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 Podcast #37 – The Most Obscure Question in Scuba Diving Vol. 9 – Everything Ratio Deco 3.0
We always get questions about Ratio Deco, and particularly about changes to Ratio Deco 3.0. In this Obscure Questions episode Jeff and Ben are joined by UTD instructor (and technical diver) Martina Carelli. Martina went through the complete Ratio Deco online course and created a list of real-world questions. We answered these, plus a few that came in from other students and podcast listeners.
Check out the episode for answers to questions about surface intervals, oxygen windows, gas density, accuracy of mixes, using nitrox deeper than 4 ATA, using best mix nitrox, dive computers and computer-generated tables, and more.
For access to the complete UTD Ratio Deco online course, click here.
More questions? Other topics for our Obscure Questions podcast? Contact us here.
UTD Podcast #36 – 2022 UTD Skills Camp
The UTD Skills Camps are three to five day camps where you will hone your personal and dive skills while working with a team of UTD instructors.
The next camp is March 31 – April 4, 2022 in San Diego, California. Your instructor are Jeff Seckendorf, James Mott, Tom Carr, and Kim Cardenas. In this episode Jeff, James, and Tom give you their take on the what, the why, and the how of UTD Skills Camps.
These camps are for every level diver – from the newest open water certified diver to the old salty tech, wreck, or cave diver.
Click here for the daily schedule, details and costs.
If you are ready to up your game, click below to register!
UTD Podcast #35 – Give the Gift of Buoyancy - Unpacking ESM
ESM, or Extreme Scuba Makeover, the UTD Scuba Diving buoyancy and proper weighting course, has been game changing for so many divers. People come into ESM at every level but with the same goals...increase buoyancy skills and dial in their weights.
From new divers with five dives to tech divers and instructors, everyone benefits. In this episode Jeff and Ben delve into ESM – its history, evolution, how it works, and how you can benefit, plus some exercises you can do in the pool or open water.
And since it's the holiday season, what better gift for any diver you know and/or love to give them the gift of buoyancy. Grab the online course content, or search for a UTD instructor and book an ESM class. You'll never regret it and never look back.
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And, as always, please contact us if you have any questions or comments!
UTD Podcast #34– DEMA 2021 Wrap Up
We are back home and recovering from a long week at the DEMA scuba trade show in Las Vegas and, we think, it was a very successful show.
Jeff and Ben sit down for a short podcast where we lay out our thoughts about the show, the future, and answer the one remaining question from the live "Obscure Questions" episode we recorded at the show.
For those of you who missed the DEMA show this year, consider coming to see us in Orlando in November 2022. We will absolutely be there!
UTD Podcast #33 – The Most Obscure Questions in Scuba Diving Vol. 8 – LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS
Recorded live at the DEMA show in Las Vegas, Jeff and Ben answer your questions with a standing room only live audience:
Does the color of an SMB matter?
Can you use an uncompensated regulator on your argon bottle?Why is the long hose on the right post?When should you ditch your weights?This, and much more, live from Las Vegas!
UTD Podcast #32– DEMA Show Side Mount Presentation
Ben Bos, UTD Training Director, on the current state of side mount in recreational diving, presented in the Technical Diving Resource Center at the DEMA show in Las Vegas, November 16, 2021:
Side mount has taken the scuba industry by storm over the past few years. At UTD we saw the potential of including this cave-born way of diving into our open water recreational and technical curriculum.
However traditional side mount using independent cylinders is very difficult to integrate in a consistent manner into our team diving mindset. We solved this by adding an isolatable gas distribution system to a wing and harness. This allows gas to continuously flow to all regulators and inflation systems (dry suit and BC) regardless of the number of cylinders carried. This also lets us integrate it with our standardized protocols for gas sharing and other emergency procedures.
As we could see, most divers who are using side mount are diving in open water as opposed to caves and we had to have a system that would support mixed teams – back mount and side mount.
The downside was that it required a proprietary equipment setup – the isolatable manifold mounted on the harness. The system has been widely adopted and used all over the world but, we had to look for a more “stock” equipment configuration to implement our philosophies and thoughts on side mount in a system that supports, singles, doubles, and deco bottles.
UTD side mount training is now based on this new system. It is configured with off-the-shelf components and can be adopted by any side mount system on the market. Using this new gas distribution system we are staying true to our core beliefs and not breaking our own covenants.
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.
UTD podcast make u better!
I discovered Unified Team Divers podcast several months ago. UTD podcasts are by far the most informative, classy podcast available today, not full of nonsense. I have been diving since 1994 yet I learn something with every podcast. UTD podcast will make you a better diver. Jeff and Ben are so rock solid not only as dive instructions but teachers. The discussion of tech diving skills applied to sport diving makes you re-evaluate your skills and learn. They are able to relay very important dive information in a very understandable conversations. Most of all I find they are able to give a different more complete yet complex and informative twist to common scuba skills. I am a far better diver after listening to UTD podcast. You will not be disappointed!