The Dark Side

bearEarlier this month, I finished up my Dive Rite O2ptima CCR training with IANTD at Blue Grotto and Peacock Springs in Florida. After that, several friends welcomed me over to “The Dark Side” of diving. This term is used so loosely these days that it got me thinking. I made the plunge to “The Dark Side” years ago. Cave diving mostly, but also wreck penetration, decompression and trimix. I figure I’ve got it covered pretty good at this point. Dives that most people shake their head at, call you crazy, or comment you’ve got “a death wish.” Just a few weeks ago, I saw a post on Facebook welcoming a guy to “The Dark Side” after becoming a Recreational Instructor. An amazing accomplishment, including for myself, but no cookies involved. Some say it’s switching from Open Circuit to a Closed Circuit Rebreather. Maybe, but that’s not my opinion. There’s plenty of ”dark diving” to be had in backmount, sidemount, and any other way you get your mount on. If aluminum tanks are for stages, your dive computer costs more than your car, cookies are a dollar and taste plasticky, then there is a pretty good chance you’ve made the switch over to “The Dark Side” of diving.

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