PADI Tec 45 & Tec 50, Gozo
Congratulations to the new PADI/DSAT Tec 45 and 50 Divers.
Ralph Bacon, Joanne Bacon, Ian Tillotson and Neil Conlon ventured over to Gozo to complete both the Tec 45 and 50 while enjoying some amazing diving.
Over the course of the week we worked on fine tuning buoyancy along with developing the mental attitude that is required to be a technical diver.
On the first day started with dive planning and understanding how to use Decompression software such as V planner. Once we had planned our simulated decompression dive we then moved on to Mgarr ix-xini which is a beautiful cove with the perfect entry for our first dive. We set out to find a nice flat bottom to practice some of the drills that are required as a technical diver. The skills ranged from Stage cylinder removal, Long hose gas sharing, Stage Recovery, Regulator free flow drills and maintaining stop depth on a simulated dive amongst many others. We concluded the dive by ascending using a reel and DSMB while learning how to deal with a spilled lift bag. This was to be the foundation for the rest of the week. We then removed our stage cylinders and heading for a coffee while looking over the beautiful bay. As this was the first day of which we had spent the first part of it kit fiddling we only had time for one dive so it was off to the pub for a well earned beer back in Marsalforne Bay.
The rest of the week saw us take in the amazing dive sites of Gozo such as The Karwela, Ras II Hobz (Middle Finger), Reqqa, Double Arch and the Inland Sea. These were the perfect places to practice many more skills along with perfecting buoyancy as we were now diving with two stage cylinders to aid our final extended dives which took a little more work.
As the week went on I could see how much everyone had improved. It is probably worth mentioning that all the above divers were very good PADI Instructors at Reefers and Wreckers who in recreational kit have extremely good buoyancy. Throughout the week they had to work very hard to achieve a good position in the water and eventually they were all looking like well accomplished technical divers. I now have a few more grey hairs !
The evenings were spent eating lots of food and having one or two beers while having a good old natter about the days diving. It was then off to bed, usually quite early as they were all exhausted, to prepare for the next days diving. The week went extremely well and it couldn’t have been spent with a nicer group of people.
We were all made extremely welcome by Stephania and Brain from Atlantis Diving Centre on Gozo where we had full use of their facilities and was a great place to obtain all our deco gas fills along with lots of air for the twinsets. Watch the video to see how much fun they had.
When I learnt to technical dive, the reason I wanted to do so was to improve my diving skills along with increasing my understanding of another side of diving. I like to explain to my students that technical diving is not all about going deep, its about increasing your skill set and your attitude towards diving. All to often you hear people say they just want to go deeper, these people scare me. Technical diving should be about safety and slowly increasing your limits with more experienced divers to help you along your way. Good technical divers are the ones who stay safe and understand that it is just as important to have the right attitude along with the skills and precise buoyancy which is required in this extreme sport.
My only hope is that I succeed in passing this attitude on to all of my students and they have some very exciting but safe diving.
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