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DPV Stage Cave | Blue Label Diving Three divers slosh through the Thai Jungle. Their rock boots sink in the dirt under the weight of their gear – a cylinder in either hand, a dive harness, and a host of technology designed to push the limits of human exploration. Lighting the way with their torches, they come […]

Blue Label Diving Instructor: Benoit Capitaine Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero Seize the day, the time to act for the future is now Benoit Capitaine was born near the cold waters of Brittany, France. He remembers being inspired by Cousteau’s “Calypso’s Adventures”. He took to the water like a kid with a dream, first […]

SSI Instructor Crossover Course – Blue Label Diving I’ve come to expect nothing but the best from Blue Label Diving and my SSI Instructor Crossover course with Por Parasu Komaradat was no exception. Many Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) take just a few days to churn out unqualified instructors who will, likely, not be able to […]

A Comparison of Sidemount Bungee Systems Diving sidemount has several advantages over back-mounted configurations, one of which is the use of sidemount bungee systems to secure tanks. Tank valves secured by sidemount bungee systems can be pushed away when they must be manipulated and hold tanks tight to a diver’s body at other times. Several types […]

Protected Marine Wildlife in Thailand Divers are taught early that it is not okay to disturb Marine Wildlife. Ignoring this rule can harm organisms, divers, and entire ecosystems. This not only ruins dive sites for others, but adds to the destruction of the Earth’s oceans by human activities. Thailand has enacted laws to enforce this […]

Mapping a Dive Site – a skill for a new Dive Master to master A dive guide must be familiar with the sites to lead safe, enjoyable dives. A good guide will be able to navigate effortlessly, give correct briefs, and act decisively in emergency situations. Mapping a dive site can be a fantastic and […]

SSI Science of Diving Specialty Course Every diving course passes knowledge to students at a level appropriate to their interests and previous training. Some courses are progressive. For example, most agencies require nitrox training before allowing a student to enroll in a course that teaches decompression diving. Other courses are more fundamental and apply to […]

Fourth Element – Thermal Protection Wear – The Right Gear for the Job Tech divers understand the importance of gear selection. We know it’s often possible to make a “quick fix” but that, ultimately, it makes more sense to invest in top quality gear will support our dive objectives and our comfort for years. You […]

Cave Diving Communication HAND SIGNALS When it comes to technical diving, communication is critical. This is especially true of cave diving communication. As a technical diving intern with Blue Label Diving and a TDI full cave diver, I can appreciate the importance of clear, concise communication. I have yet to encounter a situation that I […]

My review of the TDI Extended Range Course As a technical diving intern, I often help in courses conducted by Blue Label instructors. This gives me the chance to get to know their individual styles of teaching and adds perspective to diving. I recently completed TDI Extended Range with instructor Ben Capitaine and am now […]