50th anniversary 2021
A lot has happened in 50 years.
In the anniversary year 2021, we received many congratulations with photos and stories.
Many of them are just too beautiful not to be presented on the website 😉
by Uwe Kiehl, September 2010
Now, this was really VIP service:
UPS for Mary
Every now and then, guests ask us how we ended up in Tamariu. Maria thought that a newsletter in our "anniversary year" might be a good occasion for us to take a look back and reminisce a bit about how it came about that two little Austrians moved to a faraway place ...
Let's perhaps start in the last millennium, i.e. 1999.
Three important events took place:
In the US Bill Clinton was accused for perjury in the Lewinsky affair, in Spain Crown Prince Felipe married Letizia and in Austria Maria and I found each other and started our life together.
And no, at that time neither of us had dived yet. Relatively soon I told her that she had to be prepared for the fact that I wanted to emigrate to Spain at some point. At that time I didn't really know when, where and what I wanted to do there ... but I wanted to mention it in time.
I'm still not sure how she classified my state of mind at the time, but it obviously didn't discourage her.
The beginning of our diving career started in the same year during our first holiday together in Turkey. My two children from my first marriage - Nina and Martin - were with us and persuaded us to take part in an intro dive in the pool. We ended up doing our Turkish CMAS* with a Swiss instructor.
Professionally, we were both working for an automotive supplier at the time. Maria then switched to purchasing for a motorbike manufacturer (KTM).
A few years later, the time really came and we decided together at the beginning of 2003 that we didn't want to stay in this routine until we retire and wanted to try something different.
Since we both enjoyed diving, it was obvious to look for something in this field.
However, at that time we had no intention of running a dive centre or anything like that.
We just wanted to switch back a bit and work as guides. In the meantime, we had done CMAS *** and had about 100 logged dives each.
It took as approximately a year to prepare the step well and to decide where the journey should go.
In 1996, Stolli's dive centre celebrated its 25th anniversary - and "by the way" I moved in with Stolli in Tamariu.
Stolli decided to have Gabriela restored from ground up - so that she would last until the end of his days - "Gabriela made it"!
- of course also thanks to further annual overhauls by Craig, Stolli and me, then with and by Maria and Tom :-)
We were informed in the middle of the night, rushed down to the beach and were stunned to see the "mess" - a horrible sight and Stolli fought with lion forces to save his beloved boat - trying to fix it somewhere with ropes so that the waves could not continue to use it as a plaything.
Sometime at dawn, it was stuck in the high washed-up sand and the storm subsided.
50 years of Stollis - 10 years of marine biology... or how it all began
by Tina and Larissa
It all started with a relaxed diving holiday at the Stollis' in 2009, during which we had a long
chat in a cosy atmosphere. It was known that we both had been coming to Tamariu for years
with the University of Tübingen to conduct marine biology courses for students. At some
point, the idea came up that we could also introduce recreational divers to the big and small
secrets of the Mediterranean Sea and, above all, the “decorative material” in the sea....
From the first idea to the implementation of our first course, some time passed. In May 2011, our first marine biology course took place in Tamariu. Over the years, the course has changed a lot and has continued to grow. In the beginning we only had 3 participants and the theory
took place in the living room of the flat above the divebase.
In the following years there were more and more participants and we converted one of the bedrooms of the flat into a "classroom" - beds became comfortable sofas, coffee, biscuits and a good atmosphere were always provided.
Over the years, the number of participants continued to grow, so that at some point the places on the boat “Gabriela” became the limiting factor for the Marine Biology Week.
Since then, we have been allowed to use the adjoining room in "Es Furio" as our course room. There we are always well supplied with hot and cold drinks and delicious baked goods. Here we had a good time, teaching and studying the theory of the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean.
The last two days of the course were always organised according to the wishes of the participants with our "Missing Links". Of course, over the last ten years there have also been many fun and exuberant evenings with the joint dinner and finally the final exam, where the participants could once again show what they had learned during the week with full physical effort and the use of all their creativity. Over the years, we have continued to adapt and change the course at the suggestion of the participants. The debriefings of the dives now take place in a convivial atmosphere in front of the divebase and with the help of our card index, which is now well filled with Maria's great photos.
This way, you can review everything you encountered while diving right there on the spot. If possible, in recent years there has always been a practical part with animals from the fish market. Like this, it was possible to compare, for example, different pairs of crab-legs or mouth shapes of different fish.
We both always have a lot of fun seeing the beaming faces of the participants after the dives, when someone had discovered and even recognised something from the theory parts or the debriefings. Also, it is always exciting to see the most diverse characters that come together in the marine bio-week - and all of them are united by the love for the sea and the enthusiasm for diving. We are happy to be able to run our course with the Stollis in Tamariu every year. For us, as for all the Stollis, the fun of this exciting week is in the foreground and if you learn something in the process - tiptop!
Congratulations on your 50th anniversary dear Stollis, stay as you are and keep up the good work! We hope for many more years of the marine biology course!
Tina and Larissa
by Hans Baumhauer, about 2009, written in Englisch
Foreword by Maria
Tamariu - The Jewel in the Crown of the Costa Brava
By Hans Baumhauer
Having visited Mallorca, Fuerteventura, Kenya and the Maldives for scuba-diving a couple a times I started searching for another very special destination that would offer those unique holiday and scuba-diving ingredients for which I have been always looking during the years before. That place had to have an outstanding natural beauty, no typical 'tourist' development, but a beautiful sandy beach, pretty apartments or comfortable hillside houses that I would be pleased to call my "home away from home" for a few weeks of the year.
My search was over when I met Guenter Stolberg called 'Stolli' in Kenya in 1976. This role model of a unique dive master who was looking like a cutting from a fine figure of an old salt, told me that he was also running a diving school at the Costa Brava in a little former fishing village named Tamariu. After having spent my next vacation there the search for other holiday destinations was over and so I am delighted to introduce you to Tamariu, situated about 80 miles south of the border of France in a tranquil and secluded bay between the nearby towns of Palafrugell and Begur.
Small coves set amongst rugged pine covered cliffs cascading down to meet the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean have made the area famous for it's outstanding beauty. Simple village houses and pavement cafes surround a lovely beach in a sheltered bay -it is this special kind of magic that entices people back year after year. So it goes without saying that from 1976 on I am coming back to Tamariu every year.
PS: some more pictures to follow: