Gas planning and the associated math - controversies over need and how to teach

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In my OW class and AOW, I do not recall doing any gas management other than knowing turn pressure. Unless I slept through that part of the course.

Bob has a good write up on gas management and a lot more time needs to be spent on this topic in the OW course.
 
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In my OW class and AOW, I do not recall doing any gas management other than knowing turn pressure. Unless I slept through that part of the course.

Bob had a good write up on gas management.

Azimuth straight out and back, and SPG for rule of halves (turning around at 1/2 SPG minus a small reserve) or rule of thirds is all you really need for NDL.

Until and if you get into tech diving, anything else would be a waste of time in OW1 or AOW.
 

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Azimuth straight out and back, and SPG for rule of halves (turning around at 1/2 SPG minus a small reserve) or rule of thirds is all you really need for NDL. Until and if you get into tech diving, anything else would be a waste of time in OW1 or AOW.
Crikey.

I might be troll-feeding, but . . .

That's not gas planning, that's gas management.

Managing your gas is deciding on the fly whether you still have enough, whether it's time to head home.

Planning your gas is considering what you've got on your back when you're still deciding where & how deep you'll go.

For example, "never make a dive deeper than the number of cubic feet on your back."

That's a rudimentary but useful planning rubric. No math, no consumption rates, no rock bottom calcs, but still a consideration in the planning stage.

The best thing I took from SB last year was that my open water classes should give as much attention to gas planning as to coping with out-of-air scenarios.

-Bryan
 

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Crikey.

I might be troll-feeding, but . . .

That's not gas planning, that's gas management.

Managing your gas is deciding on the fly whether you still have enough, whether it's time to head home.

Planning your gas is considering what you've got on your back when you're still deciding where & how deep you'll go.

For example, "never make a dive deeper than the number of cubic feet on your back."

That's a rudimentary but useful planning rubric. No math, no consumption rates, no rock bottom calcs, but still a consideration in the planning stage.

The best thing I took from SB last year was that my open water classes should give as much attention to gas planning as to coping with out-of-air scenarios.

-Bryan


I have no doubt that your definitions are correct. I simply dispute that teaching OW1 students more than rule of halves (turning at 1/2 SPG less a small reserve) is appropriate or even necessary. Not trolling. Not even arguing with you. Just disagreeing.
 

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I have no doubt that your definitions are correct. I simply dispute that teaching OW1 students more than rule of halves (turning at 1/2 SPG less a small reserve) is appropriate or even necessary. Not trolling. Not even arguing with you. Just disagreeing.
Fair enough. And thanks for the quick reply. I assume that "OW1" means the full open water diver certification course?

In my open water classes I try to give students a glimpse of the wider world of diving: archaeological, scientific, deco, wreck, and other diving pursuits; rebreathers, drysuits, doubles, and other gear choices; and further dive training and dive planning approaches. Gas planning is part of that.

And for me gas planning is also a piece of the whole buddy team / dive planning gestalt in the open water diver course. I can't see how that could be considered "inappropriate." Could you amplify?

Cheers,
Bryan
 

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I have no doubt that your definitions are correct. I simply dispute that teaching OW1 students more than rule of halves (turning at 1/2 SPG less a small reserve) is appropriate or even necessary. Not trolling. Not even arguing with you. Just disagreeing.
I go through the entire process of determining Bingo Air for three different depths, no-D, open water. The output of that is that the new divers see that for OW diving, no-D, etc., your rule is perfectly resonable, but they also get to see why as well as how to do it for real.
 

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"How & Why" v. just "What" is probably also the difference between a good teacher and just an adequate teacher.
 

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Fair enough. And thanks for the quick reply. I assume that "OW1" means the full open water diver certification course?

In my open water classes I try to give students a glimpse of the wider world of diving: archaeological, scientific, deco, wreck, and other diving pursuits; rebreathers, drysuits, doubles, and other gear choices; and further dive training and dive planning approaches. Gas planning is part of that.

And for me gas planning is also a piece of the whole buddy team / dive planning gestalt in the open water diver course. I can't see how that could be considered "inappropriate." Could you amplify?

Cheers,
Bryan


Inappropriate in the sense that it goes beyond their ability to absorb and utilize it during their first course.

It is more appropriate to leave that concept for later courses.

Most appropriately either master diver or deco.
 
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