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Dive Planning Apps For Technical Divers

Review of decompression dive planning mobile apps for technical divers Recently, I started down a path of discovery into the prehistory of technical and decompression diving. Nitrox only became acceptable in recreational diving around the mid-to-late nineties. A small group of divers, mostly in Florida, had already been experimenting with exotic gases by then. Here’s […]

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In-Water Recompression

In-water recompression: Good idea? Bad idea? What is it anyway? A few weeks ago I came across the following article: Take Me Back Down: One Diver’s “Over The Counter” Remedy For DCIs If you have any deep diving training at all, chances are the topic of in-water recompression has come up at least once. The concept […]

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Are Welded D-Rings Really an Entanglement Hazard?

In the diving community, especially the technical diving community, there are a lot of “facts” thrown around related to best diving practices, equipment, training standards, etc. If you do a little research, much of what is stated as “fact” isn’t supported with much, if any, verifiable data. There are many examples: “Bungeed wings catch on things, […]

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Project Baseline

In recent months, I’ve had the good fortune to be introduced to Project Baseline. Project Baseline is a not-for-profit, conservation organization that has involved thousands of divers all over the world. One of the goals for Project Baseline is to document the condition of aquatic ecosystems over time, to chronicle changes that might be occurring. […]

Deep See Pulse Dive Fin Review

Dive fins have undergone a revolution in recent years. In addition to countless designs using every material imaginable, split fins, fins with hinges, unique venting options, spring straps and every shape imaginable dot scuba diving self propulsion landscape. Despite the incredible range of options, a few of us divers simply want a fin that will […]

Apeks Tek 3 Review

Apeks Tek 3 About six months ago, I made a regulator change on my technical rig from Poseidon to Apeks. My Poseidon regs (Cyklon 300’s) are close to 25 years old, and while they’re still exceptionally good regulators, the hose routing sucks, and getting parts has become a hassle. For sport diving I use an […]

Scubapro 330M Digital Gauge

I recently had a conversation with a technical diver who explained that his “backup” depth gauge and timing device was his older sport diving computer in gauge mode, but that the screen would occasionally “go dark” during a dive. A little bit stunned and bewildered, I asked if that didn’t make him at least a […]

PADI Tec40 Course, Lake Tahoe

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to push your diving to the next level, PADI Tec40 is the first step beyond recreational diving. The PADI Tec40 course offers an introduction to diving with redundant systems, double SCUBA cylinders, lift bags, deco bottles and gas mixes up to 50% oxygen. More importantly, PADI Tec40 takes […]