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Diving Seatrekking Explore lonely bays with a sailboat? Too much effort. Paddling along rock coasts in a sea kayak? Not close enough to the water. What Bernhard Wache really wants: immerse yourself in the sea with your body, feel currents and waves, become one with the ocean. And not just for a few hours, but for days; therefore sleeping bags, stoves and provisions must be included on such tours. Watch is called Seatrekker, sea walker. The Munich designer and inventor invented this sport himself – and the right equipment at the same time.

 

A Seatrekker, says Wache, primarily needs wetsuit, snorkel, freediving fins. The aim is to float along coasts, take a deep breath and dive, 10 meters deep, 20 meters deep. Down to groupers and moray eels, to corals, seagrass and colourful anemones. “It’s about exploring and discovering landscapes and animals. And not primarily about the route.” Wache himself takes between three and six kilometres a day, spending around six hours with his friends on the coasts off Cres, Corsica, Elba and Liguria.
The 41-year-old, who earns his living as an exhibition architect, christened his company “Áetem” two years ago. The artificial word is anglicized “Eitem” and is supposed to mean “breath”. “Breathing technique is the basis of this sport,” says Wache. He started walking the ocean at the age of 24 and has never done any other sport since. “The thrill comes from flying underwater, the weightlessness that only freediving has.”

Flutter during the day, spend the night on beaches

What do potential Seatrekkers have to master? “You should be able to swim and be reasonably fit. Previous knowledge of water sports such as sailing, paddling or diving is helpful to be able to assess the weather and currents,” says Wache. Seatrekker is adventurers who love discovery.

Discover during the day and spend the night on beaches or in caves. Wache fanned the longing of his potential customers on his website with photos of campfires and rounds of men. Because what – apart from snorkelling equipment – aspiring Seatrekkers still need is a bag for clothes and a sleeping bag.

Wache designed the “Big Pack James C.”, a 65 litre, waterproof backpack with overpressure and anchor system. A three-meter-long tow line hangs from it. In this way, the snorkelling hikers can make their way, as if connected by an umbilical cord, pull their luggage behind them and anchor the sack on the seabed during dives. A diving flag means other water sports enthusiasts to keep a distance of 100 meters.

The passionate freediver started tinkering with his own tools six years ago in his workshop. “After three hours in the water, every diaper bag simply leaked,” says Wache, a solution of his own was needed. He experimented with PVC foils, with adhesives and carrying systems. He designed a lead-free buoyancy system, flow-adjusted diving goggles and a bodyboard.

Series production from September

A woman and three men from the design industry are now behind Áetem. A prototype of “James C.” was presented in February at the sporting goods fair Ispo in Munich and received the “Brandnew Award”. Negotiations with a manufacturer are still ongoing. “James C.” will go into series production in September for an approximate price of 450 euros, says Wache, a smaller daypack variant “Falcon S.” in October.
Interested parties for the inflatable swim-pull backpack? Future Seatrekkers will hardly provide enough sales. Not only the active people of the new sport, says Wache, but also surfers, stand-up paddlers and deep water soloing climbers – free climbers on cliffs hanging over the sea – have already shown interest. They all want to get to lonelier places with their equipment.

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