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Speaking Sidemount

Podcast Speaking Sidemount
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The podcast where we talk all things sidemount diving, from equipment, skills, techniques and sidemount diving expeditions to interviews with some of the world's top sidemount divers.
The podcast where we talk all things sidemount diving, from equipment, skills, techniques and sidemount diving expeditions to interviews with some of the world's top sidemount divers.

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  • E068 - Prof Simon Mitchell - A Line Under Deep Stops
    This episode has been produced with the support of XDEEP and the patrons of Speaking Sidemount. Huge thanks to both for their support.   In this episode, I catch up with fellow Kiwi and world-renowned Hyperbaric Physician, Prof Simon Mitchell.   In this, the first of two special episodes with Simon, we discuss his background and how he got into diving medicine, how his service in the Royal New Zealand Navy shaped his career, we reminisce on our military service and then draw a line under the stellar work that Simon has done in synthesising the research and evidence on Deep Stops before we get into other factors that might influence our decompression including PFOs, dehydration, diver temperature, working at depth, and light physical activity while decompressing. Simon is an amazing technical diver in his own right and has a great talent for explaining complex topics in a way that can be easily understood and applied to our diving.   Enjoy Steve
    9/8/2021
    38:33
  • E067 - Skanda 2 - KISS Sidewinder Exploration
    Hey, here it is. "Skanda Strikes Back"... with the support of XDEEP and the patrons of Speaking Sidemount. Huge thanks for the amazing support of this podcast :)!!   In Episode #67 Skanda 2 - KISS Sidewinder Exploration, Skanda shares more on his very best cave exploration projects and in particular, we investigate how the KISS Sidewinder rebreather is enabling the Protec Tulum team and others to go deeper and longer in pursuit of places unseen by any human.   Huge thanks again to Skanda for sharing with all of us and to XDEEP and our patrons whose support makes all of this possible.   Enjoy and PLEASE SHARE 🙂! Steve   BIG thanks to: Skanda Coffield - http://www.protectulum.com/ Image Credit & Thanks to - Alvaro Herrero Our sponsor - XDEEP https://www.xdeep.eu To become a patron of Speaking Sidemount and support the show go to - https://www.patreon.com/speakingsidemount
    8/16/2021
    48:55
  • E066 - Skanda Coffield
    This episode is brought to you with the support of our brilliant sponsor XDEEP and the patrons of Speaking Sidemount. Huge thanks to both. A few weeks back I received a message from Patrick Widmann asking if I had seen the efforts of Skanda Coffield... and for sure I had seen him featured in a couple of Phillip Lehman's Somos Los Cenotes videos most notably the Blue Abyss dive which was just stunning... If you haven't seen it... Check it out on the DRLocal YouTube channel - Somos Los Cenotes Episode 10. Patrick related that Skanda had knocked out over 700 hours of exploration on the KISS Sidewinder in the last 18 months and is one of the most active cave explorers on the planet... He had me at Sidewinder... So I reached out to Skanda and we got into it... so much so that we have two episodes of amazing material for you all. In this the first... Skanda and I discussed... His background in diving, how he came to base himself in Mexico, his work at Protec Tulum, and then we dive deep into his exploration projects how he uses the KISS Sidewinder to go places no human has been before. To round it all out, Skanda shares his best and worst moments in diving... All this and much more... Image credit and thanks to - Joram Mennes and Alvaro Herrero. Become a Patron - https://www.patreon.com/speakingsidemount Speaking Sidemount - https://www.facebook.com/speakingsidemount #xdeep #sidemountpros #sidemountdiving #cavdiving #skandacoffield #protectulum
    7/13/2021
    54:36
  • E065 - Daniele Pontis
    This episode is brought to you with the support of our sponsor XDEEP and the patrons of Speaking Sidemount. Huge thanks to both :)!! Late last year I was honoured to be invited to speak at the FLOW Sidemount event in Cala Gonone, Sardinia. The event was originally slated for June this year but moved to October due to COVID. Conceived and organised by Stratis Kas my guest way back in episode #38 along with Daniele Pontis and Mariona Yepes Daviu from Bluforia Diving Centre, this event will be a must-attend for sidemount divers based in Europe and the UK and definitely also for anyone wishing and able to attend from other parts of the world given COVID travel restrictions. You may remember, I travelled to Sardinia back in 2019 and caught up with Thorsten Toddy Waelde and Brian Starnes for some brilliant cave diving so I can recommend Cala Gonone from personal experience as a top cave diving destination and an awesome place to stay. To our knowledge, this is the first Sidemount specialist event in Europe and it's intended to cover the full gambit of sidemount from recreational diving open water through to tech diving in open water, wrecks and of course caves. Cala Gonone, Sardinia is an absolutely ideal location for such an event and it is no surprise that XDEEP is onboard to support the show. Speakers include and I am sorry if I miss anyone but I can't wait to meet and learn from the former guests on Speaking Sidemount including Garry Dallas, Mikko Paasi, and Christina Zenato add to that amazing list... the man who coined the term Technical Diving, Michael Menduno, and TV personality, author and explorer, Andy Torbet. So with all FLOW Sardinia in front of me, I thought it would be a great opportunity to catch up with Daniele Pontis to learn more about his diving, Bluforia dive centre, how he set it up and the diving they do, his philosophy teaching sidemount diving... And then given Daniele is an Instructor Trainer on the KISS Sidewinder, I asked him more about this amazing Sidemount CCR including somewhat selfishly for me, the transition from Open Water Air diluent level to Cave CCR and Normoxic trimix. Daniele and I both feature in Stratis Kas' book Close Calls so I asked Daniele to relive his near-miss, share what he learned, and how he applies this in his own diving and interactions with his students on courses. And of course, we talk about FLOW and what you can expect if you come to meet us and attend this event... Cheers Steve
    6/16/2021
    44:53
  • E064 - Mikko Paasi
    Awesome to be able to share Episode #64 - Mikko Paasi brought to you with the support of XDEEP and the patrons of Speaking Sidemount. Huge thanks to both for their support. By now the name Mikko Paasi is, or should be well known to all of us as a key member of the support diver team that contributed massively to the positive outcome of the Thai Cave rescue. Hailing from Finland, Mikko owns Kho Tao Divers in Thailand and beyond his exploits in the rescue, Mikko is a cave diver and dedicated wreck explorer. In particular, he is involved in a number of awesome shipwreck exploration projects in SE Asia under the auspices of Bottomline projects. In this episode, Mikko shares on his background in diving, how he ended up in Thailand and of course his reflection on the Thai Cave Rescue nearly three years later. Mikko tells us about his experiences returning to the Tham Luang cave system and seeing the passages dry after the floodwaters had receded. We talk about his new venture in Malta and then cover plenty on sidemount diving, sidemount rebreathers including the SF2 and KISS Sidewinder and then look forward to meeting up at the FLOW Sidemount event to be held in Sardinia later this year... Thanks again for your support :)! Cheers Steve
    5/18/2021
    52:51

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