Why go tech? Motivations behind technical diving

In this essay, sports psychologist and technical diver Matt Jevon draws some parallels between the sport of technical diving and the sport of motorcycle racing, including attitudes and behaviors in regards to the inherent dangers and risks, sharing insights into our own nature as divers and adventurists. Images by: Barb Roy Divers in training doing their safety stops. Photo by Barb Roy. A good few years ago, I was a newly minted sports psychologist. I had done three years of supervised experience, after getting my graduate degree, and was looking to get involved in a practice as soon as...

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Open season snorkelling at Sandy Cove

First in 2011 snorkelling was done in Kinsale, Sandy Cove, 15th of January. It is going to be an important date, because it was an official opening of Snorkelling/Diving Season 2011 and what’s even more exciting, the snorkelling was done from brand new and shiny club’s boat, collected only the same morning. Weather wasn’t perfect, quite heavy wind, light rain and clouds probably were the reason why only six Daunt members made it, among them new member Eddie Kennedy, but they still had a great fun, didn’t even bothered them that water temperature was between 4 and 5 degrees. That was also...

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Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium is well known all around Ireland, but not everyone knows that Daunt Club members are the lucky ones, who in every few weeks clean the tanks there. All of them, because Daunt divers are not afraid to put their life on risk and get into even the “most dangerous” tank, where the sharks reside. In Dingle Aquarium tourists can only watch those creatures through thick glass wall and they still look at them with mixture of fear and respect, but what scares off most people, for Daunt members it is just a great fun, because they love adventures and every time almost fight...

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DAUNT CLUB HOLIDAY SHARM EL SHEIKH

A fantastic trip is unanimous verdict on this one. Excellent diving, great accommodation and the best of company and craic, including the newly-formed terrestrial diving club – go sisters! Al Tego pulled out all the stops to hold the Hard Rock Cafe audience in thrall (some people would do anything for a free T-shirt!). The Thistlegorm did not fail to impress and return trips are already being planned. Thanks a lot Donal for organising the trip. Everyone get your photos up!

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DAUNT SAC DIVING KINSALE

Two lovely dives off Black Head today with great visibility and loads of life; highlights were huge congers and lobsters; good-sized tompots and a solitary sunfish were also appreciated. With both a cox’n and five club divers of 2010 vintage on board, we were all full of ourselves! Great to see Anne and Graham’s Embarr in her full glory and providing a great weekend’s diving for their first group. Best of luck with this great venture guys, not that ye need it!

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MIZEN DIVING WEEKEND

Brilliant turnout this weekend and weather to match. The rookie DOD’s highly ambitious initial dive schedule was tactfully rearranged with the help of a wiser soul, and a great day’s diving was enjoyed by the lot of us. Amsterdam Reef and Brow head provided plenty of life to enjoy and Reen point was a favourite on Sunday. Evening entertainment was provided by Brian aka jokemeister, and our guest newcomer Liam will henceforth perform an annual gig in a certain Goleen pub to an impressive female fanbase (watch out Mary!) There was much speculation as to what sharp object Chris C...

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