The Cave Environment and Conservation – part 1

By Vikki Batten - PADI International Ltd Technical Consultant and avid cave diver. With the advent of the first PADI TecRec Distinctive Cave Diver Course there has never been a better time to start cave diving. It’s also a good time to take a look at the cave environment and why it is so appealing to …

Slovakian Long Distance Ice-Dive Record

Report by Michal Palkovic, TecRec Trimix Instructor On the 6th of February a team of Slovak DSAT technical divers of DiveINN Dive Center, planned and successfully executed a long distance ice dive using passive semi-closed rebreather unit. The dive was conducted on a frozen lake Guláška, approximately 30km north from the Slovak capital city Bratislava. …

PADI’s TDD President Under Antarctic Ice

Dr. Drew Richardson, President of PADI’s Technical Diving Division, was part of a ten diver test team sponsored by the USA’s National Science Foundation and Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with the U.S. Navy's Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) earlier this year. It was a technical event held to test regulators for adequacy under extreme conditions and freeze up likelihood. The team also …

Diving in the Eagle’s Nest

Steve Mortell, Director of Cave Diving in PADI's Technical Diving Division, recently made a dive in the Eagle's Nest, described by some as the Mount Everest of Cave Diving. Just prior to the DEMA show, Steve along with Jeff Loflin, Bobby Smallwood and Kevin Kirk headed to Lockwood tunnel reaching approximately 650 feet back in …