October 10th, 2011

Wreck Diver Magazine Learns Sidemount Diving


The interest in sidemount diving caught the industry by surprise, particularly in terms of open water applications. Cave diving, definitely, but the amount of interest for the open water diver was astounding! Questions at trade shows tech tours and just talking to people at club meetings have been dominated by the topic.

When Joe Porter of Wreck Diving Magazine expressed a personal interest in the technique and sought training I was impressed. We worked out a training schedule for Joe and his son, Philip, in Florida. Mike Hanna, Dive Rite’s SE Field Representative asked to join the group to expand his personal knowledge. It was a quite a surprise when Brian Carney of TDI asked to join the group.

Fully expecting to have this group of professionals plow through the program as quickly as possible. It was pleasant surprise as each individual diligently paid attention and completed every skill necessary. If you have ever taught Instructors, you’ll know how “some” try to bulldoze their way through a class. “Hey I am an Instructor!” is the general manta. Brian Carney actually commented on the dives, “You don’t spend a lot of time talking on the surface!” “No Brian it’s a diving class we stay until the skills are done, that’s why we have a lecture, pre and post dive briefings. If you have a question use your slate!” It’s the way I teach. My yellow slate has been nicked named. “The Yellow slate of death!” My students usually know another drill is on the way when the slate comes out. I had a blue one but I wore it out.

See ya in the water….Don’t talk, write!

Wreck Diver  Magazine Sidemount Profile

Pete Nawrocky,
Dive Rite National Field Sales Manager

October 3rd, 2011

Dominican Republic For Rebreather Divers


I recently spent a great week diving in DR. I stayed in Santo Domingo, which proved to be a good location for ocean diving and cave diving. Both the ocean and caves sites were between the city and airport only a 25 minute ride with traffic.

Unlike our caves in Florida, the DR caves are beautifully decorated. Ocean dives consist of wall dives with a few wrecks. This is not a place to venture out on your own. The ocean diving requires a boat charter and the caves are on private property in housing areas. Denis Bourret at Golden Arrow can take care of all your diving needs and help you find a place to stay. I wouldn’t recommend renting a car, the traffic laws are non existent, so I don’t think a week is long enough to get comfortable with the traffic.

On this trip I had to carry 4 rebreather heads, my rebreather and personal gear, plus 3 regulators. I also had to take a Jetsam booster pump for the oxygen fills on the rebreather. I packed it all in two 50 pound bags, a small carry on and my backpack that had my laptop, IPad and clothes. Good thing Dominican Republic is a warm place, I didn’t need much in the way of clothes.