Monthly Archives: January 2016

Bauer Baby

After years of torturous cylinder filling, finally all our birthdays have arrived at once!  It was a happy day indeed when the Big Bosses signed off on our latest investment – a fully automatic “Bauer Kompressoren Verticus 5”, as high tech as they get – yeah baby!


‘Bauer Baby’ finally arrived all the way from Germany, first class all the way.  With ‘Guru Stevie McC’ heading our way across from the bright lights of Dubai, preparations for installation were well underway.  At least, they were.  With instruction manual in hand, we got started.  And then we stopped.  We were stuck.  No matter how closely we followed the intricately detailed instruction manual (it is German after all), we couldn’t get ‘Bauer Baby’ up and running.  One step forward, two step back, we toiled for hours, racking our brains and testing ‘Guru Stevie McC’ to the limits of diving technology.  After a week of no progress we eventually gave up!  Admitted defeat! And rang Bauer.  Having to admit to anyone that we have been told by a machine that we are too stupid to follow a couple of simple steps is pretty embarrassing.  More so when you are talking to a world class diving equipment specialist.  After all, the instructions look pretty self explanatory don’t they!  We shouldn’t have been so worried.  Apparently we are in the majority.  A majority that is considered inferior to a machine unless you are a super software geek.  When did diving technology become so high tech?  Oh well, at least it is a German machine.  Can you imagine if it was South African!  A couple of phone calls later and we were back on track ……… or were we?

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Finally (and thankfully, before we were put through any further shame), a few instructional steps later, some Deutsche Magic and we were up and running!  Hoorah!  We didn’t have to admit to our valuable clientele that we couldn’t get our new team member working because we were too stupid (‘Bauer Baby’s words, not ours).  After a number of test runs and intensive operator training (thank you “Guru Steve McC’), we were ready for action!

And boy, talk about action – we get excited just thinking about it!

  • 540l/min,
  • 4 tanks fills /15 mins
  • Separate chiller system pumping air in at 2c (brrr!)


Victor is the Man In Charge, with the rest of us allowed in close proximity only after we have passed the weekly one hour verbal ‘Bauer Baby’ pop test.  A few weeks in and we are well and truly in love.  All those hours spent melting in the compressor room, pre-weekend Dhow Cruise are all but a long and distant memory.  Almost German in our efficiency we are now working on how else to fill our time during the week (on this note, keep watching for further updates).  Idea’s on a postcard please!

We hope that you will also recognise the additional benefits of safer, more efficient tank fills and as a result, safer more enjoyable diving.  We are sure you will agree, we are leading the way in the region when it comes to investing in the best technology the diving industry has to offer.  For the benefit of you, our diving family!