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
BLS-D & Oxygen First Aid
BLS-D & Oxygen First Aid Refresher

Erik Wurz Ph.D.

Gelderland, Netherlands



  • Dive Safety Officer, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands
  • Marine Biologist, Wageningen University and Research
  • Initiator of Dutch Scientific Diving Platform


  • MSc in Marine Biology
  • BSc in Maritime Technologies

Diving Qualifications

  • European Scientific Diver (“gepruefter Forschungstaucher”)
  • GUE: CCR2 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, Coordination of Citizen Science Projects
  • 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


  • 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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Additional languages

  • 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!