Ahhhh, the lure of the deep… There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving.
Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a black coral reef, giant gorgonian sea fans or sponges. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths between 60ft and 130ft, you should get deep diving training.
Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with an instructor, you’ll go over: Specialized deep diving equipment.
Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.
Deep diving has different meanings depending on the context. Even in recreational diving, the meaning may vary:
- In recreational diving, a depth below 60ft, where nitrogen narcosis may become a significant hazard, may be considered a “deep dive”.
- In recreational diving certification agencies, Deep Diver may be a certification awarded to divers that have been trained to dive to a specified depth range of 130ft. (Different diving organizations vary), and some consider deep diving a form of technical diving, defined by the level of the diver’s training, diving equipment, breathing gas, and surface support:
- In technical diving, a depth of 200ft, where hypoxic breathing gas becomes necessary to avoid oxygen toxicity may be considered a “deep dive”.
In professional diving, a depth that requires special equipment, procedures, or advanced training is considered a Deep Dive.