Best of the TDI Blog 2019

What a year 2019 has been! In the last 12 months we’ve published 78 articles on our blog, 26 of which were technical diving focused. We thought it would be fun to look back at the most consumed content of 2019, whether it was new or old, to showcase what YOU, our readers, are enjoying the most from our blog. Here are our top 10 articles of 2019.

1. What a Diver Needs to Know about Scuba Diving and Flying

There is much more you can learn, more about diving, effects of pressure, symptoms and how different activities affect flight safety. A good practice is to have a “down day” prior to flight after any divining.

2. “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.

3. 5 things you should know before you start tech diving

Are you considering tech diving? If it’s making you nervous, firstly, take a deep breath. Second, read these five things and feel comfortable in the learning process. Know that you’re on your way to exploring even more of what the underwater world has to offer.

4. How to Attach a Bolt Snap to Dive Equipment

Bolt snaps are used in a variety of ways with technical gear configurations, and attaching one to their scuba gear is something most divers will need to do at some time or another. Whether you just purchased a new regulator set that needs a bolt snap on the primary regulator and SPG or you are replacing an old clip on a dive light, you need to know how to attach the new snap correctly.

5. Tips for Reaching the Valves on your Twinset

This is not in any way, shape, or form about how to do a valve drill, shutdown drill, boom scenario or whatever else you call it. How you twiddle those knobs behind your head is for you and you alone to decide. This IS, however, a troubleshooting guide to fixing some details that might make it easier for you.

6. 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.

7. The trick to getting more time out of your tanks

Are you looking to get more time below to surface but your gas seems to go too quickly? You aren’t alone and the good news is, with practice this is something you can get better at. We’re sharing a breathing technique you can use to increase the amount of time you get out of your tanks.

8. Why I Switched from Diving Sidemount to CCR

Have you been thinking about making the jump from sidemount to rebreather? Have you weighed out the reasons to do it? Do you know how it would affect you on a boat dive vs a wreck dive vs a cave dive? Read on the break it all down.

9. Signs and Symptoms of Decompression Sickness

A brief discussion of decompression sickness (DCS) symptoms, as well as, how to prevent and immediate treatment.

10. Solving Difficult Problems far Below the Surface

How do you handle emergencies? Do you start before there could ever be one by practicing foundational skills? Do you hope for the best and dive without worry? If the latter is you, you might fall prey to the “incident pit” faster than others.

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