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Michael Thomas

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The difference between “Then and Now” in Technical Diving

It’s no surprise tech diving has come a long way in the last 10, 20, or even 30 years. Heck, technology alone has changed leaps and bounds in each of those time frames. We’re taking a look back at tech diving in 90s and how it differs from tech diving now. If you’ve been diving since then, this will be a fun trip down memory lane. Even if you haven’t been tech diving since the 90s, it’s fun to see how far things have come.
September 4, 2020/by admin

“Slow down young fella” — Attitudes in Technical Diving

It’s no secret that diving comes with risk. However, we increase that risk when we attempt to move our training forward too soon without practice and patience. It’s hard to be patient with ourselves in the age of social media when we see other advanced divers posting incredible photos of deep wrecks and caves. Learn why slowing down and gaining experience is ultimately the right choice every time.
August 6, 2019/by admin

Mine Diving in the UK

Mine diving is hot on our mind this month. You might know that Europe is a hot spot for mine diving but do you know the specifics of exactly where to go? Maybe not… Thanks to one of our contributors we’re giving you the details on eight mines in the UK.
March 6, 2019/by admin

The Difference Between Caves and Mines

Do you know the differences between diving in a mine vs diving in a cave? While they may seem similar, there are many differences. There are a few dos and don’ts you should know before going into either. Mine diving and cave diving are more different than you might realize.
February 6, 2019/by admin

Risk and Reward: Young Technical Divers

Robert started diving as soon as he could when he turned 10 years old. His parents didn't even have to ask if he wanted to, he told them he wanted to get started. This came as no surprise since he grew up around diving and has an instructor for a father. Once he started he didn't stop (and still isn't), he's an extremely experienced tech diver for just 16 years old.
April 10, 2017/by admin

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About Michael

Started my underground journey as a young child with my father caving across the UK, started diving in 1987 and in 1992 started cave diving with the cave diving group in UK I am now the Training officer Somerset CDG. I first started teaching with TDI in 1996 whilst working on the Drager Atlantis SCR project. In 2015 after a fatal incident of a diver in a flooded mine in North Wales I was asked to start teaching cave diving for TDI in the UK adding some of the hard won skills from experience to the standards of modern day cave diver training. I use the same skill and knowledge basis on all technical diver training, from basic Nitrox via full cave to CCR. Planning to Fail well.

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