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Old 25.07.2017, 17:22
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"Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

Here's a question to gauge interest...

I'm a diving instructor (as a hobby), and in the UK used to volunteer giving free lessons to friends/family/colleagues.

My affiliation is PADI, meaning I can teach pretty much anything from scuba diver to divemaster... (and a few specialties, working on more)

Is this sort of thing of interest to anyone? In terms of costs, you will need:
- diving equipment (there are a few places in Zurich which rent gear, but this tends to be less cost effective)
- PADI manuals (you can order these online, buy them in stores, etc. You'll need up to date books, happy to provide guidance here. I tend to order from the UK, can point you in the direction of the companies I order through to get discounts)
- a PADI PIC (the paper I use to register the course with PADI - not needed if you're doing certain courses or online versions rather than book versions. There are discounts available from PADI if buying a PIC and manuals together)
- air... if you have your own gear you'll know where to get this, if not I can help
- insurance - I do ask that you have your own (diving) insurance. I like DAN, but everyone has their preference


The catch is that:
- renting gear isn't cheap from what I can see in Zurich
- if you're looking at divemaster, my suggestion would be to join a large dive center... you can't replace the experience you get helping run a site with upwards of 4-5 courses/dives a day...

So the question is - would this be of interest to people? Say if I got a group of "regulars" going with training offered a weekend a month or so?

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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

I would definitely be interested! I have my PADI open water license already but I don't have my gear here in Zurich. My partner would also love to join! He fell in love with diving whilst we were in the Philippines and would love to practice. (and yes, I know the temperature is completely different &#128584.
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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

So I'm teaching my other half in the coming weekends, my current challenge is finding a suitable confined water location.

If you know of a swimming pool that allows divers to use a corner, please do speak up

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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

I'm not necessarily interested in classes (I'm already certified through Rescue Diver through NAUI and don't feel the need for more certs since I don't dive as much anymore), but my boyfriend might be - I think he'd love diving, but he has no experience past snorkeling. He's interested so I'll keep an eye on this one

Also throwing it out there that if anyone is familiar with diving in the area and needs a buddy I'd love to got! I don't have my gear here, and have never dove in Europe (from the States, lots of warm water/vacation diving but I got certified in cold water and am still familiar with it), but would love to check it out!
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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

Sure, I'd be interested
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I'm not necessarily interested in classes (I'm already certified through Rescue Diver through NAUI and don't feel the need for more certs since I don't dive as much anymore), but my boyfriend might be - I think he'd love diving, but he has no experience past snorkeling. He's interested so I'll keep an eye on this one

Also throwing it out there that if anyone is familiar with diving in the area and needs a buddy I'd love to got! I don't have my gear here, and have never dove in Europe (from the States, lots of warm water/vacation diving but I got certified in cold water and am still familiar with it), but would love to check it out!
If you're just interested in diving, a group of us go every Tuesday evening in/around Zurich (it's run by one of the dive schools in ZH, but it's totally free and they're friendly).

Anything below 18m of so in Lake Zurich is pretty much a night dive, so some getting used to (if you haven't done cold freshwater before) is needed. When my friends from warmer countries visited the UK, we would start at shallower dives. There's also a different range of things to see from tropical water... not that many fish (but there still are fish), and oddly, in laze Zurich at least, not many wrecks sunk specifically for divers...
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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

Think Schwimmbad Opfikon is used by some DCs for confined and I'm sure theres a few more around

Should really start diving more regular especially locally. Though my training requirements maybe be a bit out of scope
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Think Schwimmbad Opfikon is used by some DCs for confined and I'm sure theres a few more around

Should really start diving more regular especially locally. Though my training requirements maybe be a bit out of scope
Thanks

Based on your last line, I'm kinda hoping you're a tec diver... in which case, if you're ever after a dive buddy do let me know. I haven't brought my twinset down, but will consider it if I can find a buddy to make that useful.

If on the other hand you're a caver...

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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

Yeah got the full PADI Tec and TDI up to Trimix (sidemount) - Though not dived tec for a while due to needing a ton of new kit / Cost

Caves is on my list for next year in Mexico hopefully
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Yeah got the full PADI Tec and TDI up to Trimix (sidemount) - Though not dived tec for a while due to needing a ton of new kit / Cost

Caves is on my list for next year in Mexico hopefully
The "entry level" caves in Mexico always attracted me... in the UK I used to dive with a hardcore caver. The sort of person who would take a week or two off work to do one dive in a cave, that had never been dived before, somewhere in the world.

As much as I loved watching him dive (not even the DIR/GUE radicals could say anything about his buoyancy); cave diving has always held that "hmmm, maybe that's a step too far" for me. Cavern, yay! Caves, I'm not so sure... (as in proper, several hundred meters underground caves... )
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Yeah some nice big caves and caverns with still a lot of overhead and nice photo ops is more my thing. Even with diving SM for 5 years not too keen on more enclosed or multi-level ones
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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

Very interested. Have done a few discover scuba in various places and wanted to get PADI certified, but the two schools I contacted in Zurich stopped reply to my email and then other things took priority in life, so this just never got done.
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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

I was a BSAC sport diver and boat handler, with only a few drills left for Dive Leader certification. I logged somewhere close to 100 dives, 95% drysuit diving in NW Scotland, inc' Loch Ness and that isn't for the faint hearted, and some warm water diving in Mexico and the keys.

I stopped diving some time ago due to a problem clearing ears, and it was not fun when you'd driven for 2 hours, got the rib in the water to abort a dive, ruins it for your buddy to. The ear clearing problem would happen when I flew to, but I haven't had it for a long time, so would like to do a try dive in a deep pool to see if the problem has sorted itself out.

Thing is I sold all my kit before I left the UK, and not sure how feasible to borrow some kit, maybe when there is a PADI course on, just to leap in a pool to test the ears. The if all ok, I'd probably go for PADI certification, if not bummer... there is always golf till the ski season starts
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Very interested. Have done a few discover scuba in various places and wanted to get PADI certified, but the two schools I contacted in Zurich stopped reply to my email and then other things took priority in life, so this just never got done.
I'm on my way to Thailand - so let's pick this up in two weeks Going to do some warm weather diving... The biggest challenge I'm having is equipment (as I do this for free, I'm happy to lend you any equipment I have extra sets of - e.g. regs, fins, masks and cylinders, and potentially BCD depending on size)... but I struggle with thermal protection (wetsuit/semidry) as there just are too many sizes for me to invest in it. Though give me a few weeks and we can have a more serious conversation. Currently have one person who's getting herself a 7mm wetsuit and then we will test to see if it's feasible. Decathlon sell these for 89euro, so wouldn't be too bad if they work.


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I was a BSAC sport diver and boat handler, with only a few drills left for Dive Leader certification. I logged somewhere close to 100 dives, 95% drysuit diving in NW Scotland, inc' Loch Ness and that isn't for the faint hearted, and some warm water diving in Mexico and the keys.

I stopped diving some time ago due to a problem clearing ears, and it was not fun when you'd driven for 2 hours, got the rib in the water to abort a dive, ruins it for your buddy to. The ear clearing problem would happen when I flew to, but I haven't had it for a long time, so would like to do a try dive in a deep pool to see if the problem has sorted itself out.

Thing is I sold all my kit before I left the UK, and not sure how feasible to borrow some kit, maybe when there is a PADI course on, just to leap in a pool to test the ears. The if all ok, I'd probably go for PADI certification, if not bummer... there is always golf till the ski season starts
If you have your cert cards, you are "technically" a qualified diver, so can pick up gear at any rental shop (or I can lend you some) and go for a try dive. PADI do a "discover scuba diving" thing, but tbh, as you are already qualified I think something like a skills refresher would be more appropriate.

The challenge (other than gear) is the pool - not speaking much German (beyond hello, my name is spinal - I have a rubber octopus in my trousers), I haven't been able to call a few pools to find out if we can use them. It's on the plan though. The alternative is that PADI allow a quiet secluded area of a lake, with "pool like conditions" to be used for the confined dives. So I'm also looking into that.

Anyhow - I'll pick this up as soon as I'm back...
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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

sawasdee krab then, we go to Thailand every xmas for a month, another reason to see about diving again. Sink a few Beer Changs and a pad kra poa for me

I can't find my BSAC log cards or dive log they are well lost, but I have been in touch with my old dive club and spoken to the training officer and he has given me my old membership number, and signed off dive leader stuff. That he say's should be enough to obtain replacements.

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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

I'm checking out a few places to get a PADI certificate at the mid-end of September. I saw Malta and Croatia as popular places to get PADI cert. and it costs around 390-400 euro.

If you have a good experience in anywhere else (cost, quality), I would like to know!

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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

Defo interested....PADI Rescue and BSAC snorkel instructor....off back to UK for three week break, but like to hook up on my return.
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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

Hi Spinal,

I've only recently landed in Baden and am desperately looking to join a good dive club. I'm a PADI AI with 200 UK cold water dives and I've been looking for a good reason to bring my kit over. It has been a few months since I last jumped in a muddy puddle and that does not make me happy!

At the moment my German skills are on a par with the average toddler but I'm trying hard. My main worry is finding a club that have English speaking members so I can at least enjoy a bit of banter and of course stay safe in the process! I'll take a closer look at Scuba Viva, although I admit that I don't fancy lugging my kit around on the train!

It would be good to hook up with you one day and go for a bimble though!

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Hi Spinal,

I've only recently landed in Baden and am desperately looking to join a good dive club. I'm a PADI AI with 200 UK cold water dives and I've been looking for a good reason to bring my kit over. It has been a few months since I last jumped in a muddy puddle and that does not make me happy!

At the moment my German skills are on a par with the average toddler but I'm trying hard. My main worry is finding a club that have English speaking members so I can at least enjoy a bit of banter and of course stay safe in the process! I'll take a closer look at Scuba Viva, although I admit that I don't fancy lugging my kit around on the train!

It would be good to hook up with you one day and go for a bimble though!

Cheers Rich
Rich - I tend to dive every Tuesday night, but am on a hiatus until after Christmas due to the daily client/work Christmas drinks.

Drop me a pm when you're free, always up for a bimble!

Have you ever done a (river) current dive? You may be impressed... the quantity and size of fish in the Rhine is astounding. The catfish can grow to around 2m (and I would swear that the ones we say last time weren't far off). Oh and the otters are fearless and act like little torpedoes...

Zurisee is ok, vis isn't bad under 15-20m... once you get past the propeller-silt layer, vis is usually in the 20m range... dark as a night dive without moon, but good vis...
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Re: "Free" Scuba Diving in Zurich

M,

That sounds like fun to me. Never dived a river before and certainly have never dived with catfish and otters! 20m vis? Jeez, I count myself lucky if I can see my hand at Stoney and Capers!

Will drop you a PM in the new year, hopefully Father Christmas will have dropped off a new Santi heated vest by then

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