UTD Essentials

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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by BASSMAN » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:17 am

I dive a Long hose set up, why? because it's easier to share air with my buddy. (not because I want to go cave diving)
I dive a Backplate and wing, why? because I got a good deal on one and after hearing Grateful diver say, "it puts weight over on top of your lungs" so SS BP and Wing with a DUI weight harness helps me trim out better.
But please, don't put me on video. :eek:

I stopped diving my split fins, because I tried the Hollis F-1's once.
But I still use my splits in the Aquarium.
So it seems that I'm slowly drifting towards UTD or tecreational diver. but I keep my blue Finstrap, my red bungie chord on my inflator hose and my blue bungie on my Necklace
Just to be sure I'm not accused of being "DIR" :blackblink:
I do appreciate the several tips I have gotten from other divers who have taken the Fundies class.
I don't do it very often but one guy showed me how to descend with a buddy, horizontally, face to face and if you get to close to each other you can fist-bump away. That little tid-bit has been fun to use once-in-a-while. Thank's SgtPepper, where ever you are.
I still need to learn how to reverse kick. :smt064 :notworthy:
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UTD Essentials

Post by Tangfish » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:02 am

Once I have enough retractors clipped off to me (minimum 12 pieces of "flair"), I feel like a real diver. Either that or having a buddy along with a laser pointer strong enough to agitate the sharks. *pokes Bassman*

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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by cardiver » Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:39 pm

Pez7378 wrote:
Norris wrote:The only thing this thread is missing is a link.


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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by Pez7378 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:29 pm

Norris wrote:The only thing this thread is missing is a link.


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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by GetWet » Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:18 pm

I have been diving for about 2 years and have around 100 dives logged. Since taking the UTD essentials class I feel like 'diver'. I am excited to be diving. I am a good buddy, and a good diver. Do I need to practice the skills I learned? Yes! Is there more for me to learn, 'oh yeah'!

But I finally can dive! My gear fits right, I can gear up, clip things off, do safety drills, shoot a bag, but most importantly.... I can hang out where ever in the water column I want to! Particularly off the silty bottom of Hood Canal! :partydance: Sigh... That is heaven.

Brian and Jeanna did a wonderful job with the class, the skill, the practice, everything. I can say for sure, I will be diving with them agan!

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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by dsteding » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:29 pm

BASSMAN wrote:Truth be told I would probably take that training, if I could afford it. Maybe, some day.
I'm sure your a better diver because of that training, I was just pokin fun at DIR thinking.
I'm sure it is the same, but maybe a little different. UTD/DIR, I'm not a hater of either.
I just hope you don't feel that you were an incompetent soft, diver before the training.
Congratulations on completing the course. I've heard it's not easy.


If I may, Brian and Jeanna have worked very hard to avoid the negative stereotype associated with the whole DIR thing. I think they've done an excellent job with re-introducing a more positive, let's-have-fun-and-not-be-dicks form of team diving to the PNW. Comments like these only serve to take away from the effort.
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by BDub » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:09 pm

Thanks for the nice words, everyone. However, it's worth saying that what you get out of this class is proportional to the effort you put in it.

You all showed up, ready to learn and eager to improve your skills and it showed.

Good job, and congrats to all of you.
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by John Rawlings » Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:04 pm

Norris wrote:The only thing this thread is missing is a link.


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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by Norris » Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:02 pm

The only thing this thread is missing is a link.
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by ktb » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:47 am

Mattleycrue76 wrote:Congrats on finishing Essentials!

I think many people would be surprised at how little this class has to do with any kind of philosophy other than maximizing enjoyment while diving.


Seriously Matt, quit reading my mind . . . (see thread about the grenade)

But it's true! I'm the LAST person you'd think of being a DIR diver, but at least I understand the why's of what they do now. I really appreciated Brian explaining the philosophy, but it was such a small part of what I got out of the class.

It's such a funny thing to say the class was "just" about trim, buoyancy, proper kicking techniques, etc--it doesn’t do the class justice. I agree with Bob--it feels like I came out the other side a more confident and solid diver. I also know the things I need to keep working on to continue feeling more comfortable in the water--hell, I’ve seen them all in living color! (Never underestimate the power of seeing yourself on video.) Brian and Jeanna have amazing patience, but they also don’t pull punches, which I appreciate. I’ll have Brian’s voice in my head for the next several months, giving me crap if I go vertical on an ascent because I’m lazy. Sigh.

Bottom line . . . if you take this class from Brian and Jeanna, you won’t be disappointed. If this sounds like a shameless plug, then good--I meant it as one.
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by Mattleycrue76 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:10 am

Congrats on finishing Essentials!

I think many people would be surprised at how little this class has to do with any kind of philosophy other than maximizing enjoyment while diving.
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by Norris » Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:14 am

I cant get enough of these threads....


Congrats on your achievment..
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by Pez7378 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:39 am

Congratulations. As long as you keep diving, you won't be excommunicated.

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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by nwbobber » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:27 am

Actually, Bobber has been excommunicated all ready for replying to your first post.....oh shit I just realized that I'm also reply...............


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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by nwbobber » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:22 am

I'm sure your a better diver because of that training, I was just pokin fun at DIR thinking.
I'm sure it is the same, but maybe a little different. UTD/DIR, I'm not a hater of either.

I feel better. I got back into diving after the DIR commandos got everyone all riled up. I bought a bunch of halcyon equipment cause I liked the way it worked before I even heard of DIR, then was shocked to learn some would judge me as an *hole (maybe, I had heard stories) by showing up decked out in my new gear. Well it didn't turn out to be that bad thankfully, I think that divers are generally patient kind people. I hope the dive community can get past that argument. I don't care how any one else dives, I just want to be more comfortable and maximize my fun. I'm gettin' there, doin' whatever works, and I'd enjoy diving with you Bassman, if I could just make it all the way up there on a thursday.
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by ORDiver » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:08 am

BASSMAN wrote:Truth be told I would probably take that training, if I could afford it. Maybe, some day.
I'm sure your a better diver because of that training, I was just pokin fun at DIR thinking.
I'm sure it is the same, but maybe a little different. UTD/DIR, I'm not a hater of either.
I just hope you don't feel that you were an incompetent soft, diver before the training.


I'm sorry Bassman but none of us can reply to your post. If we do we will be excommunicated from the DIR community. At the end of the class there is a ceremony where we all get together and burn yellow octo hoses and chant a special oath that forbids any interaction with "the others". Actually, Bobber has been excommunicated all ready for replying to your first post.....oh shit I just realized that I'm also reply...............

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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by BASSMAN » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:59 am

Truth be told I would probably take that training, if I could afford it. Maybe, some day.
I'm sure your a better diver because of that training, I was just pokin fun at DIR thinking.
I'm sure it is the same, but maybe a little different. UTD/DIR, I'm not a hater of either.
I just hope you don't feel that you were an incompetent soft, diver before the training.
Congratulations on completing the course. I've heard it's not easy.
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by ORDiver » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:59 am

nwbobber wrote:I just completed UTD essentials with Bdub and Jeanna Edgerton. What a great class! In a month, I feel like I have been given a huge boost towards becoming a competent solid diver. Lots of work to do mind you, but there has been a major change in my diving in the last 6 weeks. I can't recommend this training highly enough. This was the best investment I have made to date in my diving enjoyment. A huge thanks to Jeanna and Brian. You rock! :supz:


Agreed, thanks guys. :koolaid:

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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by spatman » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:27 am

congratulations, nwbobber, and to the others who finished the class along with you!
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by nwbobber » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:00 am

There are lots of ways, I'm sure. I'm just saying that Brian And Jeanna are extremely good instructors and I'm grateful for their excellent work. =D> Not trying to get into a philosophical argument. :angelblue: I have a lot of weird philosophies, I've given up. #-o
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Re: UTD Essentials

Post by BASSMAN » Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:20 am

nwbobber wrote: In a month, I feel like I have been given a huge boost towards becoming a competent solid diver.


:uh:
Is there any other way to become a competent solid diver?
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Sounds like the Philosophy of some other closely affiliated organization.

I'm just thinkin' out loud here :stir:

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UTD Essentials

Post by nwbobber » Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:17 am

I just completed UTD essentials with Bdub and Jeanna Edgerton. What a great class! In a month, I feel like I have been given a huge boost towards becoming a competent solid diver. Lots of work to do mind you, but there has been a major change in my diving in the last 6 weeks. I can't recommend this training highly enough. This was the best investment I have made to date in my diving enjoyment. A huge thanks to Jeanna and Brian. You rock! :supz:
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