Ready To Step Up Your Diving Game?
Tech diving may be in the cards for you if you are a recreational diver and exhibit the following 10 traits.
If you are getting comfortable at recreational diving and find you have a curiosity to explore more of the depths below then you may need to consider getting trained in Technical Diving.
Becoming a Tech diver allows you greater freedom to explore below 130 feet and opens up new possibilities in cave and wreck diving as well.
The following article highlights 10 signs that may indicate you are ready for tech diving.
Read on to find out what these 10 signs are.
Perhaps you’re curious about what you’ll see at deeper depths, or perhaps the natural explorer is awakening in you as you max out on a dive at 130 feet. Anything below the recreational limit is within the purview of technical diving, and it may be the new personal challenge you’re looking for. While this niche activity has grown in popularity in recent years, it’s not for everyone. Here we’ll take a look at 10 signs that you may be ready to enter the realm of technical diving.
You’re within your comfort zone at recreational limits
While the dive-training agencies such as PADI, TDI and IANTD require a minimum number of prerequisite dives to begin the first level of tec-diving courses, you won’t just have met these required minimums; rather, you’ll be quite comfortable at these maximum depths, while maintaining a constant awareness of your time and gas level during the dive. Divers who are at ease in the water have a high level of environmental awareness and situational skills, such as assessing strength and direction of currents and reading dive buddies’ behavior.
Buoyancy and trim – you walk the talk
These fundamentals are covered in most entry-level scuba classes, yet while all divers learn about these skills early on, many still struggle to attain not only precise buoyancy control but also horizontal body positioning on descents, during the dive, on ascents and safety stops. Buoyancy and trim are the drill sergeants’ equivalent of “head up, chin in and chest out.” If you can maintain a steady depth in your dive profile — especially on a safety stop — with minor fluctuations, and dive most of your profile in a horizontal position, with your thighs in line with your torso, calves at approximately 90 degrees, and fins above the rest of your body, then you’ve got the fundamental skills down.
You’re intrigued by technical divers
Maybe you’ve heard technical divers discuss their plans on board a dive boat or seen them gear up; perhaps you’ve observed them descend below you at a di
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