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A Word from Jarrod Jablonski
Welcome to the re-release of DIR 2004. The early and mid-2000’s were an impactful part of GUE’s history. In 2004, very soon after celebrating GUE’s fifth birthday, we decided to organize a compendium of our developing thoughts, plans and observations. These ideas were presented as a three disk set of DVDs, which is its own marker of the years that have since elapsed this recording. Many people might struggle to locate a DVD player and others never even had one. Either way, we save you the trouble and present these historical waypoints in proper ethereal format, fitting with our modern-day world.
For good and bad, we didn’t make any other changes, leaving the history, the mistakes, the awkward filming environment and other funny particulars just as they were nearly 15 year ago. For some it will be a free trip down memory lane and for others a glimpse into the developing ideas that took shape as GUE. Fortunately you can skip around, bypassing some areas and locating something of particular interest. We hope you have some fun, even if it is at our expense.
One word of caution seems appropriate. This information is presented purely for entertainment purposes and should not be considered instruction of any sort. The ideas presented may or may not align with current thinking or teaching methodology and are not meant to be indicative of GUE recommendations. Now that we have the formalities out of the way, please feel free to be entertained.
Click the image below to watch the first part in the series!
Accompanying Text On Original Single DVD
The most comprehensive overview of the “Doing It Right” system ever available on video. When Jarrod Jablonski and George Irvine set out to develop a replacement for the very-popular (but somewhat dated) DIR video series, their goal was to provide a complete head-to-toe presentation of how they configure their own dive gear to conform to the DIR standard. By the time they finished filming, the project had grown in scope to cover not only essential DIR concepts like team procedures and dive planning, but advanced topics like gas mixing and Gavin Scooter maintenance.
Encouraged by their results in covering the DIR basics, George and Jarrod then sat down to an extensive series of interviews that provide a fascinating history of the development of DIR diving within the Woodville Karst Plain Project and the logistics of exploring Wakulla Spring’s deep cave system at the extremes of dive technology and practices. To cap the project off, George and Jarrod narrate a complete dive within the Wakulla cave system. It’s the first time that anyone outside the team has been able to listen in as the WKPP’s lead explorers review the results of a project dive.
DIR 2004 is essential viewing for anyone interested in applying DIR concepts to their diving. It can be seen as a supplement to the successful DIR Fundamentals book or to a DIR Fundamentals class, but it also stands alone as a document of the evolution of safe diving practices at the cutting edge of underwater exploration.
RTC Launches New Rebreather Safety Initiative
Header image: Rebreather diver wearing their MRS. Photo courtesy of rEVO.
In January 2021, the Rebreather Training Council (RTC) began developing several new safety initiatives in addition to its ongoing work on the advancement and development of rebreather training standards. RTC launched the first of these rebreather safety initiatives in March in an effort to reduce rebreather fatalities.
Specifically, the initiative has been designed to educate and inform divers about the advantages of using mouthpiece retaining straps (MRS). The RTC now recommends the use of an MRS when diving a rebreather. It further recommends that rebreather divers be taught about the advantages of an MRS during their training, and that vendors supply them with their rebreathers (as is required according to the European rebreather standard EN14143).
It is widely acknowledged that the use of rebreathers increases the probability of exposure to an inappropriate breathing gas, which can lead to a Loss of Consciousness (LoC). As sport rebreather diving community leaders, the RTC and its members believe the specific risk of water aspiration following LoC underwater must be proactively mitigated. An MRS is an easy-to-use, easy-to-fit device that prevents the mouthpiece from being lost in the event of (LoC), and can therefore minimize the risk of immediate drowning.
According to Mark Caney, President of the RTC, “There is good evidence that Mouthpiece Retaining Straps have meaningful safety benefits, so we hope that all rebreather divers will take time to learn how these simple devices are deployed and embrace their use whenever practical.” He was joined by RTC vice chair Paul Toomer, “I have been using an MRS on my rebreather for some time now and I’m really happy to see such a great safety initiative being released into the mainstream,” he said.
The RTC’s desire is that all divers, instructors, and manufacturers will embrace this initiative as we continue to strive to make our sport ever safer. For a detailed explanation of the use and safety advantages of MRS, see MOUTHPIECE RETAINING STRAP SAFETY GUIDANCE NOTICE posted on the RTC website.
InDepth: Can Mouthpiece Retaining Straps Improve Rebreather Diving Safety?
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