My first full year diving in Switzerland
A friend of mine completed her OWD certification and we started diving together in March as the lockdown hit Switzerland. We started our diving adventures at Wassersportzentrum Tiefenbrunnen (alias WZT).
This dive site is very beginner-friendly. The gently sloping bottom allows for sightseeing at less than 18 meters. You can find a sign, a dive bell, lion statues and this garden gnome.
At 16 meters there is a small boat wreck, at 18m a slightly larger one and at 24 meters a shisha and this alien await the divers.
Lake Zurich was getting murky and we longed for some clear water and new shores. We found both in Walensee at the dive site Broder. We also encountered this freediver underwater.
Later on, we visited Oscar, the locally-famous skeleton at Kleiner Parkplatz. At 32m next to a wall it is quite a nice sight.
As divers, we care about the environment. During the summer we participated in multiple clean-up activities in Lake Zurich and the Limmat river.
Towards the end of summer, Susanne and I went for a drift dive in the Rhine river. It was an amazing experience to take the boat to the Rhine falls, get in the river a bit below them and just drift in the current.
Before the autumn got ahold of us, we jumped into Lake Lucerne from aboard the Tauchschiff.ch dive boat.
The Tauchschiff allowed us to explore some breathtakingly beautiful walls and "fly" through the water.
In the early fall days, we escaped to dive in Ticino.
During late autumn, we explored the Ermitage dive site in Lake Zurich. It is well-known for the large number of crayfish hanging out here. Let's say we weren't disappointed.
Ermitage also offers some kind of bizarre "nativity" scene with a gnome, a princess and a baby doll in a crib.
Jan and I hung out at the Rossblatten dive site in Lake Zug, enjoying great visibility and some of the rarer autumn sunlight.
Annette, Jan and I decided to try out Boudry Plage in Lake Neuchatel. Mainly driven by Bruce, the shark statue at 22m meters.
Bruce is keeping his teeth in great shape. Then again, there is a catfish living in his throat...
Despite the big shark nearby, Boudry Plage turned out to be full of fish.
Annette celebrates the dives we did at Boudry Plage next to the Kaeser statue. We will definitely come again!
As the days became colder, we explored various sites at Lake Zug, like Baumgaertli. It is often full of fish and a really nice dive, also suitable for night diving.
Throughout the year, I did 143 dives in various lakes and rivers in Switzerland. I really enjoy the variety, the life you can find and the comradery with my buddies. Here is to a great 2021 underwater!