Scuba Diving

The first stop on my upcoming journey will be Thailand. The 3 things that I’m most looking forward to (in no particular order) are:

1. Scuba Diving

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I love scuba diving. The atmosphere and the vast endlessness of the blue ocean can’t be described in pictures, videos or words. You have to experience it. If you’re reading this and have never dived before, I’d highly recommend it.

In April I’ll be on a liveaboard for four days diving near Similan Islands, Andaman Sea. 4 Full days to just relax and dive. It’s gonna be awesome ;-).

2. Full Moon Party at Ko Phangan

Full Moon Party Ko Phangan

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On April 29th, I’ll be on Ko Phangan and attend its infamous Full Moon Party. Once a month at full moon thousands of people gather at beach on Ko Phangan and party like there’s no tomorrow.

3. Yasothon Rocket Festival


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Rural villages in Laos and North Thailand celebrate the beginning of the annual rainy season with rocket festivals. Teams of men build huge rockets out of bamboo and black powder (the largest rockets are 9 meters long and have 120kg black powder on board). The team whose rocket flies the highest wins. If a rocket explodes at start, its team has to bath in a puddle of mud. I’ll be from May 7th to May 9th in Yasothon to celebrate rocket festival.

I am going to write about those 3 highlights and many other things in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned and be sure to subscribe to my blog to not miss any posts.

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Last week, a few buddies from my local scuba diving club and me visited a recompression chamber in Traunstein, Germany. The point of this visit was to experience the effects of Rapture of the Deep, also called nitrogen narcosis.

What’s Rapture of the Deep?

The deeper you dive, the more the pressure increases. With increased pressure, nitrogen becomes more and more narcotic. Nitrogen narcosis starts at 30 meters depth (4 bar). That’s why the depth limit for recreational diving is set to 40 meters. As you ascend again, all effects of rapture of the deep vanish immediately – you don’t have to fear hangover.

My experiences

The recompression chamber simulated a depth of 50 meters (6 bar). The effects of nitrogen narcosis felt very similar to being intoxicated. I felt very euphoric, laughed all the time and behaved like a little child and had a hard time concentrating. Everybody was throwing balloons and having a blast. Good times.

I heard stories of guys stories of guys starting to strip or a woman who tried to seduce every man in the chamber while under nitrogen narcosis, but (un)fortunately this didn’t happen for us.

However, I can see how the euphoria and clouded judgement can become dangerous while scuba diving and lead to a lot of diving accidents. It was very interesting to see, how one’s behavior changes while diving deep. It’s something that I haven’t noticed while diving.

If you are a scuba diver: Have you ever experienced rapture of the deep while diving?

Disclaimer: Please don’t dive 50 meters deep to test rapture of the deep on yourself because of this post. 😉

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