Our Michelle, our divemaster trainee tried out a sidemount configuration in the pool with Instructor Markus in Bunaken today. It was a lot of fun to do some “out of air” skills, taking of one tank and continue diving with the remaining tank. We also did some finning techniques.
The sidemound configuration originated amongst dry cave explorers in the UK in the 1960s after they approached underwater passages that hindered their progression. They used a minimalistic approach by using a cylinder mounted alongside their body.
Think of technical diving and a picture of a diver in black carrying a heavy twinset comes to mind – pretty similar to the picture here. But think of cave diving and that picture often changes to a sidemount diver.
Both kinds of diving simply simply require different equipment. So far, so good, but what do you choose when you’re looking to get into technical diving? We’ve put together a bit of advice.
2017 is off to a fantastic start at Two Fish Tech. Our Tech Instructor/Manager Yvonne recently passed her TDI Instructor Trainer Course and is now TDI’s first (and only) female Instructor Trainer in South East Asia. This means that we are now able to offer technical instructor courses at our Amed, Bali centre.
We can run technical instructor courses at any time of the year with varying durations starting from 2-4 days. So if you are a diving instructor and a technical diver and are interested in teaching tech courses then you can become a technical instructor whenever you want!
Diving has traditionally been taught and done in teams or with a buddy. The rationale behind this is that adding another person automatically adds safety (as well as enjoyment) to the dive. However, we believe there are exceptions to the rule: situations in which Solo Diving – or knowing how to safely dive on your own – might be a great alternative.
Walls reaching depths of 600m and a location at the heart of the Coral Triangle are only two reasons why technical divers should visit Bunaken island. Yet, despite being perfect tech territory on paper, the island remains something of a well-kept secret. For those who haven’t been, we’ve put together a few reasons to book your trip now.