ECD Technical Programs Seminar 2013

This event is very similar to the "so you wanna be a pro" night, but based around technical diving. After years of teaching tech in the keys Alex always wanted to bring his technical experience to ECD, but needed to wait till the take over. With all systems and equipment now in place to teach the courses we are releasing our 2013 tech diving schedule. Come and join us for this presentation by Alex Dulavitz on the upcoming technical offerings and what they involve.


Details of the first programs that we will be conducting are below:


Intro to Tech

The Intro to tech program is a perfect introductory course for divers interested in either furthering their skills & ability in the water to become a stronger diver. It is also the first course on the path to being able to go deeper, longer and venture into overhead dives. The course introduces new equipment, gear rigging techniques, planning procedures, finning techniques, buoyancy and trim procedures / tricks that makes any diver look and feel like a pro. Topics covered include double tanks, gas management side mount theory hogarthian / minimalist rigging, technical planning & pre dive checks. Some of the skills covered include:

1. Weight check

2. Demonstrate adequate buoyancy control (ability to hover at fixed position in water column without moving hands or feet)

3. Demonstrate adequate trim (ability to maintain horizontal position during the descent, bottom and ascent portion of the dive) 4. Demonstrate no-silting propulsion techniques (frog kick, modified frog kick, modified flutter kick, backwards kick)

5. Demonstrate the ability to perform the following exercises while maintaining trim and buoyancy in the water column:

a. Regulator exchange

b. Regulator recovery

c. Mask partial flood and clear with minimal air loss

d. Mask removal and clear with minimal air loss

6. Demonstrate the ability to perform a safety drill (S-drill) while maintaining trim and buoyancy in the water column

7. Demonstrate the ability to perform a valve drill while maintaining trim and buoyancy in the water column (if double cylinders are being used)

8. Demonstrate the ability to deploy a surface marker buoy or lift bag while maintaining trim and buoyancy in the water column

9. Show good global awareness.


Advanced Nirox and Deco Procedures

The Advanced Nitrox / Deco Procedures class are technically 2 classes designed to work together. The Advanced Nitrox course teaches you how to safely utilize mixes up 100% Oxygen for decompression. The Deco Procedures course teaches the planning, skill and safe completion of a decompression dive utilizing a decompression gas. The equipment and dive planning is the full evolution from the Intro to Tech program. This course is often referred as the quintessential course for those interested in technical diving. Topics in the course include a nitrox review, intro to daltons diamond and manual gas planning. Dive planning for multiple gas use as well as equipment concerns for gas safety, labeling, cleaning and preparation are also covered. The Deco Procedures course also adds the the use of pre dive checks, skills, and gas matching. In water skills include:

1.) Fixed position hovers without moving hands or feet
2.) Buoyancy control while carrying a stage bottle for decompression
3.) Stage drop and replacement while maintaining buoyancy control
4.) Demostrate controlled emergency ascent on lift bag with stage bottle
5.) Valve SOS drills
6.) Primary buoyancy malfunction
7.) Deco gas confirmation and switch at depth
8.) Deco buddy breath
9.) Feather Freeflowing deco tank
10.) Simumated deco emergency management (too deep / long)
11.) 100' tired diver tow
12.) 45' breath hold to airshare
13.) Proper execution of deco dive to a depth of up to 150'


Side Mount Diving

Wearing 2 tanks has never been a comfortable endeavor… until sidemount. The technique that was originally started for cave divers has proven to be incredibly versatile, comfortable and configurable. By taking the weight of the cylinder off the divers back and putting the tank valves in front, Divers with back, arm, shoulder or pretty much any muscular injury can easily put on, carry, dive and adjust without undue stress. This has quickly become one of the most preferred methods of technical diving travel due to the fact that the system can be used with just about any cylinders you find anywhere in the world. Topics of the class include history, setup techniques, equipment considerations, mounting styles, finning techniques, emergency procedures, gas management and more. Skills include:

1.) Don cylinders in water too deep to stand while at surface
2.) Remove and replace each cylinder individually
3.) Swim each cylinder 50' while holding
4.) Share air while swimming for 100'
5.) Deploy SMB and use for ascent
6.) Remove tanks in water too deep to stand while at surface
7.) Demonstrate proper gas management changing cylinder regs at selected intervals
8.) Demonstrate proper finning techniques
9.) Manipulate valves while vertical and while swimming

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