South West Technical Diving Blog

What’s in your pockets

Key Principles   Generally speaking if we are diving tech we dive dry or at least with tech shorts over a wetsuit so we have a left and right pocket. In Sidemount we have a nice pouch or bumbag/fanny pack depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on! But...

Setting up an Emergency SMB

Marking up an Emergency SMB   There is a standard protocol in tech diving for certain DSMB colours to be used for notifying surface support (land or shore based) of whether life is peachy or if help is needed. In Europe Orange /Red is good and Yellow means...

2017 Dive Ireland International Expo Promo

Here is just a very small taste of what South West Tech got up to in 2016. We hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed being there - especially with our clients and students who make it so much fun. We look forward to meeting you all at the Dive show in...

What about Tech?

Thinking about Technical Diving or wondering what technical diving techniques might offer your club diving? I started technical diving purely to stay longer under water, with absolutely no intentions of going deeper, certainly no intention of going into caves or deep...

Why go tech? Motivations behind technical diving

In this essay, sports psychologist and technical diver Matt Jevon draws some parallels between the sport of technical diving and the sport of motorcycle racing, including attitudes and behaviors in regards to the inherent dangers and risks, sharing insights into our...

Analysis and Reflection as Learning Tools

Analysis and reflection as learning tools. The ignoring by celebration of successes and the paralysis paradigm of failure If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same Yours is the world and everything that's in it..... If -...

How to choose your technical diving instructor

With thanks and acknowledgement to Rich Walker at Wreck and Cave (www.wreckandcave.co.uk) for the original article, paraphrased here…. Technical Training is not like recreational dive training. Instructors who teach recreationally are excellent at the role and often...

Learning Skills from some instructors might be a waste of time

Skills are the foundation of safe and enjoyable diving and the building blocks of all diving certifications. The comment here is not that learning skills is a waste of time, but, learn them from the wrong instructor, and you will have to re-do them completely for them...

Fit to dive?

There's a good few articles on dive fitness out there, though I'd take issue with the focus of many of them. They focus purely on the physical, and mostly in very general and incorrect ways. Being fit means that you are "Fit for the task or purpose intended" it's far...