By James Gadomski, Technical Instructor
Looking at technical dive gear as a recreational diver you may think it is cumbersome or question why you would want to get in the water with so many different tanks clipped off to yourself. Although there are many advantages to this gear that you may not be aware of, you can dive a more streamlined setup and still enjoy the advantages of limited deco diving.
As you start technical training it puts you in a different mindset and you learn skills that make you a better diver. It is not only about going deeper or staying down longer, past your no decompression limits, but in the early stages of technical diving you learn the importance of proper trim and buoyancy, redundant gear, and how to correctly configure new equipment. These skills will transfer over to your recreational diving as well, and make you much more comfortable in the water. As of now the current limiting factor on dives is gas consumption or hitting your no decompression limits on dives in the advanced range. The beginning stages of technical training will explain how to safely go past these no decompression limits on dives by using accelerated decompression. As we plan our dives out we learn the advantages of breathing gas mixes above 40%, and how it helps us in technical diving. For dives we are currently doing this allows us longer bottom times, by safely exceeding our No Decompression Limits. Instead, we can take our time to explore a wreck, look around, and not rush. When we properly plan the gas we need for these dives we can see much more than we would as a standard recreational diver.
If you have experience or certifications in deep diving, you can begin with Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures. This is usually the basis of technical diving, where you learn about decompression theory, different gas mixes, and how to safely execute decompression dives to a max depth of 150 feet. If you would like to learn about the gear configurations and setup an Intro to Tech class would point you in the right direction and answer the question you have "Is technical diving for me?". In this class we discuss gear configuration, setup, proper gear for technical diving, why our gear is setup this way, and then go out and do some dives with our newly learned information. These classes alone open up a new world of information and there are many more training opportunities that are available once everything taught in these classes is mastered. For more information on anything related to technical diving feel free to email our Technical Instructor, Jimmy, at firstname.lastname@example.org