When we talk about decompression diving, we immediately think about technical dives with multiple deco bottles and requiring Decompression Procedures. However, most people don’t realize that even when we do a shallow dive, we also have to decompress… The difference is we will do so while eating, sleeping or whatever other activity we do after the dives. You might not even think about it, but that is the reason why you can’t fly right after diving. Also, extraneous exercise is not recommended within four hours before and after diving.
Once you start your TDI Decompression Procedures training, you are thinking about longer bottom times and therefore dealing with mandatory decompression stops. You need to plan your deco stops, have enough gas to complete your decompression, what to do in case of failures and more. You have to be prepared!. Just going into deco because you didn’t pay attention to your NDL is not technical diving and is dangerous.
“You don’t know, how much you don’t know!” The number one contributing factor to diving accidents, is divers going beyond their limits of training, knowledge and comfort.
When you want to dive deeper and/or spend longer time at the bottom is better to do it safely.
The TDI Decompression Procedures course prepares you for foreseeable and avoidable situations. You learn about situations that have happened to other people in the past. Analysing these “situations”, the technical diving community has come up with new protocols and procedures. Technical diving gear has also evolved specialized in multiple configuration options to choose from, depending on the type of diving that you do. Learn how to avoid getting yourself into these scenarios and practice the skills necesary to deal with situations underwater.
“Whatever happens underwater, is dealt with, underwater!”.
If a problem arises you know exactly how to react… During training you practice the skills and possible scenarios until YOU and the instructor are happy with your performance. Accidents often happen when divers encounter a problem they don’t know how to confront. This forces them to make quick decisions with limited information.
Unfortunately the lack of knowledge and preparation to safely enjoy one of the most beautiful but demanding environments in the planet, sometimes ends up costing lives.
That is kind of a steep price to pay for a dive!
“Train hard, dive easy!”. Technical Decompression Diving can be extremely fun, but it should not be taken lightly. You should be proficient in the skills before attempting demanding dives.
The main focus of any technical dive plan is to make sure that everyone in the team will always come back unhurt…
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