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Deep Stops

We all remember from our open water training that a stop at 10 to 20 feet for three to five minutes is recommended before surfacing from every dive. You may have read or heard about “deep stops” or Plyle stops”.

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To Go Tech or Not? Part I

Things to consider before going tech!
by David Miner

Double tanks or rebreathers are used very often in technical diving

Technical diving is a rapidly growing type of diving. Over the last 10 or so years, technical diving has become more mainstream, training agencies have implemented multiple technical certifications, and the diving community has accepted it as an important, safe, and fun type of diving. Today, equipment manufacturers, diving trade shows, and training agencies all promote technical diving.

There are many things to consider before jumping into technical diving. In this two-part article, we’ll be covering some of the most important things to consider before deciding if technical diving is for you.

What type of technical diving are you interested in?

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Mixed Gas Training

Mixed gas training can be broken down into several different classifications. There is no class or certification called “mixed gas.” Mixed gas is typically classified as the combination of helium, nitrogen, and oxygen, which is called trimix or just helium and oxygen, which is called heliox. Trimix is quickly becoming the more popular mix for technical divers today.
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Deep Diving Training Frequently Asked Questions

Where can you get deep diving training?

A number of training organizations offer different types and levels of deep diving training. Training organizations such as, IANTD, GUE, NAUI, PADI, and TDI all offer deep diving training. If you are looking for technical deep diving training, finding a dive shop in your area with technical instructors may be difficult. Typically, only dive shops that categorize themselves as “technical” shops offer this type of training. You may have to travel out of your area to find a dive shop or instructor.

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