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The Deep Dark World Of Technical Diving


If you have ever wondered what technical diving is, or whether its something you should be doing, then this video is for you.

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Peppermint
Peppermint
6 months ago

The wanna-be technical diver – that’s me right now, verbatim.
In my defence tho – 1) I’m trying to get comfortable with the new gear 2) I need all that gear and redundancy for rec-solo diving (which I have heard referred to as a “type of technical diving”) 3) there are no quarries deeper than that in my area 😀 4) I do gradual, but proper tec-training with an agency and an instructor, so I do need all that gear and do need to be comfortable with it (point #1 again)

R H
R H
2 years ago

A search for a different approach to diving and long talks with a technical instructor guided me towards it. I noticed that it suited me and I progressed into cavediving.

RVbilly
RVbilly
2 years ago

Damn right I wanna look cool 😅🤷🏻‍♂️who doesn’t

Sebastian F.
Sebastian F.
2 years ago

I enjoy the longer diving time.
I came to this when I was at the SS Thistlegorm almost 4 years ago and, as you also described, unfortunately didn’t get to spend very much time down there. We had a total of three dives there with a long surface interval.
I thought that was such a waste and I would have liked to have stayed there much longer.
That was the point for me when I said I wanted to get into technical diving.
Here in the German lakes I have never been below 40m but I enjoy the longer time between 30-40m and you are further away from diving schools or normal sport divers.
I also find the time of over 2 hours very relaxing and my big dream is still the mines that you can dive in Germany.

Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith
2 years ago

I like the redundancy and extended times, plus the independence of being able to sort my own issues out rather than potentially relying on my often unknown or unreliable buddy

Andrew Bradford
Andrew Bradford
2 years ago

I think someone should do a video on the zone between tech & rec…….I’m a rec diver..but I dive with a [indie] twinset, use 80% mixes for deco and dive between 30-50m……I dive recreationally using elements of tek diving…that doesn’t make me a tek diver though.

Yggdrasil42
Yggdrasil42
2 years ago

Even though I barely make decompression dives, learning the physiology and the tech mindset has helped me greatly to improve my diving skills. Leaning to properly trim and not overweight myself was a great boost to my comfort. Learning various finning styles, streamlining my gear and making a plan helped a lot as well. I’m definitely a more comfortable, safe and skilled diver due to tech training, which has helped during recreational dives as well.

Fillmore668
Fillmore668
2 years ago

Oddly enough, I actually miss the days when we spent the time to plan all of our dives with tables and depth charts, and the satisfaction that comes from closely executing our plans. I also really enjoy the science and physiology behind diving and want to bring that into my regular diving. As an older diver, I’ve moved beyond pushing my physical and physiological limits (I’ve got a few of those “pushing the limits of diving on air” dives in my past, too), but embrace technology and techniques that might allow me to safely expand the envelope in which I can comfortably operate.

Black Ocean Diving
Black Ocean Diving
2 years ago

I’m a recreational instructor, planning on doing full cave eCCR training after my OC tech training. I highly recommend being a recreational instructor first before going tech. It definitely builds your confidence and especially patience. Awesome video.

Hemperor
Hemperor
2 years ago

I feel like technical diving is for those of a higher IQ and a rebreathers are for any idiot who has the money. As I know rebreather divers who could almost be trusted whipping there own buts. Has anyone ever met a tech diver that can’t do math or simple physics? Now has anyone met a rec diver and been like how do you survive drinking coffee let alone breathing underwater. Take away health and safety madness and let the world sort itself out!

Ivory Johnson
Ivory Johnson
2 years ago

I burn a lot of air COVID didn’t do me any favors Having twins made a huge difference plus I like learning the physic and theory. Yes the gear looks cool too

David Taylor
David Taylor
Reply to  Ivory Johnson
2 years ago

Completely agree… Plus redundancy makes for a happier and healthy dive.. and the world doesn’t end when your spg falls off during a dive..lol

will buxton
will buxton
2 years ago

Hey, I’m just getting into diving – any tips for my first certificate . Also which certificates should I get next

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  will buxton
2 years ago

Welcome to your next addiction! All of the main training agencies will get you under the water, it is all down to having a good instructor at the end of the day. Don’t rush to get certifications, get some dives under your belt between each course, enjoy yourself – that is what you are learning to dive for! Well worth getting your nitrox cert reasonably soon in your diving career.

DTT
DTT
Reply to  will buxton
2 years ago

buoyancy.
learn good buoyancy and practice . as a result you can go up and down at will and you’ll feel what flying is like when you do a drift dive. you’ll also save the environment by not unintentionally touching things

Don Dasher
Don Dasher
Reply to  will buxton
2 years ago

Just received my card in the mail last week. I was certified by an SDI instructor last month. I’ll be diving this weekend with a buddy to continue to ingrained the rules and get experience. So at this point I have 4 open water dives for my certification and a few times I didn’t log in the pool testing equipment but it was still experience in setting up equipment and following the rules while diving.
I can say that from being actively involved in many sports I respect the process of learning the right techniques and building on that. That is my approach to scuba. Enjoy!

DTT
DTT
2 years ago

how being a tech diver allows you to extend your deco limit. is it the try mix

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  DTT
2 years ago

Various ways, but having higher nitrox mixes for decompressing on can seriously add to your bottom time. You will start on trimix once you are heading into the deeper realms.

Yggdrasil42
Yggdrasil42
Reply to  DTT
2 years ago

It’s mainly Nitrox (at the so-called Best Mix, i.e. the O2 percentage that is optimal for your dive plan instead of standard 32%) and learning how to perform accelerated decompression via higher O2 mixes, like 50%. That can allow you to stay significantly longer at depths up to 45m. Of course nitrogen narcosis is still a problem at those depths, which requires trimix to solve. I’d recommend looking at the Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures courses from TDI or similar ones from other agencies to start down the tech road.

DTT
DTT
Reply to  DTT
2 years ago

@Yggdrasil42 i like fish not wrecks so i’m not really interested in tech. water temp is colder down there and i’m not a dry suit diver i was just curious. do they use all those mixes, nitrox trimix, in rebreathers?
what size tank would you normally use in a rebreather?

Dive instructor Daniel
Dive instructor Daniel
2 years ago

I do have a massive gear fetish 😂😂

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Dive instructor Daniel
2 years ago

Don’t we all! Mmm… new dive kit…

Unlucky Eddy
Unlucky Eddy
2 years ago

I will admit that I would buy tech diving gear even though I probably wouldn’t use it for its maximum effectiveness

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Unlucky Eddy
2 years ago

And there is nothing wrong with have the best gear! 😀

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