By a good training you can gain much more beautiful diving experiences. Through standardization a simplified dive planning is made possible. Thus typical mistakes are excluded, which gives you additional safety gain. Because with the gain in safety, the feel-good factor always increases as well.
Even after more than 2500 dives I learned and learn new and decisive things in GUE courses. My enthusiasm does not diminish and – I like to share it! Therefore it was only consistent to go the way from the “normal diver” over the GUE course participant (Tec2 and Cave1) up to the Instructor.
During your training at lass´ I don’t relax until the skills fit! This is not a threat, but a promise. The groups are small, not more than three students, because everyone has different emphases and “problem areas” on which we work and which I deal with individually for each. Video analyses always make for a lot of fun!
Fundi courses are not meant for handpicked elite divers. My courses are aimed at all divers who don’t want to make the same mistakes as I did at the time. I want to pass on my experience and my knowledge with passion and commitment – and the fun is certainly not neglected!
For those who want to know more details about GUE or about me and my career – feel free! Write me a mail, I answer reliably and as fast as possible.