Close up of a diving helmet (from above) with the face of the diver close to the front face plate.

IT IS RELOCATING TO FLENSBURG and will be held on 4th – 6th OCTOBER 2024

HTG (HDS Germany) are holding their Annual Classic Diver Meeting in Hamburg in June. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend, please register early with Frank Werthwein: as many of the venue choices will depend on numbers attending.

Hamburg is very busy during the summer months, especially at weekends. Make sure you book your accommodation in good time, especially Air bnb accommodation if you want to find inexpensive rooms and apartments.
The following alternatives are also currently available:

Youth hostels (Jungendherbergen) in Geesthacht and in Lauenburg
Hotel: Elbbrucken Hotel
Hotel: Super 8 by Wyndham Hamburg Mitte
Hostel: A&O hostel, Hamburg City

As well as the museum and museum ships mentioned in the Friday programme below, the following attractions are also recommended for those who are not attending Classic Diver events:

The Maritime Museum
Miniature Wonderland
Prototyp Car Museum
Harbour Tour
Walk through the Speicherstadt and Hafen City including a visit to the Elbphilharmonic Concert Hall viewing platform


Map showing route between Hamburg and Lake Hemmoor

Ulf Barthel will be arranging helmet diving in Hemmoor Lake. The Lake is approximately an hour and three quarters drive from Hamburg. If you are interested, please register directly with Ulf for further details:

1800h: Cosy get together to socialise and ‘talk shop’. The venue is to be confirmed and will depend on the number of attendees.

View of the 4-masted museum ship Peking looking from the stern towards the bow

AGM for HTG members onboard the museum ship MS Bleichen
For those not attending the AGM, the four-masted barque Peking is close to the MS Bleichen and is worth a visit (booking is recommended).
The Harbour Museum is also located on the same site.
1800h: Informal get together to socialise. The venue is to be confirmed and will depend on the number of attendees.

Looking down on a helmet diver in the water with bubbles surfacing from his helmet

1000h–open ended

Lakeside meeting with helmet diving and the opportunity to display historical material. (Please bring table and chairs if you wish to exhibit any artefacts).
Drinks and a barbecue will be on site.

The location is to be confirmed.