Q: “Isn’t technical diving more dangerous than recreational diving?”
A: Technical dive courses are very thorough on training, and almost all of the skills learned focus completely on redundancies and emergency drills. We practice these skills repeatedly so that if we were ever in a situation that could be considered “dangerous”, we know exactly how to solve the problem with minimal stress.
Tech divers pay particular attention to teamwork, and planning dives together, so that everyone feels confident in the dive and their dive buddies. We also always carry a back-up for everything, including dive computers and masks, purely for the very rare occasion that should any piece of equipment fail, we know we won’t have to worry.
You could say that decompression diving adds extra risk, just like driving on the motorway is slightly riskier than driving on a residential road, however, managed properly, and with thorough preparation, technical divers tend to be far better prepared for risk - physically and mentally - compared to the average recreational diver.
I’ll be working on answering your questions over the course of the Düsseldorf Boot Show, and posting them right here over the next two weeks. Comment here or come and visit me in person at the Düsseldorf Messe from 18-26 January.