What to do when your hang time turns out to be a hang on time? Two Fish Divers’ technical diving instructor shares an experience with in-current decompression.
Our guests Emma and Anthony from Australia got to experience some quite different conditions whilst tech diving with us at Bunaken. During our preparations and briefings Emma asked me when I normally send up my DSMB. The quick answer to that is when I know I can or when I have to, I would normally wait until towards the end of the last stop to signal the boat; as long as I was ascending where I had planned. This surprised Emma as she had been diving in the Gilis and they had always used their DSMB as an ascent platform from depth.
All the staff at Two Fish Divers Bunaken would like to say goodbye to Ina who has returned to Sweden. Ina, as well as performing her duties teaching recreational scuba diving courses in Bunaken, has been invaluable in assisting the technical department; in administration, as a support technical diver, and in keeping the technical instructor on the straight and narrow. Whilst at Bunaken, Ina gained experience technical diving both in backmount and sidemount configurations and she has had some interesting conditions to contend with. The currents on our wall dives here range from mild drifts to the bath plug being pulled beneath you; Ina has had her share of bathtimes and has dealt with them well. I can also honestly say that during her training I made sure that she had every possible problem to deal with; I’m not sure whether it has been the conditions here or her dive buddy that has led to a reluctance to go deep that often.
This week in Tec… Even old salty sea dogs can be taught new tricks. Dyed in the wool CMAS diver Ben from Switzerland has been coming to Bunaken for years and it looks like we may have finally persuaded him to do his decompression properly. Picture shows Ben with his “Biberon” of 50%.
This week in tec… Carmelo from Switzerland has spent so long with us now doing his PADI Divemaster course that we needed to find other ways to keep him busy. So after a couple of try dives on Sidemount and Twinsets he took the plunge and started the TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures courses.
Last week I tried some technical diving in the pool and the “tech-fever” caught me. So I decided to take some technical courses with Dom. I started with the TDI Advanced Nitrox course. The theory is really interesting. I also planned my first dive to 40m with a stage cylinder. During this dive I saw some big tunas and a black tip shark. Dom also practized a lot of tech-drills with me. I am looking forward to the next course which will be TDI Deco Procedures.