Articles

Below are some of the articles I have written.

Thoughts on cave training - For years, there has been a myth that the best divers in the world are cave divers. In support of that myth, perhaps you have heard that the hallmark of a cave diver is to have incredible buoyancy control, the ability to move through a narrow passage without disturbing the least bit of silt, and …
Lights are life support! - So you need a primary light? A question I get asked frequently is “what primary light should I buy for cave diving?” Although light and battery technology is constantly changing, I am going to explain some general guidelines for things to look for in a primary light that will hold true no matter what lights …
Always check your gas! - I recently heard a story that happened to a good friend and it compelled me to write this article. My friend was doing a dive on his CCR and everything went flawlessly on the dive. I wish I could say that the story ended there, because I would have not spent the time putting together …
Cave Exploration in Merida (1999) - (ed. I wrote this article in 1999 after returning from Merida. I never published it). Merida.. Where do I start? Oh yeah, the beginning.. Some guys from Texas A&M contacted a friend of mine, Jesse Armantrout, to have us explore an underwater cave system they had received permits to dive. The A&M guys had done …
Mending a broken heart (or how I found out I had a PFO) - Over the past five years I got used to getting bent. A lot. I really mean a lot. I never really thought much about how frequently I got bent, I just sort of took it for granted that I would get some form of DCS every now and then. Skin bends? Yup, that one was …
Successful OW Checkout Dives for New Instructors - I originally wrote this article to help out a couple of new instructors at the UF scuba program. I am releasing it to the public for any other new instructor. Successful OW Checkout Dives By Ken Sallot There’s a saying, “failure to plan is planning to fail.”  Given that scuba diving is a recreational activity …
Falmouth – Cathedral Radio Locations - Some of you know that I have been spending most of my free time over the past few months working on the Falmouth-Cathedral Springs project, which is a joint project between Karst Underwater Research (KUR) and the Woodville Karst Plains Project (WKPP). I will be writing up a lengthy article in the near future, but …
How to choose an instructor — my opinion - There is a very interesting thread on scubaboard titled “Choosing a cave instructor — my opinion.” Jim offers some valid questions you should ask your potential technical instructor. Here’s his list: 1.How long has the instructor been an instructor? 2.Ask about the experience of the instructor: is the instructor qualified to teach other advanced dive …

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