Monday, January 31, 2011

Jug Springs, Crazy Horse Sink & Peacock

Finally after three days of trying to dive Jug Springs, we made it to Jug first thing in the morning.  Here is a short compilation of video clips from our dive at Jug Springs.  Hope you enjoy, its not the best it was shot with a point and shoot camera.

Coming Soon

From Jug we went to check out Crazy Horse Spring since I heard vis should be similar to Kitty Sink two days ago.  Keeping with my theme of this trip, I went for it.  The GPS numbers on Cave Atlas are accurate, you will come to a clearing on your left with power lines.  We parked on the side of the road and walked about .1 miles.  The sink is located between the second and third telephone pole from the road on the right.


Crazy Horse Sink is about 30-40' lower then the surrounding area, with semi steep surroundings.  It would be best to have a rope to help make it easier to climb back up with gear.  We did not dive the site because the surface vis was clear for about 4-6' and then had a milky layer.  Between the unknown vis and all the No Trespassing signs we thought it not worth it.


Our back up plan was to head to Peacock and do one nice long dive.  We entered at P1, followed the gold line to the second jump on the right and swam to Cisteen.  About midway between the gold line and  Cisteen the water temperature dropped 2 degrees and the water turned to a tantic color.   At Cisteen we decided not to surface to avoid getting covered in all kinds of debris on the surface and turned the dive.  On the way back to P1 we jumped to Nicholas Tunnel, continued down the tunnel back to the mainline.  In this tunnel the water again turned to fanatic color and cooler temperature.  Once back on the mainline we headed out to P1.  Our run time was 1 hour 38 minutes, with average depth of 55'.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Invasion By River

Today started off early with the alarm going off at 6:30 am and I was up getting ready to go dive Telford.  After rubbing the sleepies out of my eyes and making a super large cup of coffee I was out the door to meet my dive buddy at Amigos.  By the time I arrived his tanks were filled and we headed to Cave Excursions to swap gear between trucks and put only essential gear in one truck and leave the valuables in the other parked at the shop.  We parked at the boat ramp just downstream of Telford and began to suit up.

Gearing Up at Boat Ramp
In no time my buddy and I were ready to go, I think it was the excitement of

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hello Kitty

Today began with setting up my rebreather, heading over to Amigos to meet up with a dive buddy and head over to Telford.  When I arrived, Amigo's was packed with people already and it was only 9 am and after the normal chit chatting and getting gear organized, it was 10:30am.  Since are plan was to dive Telford then finish it off with Jug, but after spending to much time getting ready we decided to head north to Peacock.  On the drive, I remember Kitty Sink was close and visibility in the area right now is great.

I gave my buddy a call and told him about my new idea of diving Kitty Sink.  He was up for it, and I was excited to try another new cave.  We pulled up to the sink, and I immediately got out and ran over to the hole to see what the vis looked like.  It was awesome, you could see the bottom from the top of the steps, about 50-75' above the water level.  We instantly started getting ready and decided to bring a stage and O2 because the only info I had about this system was 100' depth, it is part of the Lafayette System.  I decided against the CCR because my buddy was on OC and if the depth was 100' the dive would not be long enough to warrant its use in my opinion.

Kitty Sink

I entered the sink first, attached my

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2 for 3: Not a Bad Day of Cave Diving

Today (1/27/11) was my first of four days back in North Florida.  Since I began cave diving, I was usually limited to 1 or 2 days, minimum travel time of 3 hours one way and no dive buddy most of the time, therefore I stuck with Ginnie Springs & Little River.  On this trip I wanted to dive some other systems and go off the beaten path some.

For this I started on Walter's caveatlas.com website and began looking at systems near Dive Outpost/Cave Excursions & near Amigo's/Cave East.  From here I compiled my list and began making inquires to some cave diving friends to find out what I could.

Last night (1/26/11) I mapped the locations of the sites I wanted to visit and laid out the plan of attack.  My plan was to try and get in 3 to 4 dives in at different systems.

I started out the morning going to the copy center in Gainesville to get my CCR bailout tables printed and laminated for the following days, since I realized they were still in NJ.  After wasting an hour or so there I started driving north.  My first site of the day to checkout was Ruth Springs, upon arriving on site I was greeted by nothing but nature and a clean spring.  Doing a quick walk to the water to check out the hole and it looked clear, I was excited to dive.



Ruth Spring
  I reached the exit of the cave at 54 minutes in to the dive, did a 5 minute safety top and surfaced.  I really enjoyed this cave and liked how it would go from low bedding

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Drysuit Inflation Bottle Setup

            Currently I am using a DiveRite Nomad BCD with some slight modifications, which can be seen in more detail in my Sidemount write up.  I use the Nomad for all my diving whether is be single tank, doubles, sidemount or rebreather.

a) Nomad w/ Deep Sea Supply Tail-plate

Mounting a Knife to Your Goodman Handle

I can not take credit for the original idea and I have only seen it once (Brett H has it on his light). It is a pocket knife mounted to the base of the goodman handle.

I picked up a small pocket knife at Walmart ($8), and 2 screws from ACE ($.64). Drilled 2 holes in my handle, took the 2 screws out of the pocket knife and mounted the new screws through the handle and into the knife.

Here is the finished product. You can also cut the tip off and make it a blunt tip knife.

      

Courses Taught

Recreational Courses                                Technical Courses
Open Water                                                  Intro to Technical Diving
Advanced Open Water                               Advanced Nitrox
Enriched Air Nitrox                                     Decompression Procedures
Rescue Diver
Equipment Specialist
Wreck Diver
Dive Master

Listed above are courses I believe a diver can truly benefit from.  I am not an instructor who cares how many dive certifications one has, but want to offer you the best possible training and courses you as the diver can benefit the most from.  You will also notice certification fees are not included in the course prices.  This is because certifications are earned not bought.

Please feel free to contact me at atedesch@gmail.com for more information & pricing


Combo Courses

Here are some recommendations of courses which can be grouped together to provide the diver with what they really need and get more bang for their buck. Combo courses are priced at a discounted rate.

  • Advanced Open Water & Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Wreck Diver & Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Intro to Technical Diving & Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Intro to Technical Diving & Wreck Diver
  • Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures

Open Water

The Open Water scuba course is the first set to becoming a scuba diver.  In this course you will learn the basics of scuba diving, from how to setup and use gear, plan dives and basic skills to dive.  This course is usually conducted in a minimum of 4 days, depending on the way the class is structured.  It is broken down in to academic with at home study, confined water dives (pool dives) and 2 days of open water dives (lake and/or ocean dives).

At the completion of this course you will be a certified scuba diver (60' max).  This means you have the ability to fill tanks, rent scuba gear and sign up for scuba diving trips.  You also have the responsibility to be a safe diver, continue your dive training and to dive regularly.

I do not teach this course independently because I do not have rental gear or a pool, but I teach the open water class for a few different dive shops.  If you are interested in taking the course with me or would like a recommendation, please feel free to contact me.

Pre-Requisites
  • Minimum Age 10 yrs old
  • Swim 100 yards continuously
  • Tread water for 10 minutes

Advanced Open Water

The Advanced Open Water course is the next step in your dive training and is designed to be taken right after your open water diving training.   This course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water.  It is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of an instructor.  By taking this course you will hone your skills by completing five dives that introduce you to:
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Deeper Depth Range (80-100')
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search & Recovery
  • Wreck Dive or Drift Dive (Depending upon Dive Location)

 Pre-Requisites
  • Open Water Diver Certification
  • Minimum Age 12 yrs old
  • 4 logged dives beyond training (Recommended, not required)
Course Structure
  • 1 Class Lecture
  • 5 Dives over 2 days



Enriched Air Nitrox

Diving with Enriched Air Nitrox lets you extend your no decompression limits beyond those when diving with air.  Diving with enriched air nitrox means more time underwater with longer bottom times and shorter surface intervals.  This course will cover topics such as proper cylinder labeling, gas analyse, dive planning and much more.

Pre-Requisites
  • Minimum Age 15 yrs old
  • Advanced Openwater Certification (Recommended)
Course Structure
  • 1 Class Lecture



Rescue Diver

The Rescue Diver course is a pivotal step in expanding the diver's knowledge and experience by building upon what they have already learned.  In this course the diver learns to look beyond themselves to consider the safety and well being of other divers.  Some of the skills covered in this course are: self rescue, managing stress, emergency management, rescuing panicked divers and rescuing unresponsive divers.

Pre-Requisites
  • Minimum Age 12 yrs old
  • Advanced Open Water Certification
Course Structure
  • 1 Class Lecture
  • 1 Pool Session
  • 1 Day at an open water site



Divemaster

The Divemaster course is the first step in becoming a professional in diving.  The diver will work closely with an Instructor, expanding your dive knowledge and honing your skills to the professional level. Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

For more detailed information please contact me directly at atedesch@gmail.com



Equipment Specialist

The Equipment Specialist course is a non diving class.  In this course the diver will learn the basic principles of how their dive gear works and how to properly maintain their gear.  Basic repairs and adjustment to gear such as regulators and BCDs will be discussed.  As well as how to patch/mend exposure suits, replacing o-rings and hoses.  The diver will also be taught how to build a real Save-A-Dive kit and what tools they should have with them.  The information presented in this course is information a diver gains after years of diving, but if you want it now and in one dose this class is for you.

Pre-Requisites
  • Minimum Age 12 yrs old
  • Advanced Open Water Certification
  • Own Scuba Equipment (Recommend, not required)
Course Structure
  • 1 Class Lecture

Wreck Diver

The Wreck Diver course the diver will learn how to plan, organize and conduct wreck dives.  Special emphasis will be placed on propulsion & buoyancy techniques, equipment such as reels & lights, emergency procedures and all other considerations associated with wreck diving.

The courses is offered two ways: external wreck diving, with no penetration or wreck diving with limited penetration.  The external wreck diving course is geared to the diver with limited to no experience diving real shipwrecks.  If the diver is new to the Northeast Atlantic and wants to learn how to safely dive wrecks this course is for them.  The limited penetration option is recommend for the diver who has been diving shipwrecks for awhile and went to expand there skills.  The diver should be familiar and diving with a redundant gas source and/or diving in a technical configuration.

Pre-Requisites
  • Minimum Age 15 yrs old
  • Advanced Openwater Certification
  • Enriched Air Nitrox (Recommended) 
  • Limited Penetration Option
    • 10 Dives after Advanced Certification
Course Structure
  • 1 Class Lecture
  • 4 Dives over 2 days



Introduction to Technical Diving

The TDI Intro to Tech course is the perfect course for divers who have heard about technical diving and want to find out more about this exciting branch of advanced recreational diving. This course walks students through the special techniques, planning procedures and skills that set technical diving apart from traditional sport diving. It will show them how to improve their dive planning methods, in-water skills and streamline their existing gear configuration, in a non-threatening and fun learning environment. The specific skills this course will highlight are:
  • Advanced Buoyancy Control
  • Gas Management
  • Situational Awareness
  • Trim
  • Gear Configuration and Selection
  • Many More!
Pre-Requisites
  • Minimum Age 15 yrs old
  • Advanced Openwater Certification
  • Proof of 25 logged dives (Training dive do not count)
Course Structure
  • 1 Class Lecture /w Gear Configuration
  • 1 Day of Diving (minimum of 3 dives, no greater then 75')

Advanced Nitrox

The TDI Advanced Nitrox Course qualifies divers to use enriched air nitrox from EAN 21 through EAN 100 to a depth of 40 metres/130 feet during dives hat do not require staged decompression. Often taught in conjunction with the TDI Decompression Procedures course, this can be considered the foundation of your technical diving career.  Advanced Nitrox is also a great course for those wanting to extend their bottom times in shallower depths such as scientific diver, and a must for SCR or CCR divers.   The course cover topics like
  • Equipment requirements
  • Dive planning
  • Oxygen tracking
  • Blending methods
Pre-Requisites
  • Minimum Age 15 yrs old
  • Enriched Air / Nitrox Certification
  • Experience Diving in Tec Gear
  • Proof of 25 logged dives (Training dive do not count)
Course Structure
  • 1 Class Lecture
  • 2 Days of Diving (4 dives , no greater then 130')

Decompression Procedures

As sport divers planned decompression is not something that we do or have been taught. The TDI Decompression Procedures course prepares you for planned staged decompression diving. With a maximum operating depth of 45m/150 feet, this course is your first step beyond the normal sport diving limits. Your TDI Instructor will provide you with valuable information and skills, among the topics covered are
  • Kit set-up
  • Equipment requirements
  • Decompression techniques
  • Decompression breathing gases
  • Gas management
  • Contingency planning
Pre-Requisites
  • Minimum Age 18 yrs old
  • Advanced Open Water Certification
  • Intro to Tec or Experience Diving in Tec Gear
  • Proof of 10 logged dives in Tec Gear (Training dive do not count)
Course Structure
  • 1 Class Lecture
  • 2 Days of Diving (4 dives , no greater then 150')

Forms

Below is a list of paperwork needed to be printed out and signed by the student before the beginning of the course.  Please review the instructions carefully before signing.

Student Agreement (All Students must print this out and sign)

Recreational Courses

Technical Courses

Guided Dives

Guided dives are available at all certification levels to certified divers.  If you just want to relax, and have someone else do the planning for you or if you have not been diving in awhile this option is for you.  I will act as a buddy for individual divers or a guide to a group while providing the diver(s) with a detailed dive plan and information about the dive site to increase your safety and enjoyment.

Rental gear, gas fills and booking of a charter boat can be arranged by me.  On site emergency oxygen, first aid kit, spares/tool kit and bottled water will be provided.  Note that the guide fee does not include site fees, gas fills, or any rental gear you may like to use and a non-refundable deposit of at least half is due to hold your reservation.  Deposits may be paid by cash or personal check.

Guided Dive Requirements
  • DAN’s Dive Insurance or equivalent
  • Possess sufficient training & experience for requested dive
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of skill & judgment.
  • Equipment will be subject to inspection & comparison
  • Must sign a general liability release

For more information, pricing or multi-day discounts please contact me at atedesch@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Profile


     My name is Anthony Tedeschi, born and raised in Southern New Jersey, my life on the water started at a very young age. Spending every summer on my father's boat, fishing in the back bays and offshore. It always amused me that I was able to legally drive a boat (age 14) before being able to drive a car (age 17). For my 14th birthday my parents signed me up for a basic open water scuba course. It was primarily to do underwater work on our boats and friend's vessels. I had no idea what really laid off the shores of our coast.

Philosophy

The Right Mindset
     Diving & dive training should be fun and something you want to do.  Coming to a dive site or course with a negative attitude, outside distractions or being stressed, is going to make things unpleasant for yourself and others.  It may also lead you to make mistakes and potentially cause injury/death to yourself and team.

The Right Equipment
     Dive equipment has come along way over the years, and is available from multiple manufactures, in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  Do not let gear dictate how you gear is configured but instead configure you gear to be: High Quality, Streamlined, & Standardization for all your diving.

The Right Experience
     Just because you have a certain level of certification does not mean you have the that kind of dive experience (Stay within your comfort zone).   You should conduct training in the environment you plan to do most of your diving.  Dives during your class are supervised and controlled.   As a responsible diver you need to go out and dive at your current level of certification.  This will allows you to tone your skills, be a more comfortable diver and a chance to gain real world dive experience.