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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
 
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In this episode Jeff and Ben go after a random collection of questions that have come in recently: If I live in the U.S. should I learn the metric system for diving? Should you exercise before or after diving? How to shore dive side mount? Integrated boots or rock boots on a dry suit? What is the best scuba diving car? My traveling gear bag weights…
 
Quitting. It happens in every endeavor, but in diving it happens much more than it should. Why do people get certified and quit, or don't get certified and quit, or dive for 20 years and quit? In this episode Jeff and Ben explore quitting from a glass half empty and a glass half full perspective...which means why don't people quit diving? https://u…
 
Some of the most stressful dives – as related to nitrogen loading – are dives that are right up to the limits of no-decompression limits, like 100ft/30m for 20 minutes on air or 30 minutes on nitrox 32. So now we have created a solution for that – the UTD Oxygen Clean Up Course. Any diver who has complete the UTD Recreational 2 or 3 course can now …
 
Aging up. It's inevitable. But that does not have to stop us from diving. If you are working your way up to what we're calling Gen O/W, or Generation Older/Wiser, or you're diving with parents or grandparents or friends who have joined Gen O/W, then this episode is for you. Jeff (who is now officially Gen O/W) and Ben (who is getting closer) look a…
 
How much risk are you willing to take on a dive? In this episode Jeff and Ben explore risk from all angles, particularly as it relates to your level of diving, your training, and your experience. Join us for this exploration of what you can do to make your diving, and your team's diving, safer and more fun. https://utdscubadiving.com/…
 
Primer UTD Scuba Diving Podcast en Español en el que los instructores Sergi Pérez y Alan Weinberg conversan sobre el curso UTD Cave 3 y cómo se llega a este nivel. Entran en detalle de los diferentes cursos que hay desde los inicios con el Overhead Protocols pasando por el Cave 1 y Cave 2 y cómo se comparan. Comparten impresiones sobre el último cu…
 
Do you have goals? In scuba diving? Sports? Work? In this episode Jeff takes a look at goals and goal setting and the process of training to reach those goals. If the point of the goal is just to get there, you run the risk of missing the most amazing parts of life. Listen to the episode, set some goals, and have some fun. If you'd like to talk to …
 
The Spring 2022 UTD Scuba Skills Camp in San Diego, California, was a huge success. Three days of personal skills training, video reviews, happy hours, and tons of social time – unlimited learning and unlimited fun. In this episode Jeff is joined by UTD instructor James Mott and two of the camp participants, Dr. Dick Sadler and PADI instructor Stev…
 
Our first in a series of UTD Scuba Diving Podcasts in Italian with UTD Instructors Martina Carelli and Mattia Popesso. Ma la decompressione è davvero solo questione di tempo e profondità? Quali sono gli altri fattori che possiamo controllare e che influenzano l'efficacia decompressiva? Dovremmo davvero iniziare a parlare un po' di più di sforzo res…
 
Why are we doing yet another podcast about side mount? Good question. We now have the new system completed dialed in, new content online in the UTD Side Mount Mini and Essentials of Side Mount online courses, and we have lots of people diving the new system. So in this episode Ben and I go back over the journey to get to this new, amazing side moun…
 
The UTD Scuba Coaching program has been running successfully for almost two years now so, it's time to meet some of the clients. In this episode Jeff sits down with Team Austin: Jay, Chris, and Xiangfei. Listen as they take an in depth look at their experiences in the coaching program, their recommendations for anyone considering coaching, and a lo…
 
How many obscure, or not so obscure, questions can Jeff and Ben address in one episode? Tune in to find out as we tackle questions on weighting, SMBs, toxing diver recovery, rebreathers, gradient factors, rock bottom, emergency gas planning, and much more. This is our first "rapid fire" episode. Let us know if you'd like more! https://utdscubadivin…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 Jef…
 
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 thos…
 
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!…
 
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 w…
 
Jeff Seckendorf's presentation on Scuba Coaching in the Technical Diving Resource Center at the DEMA show in Las Vegas, November 16, 2021: Great scuba training does not have to be focused on the outcome. It can be about the process. If we take a page from coaching in almost every other discipline, coaches make athletes better. It is not just about …
 
Because what happens in Vegas, shows up on Facebook. For the first time since Covid became our new normal, we're going back to the DEMA show. DEMA, or the Dive Equipment and Marketing Association, is an annual trade show for all things scuba. It alternates between Las Vegas and Orlando, so this year it's in Las Vegas. We will be talking about coach…
 
The RMS Republic: The Billion dollar Shipwreck of GOLD The Backstory: The RMS Republic was a White Star Line steam-powered ocean liner built in 1903. In early morning of 23 January 1909, while sailing from New York City to Gibraltar, the Republic was in a collision with SS Florida in 1909 in which she sank in 270 feet of water aprox 70 miles off of…
 
In our last episode – "The Most Obscure Questions in Scuba Diving, The Tech Episode," we specifically left out the questions about diving doubles. So now Jeff and Ben devote the whole episode to doubles...the good, the less good, and the really good. Lots of facts, and lots of opinions. If you dive doubles, or are considering it, this is your episo…
 
Technical Free-diving and shooting underwater scene for AVITAR 2. Interview with Kirk Krack of Performance Free-diving. Kirk discusses the procedure, techniques, physics and physiology of technical free diving. Kirk also discusses how he used technical free to train actors for the underwater sequences in the new AVITAR Feature Film Download past Fr…
 
Human Factors in Diving: Part 3 "Reducing Error Producing Conditions." We wrap up our Human Factors discussion with Gareth Lock. We discuss error producing conditions, network influence mapping and how to improve learning from incidents. We also preview the upcoming Human Factors in Diving Conference. In Sept 2021 there will be the online Human Fac…
 
Psycho-Motor Skills Discussion. Interview with Karl Shreeves. Karl is the Director of Training Development at PADI. We discuss psycho-motor skills and how that relates to teaching and performing scuba diving. Psychomotor skills refers to a wide range of actions involving physical movement related to conscious cognitive processing. https://en.wikipe…
 
Jeff and Ben take on four obscure questions in technical scuba diving: Why nitrox 50 from 160ft/48m but oxygen from 130ft/39m? Why are all the deco and stage cylinders on the left? Why do we only carry one bottom timer? Why do we use SPG's, not electronic transmitters? This, plus dozens of tangents and shiny objects. Although the topics are founded…
 
Human Factors in Diving Psychological Safety and Just Culture: Gareth Lock, author of the book "The Human Diver" talks about the two key concepts in dive safety analysis. Psychological safety and just culture. - Psychological Safety is the belief that you won’t be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes. …
 
Human Factors in Diving Part 1: An Introduction Gareth Lock is a retired RAF officer and dive educator who is the Director of "The Human Diver". This is an organization that's mission is to improve the safety and performance of divers thru the study of Human Factors. Human Factors are the physical or cognitive properties of individuals, or social b…
 
The Philosophy of Technical Dive Instruction: a discussion We talk with Marissa Eckert and James Draker of Hidden World Diving about: standards, tech diving history, training agencies, cave diving, tech student problems, advanced buoyancy control, gas management, situational awareness and how different instructors teach. For more info about cave an…
 
TRAINING on the OPTIMA CM: Chest Mounted CCR: PART-2 Training report on the CM w/ Lamar Hires of Dive Rite. On location at Blue Grotto Dive resort in Williston FL. For more info check out: https://www.diverite.com/products/uncategorized/o2ptima-cm/ To join the Optima CM Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/267267033283934…
 
Well, maybe this isn't the most obscure question in scuba diving; actually, it might be one of the most common, and misconceptions run rampant. But we continue to hear about skip breathing so, here it is: Jeff and Ben on countless reasons why skip breathing is both a bad idea and a physiological non-starter. Plus, a look at why we train for multipl…
 
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