October 21, 2015
Written by: Chris Duncan
Dive Immersion Coordinator
Hippocrates said “Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.” Now, the famous Greek scientist probably wasn’t referring to SCUBA diving and most likely wouldn’t classify it as a disease. On the contrary, SCUBA diving is very much a disease – moreover, an addiction. It’s an addiction fueled by the deep need for exploration, adventure and discovering anything worth discovering. SCUBA divers are of a breed that share their addiction with anyone from an astronaut to a surfer. What happens when these individuals have suppressed their disease and become somewhat bored? What is their remedy? New planets are discovered, untouched, remote swells are surfed, and the diver goes even deeper.
Technical diving is a step beyond recreational diving. It allows divers to go deeper and stay down longer to fill a void they can’t achieve in a conventional dive. Where recreational diving limits hit 130 feet, tech divers are able to reach depths beyond the recreational limits by breathing special mixtures of gas rather than compressed air. Tech diving requires decompression when the diver is ascending. The divers may also have to switch gasses at different depths. This type of diving opens many new opportunities in the underwater world. It is neither for the faint-of-heart nor the novice diver, but it does offer broader immersive opportunities for exploration.