GUE Instructor resumé

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Classes I teach:
Discover Diving
Recreational Supervised Diver
Recreational Diver 1 - Nitrox
GUE Fundamentals
Doubles Diver
Drysuit Diver
Scientific Diver

Erik Wurz

Gelderland, Netherlands



  • Dive Safety Officer, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands
  • Initiator of Dutch Scientific Diving Platform
  • PhD candidate at Wageningen University and Research,
  • Title of thesis: Multiple stress effects on sponges in the deep North Atlantic Ocean.


  • MSc in Marine Biology
  • BSc in Maritime Technologies

Diving Qualifications

  • European Scientific Diver (“gepruefter Forschungstaucher”)
  • GUE: Fundamentals, DPV1, Tech1 and Scientific Diver
  • DLRG: Public Safety Diver, Dive Safety Officer and Trainer for Public Safety Divers

Diving Experience

  • > 800 dives in cold waters
  • > 100 scientific dives
  • > 50 dives recovering lost and abandoned fishing gear with Ghost diving and Duik de Noordzee schoon

Community Involvement

  • Ghost diving, Duik de Noordzee schoon
  • Building a student diving community at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands
  • Developing Scientific diving standards for the Netherlands

Special interests

  • Mixed Gas Diving
  • Scientific Diving following GUE Standards
  • Underwater photography
  • Cold-water coral reefs and their associated fauna
  • Chimaera monstrosa dives in Norway


  • Wurz, E., Osinga, R., Beazley, L., Kenchington, E., MacDonald, B., & Rapp, H. T. (2021). The hexactinellid deep-water sponge Vazella pourtalesii (Schmidt, 1870) copes with temporarily elevated concentrations of suspended natural sediment. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 269.
  • Busch, K., Wurz, E., Rapp, H. T., Bayer, K., Franke, A., & Hentschel, U. (2020). Chloroflexi dominate the deep-sea golf ball sponge Craniella sp. throughout different life stages. Frontiers in Marine Science.
  • Coolen, J. W., Van Dongen, U., Driessen, F. M., Wurz, E., Bergsma, J. H., Olie, R. A. & Bos, O. G. (2020). Ostrea edulis at shipwrecks in the Dutch North Sea. BioRxiv.
  • Wetnotes Nr. 29: Toedliche Falle, Geisternetze in der Nordsee.
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  • Wetnotes Nr. 33: Expedition Doggerbank
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  • English – Fluent
  • German – Fluent
  • Dutch - very good understanding

Additional Info

Me and my van are always looking to explore new destinations for teaching and diving. Get in touch, meet me at the water and let's hit the waves!