I knew I was hooked on diving the first time I took a breath from a regulator. That must have been around 1988, when I was a junior lifeguard in my home town near Münster, Germany.
These days, I live in Asia most of the time (Taiwan and the Philippines). I am a technical diving instructor, as well as a cave and rebreather diver, and I write and serve as an editor for diving publications. Even though the life I live now was unimaginable back then, it was that first breath in 1988 that planted the seed for it.
I’m also a certified legal translator in my first career, and I continue to work in that capacity.
Through luck, determination, hard work, and with the invaluable help of people I met along the road, I’ve been able to combine my love of travel and the underwater world with a passion for teaching and the written word and turn it all into a way of life.
Diving/teaching qualifications (selected)
- TDI Extended Range Instructor (Backmount/Sidemount)
- PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer/Tech Sidemount Instructor
- Specialty instructor: Nitrox, Wreck, Drysuit, Cavern, Deep, Night, …
- Full Cave Diver
- Full Trimix Diver
- CCR Diver