GAS - Diving
As with all things a picture paints a thousand words - the pictures are of our rigs and I have made them as small as possible (file size wise) to speed up your loading etc - if they don't show you the detail you need or if you need other photographs email me and I will put them on the site. As always double click to see a bigger version of the picture
I'd like to take this opportunity of saying - we invented none of this or had anything to do with the creation of any of this configuration - this information was all shared with me by Jarrod Jablonski (our Cave and Trimix instructor and a great guy) and George Irvine. Both of these guys have given us more knowledge than any other instructor(s) we have ever meet. The WKPP and in particular George comes in for a lot a negativity - in my experience if you listen and learn they are more than happy to teach and share
For those of you with the Doing it Right Video - we have a transcript of the text available here. This is a good explanation from George himself.
The DIR Configuration
The basic concept of the equipment is simplicity, or less is best. If you don't need it on this dive, don't take it. Interesting in today's redundancy debates, DIR divers expect and trust that their real redundancy is their buddy. By achieving a configuration which is streamlined and comfortable to dive with, the diver has minimum stress, task loading and thus improved gas/air consumption. One major point of consideration with any configuration is to ask yourself can you describe your action(s) to solve a problem in one line : if not, it will not work under water. Consider the following possible problems (1) sharing gas or managing gas with indepandents and (2) deployment of a stuffed hose in an out of air situation. Try explaining to a dive buddy how you will achieve the task in question, if its too complex it may not work when you need it to.
The buttons to the side take you to the detail of the DIR system. Even if you decide to not adopt this system we hope at least you take the fundementals (for example : simplicity, streamlining, acceptance of nothing less than perfect) that it addresses and bring them to your diving.
In closing I'd like to share a couple of statements once given to me by George : Remember that less is best, if you don't need it don't take it - if it adds a failure point don't use it. NEVER accept any gear situation that is not 100% to your liking and perfect - get in the habit of correcting everything immediately to perfection and you will get less bites on the ass.
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