In scuba diving there is training and there is certification. Certification has always been the holy grail of every scuba course. But at Unified Team Diving we are redefining how scuba training works. Our UTD instructors are coaches and our students are clients and our process is to make you an awesome, badass diver. https://utdscubadiving.com
UTD Scuba Diving Podcast #83 – Jeff's Carcast on Style vs. Success
Is it success that's the most important thing in scuba diving? Or style? This is a discussion – actually a monologue I recorded in my car – on the issue of style vs. success or, in scuba diving, style vs. certification. Drawn from a phrase common in big wall rock climbing, style vs. success refers not to whether or not we reach our goal, but how we reach our goal.
In this episode, after I apologize for the crappy audio quality, I look at style vs. success in our world of training the most stylish divers in the world.
UTD Scuba Diving Podcast #82 – Are You Solo Diving as an Instructor?
We are Unified TEAM Diving not, as we sometimes like to say, Unified 'Go-Run-Off-By-Yourself Diving.' But what about when you are instructing students? Are they part of your team? Can they help you? What are everyone's expectations when instructing?
In this episode Jeff and Ben unpack this simple, yet not so simple question.
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UTD Scuba Diving Podcast #81 – Jeff's Carcast on Managing the Frustration of Setbacks
Setback happen. This is true for everything we are learning, particularly when moving to a higher level in any field. In scuba training, in Unified Team Diving, we have a thing called the "ebay dive." This is when you come out of the water after such a frustrating dive that you want to put all your gear on ebay, sell it, and take up another sport.
How we deal with the frustration of setbacks in scuba also informs how we deal with setbacks in life. In this short carcast, Jeff takes a look at the frustrations surrounding a setback and talks about how he deals with the days when everything goes sideways.
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UTD Podcast #80 – Jeff's Carcast on Fulfilling Unfulfilled Dreams
In the late 70's or early 80's I had an opportunity to take on something that looked really cool to me but my situation at the time blocked it. I've kept that dream alive until this past weekend when I fulfilled an unfulfilled dream. What are your unfulfilled dreams? What are you missed opportunities – in scuba or in life? Do you have the chance to close the loop now? In this short episode I look at how I completed something I started almost 50 years ago. No regrets, just fun.
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UTD Scuba Diving Podcast #79 – The Most Obscure Questions in Scuba Diving - Live at DEMA 2023
We are live at the DEMA show in New Orleans taking questions from the audience. Listen to Jeff and Ben answer all sorts of random questions and, finally, almost get completely stumped.
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UTD Scuba Diving Podcast #78 – Introducing UTD's new Director of Development Jay Gardner
Welcome to Jay Gardner, UTD's new Director of Development! Jay joins Jeff and Ben as the third member of UTD's management team, bring a lifetime of experience with companies both large and small.
Jay started his journey in UTD as a coaching client, then an instructor candidate, then an instructor. After a short stint in Austin, Texas, Jay and his family are back in San Diego. We're grateful to have Jay join us. This episode serves as his introduction to our global community of divers.
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Informative and Interesting
Scuba diving is something I admittedly don’t know a lot about, so I find this podcast very informative and helpful! The conversations are focused and entertaining, and the hosts are clearly very knowledgeable in the field and possess a passion that‘s infectious. I’m looking forward to diving into more episodes!
I've watched several of the instructional UTD YouTube videos and found them to be great information. First time listening to the podcast and am instantly a fan (started on #28). I am a budding tec diver and always seeking more knowledge in easily digestible formats so this was great. Hope to hear more in the future! I will definitely be going back to listen to the other 27 episodes I've missed 🤙🏼
I agree completely about getting ready as early as possible. Many times people wait until the last minute to gear up and I find it better to stay ahead of the curve on that, particularly if I have a last minute issue that arises.
As for gas extending, on a group dive in good visibility a trick I use to extend my gas at the beginning is to practice count breathing. This sets up a rhythm that tends to endure throughout the dive. I especially like to hold my breath for a couple counts and then extend the exhalation. I know we are told “never hold your breath” so this might not be approved practice but it works for me.
Secondly I tend to dive a bit deeper particularly on wreck dives because I enjoy video taping from a low prospective. However when we head back home I tend to dive a bit shallower than the group. This extends my remaining gas. Again this may not be an approved best practice but it allows me to extend my time with the group and it also allows me some additional off-gassing.