In 1991 I obtained my Open Water Certification at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. At the end of the nineties, when I lived in the Netherlands, I did a lot of diving. This was followed by a longer break. Since 2013 I dive again activly and more and more often.
Diving is a matter of confidence and trust. You have to have confidence in yourself (not too much, though!) and also be able to trust on your buddy and the organization you are diving with unconditionally, thus, you have to choose your partners well. In Switzerland, the Aquarius diving club and in Sharm el Sheikh the Circle Divers have found my trust. In addition to these two regular diving events and locations, I also try to dive during other stays by the water, for example in September 2016, when I spontaneously completed a dive with a local guide during a conference in Slovenia.
For a long time I refused to take pictures underwater. In my opinion, diving is not a sport, it is a lifestyle. And my diving style is pleasantly and enjoyably. Underwater photography always seemed too nervous to me, the dive was no longer primarily about diving, but about hunting motives for pictures. A year ago I still got into it, first with a small GoPro, now with an Olympus TG-5. Both cameras can be attached to the vest and forgotten. It is still important for me to enjoy diving, taking pictures underwater should always be in second place. If I do see something interesting, I pull on the line to get my camera and take a picture. The rest of the dive is still quiet and not dominated by the camera. You find more pictures in the section diving on my picture site.