Captain Volker Bassen, the Seasoned Swedish Deep Sea Diver

Captain Volker Bassen joined a multi-agency team tasked with searching for the bodies of Mariam Kigenda and her daughter, Amanda Mutheu, who drowned in the Indian Ocean.

After searching for hours, Volker Bassen said he had identified one spot within the sea where Mariam’s vehicle could be lying.

He promised to continue with the search operation later. But who exactly is this man?

Captain Volker Bassen is a Swedish deep-sea pilot who has lived in Kenya for more than 20 years. He is an underwater filmmaker, an experienced pilot, a diving instructor, a cameraman, and a boat captain.

In an effort to share his knowledge and experience, Captain Volker Bassen has initiated several diving schools along the Kenyan coast.

Several people look up to him as a mentor and consultant on matters diving along the Kenyan coast.

Captain Volker Bassen is the founder of the East African Whale Shark Trust, which started in the year 2001.

The motivation behind the Trust was to advocate for better protection of the much-endangered whale sharks in Kenya.

Captain Volker has spent countless hours diving with hundreds of whale sharks and has accumulated an extensive library of underwater video footage of the sharks, a library you want to lay your hands on.

1. His Education and Career

At the PADI European College (1990-1991) Captain Volker Bassen was certified as VIP Instructor Recreational diving and OWSI Recreational SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus).

He later joined the Ballito Microlight Pilot School in Kwazulu, South Africa, where he acquired a Private Pilot License in Aviation.

From the year 2001, he has been a Rebreather Instructor and SSI Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructor at Diving the Crab College.

Diving the Crab runs Kenya’s and Diani Beach’s top scuba diving centers offering a range of PADI dive courses and fun dives for certified divers.

2. He speaks 5 Languages

Captain Volker Bassen speaks multiple languages, among them English, German, Swedish, Italian and good Swahili.

His experience with tourists from different nationalities, plus his duty as a trainer pushed him to learn as many languages as possible.

Captain Volker learned the local Swahili language out of his frequent interactions with the coastal communities, especially the fishermen.

3. He is the Founder & CEO of WonderCup

In the year 2016, Captain Volker Bassen founded the Wondercup initiative, a new generation menstrual cup in East Africa.

Wondercup in Kenya

WonderCup was meant to empower adolescent schoolgirls and women who cannot afford tampons and pads.

The ‘cup’ is reusable for a lifetime and by far more hygienic compared to all other menstrual products.

4. His passion for whale sharks

Volker Bassen fell in love with sharks on his first dive in Kenya more than 24 years ago.

Thereafter, Volker has spent a better part of his life interacting with sharks.

“I started the Whale Shark Trust because of sad circumstances. I could see some fishermen hurting the sharks”, narrates Captain Volker.

“One of the goals of the Trust is to create more awareness about the whale shark in the local communities, especially the fishing villages,” says Volker.

5. His passion for underwater cinematography

Volker Bassen is passionate about scuba diving, an advanced type of underwater diving where the diver uses a scuba.

Scuba is a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, which is completely independent of surface supply.

Scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas, usually compressed air, allowing them greater independence and freedom of movement than surface-supplied divers, and longer underwater endurance than breath-hold divers.

Captain Volker Bassen’s experience with world-renowned photographer Kurt Amsler while studying a the PADI European College in 1991 inspired him into underwater cinematography.

His main motivation, he says, is to show other people the beauty of the underwater world.

Volker Bassen partnered with Full Throttle Media to produce a series of scuba diving adventure film, “The World’s Best Dive Destinations”.

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