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Posted Jan 17th, 2013 by Jon
On 15th Jan 2013 a new type of diver was on-board the simple life dive boat, the ‘techy’. Haydon (Manger/Owner) of Simple life Divers was completing his final training dive of his PADI Tec50 course, along with Instructor Jon assisting. Both Haydon and Jon have a keen interest in technical diving and plan to introduce technical diver training to Simple Life divers in the near future.
Technical Diving is diving to depth deeper than recreational limits (40 meters) with planed decompression conducted with mixed gases. Ok technical diving is not for everybody, but been able to dive deeper opens up certain dive sites with only few people in the world are privileged to experience. A perquisite, to any diver interested in technical diving, is the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course and the PADI Deep diver Specialty courses currently offered at Simple Life Divers.
Yesterday’s activities saw students; Haydon and Max, along with assistants Jon and Chris, under supervision of Tec Deep Instructor Lars conducting a dive on Chumpon pinnacles to a maximum depth of 44.4 meters. Air was used for the bottom portion of the dive along with 50% Nitrox and pure Oxygen for the accelerated decompression stages. ‘Accelerated decompression’ makes use of the higher levels of oxygen in the breathed decompression gas to reduce the amount decompression required, compared to decompressing using air. Sometimes higher levels of oxygen in decompression gas can be used to make decompression more conservative instead.
Image: Lars, Jon, Haydon and Max during the technical diving training
During the dive a Narcosis test was conducted at the deepest part of the dive and a couple of lion fish were spotted, which are commonly not seen here in the gulf at shallower depths. During my technical dives in the past couple of months I’ve discovered more new (to me) marine life than in several year of diving in Koh Tao.
After the dive a real buzz was on broad the boat. With fellow students and fun diver all interested in the ‘strange’ activities taking place. Hopefully this marks a new era for technical diver training at Simple Life Divers, watch this space.
Image: Technical diving aboard the Simple Life boat, Koh Tao, Thailand
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