Technical Diving

Always up for a challenge, McGill became interested in technical diving. People who don’t know a lot about technical diving often assume that tech diving is dangerous – it is about pushing the limits or about being hard-core and doing crazy things that recreational divers would never do. The more you know about technical diving the more you realize that technical diving really is not about being crazy or dangerous, but mostly about being safe. Technical diving is about wanting to extend the depth, time and environments you can dive in the most safe, conservative disciplined manner. Technical diving is about going beyond the limits of recreational diving, training for the problems that may occur in those more extreme environments and conditions, and meticulously planning every dive and every dive – diving the plan. Technical diving does push the limits – but never carelessly – only pushing the limits through training, education and discipline. 
Saying all that, technical divers also like to have fun! They enjoy the luxury of diving locations and depths that few divers will ever see and sometimes the advantages of enjoying those locations for longer lengths of time. Just like recreational divers, technical divers enjoy new diving challenges and for some divers technical diving offers the challenge they are looking for.   If you are considering taking the next challenge in your list of diving experiences, please contact McGill. He would be happy to discuss options for learning more about technical diving or having a discover tech experience.
McGill’s love for technical diving started with his introduction to tech diving when he worked as a diving instructor in the Philippines in 1999.  It was there that he met Paul Nelson (Owner of Mandarin Divers, Hong Kong) and John Bennett (famed technical diver). They were the ones who first introduced McGill to the concepts of decompression diving and procedures, the extension of NDL diving with the use of Nitrox and general concepts involved in technical diving. Wanting to learn more, McGill saved money and did self study on the subjects. In 2003 he was finally awarded the opportunity to take some formal technical diving courses. He studied with John Bennett’s dive buddy, Ron Loos (then head of the Atlantis, Puerto Galera, Philippines Tech Team). He took TDI courses with Ron ranging from the TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression diver courses, Entry Trimix & Extended Range courses, Advanced Gas Blender, all the way to the TDI Instructor levels of Advanced Nitrox and Decompression diver course levels. He continued his training by diving alongside Paul Nelson while he was teaching DSAT Tec Deep Courses. McGill became DSAT Tech Deep Instructor through Paul and in 2005 continued his training to become a DSAT Trimix Diver.   Recently McGill has become a DSAT Tec Deep & Gas Blender Instructor Trainer and he is presently working on completing his DSAT Trimix instructor and instructor training levels. 
McGill has dived to a maximum depth of 90 meters with Trimix. His technical dive experiences have allowed him opportunity to dive both in Taiwan and the Philippines. He continues to develop his technical diving skills, always challenging himself to deeper waters and longer dive times. Recently he has built his own nitrox facility for blending his gases. Technical diving allows divers to dive unseen environments and face new diving challenges. McGill hopes to introduce others to the greatness of technical diving – with the most professional and safest of standards in mind. Expanding the technical diving community of Taiwan to include an even greater number of well-trained technical divers is one of his great dreams.
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