2014: The Wu Year

So glad that 2013 is behind me! It is a new year with new opportunities. I’m excited to plunge into something unknown, potentially exciting, and hopefully endless. To begin the year, I have decided to take two months off with the occasional interviews scattered through the months. Some self-care and R & R will do me good. It has so far.

One noticeably change is that I am dreaming again. Dreaming frequently and vividly. It is almost as though the chatter, decompressing, or clearing has finally found its sanction.

Secondly, I have re-discovered what and how important a completely relaxed state is to the physical and mental being.  The change is night and day. The support of my friends have been instrumental too.

I’m paving my way to an amazing year. Now, I’m going to take another nap and go to Cross Fit. More later.

The final word from my new book…

Originally posted on Doppler's Tech Diving Blog:

This has been a poor year for diver deaths. I have just wrapped up a book called Staying Alive and it’s about risk management for divers… I started it because of a couple of regrettable incidents and as I finished it three months later, more deaths. The book is scheduled for launch next month from Amazon and CreateSpace. Here are my closing remarks.

Perception of risk changes over time. The more successful we are at beating the odds, the less risky we take our behavior to be; and of course, the opposite may be true. Too often, luck reinforces bad decisions and dilutes fear, and fear is surely part of the apparatus, our personal filter, for risk management. We each must understand that because someone surfaces from a dive with a smile on their face, it does not mean they follow a good risk management process or…

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USING ADDITIONAL REDUNDANCY: the maligned and misunderstood pony bottle

Originally posted on Doppler's Tech Diving Blog:

This is a short extract from a book on risk management that we hope to have finished next month.


I would guess that most dive instructors, especially those who teach technical programs, get regular requests from divers to explain how to “use” a pony bottle, how to configure it so it’s not in the way, and which size pony bottle is “right” for them.
These are great questions because any diver who intends to dive deeper than 30 metres /100 feet should carry a redundant source of gas. A dive buddy is supposed to represent the first line of backup, and a well-trained and well-practiced buddy is a great resource in the event of some major gas emergency. However, the best strategy is that whenever practical strive to have a backup for your backup. In this regard, redundant air via a redundant delivery system offers a huge cushion.

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New Sidemount Options


Saw this at DEMA too.

Originally posted on Doppler's Tech Diving Blog:

I rarely write reviews of kit; however, I had an opportunity to dive two new sidemount harnesses last week. One a prototype of the HOG/EDGE SM system; the other the new SMS75 harness from Hollis. I wanted to share first impressions since my experience with the out-of-the-box usability of most SM rigs is one flavored with frustration and compromise. Both of these new offerings show some promise in my opinion, and both suited me and my style of diving well.

For the record, I was diving in Jackson Blue (a North Florida cave) wearing an O’Three 1-100 drysuit and using a borrowed set of Worthington low-pressure 17 litre / 108 cft cylinders, and carrying an aluminum 40 cft cylinder for decompression gas. On the off-chance that you are not familiar with these steel cylinders, each has a surface empty weight of a little more than 20 kilos.

First, the Hollis…

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2 Goodreads QOTD

Quotes to remember:

“I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.”  -J.G.  Ballard

“What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.”  -Doris Lessing (my best friend’s favorite author)


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