Welcome to the Dive Logs page. This page (and subsequent pages) are still under work but should still be able to provide you with enough information to see the sort of dives that I'm doing in Bali.

There are two sections here: Recreational Logs and Technical Logs. Currently, only the recreational section is up and running.

Recreational Logs

These logs show standard "recreational" dives that I've done. A "recreational" dive as defined by PADI is a no-stop dive to a maximum depth of 40m. What is meant by "no-stop" is that you do not enter into decompression at any time during the dive and do not have any decompression obligations during the dive. In the event of an emergency you can go straight to the surface (while ideally still keeping to the maximum ascent rate of 18m/min) and not experience any decompression sickness symptoms. Of course this is an ideal world and nothing can gurantee you not getting DCS but in general the field tests and data show that keeping to these limits gives you a very high chance of not getting DCS.

So far I have almost exculsively coducted recreational dives. All PADI courses (except the Technical ones) are for recreational divers and all the guiding I've done so far has been done for recreational divers. While Technical diving is certainly gaining popularity, the vast majority of the world's divers are recreational.

Technical Logs

So if "recreational" diving is dives where you don't have any decompression obligations then "technical" dives are those where you do. Basically, you're down long and/or deep enough for you to have to decompress on your way back up. Decompression is achieved by controlling your ascent rate and stopping at scheduled depths for a set amount of time in order to let the nitrogen absorbed in your tissues to safely return to your blood stream and get exhaled out through your lungs.

Because of this decompression obligation, you can no longer ascend to the surface in the event of an emergency wihtout running a high risk of getting bent. To counter this, technical diving equipment is far more extensive than that used for recreational diving. As a general rule, all pieces of equipment that you use are doubled. This means you have two tanks, two independant regulators, two independent buoyancy control devices, two knives, two masks etc. Given these changes, divers need to undergo special technical diving certifications in order to be qualified to use them.

At the moment, this section is not yet up but as soon as I've worked out all the database issues to log these dives, I'll bring the pages online.

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