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Clock Watching

October 31st, 2013

Nitrox is defined as a breathing mixture with a higher Oxygen content higher than 21% & lower than pure Oxygen at 100%. SSI breaks down the parameters of its programs into two levels; Level 1 allowing the certified diver to use up to an Oxygen content of 32% & Level 2 where divers can use [...]

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All dive professionals understand the importance of continuing education for recreational divers, but once many Go Pro, many stop there. Continuing education; or Con-Ed (love my Abbrvs. as you know!) & even training diversity can have many benefits to new dive professionals, from newly minted Divemasters & experienced Instructors above & beyond even my level: [...]

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Back to the SoD this episode boys & girls, in this edition of the GPS Uber-blog we’ll be having a quick peek at Deep-Diving’s-Delectable-Dandy: Dalton. Dalton’s Law of partial pressure states: In a mixture of gases, the total pressure of the mixture equals the sum of the partial pressures of the individual gases. Dalton’s Law [...]

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Multilingual

April 2nd, 2013

If you’re like me, speaking twelve different versions of English never really counts as being multilingual & languages can be a hot topic in the world of diving. Adopting the technique of expanding your credentials in diving is one way that can really help you stand out from the crowd, & an excellent way to [...]

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Canned Heat

February 22nd, 2013

This post comes to you from the very much unmentioned subject, The Science of Diving. Now before you run to the hills after the merest hint of the S-word, remember the friendly folks at GPS are here to sooth your fears & generally want to help…….a bit! Today we’re going to be chatting about our [...]

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Longer, Not Harder

December 27th, 2012

In our previous post we looked at how we could increase our time underwater by increasing our buoyancy skills, leading to less efforts & lower Surface breathing Rates (SBR). Of course, some may say you can always put a bagger tank on your back. You’ll most definitely need Perfect Buoyancy if you’re continuously changing tank [...]

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The Importance Of Being Idle

November 25th, 2012

Many divers; both new & experienced, wish for one thing above all others whilst diving. More time underwater. Limiting factors in diving come in one of two basic types, time & gas supply. Fortunately for us, we live in a time where extending our limits beneath the surface has never been easier. In this blog [...]

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When I was a child Vampires & Werewolves were the scary things that came out at night, in modern times they seem to have turned in teenage romantics with an apparent affinity for anaemic chicks, luckily for us we still have real nocturnal wonders to fire the imagination; those of or pertaining to the night. [...]

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Suck!

August 1st, 2012

Sweet lordy-lord it’s Science of Diving  (SoD) o’clock again! The way I like to teach the SoD is taking all the technical information given by the manual & putting into practical application. We can use all the equations we want with all the measurements of depth, weight & volume given to us but sometimes we [...]

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During the SSI Open Water Diver course we introduce the concept of working out Surface Breathing Rates or SBR’s. The amount of gas a diver consumes either at work or rest per minute at surface pressure. Also referred to as Surface Consumption Rates (SCR) & Surface Air Consumption (SAC) Rates, but not always pertaining to [...]

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