Hang on a sec....I didnít mean to mislead you guys.
Iím just an AOW diver, too, but I dive at least four times a week, trending towards five. Throw in lots of those are night, boat, drift, wreck and wall dives and my appetite is growing for the next dimension of diving.
The folks I dive with are all UK, BEL, FRA, DEU, USA, ESP and ITA. We have LEB and EGY divers, too. Most everybody is an instructor - PADI, BSAC and SSI. There are a few outlier dive agency instructors, too. At any rate, we good a good cross-pollination of talent and technique in the local dive community.
Everybody mostly geeks out with exotic camera rigs hunting down nudibranches and other macro subjects.
But several are also tec divers and every couple of weeks somebodyís dropping down past 40m with a sidemount rig to try to find the Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis of the sea. I accompanied a French and German diver two weekends ago down to 40m where I only get about 7 minutes of bottom time before violating my no decompression limit and then saw them off as they dropped to 60m.
Sidemount configuration is the dominant technique mainly because it relieves one of schlepping around hefty twins on the back. Sidemount started out as a cave diverís technique because it minimized the diverís dorsal profile squeezing through narrow caves but the configuration has expanded to open water rec-tec diving because of comfort and total volume.
Anyways, I just got back from a liveaboard trip where I was doing a massive coral wall dive and a Napoleon Wrasse and Hawksbill turtle left me at 40 meters dropping down into the inky blue depths and I was frustrated I couldnít just keep going knowing that my normal 3 min safety stop would simply progress into one or more 7-9 minutes decompression stops to off-gas the nitrogen.
Donít have many pics of me diving but hereís a shot I took last weekend. New lights already arrived and Iíve got a depth-appropriate filter coming from www.backscatter.com
so the color should improve in the near future.