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Intro to Tech this weekend

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by Marie13, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Intro to Tech this weekend in the hinterlands of Northern Ontario with Steve Simpson (abnfrog). Another SB’er is doing the class with me for the fun of it. We’re doing VIP, too. Looks like we’re going to have a good time. All three of us are crazy. :D

    We both have 12-13 hour drives to the hinterlands. I’ll cross at the Soo and hopefully get some freighter watching in at the locks.

    Huge mound of gear on my living room floor. Trying to get a crap to. done at work before I leave (freight doesn’t stop moving).

    You’ll get something of a report after.
     
  2. drainaps

    drainaps Angel Fish

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    Congrats. Just been through my first couple of months as a rookie Tec diver myself. For me (I'm FAR from being a gifted athlete) after 150+ dives, it was almost like learning again some of the skills from scratch. I thought I was a reasonable Rec diver, I obviously was not.

    Just 2 takeaways: (1) Buoyancy and trim. With a bigger wing for my doubles, getting used to how much to inflate / deflate took some time to adapt to. Trim was important for me too, once on the right trim, things became a lot easier and I don't look like a puppet in the water anymore.

    (2) Kicking and especially BACK kicking are essential. It took me a few (desperate) sessions alone in the pool to get a half decent back kick. Especially for deco, back kicking is important if you don't want to permanently ram into your instructor or go in circles to position yourself adequately because you can't back fin.

    Ah, one more. I'm a tropical water diver (Asia) and I did my first Tec license on stainless steel doubles and an ill - fitting loose harness. HUGE mistake (my instructor should've been a bit more alert here) as the whole thing was very heavy and difficult to control. Once I got myself in twin aluminum tanks and bought my own harness things became much easier.

    Best of luck with your course. I'm sure you'll find it extremely rewarding. At least I did.
     
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I’ve actually done around 20 dives (give or take) with my doubles at the quarry. I got OW/drysuit certified in a BP/W so none of that is new to me. Have all my own gear, including two sets of steel doubles. Experienced with drysuit. Always knew I was going to go tech. Taking this class for the in-water skills. I know what I need to work on before AN/DP next year. There will be some gear tweaking, too.

    I’m a cold(er) water diver and I’ll be taking the class in conditions similar to what I regularly dive in.
     
  4. drainaps

    drainaps Angel Fish

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    You're definitely off to a much better start than I was. Good to hear that and safe dives.
     
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  5. kensuf

    kensuf Cave Instructor

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    Best of luck!
     
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  6. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

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    Best of luck and hope you enjoy.....be nice to Steve.lol.
     
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  7. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Of course, I’ll be nice. :D

    Sounds like we’re all going to have an interesting weekend. :D
     
  8. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    With the dives you do with the gear you use and the posts you post I thought you must have done all this stuff
    long ago
    even if you only have just started to dive

    Have a ball
     
  9. Reku

    Reku Solo Diver

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    @Marie13 Good Luck! I look forward to the something of a report!
     
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  10. Scott

    Scott Tech Instructor

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