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Twin Tanks - Help Please

Discussion in 'Diving Into New Gear' started by MarjG, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. DiveBubbles63

    DiveBubbles63 New

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Michigan
    Your instructor task loaded you far too much. The main bulk of your experience has been in warm salt water not in cold water lakes. You had very little or no experience using a dry suit which takes time to learn proper buoyancy control and how to properly vent air. And you were wearing doubles for the first time, which require practice and usually adjustments after the first few dives.

    The way you should have been taught and how your instructor should have started you out was learning buoyancy control with the dry suit in a pool. Then put you in doubles and the harness in the pool until you again learned how to control your buoyancy with that set up. Then taken you into the lake to test it out. Incremental learning is the hallmark of professional diving not throwing you in the deep end with all the gear on at once.

    Overall don't be too hard on yourself, I don't know many if any professionals who would have done any better under those circumstances.
    Lorenzoid and BlueTrin like this.
  2. JasmineNeedsGills

    JasmineNeedsGills Contributor

    I think that might be the problem right there .... I've never taught diving, but I'm pretty sure that's not a part of the procedure.
  3. divezonescuba

    divezonescuba ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Houston, Texas
    If you are taking PADI Tec40, here is what the instructors manual has to say about it.


    I had over 400 drysuit dives when I took TEC40. Because it is one more factor to deal with, I decided to do it in a wetsuit. Controlling your ascent and doing deco stops can become more demanding in a drysuit then a wetsuit. You also have to be able to easily reach your valves for the various drills. If you can’t do the inverted drill in doubles, you might not want to do the course in a drysuit.

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