DIR is a holistic approach to your diving mentality, diving fitness level, gear configuration, and right attitude. DIR promotes a certain physical and mental readiness to dive by having the right attitude and fitness level to dive safely. DIR focuses on a buddy team approach, which provides redundancy for the most important piece of dive equipment, your brain. Without the proper mindset and attitude, you’re jeopardizing you and your buddy’s safety. A positive and solid mindset about diving and safety are the primary points of DIR. No matter how much training you have or how much great gear you own, it won’t help you or your buddy if you have an unsafe and reckless attitude. The mantra of DIR is “don’t dive with unsafe divers.”
Good buddy skills, a good attitude, quality diving skills, and fitness are some of the primary things DIR teaches. Learning these skills increases the safety of you and your buddy’s dive and makes the dive more fun and relaxing.
One of the big DIR teaching principles concerns your gear and how it’s configured. Gear configuration is based on a Hogarthian setup. Hogarthian gear configuration stems from William Hogarth Main, who has always worked on his gear setup to find the optimal setup that promotes safety, streamlining, reliability, and is easy to use. Hogarthian diving is the concept of taking only the gear you need on the dive and placing that gear in the same place every time no matter what kind of diving you’re doing. Placing the gear in the right place is also essential in the Hogarthian configuration. By placing the gear in the right place every time, your dive facilitates quick responses in an emergency situation. Plus, you and your buddy also know exactly where it is at all times. Consistency, proper placement, reliability, and a minimalist approach are the heart of DIR equipment configuration.
DIR embodies the principles of simplicity, functionality, minimalism, process, and reliability. These terms each define the backbone and basis of the DIR approach.
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