Technical Diving and Stress

by David Miner

Stress is a medical term for a wide range of strong external stimuli, both physiological and psychological, which can cause a physiological response called the general adaptation syndrome, first described in 1936 by Hans Selye in the journal Nature. As we all know, stress surfaces in our everyday lives and can affect everyone differently. Being late for a meeting, trying to juggle too many things at once, or dealing with a loved one’s death can all induce different levels of stress. Almost anything in life today can cause some form of stress, whether it’s physical stress or psychological stress. Learning how to deal with stress is something we begin to do very early in life, and everyone’s ability to cope can be different as well as change over time.

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Articles in this section are geared toward the open water diver, but can provide useful information to every diver. Articles about training, how to, reef dives, etc. are just a few of the many topics that can be found in this section.

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Master Diver

With a master diver certification, you gain the in-depth knowledge that establishes you as a recognized authority in your diving community. By increasing you diving skills to a professional leader, you’ll be able to participate in open water dives in settings that will test your abilities while enhancing and expanding your diving capabilities.

The course requires approximately eight dives (depending on the training agency) and hours of classroom lectures. Courses can focus on emergency procedures and rescue, deep/simulated decompression diving, limited visibility or night diving, underwater navigation, search and recovery, light salvage, etc.

Master diver certifications require specific prerequisites, and these prerequisites differ amongst training agencies, so it’s important that you contact your local dive shop or training agency to find out everything you need to know before signing up for a course.

Once you complete the master diver certification, you can move on to becoming a dive master or instructor.

Advanced Open Water

Scuba diving training involves taking a course from a training agency such as SDI, NAUI, or PADI.

Advanced certification is a continuing education certification course for certified divers. The advanced level certification allows you to increase your knowledge and skill sets as a diver. It also enables you take advantage of more diving opportunities. The advanced skills you learn make you more experienced and increase your safety awareness. Multiple dives and a number of hours of classroom work are required to complete the advanced certification. Some of the different types of dives you’ll conduct include: night diving, navigation, a deep dive (130 feet, 40 meters, max.), search and recovery, boat diving, non-penetration wreck diving, diving in surf or currents, etc.

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Once you complete your open water certification, you can move on to an advanced level certification.

To get the most from the course and to become the best diver you can be, read and study each assigned section prior to class. Keep the learning objectives in mind as you study. Review often and immediately after completing a section. Take detailed notes on areas your unclear about, listen to your instructor, ask questions, and make sure everything is clear to you before moving on. Log your dives in detail so that you can go back and review once the course is completed. By practicing these techniques, you’ll find that your knowledge, comfort level, and experience grow quickly.

When you’re ready to increase you skills, techniques, and knowledge about diving, consult your local dive shop for current course information, costs, times, dates, etc.

Why DEMA Should be Open to the Public

At least for a couple of days anyway!

by David Miner

DEMA (Dive Equipment Manufacturers Association) is the only international diving trade show where thousands of diving professionals congregate for four days to immerse themselves in the diving industry. DEMA is all about diving! Diving equipment manufacturers, dive travel businesses, diving educators, and diving professionals fill thousands of square feet of a convention center to do business, promote the sport of diving, build relationships, have fun, and educate themselves. There is no other diving trade show where ALL of the diving industry comes together at this level. The amount of diving experience, knowledge, and information to be had is overwhelming, which is why it takes four days to get through it all. The other big trade shows around the country are typically two days and about half the size (or less) of DEMA.
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