UTD Scuba Diving Podcast

UTD Scuba Diving Podcast

In scuba diving there is training and there is certification. Certification has always been the holy grail of every scuba course. But at Unified Team Diving we are redefining how scuba training works. Our UTD instructors are coaches and our students are clients and our process is to make you an awesome, badass diver. https://utdscubadiving.com


December 8, 2022 65 min

Incident and accident reporting. Is it good for scuba or terrifying for scuba? In this episode Jeff and Ben are joined by Diver Alert Network's Cat Harris. Cat manages DAN's incident reporting system.

Should scuba take a page from general aviation, an industry that has consistently published accident data and analysis? Or should scuba continue to hide behind the idea that telling anyone there could be some danger associated ...

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Why no bungees? Why no double bladders? Do you need an STA? Why are they all black?

In this episode Jeff and Ben tackle these questions and many more as they dig into the ins and outs, and ups and downs of BCDs, wings, dumps, and bladders.

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Immediately following the DEMA show in Orlando, Ben taught a Tech 1 course in the Florida keys. He was joined by three students and UTD Instructor James Mott, who flew down to co-teach with Ben. The team decided to record a podcast in three parts, one at the beginning, right after the first day, one in the middle, and one after the final dive. In this episode you will hear thoughts and insights from both instructors and all three s...

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During the 2022 DEMA Show in Orlando, Florida, Ben presented in the Technical Resource Area on how ascent strategies can and should change and how Ratio Deco has changed over the decades to become Ratio Deco 3.0. Plus a little history on decompression strategies and algorithms, along with a dose of how are bodies deal with inert gas at higher pressures. The audio is a bit rough as this was recorded on the trade show floor.

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We are back at the DEMA Show, this year in Orlando, Jeff did a short presentation in the Technical Resource center about the UTD Scuba Coaching Program. This talk is a synopsis of scuba coaching – what it is, how it works, and, most importantly, the benefits for the students/clients.


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This episode is extracted from the UTD Instructor Meeting in Madrid October 21, 2022. Jeff in English, interpreted into Spanish by UTD instructor Alan Weinberg talks about new UTD courses – Advanced Diver vs. Rec 2, the new  Oxygen Cleanup Course, the UTD Scuba Coaching Program, and the new UTD Skills Camps.

Then training director Ben Bos, also interpreted into Spanish by Alan, looks at the recent changes that were made to Ratio Dec...

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October 22, 2022 39 min

Curiosity Projects – for us these are fascinating diving projects that involve science, research, or some other socially conscious reason for being.

In this episode, recorded during the 2022 UTD EU Instructor and Community Meeting in Madrid, Spain, we are joined by UTD instructors Alan Weinberg and Andrej Gaspar along with Martin Strmiska to discuss current and future curiosity projects.


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This episode started as a deep dive (are we tired of that pun yet) into gas management, but quickly changed into an Obscure Question episode on managing your cylinders. Jeff and Ben look at diving steel tanks in side mount, diving double steel tanks in a wetsuit, why we do a valve drill, why not breathe from a tank that is slowly leaking, and much more.

And, as a bonus, there is a riddle at the end of the episode...answer correctly ...

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Well, here we are. It's the 50th podcast, and it's kind of a milestone for us. It's been tons of fun producing these and we have every intention of continuing.

For this episode we thought we'd give you a little insight into the more personal side of Jeff and Ben so, we came up with a list of questions for each other. Here are a few of the things we cover:

  • What was your greatest failure as an instructor?
  • If you were the...
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    In this episode Jeff and Ben go after a random collection of questions that have come in recently:

  • If I live in the U.S. should I learn the metric system for diving?
  • Should you exercise before or after diving?
  • How to shore dive side mount?
  • Integrated boots or rock boots on a dry suit?
  • What is the best scuba diving car?
  • My traveling gear bag weights 55lbs/27kg...what to do?
  • How to deal with different protocols when diving with divers from ...
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    Quitting. It happens in every endeavor, but in diving it happens much more than it should. Why do people get certified and quit, or don't get certified and quit, or dive for 20 years and quit? In this episode Jeff and Ben explore quitting from a glass half empty and a glass half full perspective...which means why don't people quit diving?


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    Some of the most stressful dives – as related to nitrogen loading – are dives that are right up to the limits of no-decompression limits, like 100ft/30m for 20 minutes on air or 30 minutes on nitrox 32. So now we have created a solution for that – the UTD Oxygen Clean Up Course. Any diver who has complete the UTD Recreational 2 or 3 course can now add an oxygen bottle for one 10-minute O2 cycle at 20ft/6m at the end of a regular re...

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    June 6, 2022 49 min

    Aging up. It's inevitable. But that does not have to stop us from diving. If you are working your way up to what we're calling Gen O/W, or Generation Older/Wiser, or you're diving with parents or grandparents or friends who have joined Gen O/W, then this episode is for you. Jeff (who is now officially Gen O/W) and Ben (who is getting closer) look at some of the options and ideas that will keep you diving well into your ...

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    How much risk are you willing to take on a dive? In this episode Jeff and Ben explore risk from all angles, particularly as it relates to your level of diving, your training, and your experience. Join us for this exploration of what you can do to make your diving, and your team's diving, safer and more fun.


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    Primer UTD Scuba Diving Podcast en Español en el que los instructores Sergi Pérez y Alan Weinberg conversan sobre el curso UTD Cave 3 y cómo se llega a este nivel. Entran en detalle de los diferentes cursos que hay desde los inicios con el Overhead Protocols pasando por el Cave 1 y Cave 2 y cómo se comparan. Comparten impresiones sobre el último curso de Cave 3 realizado en Francia en Abril del 2022 y las salidas que ofrece este cu...

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    Do you have goals?  In scuba diving? Sports? Work? In this episode Jeff takes a look at goals and goal setting and the process of training to reach those goals. If the point of the goal is just to get there, you run the risk of missing the most amazing parts of life. Listen to the episode, set some goals, and have some fun.

    If you'd like to talk to us about your goals, contact us here:

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    The Spring 2022 UTD Scuba Skills Camp in San Diego, California, was a huge success. Three days of personal skills training, video reviews, happy hours, and tons of social time – unlimited learning and unlimited fun. In this episode Jeff is joined by UTD instructor James Mott and two of the camp participants, Dr. Dick Sadler and PADI instructor Steve Samoranski, as they take a look at the inside of a training event totally focused o...

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    Our first in a series of UTD Scuba Diving Podcasts in Italian with UTD Instructors Martina Carelli and Mattia Popesso.

    Ma la decompressione è davvero solo questione di tempo e profondità? Quali sono gli altri fattori che possiamo controllare e che influenzano l'efficacia decompressiva?  Dovremmo davvero iniziare a parlare un po' di più di sforzo respiratorio e di densità dei gas? 

    Iniziamo da qui, raccontandovi l'intervis...

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    Why are we doing yet another podcast about side mount? Good question. We now have the new system completed dialed in, new content online in the UTD Side Mount Mini and Essentials of Side Mount online courses, and we have lots of people diving the new system. So in this episode Ben and I go back over the journey to get to this new, amazing side mount system – some of the history, where we are today, how to set it up, where to source...

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    The UTD Scuba Coaching program has been running successfully for almost two years now so, it's time to meet some of the clients. In this episode Jeff sits down with Team Austin: Jay, Chris, and Xiangfei. Listen as they take an in depth look at their experiences in the coaching program, their recommendations for anyone considering coaching, and a look forward to see how coaching is helping each of them meet their personal scuba ...

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