Try out diving at the Hessentag… in a lorry

The swimming club in Oberursel (SCO) and in particular their diving section, the Kiwi-Taucher, have come up with something rather special for the Hessentag.  They are offering visitors the chance to try out diving for free… in the back of a lorry!

The trailer on the lorry is 6.2m long, 2.5m wide and 2m deep and filled with water (as you might expect).

The water-filled trailer

The water-filled trailer at the Hessentag in Oberursel

Visitors from the age of 8 upwards who would like to try out diving for the first time are provided with everything they need and are first given instruction in the basics of diving before heading up the ladder to the roof of the tank.

Yannik Peter (r) and instructor Elke Römer (l) prepare to dive in the trailer tank at the Hessentag in Oberursel

Yannik Peter (r) prepares to dive with instructor Elke Römer (l) from Tauchclub Nautilus

The entire experience takes about 30 minutes, of which around half is in the water.  A diving instructor is in the water at all times, and guides the newcomer around until they are happy to move by themselves.

Yannik (l) and Elke (r) underwater in the diving trailer at the Hessentag in Oberursel

Yannik (l) and Elke (r) underwater in the diving trailer

Due to the high demand, the instructors from the SCO have been joined by those from the Tauchclub Nautilus in Frankfurt and the Swimming Club in Schwalbach.

We would like to thank Yannik’s parents for allowing us to publish the photos of his dive.


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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