Aug 3&4, 2013 yielded a very successful Tech weekend exploring the wrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Several graduates emerged having fine tuned their decompression techniques. Phil, Michelle and David I congratulate you and look forward to diving with you again soon. I feel compelled to mention an aspect of technical training that I think is vital and seems to be often overlooked. That aspect is the ocean. I tell all my students, technical and recreational that the ocean will teach them far more than I can about diving. Experience is an essential element to mastery and the ocean provides the best arena to gain that experience. Specifically related to Technical diving; the act of giant striding off of and climbing back onto a boat with doubles and stage bottles teaches volumes about patience, personal limits, physical fitness. Current is another great gauge of ones comfort level and gear configuration. The opportunity was presented to one of the non-students on the boat to practice DSMB deployment. After an ascent that was safe but with some drama, we were all reminded of the need for repetition to enhance skill competency. Whether its a mask clear or an DSMB deployment with drifting decompression stops, again, the ocean never fails to provide the most valuable lessons. The pleasures and rigors of ocean diving increases diver competency across the board. I urge all Scuba professionals to never lose sight of the value of exposing your students and clients to boat diving in the ocean. There are two very distinctive but equally important aspects to this. The first is the obvious one. In water comfort and competency with the many variables the ocean and boat diving can present. Are you weighted properly? How does the sea state impact your choice of entry's? How do you manage the current and do a controlled descent without burning up too much air? And so on. All of these are talents honed by experience.
Secondly, does the diver have the right perspective about their responsibility regarding their own safety. If we let others carry our tanks, assemble our gear, and insist that an Aluminum 80 is the right tool for all jobs what does that say about our physical preparedness to handle ourselves in an emergency or being adept at planning our dive and diving our plan? Scuba diving is not a spectator sport. Even if you are already an avid ocean diver, explore what other continuing education may enhance your skills. A PADI Wreck diver course for example, taught in an open ocean environment, potentially opens up a new aspect of wreck diving. It will also measure of how good your buoyancy skills and multitasking abilities have become. If you are interested in Scuba training, recreational or Technical, and want the experience and confidence that ocean wreck diving can give you please give us a call or shoot us an email. The video above contains highlights of what can be enjoyed on our Technical charters and this one re-caps another of our outstanding deeper wrecks. Train hard, be safe, and respect the underwater environment.