33 episodes

Woody and Gus are Dive Instructors and love discussing all things Scuba. Woody is an Instructor Trainer and has been diving since the 70s. He has earned 12 PADI Awards of Excellence as an instructor, and a staggering 6,000+ dives under his weight belt. Gus started diving in 2018 and became an instructor in 2020.

They tackle a variety of subjects from the SCUBA and Diving Industry: agencies, recreational diving, Tec diving, cave diving, rebreathers, diving destinations, dive gear, techniques, and a never-ending stream of best practices.

This show is for divers of all skill levels, from Open Water Students to seasoned dive pros and instructors around the world.

DIVE TALK Woody Alpern and Gus Gonzalez

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Woody and Gus are Dive Instructors and love discussing all things Scuba. Woody is an Instructor Trainer and has been diving since the 70s. He has earned 12 PADI Awards of Excellence as an instructor, and a staggering 6,000+ dives under his weight belt. Gus started diving in 2018 and became an instructor in 2020.

They tackle a variety of subjects from the SCUBA and Diving Industry: agencies, recreational diving, Tec diving, cave diving, rebreathers, diving destinations, dive gear, techniques, and a never-ending stream of best practices.

This show is for divers of all skill levels, from Open Water Students to seasoned dive pros and instructors around the world.

    Episode 33: Complete DISASTER during our Cave DPV Class

    Episode 33: Complete DISASTER during our Cave DPV Class

    A few months ago Woody and Gus bought some amazing DPVs (Diver Propulsion Vehicles) with the intent of using them when diving the Florida caves which in most cases are springs and a bit of a workout to swim against.
    So the guys showed up to class, with minimal practice, a leaky dry suit, and new dive gear configurations, what can possible go wrong?
    Well, apparently, everything!

    • 54 min
    Episode 32: Diving in 'Cave Country'

    Episode 32: Diving in 'Cave Country'

    Central Florida is the home of 'Cave Country' and since we live only 4-5 hours away we get to cave dive there often, but we have many friends who live in Cave Country and dive their caves constantly, almost daily in some cases.
    We were wondering why we and thousands of other people continue to dive the same sites over and over, and also, how come 'Cave Country' attracts so many non-cave divers?
    We interview Joe Cocozza, a local cave diver who is also the owner of the Pod Diver Lodge and host of Pod Diver Radio. Joe is an amazing host, a scuba instructor, and a huge wealth of knowledge regarding cave diving and scuba diving in general.
    Links:
    Pod Diver Lodge: https://www.poddiverlodge.com/
    Pod Diver Radio: http://poddiver.org
     

    • 42 min
    Episode 31: How do you know if you are a good diver?

    Episode 31: How do you know if you are a good diver?

    This episode was recorded on video too! If you are interested in seeing our pretty faces and hand signals you should head to our YouTube channel and check it out!
    Today we talk about the main pillars of scuba diving and what can you do to conduct a self-assessment of your skills as a diver and determine whether you are a good diver and/or what areas you need to work on in order to take your skills to the next level!

    • 40 min
    Episode 30: DIVER'S CEMETERY

    Episode 30: DIVER'S CEMETERY

    In this episode we discuss "Diver's Cemetery" which is located in Dahab, Egypt. We discuss why it is so dangerous, why should some people stay away from the site, and why we would absolutely love to dive it!

    • 49 min
    Episode 29: DIVING COLD

    Episode 29: DIVING COLD

    We had the wonderful idea to go diving in the Gulf of Mexico, in February, on wet suits.
    The water temperature was 63 degrees (17 celsius) and lets just say we had some problems...
    We learned our lesson and wanted to share with you what happened and how you can avoid running into some of these issues.

    • 59 min
    Episode 28: DEEP DIVING

    Episode 28: DEEP DIVING

    It is no secret that we are addicted to diving. And just like many divers out there we are members of Facebook groups and forums where diving is discussed 24/7.
    Occasionally you see questions from people asking about the limits of diving on air. We see things like "Has anybody gone past 130 ft/40 m on air? There are some wrecks I want to see but they are below those limits so I wonder what would happen if I just went for it on air?"
    And of course, a question like that is only followed by a jungle of misinformation led in some cases by "experts" who are happy to announce how often they dive "super deep on air without issues" because "they never get narked".
    We like diving deep, so we understand why other divers want to go below recreational depths, but we do it safely!
    We wanted to discuss what it takes to dive deep and share some potentially lifesaving knowledge and facts with divers that want to be able to dive deep like us.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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35 Ratings

35 Ratings

temp2913 ,

Gus & Woody need I say more !!

These guy have so much passion to teach us new divers thru their experience and knowledge this is like a continued education on the world of diving.
This is making me a better diver , Thank you !!!

mspears0825 ,

Best Dive Show/Podcast

Found their YouTube channel while looking for cave diving videos after I got certified as a cave diver. Learned they had a podcast and hopped over here and absolutely love it. Great information especially for new open water divers and those considering expanding their training further. Love these guys.

SabbyB76 ,

Informative & Interesting

I will never dive. I am scared of deep water and the thought of scuba diving makes me feel panicked. I was recommended Gus & Woody’s YT page by the algo and am obsessed. As a non-diver I appreciate all the facts and information they give. It is so interesting to understand the science behind diving, the 5 rules of cave diving and the stories they tell. They have a great camaraderie and are so funny! Highly recommend this podcast and definitely check them out on YT!

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