ABOUT TECHNICAL DIVING
DIR AT OCEAN ADVENTURES
Ocean Adventures is proud to teach the philosophy of DIR (Doing it Right) diving in many of its recreational and technical courses. All DIR courses build upon each other in a bottom up style; meaning the higher level classes simply build upon skills learned at the lower levels. DIR emphasizes balance, buoyancy, trim and team awareness and is appropriate for the recreational diver who wants to improve dinging skills and become a better teammate or for the aspiring tech diver who wants to eventually exceed the recreational limits.
General DIR Overview
DIR is a holistic philosophy of diving that focuses in three areas; equipment, education and experience. Only when these things are in balance can the objectives of the dive be met and can the entire team experience the most important thing in diving: FUN.
Equipment should be appropriate for the dive, simple, streamlined, and unified throughout the team. The level of education for the team should be appropriate for the dive (i.e. Advanced Open water to make an 80’ dive). There are no “trust me” dives. The experience level of the team should also be adequate for the dive, meaning no one pushes their limits. When practiced properly this team oriented style of diving ensures that everyone, no matter their certification level, can actively participate and have fun on every dive.
Now that you are already open water certified and your looking for little more adventure, technical diving may be just the thing for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS TECHNICAL DIVING?
All non commercial diving is categorized as recreational and within recreational diving there is sport and technical. Sport diving includes your open water certification, advanced scuba diver, and many other specialty course. Technical diving picks up where sport diving ends generally at nitrox (a breathing gas with oxygen levels greater than 21 percent)
WHAT IS MY FIRST STEP INTO TECHNICAL DIVING?
Nitrox is most divers first step into technical but it has also become very popular amongst sport divers so TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures would be a great start. Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures for the foundation of technical diving all other course will build on the knowledge and skills learned during these courses. Nitrox is most divers first step into technical but it has also become very popular amongst sport divers so TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures would be a great start. Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures for the foundation of technical diving all other course will build on the knowledge and skills learned during these courses.
DO I HAVE TO GO DEEP FOR TECHNICAL DIVING?
No. Although technical diving is commonly thought of as deep, there are a lot of courses that stay within the sport diving limits (40 m / 130 feet) such as Advanced Nitrox, Semi Closed Circuit Rebreather (SCR) and Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) and Advanced Wreck to name a few.
WILL TECHNICAL DIVING ALLOW ME TO GO DEEPER?
Yes. TDI has course curriculums that take you as deep as 100 m / 330 feet and do so in a manner that each course builds on the last and each course takes you a little deeper. By receiving training in this manner not only are your skills and knowledge increasing but so is your comfort level.
Introduction to DIR Specialty
This is a workshop-oriented class designed to introduce you to the world of DIR diving. As this is a foundational class you will receive an evaluation upon completion but it is not a pass or fail class.
The class is divided into three sections: lecture, confined water dives and open water dives. During your classroom lectures you will learn the history of DIR, and its philosophy and principles. Proper weighting and gas management will be discussed, as well as propulsion, team orientation and dive planning. You will also go over your equipment, fit any new or unfamiliar equipment and practice many of the skills on dry land. In the pool you will practice all of the new propulsion methods and skills so you can master them in a calm controlled situation before moving to the open water.
All in-water sessions are videotaped and each day will be followed by a video debriefing. In the ocean you will practice all of the skills you mastered in the pool, as well as practice diving with your team. You will get a sense of how much more fun and relaxing it is to dive within a unified team!
Minimum Certification Requirements
As DIR diving demands unification within the team there are some minimum equipment standards that must be met. We dive in a backplate-style BCD that utilizes a one-piece custom fit webbing securing it to the diver. There are no quick releases to break or Velcro to wear out. The regulator must be equipped with a 5 or 7 foot primary regulator hose for easy gas sharing, a 22 or 24 inch secondary regulator hose with a shock cord necklace securing the backup reg around the divers neck, and a SPG on a 24 inch HP hose clipped to the divers waist. Your fins must be paddle style fins, split fins are not allowed. The course can also be taken in double tanks if so desired. Please contact your instructor or anyone at Ocean Adventures if you have any questions about required gear.
Any Open Water certified diver can take this course, advanced open water is recommended, as the diver will have had more time to become comfortable with the basics of diving before taking the course. Divers who are nitrox certified can breathe nitrox for the open water dives if so desired.