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UTD Podcast Español #60 – Castilla Cave Tour
En enero de 2023 hemos completado el Castilla Cave Tour. En este viaje hemos visitado algunas de las cuevas más icónicas del centro de España. Empezamos en el Pozo Azul que es actualmente la cueva con mayor desarrollo explorado en Europa con +13km de longitud. Fuente Azul es una de las cuevas más profundas con una cota de -130m. Fuentenavinahttp://www.espeleogaem.org/fuentenavina/s_fuentenavina.htm es una cueva bastante cerrada con un desarrollo de unos 700m a través de unos tubos con muchos zig zags. Finalmente, Fuencaliente es una surgencia que desemboca en un lago en un parque regional y es extremadamente ratonera. En cierto modo, para los que conocen los cenotes mexicanos, parecida al Cenote Minotauro.
Este podcast lo grabamos a modo de conversación entre los miembros del equipo la última noche en el hotel. Muestra las opiniones de los diferentes miembros, desde los más noveles que recién empiezan a bucear cuevas tras el Cave 1 a los más experimentados que buceaban con CCR y torpedos.
In January 2023 we have completed the Castilla Cave Tour which was a trip through some of the most iconic caves in central Spain. We started at Pozo Azul which is currently the longest cave explored so far in Europe with +13KM in length. Fuente Azul is one of the deepest caves at -130m. Fuentenavina is a tight cave with aprox 700m penetration through tight tubes with many zig zags. Finally, Fuencaliente is a surgence which feeds a lake in a Regional Park and it is extremely tight. In a way, for those familiar with Mexican Cenotes, like Cenote Minotauro in that sense.
This podcast was recorded on the last night at the hotel as a conversation with part of the team in Spanish. It highlights the impressions from newer cave divers who joined this trip to more seasoned ones diving on CCR and Scooters.
UTD Podcast #59 – The Secret to Teaching Human Factors in Scuba Diving
In 2022 I was invited to speak at the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society's scientific meeting. This was in the ORCA project: Operational Resilience and Cognitive Awareness, quite a mouthful, but basically it was a meeting about human factors in scuba diving.
In UTD we have been teaching human factors in our training programs since day one, but there is a secret. Listen to this short talk to learn the secret to teaching human factors in scuba diving.
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UTD Podcast #58 – Cat Harris of DAN on Incident and Accident Reporting
Incident and accident reporting. Is it good for scuba or terrifying for scuba? In this episode Jeff and Ben are joined by Diver Alert Network's Cat Harris. Cat manages DAN's incident reporting system.
Should scuba take a page from general aviation, an industry that has consistently published accident data and analysis? Or should scuba continue to hide behind the idea that telling anyone there could be some danger associated with scuba is just bad for business.
Also joining us is Andrej Gaspar, a UTD Instructor in Slovakia, whose student just created an reporting system for mountain incidents and accidents.
What do you think?
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UTD Podcast #57 - The Most Obscure Questions in Scuba Diving Vol. 13 – The BCD and Wing Episode
Why no bungees? Why no double bladders? Do you need an STA? Why are they all black?
In this episode Jeff and Ben tackle these questions and many more as they dig into the ins and outs, and ups and downs of BCDs, wings, dumps, and bladders.
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UTD Podcast #56 - Inside a UTD Technical Diving Course Parts 1, 2, and 3
Immediately following the DEMA show in Orlando, Ben taught a Tech 1 course in the Florida keys. He was joined by three students and UTD Instructor James Mott, who flew down to co-teach with Ben. The team decided to record a podcast in three parts, one at the beginning, right after the first day, one in the middle, and one after the final dive. In this episode you will hear thoughts and insights from both instructors and all three students as they progress through their Tech 1 class.
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UTD Podcast #55 - Ratio Deco 3.0: The Evolution of an Ascent Strategy - DEMA 2022 Presentation
During the 2022 DEMA Show in Orlando, Florida, Ben presented in the Technical Resource Area on how ascent strategies can and should change and how Ratio Deco has changed over the decades to become Ratio Deco 3.0. Plus a little history on decompression strategies and algorithms, along with a dose of how are bodies deal with inert gas at higher pressures. The audio is a bit rough as this was recorded on the trade show floor.
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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.