I started TDI technical dive training with Bernie Chowdhury at Pan Aqua in Brookfield, CT. This involved much in depth classroom training and research. After these initial sessions and gear configurations (building our double sets) we planned our initial "shakedown" dives at Dutch Springs quarry in Bethlehem PA. This facility is perfect for training in our area. We assembled and tested our doubles, back plates, wings, primary and secondary regulators, long hoses, stage bottles, canister lights, reels, lift bags, drysuits etc. We worked with stage bottles for travel gas and oxygen. We practiced land drills with our reels and practiced fin technique on the tables. We discussed and planned our training dives in minute detail. Then we hit the water for some humbling initial dives in new gear...
Ed Weeks diving a wreck in the Saint Lawrence river in Canada
Chris Lundgren, Ed Weeks and Mark Albin headed to Lake George, NY to finish their TDI Trimix certifications. It was getting towards the end of the New England ocean dive season (we were getting blown out on charters) so we ended up going inland to Lake George. We were able to meet our deep dive requirements by planning 160 ffw trimix dives in the lake. Deep, dark and very cold!
Lake George Trimix dives aboard the Halfmoon Explorer with Bernie Chowdhury (3rd from front)
We traveled to Morehead City North Carolina for some extended range deep dives on NC wrecks in pursuit of our Trimix certifications. We dove on several wrecks including the famous U352.
TDI Extended Range training dives in North Carolina with Ian Carter.
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