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Why I became a Technical Diver…

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In his debut blog for Scubaverse, Commercial and Technical Diver John Wheeler explains why, for him, recreational diving was never going to be enough…

From age 12 to around 18 I followed the same path as most, from PADI Open Water through to Rescue Diver. But with a child-like sense of adventure, always wanting to see what’s around the next corner, over the next hill or what lies in deeper waters, there was only one direction for me. The last 3+ years of my diving have been a journey, picking up the next stage and diving deeper and longer.

I first came across Technical Diving when in Dahab on holiday. Dive sites like the Canyon and Blue Hole felt like a tease: being able to see the sites below me but being unable to explore with a single cylinder and an all to rapidly approaching no decompression limit. Chatting to instructors and guides out there and hearing about helium and twinsets stuck in my 16 year old mind, and once back in the UK, with Google and YouTube at my finger tips, I began researching what would become an obsession.

One of the biggest questions I get now, from non-divers and new divers alike is “how deep do you go?”. I try my best to avoid the question as its pure ego fuel. I see no point in bounce diving deep just to say you have. Diving for me needs a purpose and having spent the last 4 years living in Plymouth, wreck diving has been my focus.

So how did Technical Diving improve the explorer in me? Technical Diving covers two aspects in my eyes: to dive for longer safely and to dive deeper safely. The first step for me was to add more gas to my shallower dives. More gas = more time and a greater safety margin, starting initially by moving to a twinset and then, in simple terms, adding more stages and different gas from there.

Technical diver training is far more intensive than recreational training; it has to be. With greater associated risk comes greater theory and skills to minimise those risks. But these skills not only benefit your deeper diving, they benefit ALL diving. Greater buoyancy control enables you to take better photos, move without disturbing wildlife and be more comfortable in the water, all making your diving more enjoyable.

The journey into Technical Diving is an ongoing one, the next step for me is jumping onto a rebreather… more on that soon!


Follow John at: www.nextstagediving.com.

John cut his teeth diving out of Plymouth whilst studying for a degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography. Whilst at university he undertook a professional diving course which set him up for his career in diving. Having thoroughly explored the easily accessible wrecks around the south coast there was only one way forward. Jon is now a technical diver ever looking to forward his skills to explore deeper and longer.

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And the 5 winners of our free tickets to this weekend’s Scuba.Digital Show competition are…

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We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who entered our competition to win a free ticket to this weekend’s Scuba.Digital online dive show!

As usual, lots of you entered… but there can, of course, be only five winners!!

And those winners are…

  • Beth Carr from the USA
  • Steven Turnbull from the UK
  • Wendy Van Oosterwijck from Belgium
  • Eric Lim from Malaysia, and
  • David Polanik from the USA.

Congratulations to you all – your tickets will be on their way to you soon!

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other competitions running on Scubaverse.com right now. To see what other awesome prizes you could be in with a chance of winning, click here!

And if you didn’t win, be sure to get yourself a ticket and check out Scuba.Digital from tomorrow, 23rd October until Sunday 26th October 2020. See you there!

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Gear Maintenance: Episode 1 Masks – Sponsored by Dive Rite (Watch Video)

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Everything you need to know to make your scuba diving mask last a lifetime! Welcome to Gear Maintenance!

If you want to support Divers Ready! (for free!) support our sponsor for this series of videos: Dive Rite

To enter to win the ES155 Mask from Dive Rite, you need to:

  1. Subscribe to Divers Ready! if you haven’t already: https://www.youtube.com/c/diversready?sub_confirmation=1
  2. Enter the contest here: https://gleam.io/LOgJt/dive-rite-es155-mask-giveaway

A scuba diving mask is a seemingly simple piece of kit, but there are things that can wrong with it. Proper care, cleaning and preventative maintenance will help you keep your scuba mask in the best condition for years and years. We’ve packed this video full of hints and tips covering storage, protection, cleaning, defogging and maintenance to help you protect the investment you’ve made in your dive equipment.

Oh, and here’s the soft case I recommend. (Yes, this is an affiliate link. Purchases made through this link m ay earn me a small commission at no additional cost to you.)

Mask case: https://amzn.to/35b6Avj

Good luck to everyone!

D.S.D.O

James


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