Posted on March 8th, 2014 by Diving in Depth
by Ron Carlo
CCR rebreathers and decompression diving fit the definition of technical diving
Good question. Or maybe this should be titled “Just What IS Technical Diving?” That’s what I’m going to discuss. Here’s what I’m going to touch on in hopes you’ll come away with a desire to pursue this exciting side of diving:
1. What technical diving is
2. What technical diving encompasses
3. Some equipment needs
4. Training options
Technical diving is often considered: 1) A discipline that utilizes special techniques, equipment, training, and skills to improve underwater performance and safety; 2); Any diving that involves deeper and longer exposures than traditional recreational standards; 3) Diving in an overhead environment of a wreck or a cave where the diver cannot freely ascend to the surface, 4) Akin to the spirit of rock climbing and wilderness trekking, where the motivation for tech diving is a personal challenge and a thrill of exploration; 5) Having more stuff than you can carry and couldn’t possibly ever pay for when you get the credit-card bill.
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Posted on March 6th, 2014 by Diving in Depth
Eddy grew up in tempered coast of Peru, South America. At a very young age he received a snorkeling set as a gift from his father. Inspired by Jacques Cousteau’s documentaries, he spent every summer diving for shells and critters in the Peruvian ocean. His first opportunity to try scuba diving was in 1989, when he received his scuba certification in Tampa, Florida. However, he didn’t get his chance at underwater photography until 2004, when he purchased his first underwater setup, a Sony Cybershot DSC-P9 digital camera with a Sony MPK-9 housing.
Like many other divers that developed an interest in underwater photography, he started getting “blue pictures” with a basic and inexpensive point and shoot digital camera. Over the years, after practicing a lot and attending many underwater photography seminars and courses, he graduated from a point and shoot, to using a Sea&Sea YS-25 strobe, and eventually to a manual-settings capable Olympus SP-350, Olympus PT-030 housing, Sea&Sea YS-110 and Heinrichs TTL connector, which he currently uses.
Since Eddy developed his interest in underwater photography, he has traveled to Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Belize, Cayman Islands and Honduras. Eddy remains a point and shoot digital photographer believing that an SLR is not an absolute requirement to get a nice underwater picture.
Eddy is an advanced open water diver and currently resides in Revere, Massachussets. His interests are in software, travel and underwater photography. He has also started a company, Yellow Tang Software, dedicated to developing software for the scuba industry.
Eddy has documented his travels and has chronicled his evolution as an underwater photographer with many tips, course notes and lessons learned on his blog http://purpleink.us/blogs. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on March 4th, 2014 by Diving in Depth
It’s fair to claim people share one common motivation for becoming certified scuba divers: The underwater world is full of amazing things to see. Living tropical coral reefs, shipwrecks laden with historical artifacts, and caverns with ancient geological formations offer unique and exciting visual experiences to those choosing to explore them as divers.
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Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Diving in Depth
Cavern and cave diving training involves taking a course or series of courses from a training agency such as TDI, NSSCDS, NACD, IANTD, or GUE. Each of these training organizations offer training that teaches you to safely dive in an overhead environment. Being underground, surrounded in a body of water can be intimidating to the faint at heart, but if the exploration side of you longs to see what few have seen before and go places many only dream of, then cave diving might be for you.
Photo: Steve Straatsma
If you have an open water certification and are looking at getting into diving in a cave environment, you must first take a cavern course. If after successfully completing your cavern course, you feel that you want to pursue cave diving further, you then must enter a beginning cave diving course. The different training organizations offer basically the same training, but the names of the courses, prerequisites, amount of dives, classroom time, etc. may vary. Contact your instructor or training agency to find out exactly what they offer and what it takes to complete their courses.
Cave or cavern diving is extremely dangerous without the proper training. Cave and cavern diving requires special training, equipment, techniques, and procedures and should not be conducted unless you have the proper training. Don’t risk your life by thinking you should try cave diving to see if you like it before receiving the proper training. If you see the sign below and are not properly trained in cave diving, heed its warning.
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Posted on February 28th, 2014 by Diving in Depth
Graham Casden is the Executive officer from Ocean First Divers in Boulder, Colorado. He was first certified in Belize in 1999 and became a DM in 2003 and OWSI in March 2005.
If you thinking diving is not very popular in Colorado, think again. As Graham told me, “There are more certified divers per capita in Colorado than any other state.”
Graham also graciously agreed to be a photographer for DivingInDepth.com. To see his pictures you can go here:
Question: What diving activities are you curently most excited about?
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