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Part Three: Conservatism and Gradient Factors With Jill Heinerth

Do you know what your Personal Factors are?

During this 3rd episode of 4 of Dive In, Suunto Ambassador, pioneering cave diver, adventurer and author Jill Heinerth takes a look at what are the personal factors on a Suunto device, and how to apply them.

Why would such a crucial piece of dive equipment, your dive computer, be any different in a world in which we can choose a product based on what is best suited for our individual needs?

Personal considerations should not be ignored, yet many divers never read deeply enough into the dive computer manual to realize that their software can be customized to suit the needs of a person. External factors can be considered, and the environment of dive computer conservatism can factor in risks for each dive. This is a very important part of planning healthier dives.

Jill also speaks about gradient variables, algorithms and teams on dive. Few people, or even teachers, actually understand how, or what are gradient factors working. She shines a light on how different models of decompression behave, and how dive buddies should work together, even if they dive according to different models of decompression.

Jill is still looking into the mystery of the deep-stop. As divers we still have a lot of work to do on them and there has been a lot of contradictory anecdotal advice over the years. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around social media and dive forums which contributes to a lot of confusion.

Make sure you tune in next week for the fourth, the final and bonus episode where Jill shares her story of getting “hit”.

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More people have walked on the moon, than have been to some of the places that Jill’s exploration has taken her right here on the earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never before seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, to the lawless desert border area between Egypt and Libya while a civil war raged around her, Jill’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. Jill’s accolades include induction into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. She received the Wyland ICON Award, an honor she shares with several of her underwater heroes including Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard and Dr. Sylvia Earle. She was named a “Living Legend” by Sport Diver Magazine and selected as Scuba Diving Magazine’s “Sea Hero of the Year 2012.” In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2013, the medal recognizes singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding Canadian explorer.

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