Hey Thyraon,@Thombalabomba hey, fellow Dutchie here! I'm in a similar spot as you: been diving on and off for years, now looking to get into tech diving with GUE – mostly to get a more solid foundation to continue building skills on. My "soft goal" is to dive wrecks in the Mediterranean (e.g. southern France) that are beyond PADI's recreational limits (e.g. 40-60 meters).
I've found out my local dive shop (4Divers in Veenendaal) is actually quite well known for their technical diving equipment and experience, which has helped a lot. What I've done so far, and am planning to do:
1. Move to a GUE compatible gear configuration (backplate, wing, primary light with goodman handle);
2. Ordered a dry suit – hoping to receive it in the coming 3-4 weeks;
3. Currently planning to do GUE Fundamentals later this year (September-ish) with Erik Wurz, a GUE instructor local to my area.
Let me know if you want to know more, or if there's anything I can help with. Sounds like we're on a similar trajectory
It indeed sounds like we're in a similar spot! I live in Den Bosch myself but everything is relatively close anyway. I'll contact you to get some thoughts if you don't mind, i am still figuring out tdi vs gue etc as well but gue fundamentals seems like a good place to start! I'll definitely start my dry suit sturing sometime soon and get myself acquainted with what gear i should invest in so that i don't have to switch around halfway. The scuba academie seems like a valid option and Veenendaal is not that fat either. There's also one in Hilversum that seems to be quite well known, but as others have pointed out the instructor is probably more important than the shop.