AIDA Germany is mourning the passing of Willi Hoffmann, one of its biggest names and larger-than-life characters.

The exact circumstances of his tragic passing are still unclear. What is known so far is that he was reported missing on August 21st, 2018. His car was found on August 24th, near Lake Geiseltal, Leipzig.

Hoffmann’s body was recovered the following day from the lake wearing a monofin, attached to the line with a lanyard, from a depth of 50m/164ft. Other circumstances surrounding his passing including information from his dive computer are still under investigation.

He is remembered as helpful and supportive and made everyone feel welcome — from elite athlete to novices. Hoffman was known for always being available to answer a question, even if he was preparing for a dive. He will be sorely missed by the AIDA Germany fraternity and the freediving community at large.

Hoffmann was a keen supporter of the DLRG, the German Life-Saving Association and was a proud member for 20 years. You can honor Willi’s memory by making a PayPal donation to the DLRG. Make your donation to [email protected], and state “Abschied Willi” to ensure your contribution goes to the DLRG.

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Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!

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