Introduction to DIR Diving – Vobster – 11-12th August 2007

By , Sunday 12th August 2007 8:00 pm

Simon and my latest jaunt is on an introduction to DIR diving organised by some guys from YD. A really good time has had, lots was learned :) Simon started the weekend coming along  for the ride as it’s me who’s really interested in this stuff. The guy who left Vobster was “DIR Old Man Taylor“…

Left Cardiff at around 7am with old man taylor (Simon). We hadn’t been to Vobster in a good year or so and were a bit lost. We lost faith in the GPS even though it pretty much guided us to the door (except the road signs are only from the opposite direction). One highlight for a drive down was driving through the middle of the Bristol hot air balloon festival.

We eventually arrived at 9am got in, met everyone and listened in on the DIR intro talk. Basically giving us the why’s and how’s of DIR and a run down of what we’d be doing over the weekend. After that it was time to get the gear. Leaving for the top car park we did a bit of asking and managed to sneak the van down the hill.  As there were three of us on singles we were put in our own little evil threesome for the weekend. First dive Myself, Simon, and Ben were doing a dive with Garf concentrating on trim, bouyancy, and fin strokes. We were to be filmed by Wilbo, or were we??? After a cuppa we were taken through the DIR gear config, all makes pretty good sense. A second dive with GLOC this time concentrating on bouyancy, and holding stops in 3m increments.

Anyway, all packed up, and a ever decreasingly sized convoy headed upto GLOC’s for a BBQ and more talks. Julie sorted out food so many thanks to her there.  Howard arrived half way through and the gas management talk began, an interesting piece on minimum gas. After this we headed into the living room for the video debrief, much laughter ensued ;)

Everyone went to bed leaving me and Howard chatting and finishing off beers in the kitchen. I though he seemed alright but clearly the photos taken not 5 minutes later seem to prove he’d had enough. I won’t post it again or I’ll have to add an adult filter to my website :)

Next morning Ben hit the twinset with GLOC so Simon and I were being groomed by Howard. The first hour we simply chatted through the gear and Howard made several adjustments to my harness and we rearranged/dropped some weight from my gear. We discussed several bits of our gear setups and went for a dive. Must say diving was completely different from Saturday much more comfortable in the water. Stops held with no trouble. I’ve always dived using my drysuit for bouyancy, that’s how I was taught, but always willing to learn I switched to using the wing and just squirting a little bit of air into the drysuit to stop my knackers from getting knackered ;) Much nicer and much happier in the water this way, why I didn’t ever switch before I’ll never know!

Next dive Howard was reminded that he’d said he’d dive in Simon’s BCD and splits so Simon could take up a go on a single wing. Simon dropped down for a quick weight test and a little swim while we were waiting to drop down as a group. I didn’t think it was possible to see someone decide they’re going to change their diving and equipment that quickly, but you could see it happen within seconds! Dive with Howard was fun, had a play with his scooter, and didn’t get bent! Also clipped on a stage for a quick swim around to see how it felt.

Out from the dive to unpack and listen to Simon tell everyone how amazing using the wing was :D If only Phil from diving niknaks had hung around one more day he’d have got a copy of Simon’s credit card!

Had a really good weekend and would really like to thank the guys for organising the weekend. It was really interesting, we learnt lots, and had a great time all at once. One thing I’d say about everyone there is how willing they were to answer questions and discuss points, to the degree of disappearing off to the car and returning to pull a second stage apart to show how it was all put together.

I’d definately recommend anyone to go along and give these weekends a try well worth it.

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