This week started with a bang as instructors, dive masters and any diver who wanted to take on a new challenge came and attended Davy Jones Locker’s very own Tec Explorer Day. Presentations were done on everything from Cave diving in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park to deep wreck diving that can be done just outside of our island, Koh Tao. Next on the list of activities we had a chance to participate in a cave diving exercise where we got to understand and feel what it is like to use a reel to trace our steps into a cave and then be blindfolded and try to follow the line back out.
We all were put in pairs and learned how to communicate with your buddy (no talking, of course) so that you can both get out of the cave in a safe but timely manner. Between the laughing and the obstacles that were placed in front of the to-be cave divers, everyone managed to make it out alive.
By this time in the day the sun was getting hot so we took our next tech activity and got in the pool with Dave Polley and Tim Lawrence, we they gave us a chance to try out some tech gear and see what it’s like to have more then one tank on you. First we started with doubles, were you have two tanks on your back and is a diving configuration that is most commonly used in the tech diving world. Divers had the new challenge of trying to be neutrally buoyant with two tanks on their back then trying to do various open water skills while hovering on their front.
Sound easy? Think again! It was like my first day of diving all over again, and with it came a new interest and wanting to get back in the pool to master this kind of diving. After having the doubles on my back they were then moved to my side to try side mount diving, where you have a tank on each side of your body and can detach them from your hips to make it easier to get through tight restrictions mainly found in caves and wrecks. I found this to be my favourite part of the day, feeling the freedom of having the tanks of my back being able to move them around me and adjust my trim freely. Oh, and it looked pretty cool. The day ended with some drinks and a BBQ, courtesy of PADI, and everyone ending the day with a new challenge to take on in their diving lives.