TDI Diver News

How to Switch your Diving Gas

By Michael Thornton and Josh Thornton Switching your diving gas in 8 easy steps Safe technical diving begins with awareness. The first step is being aware of yourself. As you gain experience and comfort you become aware of yourself and … Continue reading »


Choosing the Best Decompression Gas

By Jon Kieren There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing decompression gasses for a dive. The dive profile, logistics, environment/site conditions, and personal preference all come into play; how do these factors affect our decision? First, … Continue reading »


Calculating Gas Mixes, a Simplified Guide

By Steve Lewis When divers want to calculate, or in some cases are TOLD to calculate, the best nitrox and tri mixes for their dives, there are two major reasons for the task to be completed simply, and most importantly, … Continue reading »


Remote Dive Site Decompression Illness – How to Save a Divers Life

By Bret Gilliam As secret agent James Bond once sagely observed to Q, who supplied his special equipment and was complaining that he was bringing it back damaged, “It’s hell out there in the field.” Divers aren’t dealing with jet-packs, … Continue reading »


Ice Diving – The bare facts

I stripped down to my birthday suit, donned a pair of fins, a mask, and a scuba tank. I then sat there staring at the water, bits of ice bobbing on the surface, thinking, “I have a perfectly good dry suit right there, and I’m about to do WHAT?!” Too much thinking… so I jumped. Continue reading »


Tech Diving – Staying Warm for comfort and safety

The image that many technical divers try to promote is that they are tough, macho divers. The shaved heads and stubble, combined with equipment that would make a Special Forces diver look inadequate, all add to this image. The message … Continue reading »


Ice Diving Training and Techniques – Straight from a Pro

As I write this article, I am comfortably sitting in my office in sunny South Florida. The weather is quite fair, around 75 degrees with a light wind, a few harmless clouds but mostly sunny. The water temperature recently has … Continue reading »


Playing darts with Dive Rite

For one reason or another many of us learned to dive and ultimately made a career in the industry because of our passion for the sport. This passion is largely driven by the relationships we make along the way and … Continue reading »


The Story of the Napkin

As told by Mitch Skaggs, annotated & documented by International Training “When we started Technical Diving International back in the day, we went against everything everyone thought about and believed in at the time. I always wanted to change the … Continue reading »


20 Years later with TDI

Wow! I would have never thought, back when I did my initial TDI Nitrox Instructor course in Miami Beach with Mitch Skaggs and David Sipperly, the agency would be where it is today 20 years later. I was asked recently … Continue reading »