Author Georges Gawinowski

Georges Gawinowski

Georges Gawinowski has been teaching full time scuba diving for 18 years. He is located in North Florida in "Cave country". He is IANTD's Training Director for the US South-East coast, member of the IANTD Board of Advisors.

Rebreather check-list – The diver’s responsibility!

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We have already talked and shared opinions on Rebreather diver’s check list, I believe this is something that we must emphasize and remind ourselves and people the importance of it. I still today see so many Rebreather divers rushing with the manufacturer checks and being complacent with their personal check. A Scuba diver has many responsibilities before jumping in the water. We know that one should be mentally and physically fit, and that the equipment should be set for the “mission”. This is what we learned from our Technical diver courses. It also means being able to use and reproduce the skills acquired; the rebreather…

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Technical diver education, and mental training

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In a new series of blogs, we are going to think, talk, and evaluate about instructor and diver’s behavior in today’s society. Can we keep jumping from course to course without getting enough experience and practice between scuba diver courses?  Can we participate in courses where time spent with the instructor and number of dives may get shorter and shorter? If we believe on the statement above, we also can believe that we have missed some important pedagogical points in our training as a diver, instructor, or instructor trainer. We ought to evaluate what we are doing, without culpability, and maybe change things for the…

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Let’s start 2015 with some personal training

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This is the time for the good resolutions for 2015, where we could incorporate in-water training skills in our physical and mental fitness routine. The evidence is that in diving in general, and specialized areas of diving such as technical or cave diving, and even recreational diving, physical training is strongly associated with mental training. Training refers to the regular and sustained practice of designed skills and exercises that increase the diver’s capacity to perform at his or her level. The need to perform in-water drills and absorb knowledge is present in all forms of diving. The difference lies in the…

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Keeping an open mind about gear configuration

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The basics of a good foundation are inherent to the quality of the material or tools that are used in the building of that foundation. Gear configuration is one of the tools that will shape a cave diver career. Gear configuration is an essential topic. This is basic for all cave training. “Gear configuration is an important factor. Remember your training. Look around and ask other divers why they use a specific type of equipment or configuration. Be open-minded”.  We need the best possible tools to do the perfect job. If I visualize a cave diver in the 80’s the gear set was…

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Mastering Buoyancy In Cave Diving

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Mastering buoyancy in cave diving is like having a cup of iced tea in a hot summer day, it is so sweet! Whether we are a cavern or experienced cave diver buoyancy and swimming techniques have to be mastered. Controlled buoyancy is critical to avoid silting out passages which results in the inability for the diver to freely navigate back out of the cave due to being blinded by percolates along the exit tunnel. Remember that we are not in our environment when cave diving and we should pay attention to minimize the negative impact we could have on our surroundings, on our buddies, others teams…

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Las Vegas Expedition Trimix – Lake Mead Nevada, Fall of 2014

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Georges Gawinowski, WDT dive, and Steve Schafer, Lake Mead Technical Divers, are organizing an IANTD Expedition Trimix Course the week after Dema 2014. November 23rd through 28th, 2014 Objective: The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform Trimix Dives outside of training up to 400 fsw (120 msw). Where:  Lake Mead NV, home of  the famous Hoover Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the Arizona and Nevada. Old building structures, construction tools have been left in the diving area with lots of new discoveries to be made. Bypass tunnels may be reachable…

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Rebreather check-list is diver’s responsibility!

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A Scuba diver has many responsibilities before jumping in the water. We know that one should be mentally and physically fit, and that the equipment should be set for the “mission”. This is what we learned from our Technical diver water courses. It also means being able to use and reproduce the skills acquired; the rebreather diver’s check list is one of them and part of the solution to reduce CCR divers complacency. We all know that an airliner pilot who has been flying for years keeps going over basic checklists before take off. So it is one of the main responsibilities for a CCR diver to follow the check…

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Tanks labeling: the good and the bad!

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I will always remember the remark of one of my mentors and Trimix Instructor when I was labeling my mixed gas diving double tanks before we jump on the water. I had just analyzed my Trimix mixes and was marking my tanks 14/50 (IANTD tables 1998) “George! What are these numbers on your tank?  Mixed gas diving is a serious activity! and tanks should be labeled properly. You should mark Tx14/50 so we know you are diving TRIMIX”. He was right! I understood and acknowledged his comment, it was an important marking for somebody coming from a renowned and noble professional commercial scuba diving agency.…

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The IANTD Essentials for CCR divers

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The Essentials of diving have been created using IANTD basics philosophy, including physical, mental, land drills, and in-water skills preparation. This teaching program accessible to all diver level is designed to be used when you “pass the door”. The original Essentials was written in French and introduced to IANTD in 2002. Once accepted, it became part of the IANTD training Standards in 2009, and translated in English. The Essentials manual comes accompanied with a DVD. The program was introduced at DEMA show 2008 in Orlando and was launched at DEMA show 2010 in Las-Vegas. IANTD Philosophy has been working on diver…

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