THE ACCIDENTAL TEC DIVER
It was never meant to happen.
I was a happy-go-lucky Open Water Dive Instructor plying my trade around the world. I never planned on owning more dive gear than could fit in an 80-liter backpack – which is basically one set of lightweight recreational gear, with room left over for a toothbrush and change of underwear. Anytime I got to dive alongside Technical Divers, I would think, ‘That seems like a lot of work, a lot of math and a lot of gear to carry for doing basically the same as recreational divers do...’
We were all breathing underwater. We were all lovers of the life oceanic. And we all looked good in rubber. How different could it be? And besides, I was living on a Dive Instructor salary and all that gear looked expensive. Not to mention heavy. No, Tec Diving wasn’t for me. I’m content within recreational limits. Ha!