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Portrait - Thomas Heinemeyer

Thomas Heinemeyer taucht bereits seit 1972 in den verschiedensten Teilen der Welt und ist zertifizierter Gas Blender, Service Technician, Trimix-Taucher OC und CCR, ANDI Open Water Instructor und CCR- Instructor, Level 5 sowie Trimix-Instructor OC (Level 5). Als begeisterter Inspiration-Taucher sind seine Ambitionen, an zukünftigen deep wreck und deep wall projects teilzunehmen. Thomas ist Maschinenbau-Ingenieur und hat von 1992 – 2006 in USA gelebt. Er kennt somit die amerikanische Tauchszene sehr genau. Wir freuen uns, ihn in unser Team bei dwd – deep wreck diving aufzunehmen. Er stellt auf mehreren Gebieten eine willkommene Bereicherung dar. Nachfolgend seine vom ihm selbst erstellte Biographie in Englisch:

Growing up in Hamburg, Germany; I guess you can say my diving career began during the summer of ’72, when a close family friend appeared with brand new diving equipment at our local lake. Already an enthusiastic snorkeler, my father and I (8y at the time) immediately plunged in with him. All three of us dropped to the muddy bottom at around 40’ and swam around for about 10min. Just imagine the picture for a moment: We had no suits, no BCs, fins from Woolworth, not even a pressure gauge and only one regulator to share between the three of us – BUT! I had already an “authentic Jacques Cousteau diving knife” firmly strapped to my shin - an essential piece of equipment for an 8 year old. Looking back, it probably has been one of the more “unwise” things I have done - but still, it has left me with one of the most memorable experiences of my childhood and is probably an important reason for my affinity to the sea. Needless to say, after this rather unorthodox start my father and I were hooked and decided to put some formal training around it. During the winter of ’72 we got our first CMAS certification in the Baltic Sea. A couple years later I started to work as an assistant scuba diving instructor on Malta during my summer breaks. In college I took on underwater rugby and amateur free diving. Dive trips have taken me to some of the most wonderful places in the world: Adriatic Sea, Bavarian & Austrian lakes, Caribbean, Maldives, Malta, North/Baltic Sea, Red Sea, Sardinia, Sicily, and Spain. All of my dives had been on conventional equipment and compressed air (even the deeper ones). Driven by curiosity and nudged by friends I started to venture into the world of rebreathers in 2001 – And there is NO WAY that I am going BACK!