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New Diver’s Medical Screening form – 2020

As of July 2020, a new diver’s medical screening form is valid and ready to be used. Available in 19 languages.

https://www.uhms.org/resources/recreational-diving-medical-screening-system.html

The form is an international cooperation between Divers Alert Network, DAN Europe, WRSTC, RSTC , RSTC Europe & UHMS (Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society)

Approved to be used as of now by ANDI International.

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DIR Rebreather Romania

As of July 2020, DIR Rebreather training is available in Romania and World Wide (on request).

Workshops available:

Fundamentals: training designed and customized to fine tuning diver’s streaming, trim & buoyancy, environmental & team awareness and more.

This workshop normally lasts at least 3 days and is open to any certified rebreather diver.

Support diver: open to OC & CCR divers

•Train the candidate in skills to be able to provide adequate in water and surface support to (CCR) divers, who wish to dive deeper than 100 meters and/ or make cave penetrations longer than 1000 meters. The support diver can use CC or OC.
•Learn the candidate standards and procedures for support divers.
• Make use of the DAN Europe/DIRrebreather table.

DIRrebreather Flowchart

Stay safe,

Constantin “Costa” Benedic

DIRrebreather Instructor

ANDI IT 170

ANDI JJccr L2 Rebreather Instructor

ANDI JJccr L4 Trimix Rebreather Diver

www.T101.ro

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Air quality monitoring

As of June 2020, T101-Technical & Diving Ops® Dive Training Center is offering air quality monitoring via two independent private networks:

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SCUBA diving books to “kill” COVID-19 downtime.

T101 – Technical & Diving Ops® Dive Training Center

Now that the #COVID19 is shutting down the entire diving Planet, here are a list of few books recommended to extend your theoretical knowledge:

Staying Alive by Steve Lewis

The Six Skills and Other Discussions: Creative Solutions for Technical Divers by Steve Lewis

Advanced Wreck Diving Handbook By Gary Gentile

Under pressure – Diving deeper with Human Factors by Gareth Lock

For any diving technical training done together, you’ll get a free “Human Factors Skills in Diving – Micro-class“, compulsory to be completed before ending the theory and practical skills.

Deep Into Deco by Asser Salama

Ocean Gladiator by Mark Ellyatt

Death in number two shaft by Steve Lewis

A compiling of various scuba diving materials can be found here:

T101 Vault Library.

Other internet sources: Blue PO2 Diving (scuba & technical), PADI Blog, Good Reads, Dipndive etc.

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Remote expedition “must have” for SuperYachts & Expedition-Cruise Ships – part 2

Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)

Following the 1st part (Portable Hyperbaric Chamber), the next recommendation for exploration / explorer vessels running diving or water sport activities in remote areas is Personal Locator Beacon.

As general accepted definition of “remote area” in our maritime sector, the Search & Rescue team is not available right away to assist you. It might take hours or even days in some exceptional situations.

PLB (known also as Emergency Locator Beacon) is a very small device, portable, tough, low cost, which onces activated will indicate your position to the nearby vessels by using a radio AIS (Automatic Identification System) & DSC (Digital Selective Calling) method of digital transmission of your GPS position on Earth.

Valuable equipment for yachtsmen as man overboard or you’ll find it for renting onboard reputable scuba diving liveaboard (as Aggressor Adventures), PLBs is fully worth its investment.

Nautilus Marine Rescue GPS Specifications

AIS Transmit Power1 Watt
AIS Frequency
161.975 and 162.025 MHz
DSC Transmit Power
0.5 Watt
DSC Frequency
156.525 MHz
Messages
Individual Distress Relay, Distress Alert
Environmental Temperature Range
-25°C – +55°C
Waterproof Depth425 feet (130 meter) sea water with dive cap closed/ Splashproof with dive cap open
Dimensions
2.9 x 3.8 x 1.5 inch (75 x 97 x 39 mm)
Weight
4.6 Oz (131g) after inserting two batteries

NautilusLifeline dealer in Romania is SC OmnisMares SRL ( T101-Technical & Diving Ops® Dive Training Center / YachtDiver.EU) and can be online purchased or tested onsite.

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Meeting the Deepest Man on Earth.

Herbert goggles

253.2meters. Or 830.8feet. That’s a lot. A lot to walk on land holding your breath. I bet that most of us cannot do it easily.

Well, now imagine to translate the horizontal walk into a vertical descent into the blue… 253.2meters down.

Herbert & Costa
Myself and Herbert

His name is Herbert Nitsch. His holding the title of the World’s Deepest Man on Earth with various No Limit dives: -214m in Spetses, Greece (June 14, 2007 for which is included in the Guinness World Records) & -253.2m in Santorini, Greece (June 06, 2012) using a custom made “yellow submarine” and personalized techniques for equalization. He’s holding another +31 World records in various AIDA disciplines (33WR in total!).

Herbert yellow submarine
Herb’s yellow submarine

In the beginning of September 2019, I had the great pleasure of meeting him a couple of times in the beautiful South of France. We had dinners, long chats about almost everything “diving related”. He is a very friendly, open mind and willing to share his enormous experience in freediving.

Herbert with his custom made goggles
Herbert & his custom made goggles
AIDA 2019

Between September 2nd and 15th 2019, Villefranche (SoF) held the “2019 AID Depth World Championship” and in this occasion, I met another “monster” in freediving: Alexey Molchanov. He got some very good results in this competition!

Herbert - Costa - Alexey
Herbert, myself and Alexey

An autobiographic book with Herbert’s freediving experience will come up sometimes soon, so stay tuned – is going to be very interesting to read and explore the history of freediving! He is now an active conservationist and speaker with worldwide activities.

Herbert t-short signed dedicated to Costa
Herbert’s t-shirt with dedicated signature!

Story written down with great honor & pleasure by yours, Costa

T101-Technical & Diving Ops® Dive Training Center

ScubaTech.EU

YachtDiver.EU

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Remote expedition “must have” for SuperYachts & Expedition-Cruise Ships

  1. Portable Hyperbaric Chamber: if your vessel is performing remote diving operations, then this is a number one “must have” onboard.

T101-Technical & Diving Ops® / YachtDiver.EU / ScubaTech.EU recommendation: AHA-Hyperbarics.

Designed and manufactured in Europe, AHA-Hyperbarics is holding CE certificate according to full quality assurance system directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices (MDD) for the new models of AHA Flex hyperbaric systems & EN ISO 13485:2016 for design and development, manufacture, distribution and service of hyperbaric chambers for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The company is partnering with ANDI International in training and expo shows. ANDI International is one of the oldest diving training agency in the World, dedicated mostly to technical (rebreathers, wrecks, caves, mines), technicians and medical / HBOT training sectors, with lots of “firsts” innovative steps. ANDI is member of International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation.

AHA-Hyperbarics is providing qualified training & support for all provided equipment, either at their facility or onsite (onboard your vessel).

For extended information, please contact PROMO Agent: YachtDiver.EU represented by Constantin “Costa” Benedic.

Next, coming soon…

2. Crew training!

YachtDiver.EU is a dedicated department part of SC OmnisMares SRL (Romanian private registered company), owner of T101-Technical & Diving Ops® Dive Training Center. We are holding real inside experience onboard expedition-cruise ships and very large superyachts therefore we are able to provide premium training and services for your selected Guests, Owners and VVIPs!

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WreckTek expedition – August 2020

WreckTek expedition

Wreck technical diving week to explore some of the most famous shipwrecks of the Mediterranean Sea and not only.
Due to depths, run times and deco obligations, only Normoxic & Hypoxic Trimix certified divers!
If interested in inside wreck exploration, Advanced Wreck certification is required too!

Wrecks to visit:
Submarine U-455
Super tanker Haven
Steam passenger vessel Calabria
Mine-layer Pelagosa
Submarine hunter UJ2208
and more!

Recreational divers are welcome too but they will be part of a different diving team & planning.

Date: 02-09 of August 2020; might be slightly modified +/- but everything will be posted in advance here (https://www.facebook.com/events/2455059397882993/).
Accommodation: 3* and 4* hotels or private apartments in the area.
Airport: GOA (Genoa Airport / Christopher Columbus Airport) – 10km from the dive center.
Pick-up/drop off from/to airport can be arranged.
Price/dive: 50 to 100euros/dive (depending on the dive site/run time).

For info & planning, please contact me at:
info [ at ] ScubaTech.eu
info [ at ] T101.ro

Thank you!

Costa

ScubaTech.EU

T101.ro

#WreckTecExploration #DeepDiving #ShipWrecks #DivingExpedition
#ScubaTechEU #T101DiveTrainingCenter

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Smoking & diving: ethics vs morals principles

Each person has a vice and smoking is one of them for some of them.

Hardly combated, smoking is losing the war due to massive education and laws which are restricting public activities that are affecting the health of others.

Smoking is irrefutable bad. Bad for the person smoking, bad for the people around (second handsmokers”) and even for the unborn ones (third hand “smokers”). Studies are conducted all over the World, results can be found quite easily on the internet.

Based on the above statements and huge information we have in our hands, is quite clear that diving and smoking are not compatible. And therefore, highly not recommended.

Below are few, just few links in which various sources are talking about the inappropriate relation between smoking and diving:

https://thedivelab.dan.org/2014/01/23/medicinal-nicotine-and-diving/

http://www.alertdiver.com/Vaping-and-Diving

https://www.dansa.org/blog/2016/12/15/smoking-diving

https://dtmag.com/thelibrary/smoking-diving-bad-combination/

https://www.aqua-med.eu/fileadmin/documents/medicine/tauchen-und-rauchen_gb.pdf

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2020/noninfectious-health-risks/scuba-diving-decompression-illness-and-other-dive-related-injuries

https://www.gue.com/impacts-smoking-diving

Some agencies even claim to prohibit smoking for their members (GUE).

ANDI is addressing in their technical manuals:

the diver should refrain from smoking to keep the lungs clear and keep carbon monoxide, a by-product of tobacco smoke, from reducing the oxygen carrying capacity of hemoglobin. All drugs, alcohol and even non-prescription drugs, i.e. decongestants, antihistamines, cold capsules, etc. should be avoided for at least 12 hours prior to diving.

In combination with dehydration, heat, physical fitness level, unfavorable medical history, age etc, smoking may increase the chances of a DCS.

Romanian Navy Diver badge

Some studies shows that the navy divers are not so heavily affected by smoking and this is mainly due to the intense physical activities part of their complex training.

In high performance sport activities, there are many studies, some of them with even controversial results:

Team Sport Participation and Smoking: Analysis with General Growth Mixture Modeling
Cigarette smoking: an underused tool in high-performance endurance training
Smoking and Physical Activity
Physical exercise, sports, and lung function in smoking versus nonsmoking adolescents

And to not forget the latest “trend”… vaping:

Health Risks of E-cigarettes, Smokeless Tobacco, and Waterpipes
Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes)
Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

and the banning process in some states around the World: Israel, India, US / Massachusetts, etc…

And the list can go on for long…

Not to mention the billions of cigarette butts polluting the seas: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/cigarettes-story-of-plastic/

The point of my above introduction is going this time into another direction:

Smoking while diving activities is ethical and moral correct?

Let’s first clarify what is what.

As per Britannica, „both morality and ethics loosely have to do with distinguishing the difference between “good and bad” or “right and wrong.” Many people think of morality as something that’s personal and normative, whereas ethics is the standards of “good and bad” distinguished by a certain community or social setting.

We, as professional, have the duty to correctly inform our students and clients about all sides of the activity in progress. During the training, during preparation of the equipment, during briefing and debriefing etc. We should conduct our activities always at the highest standard, exceeding the minimum required by the training agency. Not because the agency is asking for (or imposing) but because we are pro and we look for more, better and higher.

We should show at all the times that we are professionals by the way we act, and we should lead by example. You cannot explain in a basic Open Water Diver class the function of lungs and gas exchange (oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide to mention few), and smoking while gearing up (or even with the wet suit on between the dives). At a higher-level course, this is already beyond acceptance.

In his very well documented blog, Gareth Lock is explaining the concept of „you don’t know what you don’t know” – worth to read it here: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/incompetent-and-unaware-you-don-t-know-what-you-don-t-know . Could be that the professional simply… don’t know?!? Maybe. But honestly… hard to believe. And even harder to accept after years of “pro level” career.

In order to keep our students aware of various aspects involving human factors, all technical diving courses conducted by myself are incorporating the “Human Factors Skills in Diving – Micro-class”. The online short course is highly recommended to any divers who want to understand more about what is behind the front line of human psychology.

Returning back to my debate…it is ethical and moral as professional diver (Instructor, Divemaster), to smoke in the front of your students?

If is to translate it into Britannica’s meanings, smoking in the front of your students or customers is both bad (ethical) and wrong (professional).

Bad because is showing lack of respect towards your clients (who might know less or why not, more than you regarding the aspects of smoking & diving) and bad because you do exactly opposite what you should do as a leader: teach the new generation of divers to be a good divers in all meanings.

Is this (smoking in the front of divers while diving activity in progress) a final criteria to analyze if an instructor/divemaster is a good professional?

Not necessarily, as there are many other aspects makes a diver to be a real pro.

In the very end… any factor which may negatively influence the team’s safety may affect you too. Therefore, in diving is never enough to take all safety measures possible in order to ensure a successful dive: return back to family and friends, share great memories and do some other adventurous diving plans!

Till then, dive safe, be safe and stay fit!

Costa

ANDI IT, SDI/TDI/FRTI – PADI – DDI – EFR – DAN Europe Instructor

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Rebreather JJ-CCR training in Romania & SE Europe.

ANDI JJ-CCR

As of October 2018, rebreather training for the best 4×4 machine on the market – JJ-CCR – will be available in Romania, SE Europe or on board superyachts on request.

Discover Rebreather – if you would like to see what is like to dive into the “dark zone”,

ANDI JJ-CCR L1 – the very first level recreational level, -18m depth MSW, air diluent, NSR.

ANDI JJ-CCR L2 – the recreational level, -40m depth MSW, air diluent, NSR.

All trainings at T101® are customized for best experience and safety.

For information and planning, please contact me via email or mobile or even better, if you a nearby, pass by for a face 2 face chat and introduction to the “beast” – the JJ-CCR unit.

JJ-CCR rebreather
JJ-CCR Rebreather

Safe dives,

Costa

ANDI Instructor Trainer #170

ANDI JJ-CCR L2 Rebreather Instructor

ANDI Trimix L5 Instructor & ANDI Technical Trimix Wreck L3 Instructor (L5 diver)

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