Technical Diving

Fri, 11/14/2008 - 11:47 - Shipwrecks2Flickr Too often in diving we’re told not to go deep or go into decompression. Well in recreational diving we shouldn’t. With a single tank and limited time we’d soon be in trouble if we broke limits. The problem is that denying the means doesn’t dampen the desire. The curiosity we have for what is down there is a healthy and natural human reaction.

Sun, 06/20/2010 - 10:00 - _DSC9240Flickr Ever thought you could complete a one-hour dive at 24m without any deco? Or even a two hour dive at 18m? Just think where you could apply all that extra time: You could hang out with the hammerheads on Jackson Reef in Tiran, tour the upper decks of the famous WW2 wreck of the SS Thistlegorm, hover with the barracudas and snappers at Shark Reef in the Ras Mohammed National Park or simply spend more time at the regular depths of your favorite dive sites. The result is the same, more time at depth. Take a look at the official tables.

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Are you a Nitrox diver? Still feeling greedy and wanting even more no-decompression time than before? Well good news, because now you can have it……….twice!!

Imagine you are swimming over the top of the Thomas Reef Canyon in Tiran at 25m and you fancy a drop inside to witness the incredible scenery within. Until now, that may have stretched the limits of your tank and NDL’s not to mention attracting a raised eyebrow from the recreational dive guide.

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 09:14 -                                Flickr Diving is sometimes like flying because in scuba gear you can almost glide though the water effortlessly without touching the ground. But what would a pilot say? Maybe because he has to go to 38,000 feet instead of twenty-five meters he would conduct a more detailed ‘buddy check’ or ‘flight plan’ as he might term it. Well people who like to visit dive sites for deeper and longer periods also have to conduct a type of flight plan. Have you seen these divers on your guided boats and cast an eye at their equipment? Does it look familiar yet not quite the same as yours? Then that’s because it’s still scuba gear but there’s more of it and it’s configured differently.

Mon, 10/01/2007 - 11:03 - JK Skills JPEGFlickr Have you ever experienced something that appeared distant and out of reach to you and yet in time it became nothing more than a normal and everyday procedure? Perhaps like after your first driving lesson did you ever imagine doing seventy miles per hour in the fast lane of a motorway or driving through a city during rush hour? What about when you first donned scuba gear, did you ever comprehend that later you might dive to forty meters along a reef wall in a strong current? As a regular diver the chances are that you have done this with relative ease and comfort.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 09:19 - Technical diving with Chill-Tec at 60 metres in Thomas CanyonFlickr What do Extended Range divers do when they want to go deeper than 55m or reduce the level of narcosis? How can they safely reach depths of 70m, 80m or even 100m? After all, wrecks, canyons and reef formations are found at a variety of different depths and some of them exceed the more conventional limits of air decompression diving.

Wed, 11/05/2008 - 10:46 - YV1_1329Flickr The pinnacle of open water technical diving. The goals of this course are to evaluate current diving skills, increase proficiency and take things one step further. The course duration is five days starting with a shallow water skills evaluation. After this there are at least two simulated Trimix dives (air/EANx decompression) dives which are followed by two actual Trimix dives of 75-85m and 90-100m. Due to near perfect diving conditions all year around the maximum depth for the course is usually attained.