Episode #13 - Madagascar Cave Exploration with Patrick Widmann

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In this week's episode sponsored by XDEEP, I speak with Patrick Widmann on the DRSS Madagascar Cave Exploration project.

We cover:

  • How Patrick joined the DRSS

  • His cave exploration partnership with Phillip Lehman

  • How the Madagascar project came about

  • The logistics of exploring in remote locations

  • The hard work that goes unseen

  • Finding a body in the cave

  • Interesting uses for the XDEEP Stealth 2.0 Classic BCD

  • Sidemount CCR

and much more....

Featured in this episode:

Sponsor: XDEEP - https://www.xdeep.eu/

Protec Dive Centres - http://www.protecdiving.com/

DRSS - https://www.dr-ss.com/ 

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Episode #12 - XDEEP Stealth 2.0 Deep Dive with Patrick Widmann

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In this week's episode kindly sponsored by XDEEP, I am joined by cave explorer and designer of the XDEEP Stealth 2.0, Patrick Widmann. Together we discuss sidemount diving and do a deep dive into this very popular sidemount system.

We cover:

  • Patrick's background, his beginnings in sidemount and cave exploration

  • The explosion in sidemount diving

  • How his relationship with XDEEP began

  • The thinking behind the Stealth 2.0 design

  • Key features of the Stealth 2.0 and why they are important

  • How customer feedback has contributed to continued innovation in the Stealth 2.0 system

  • Diving the Stealth 2.0 with different cylinder types and sizes

and much more....

Featured in this episode:

Sponsor - XDEEP https://www.xdeep.eu/

Protec Dive Centres - http://www.protecdiving.com/ 

Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/speakingsidemount

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Episode #11 Sidemount Fundamentals - Equipment

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In this week's episode, I start with a very special announcement... XDEEP will be joining us as the first sponsor of Speaking Sidemount. I have been diving the XDEEP Stealth 2.0 for the past five years and absolutely love this system. I am very appreciative of the support which will help me to continue developing Speaking Sidemount.

In this episode on: Sidemount Fundamentals - Equipment, I cover:

  • Considerations in selecting a sidemount harness

  • Setting up and fitting your harness

  • Steel or aluminium cylinders?

  • Selecting cylinders and valves

  • Cylinder hardware

  • Sidemount regulators and hose routing

and much more....

Featured in this episode:

Sponsor - XDEEP https://www.xdeep.eu/

Garry Dallas Loop Bungee Slipknot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4J6uIOx0Cc&t=34s  

D-Luxe Bands - https://dluxedivegear.de/ 

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Episode #10 - Audrey Cudel Interview

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This week I interview my good friend Audrey Cudel. Splitting her time between her base in Gozo and Yucatan Mexico, Audrey is an amazing Sidemount and Cave Instructor and an absolute "ninja" in the water. In this episode we discuss:

  • Audrey's beginnings in sidemount

  • Her experiences with a variety of sidemount harnesses

  • Adapting sidemount to different environments

  • Audrey's approach to sidemount and cave training

  • Choosing a sidemount instructor

  • The limitations of sidemount

  • Using dry gloves with sidemount

  • Audrey's underwater photography

and much more....

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Episode #9 - Sidemount & Exploration: Jill Heinerth Interview

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This week I interview one of the world's great divers and foremost explorers, Jill Heinerth. Jill and I talk about:

  • Her beginnings in sidemount and exploration

  • Considerations in fitting a sidemount harness for women

  • Sidemount Rebreathers

  • Bell Island, Newfoundland, Canada

  • Jill's advice for aspiring explorers

  • Preparing for dives and dealing with issues underwater

  • Water conservation

and much more....

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Featured in this podcast:

Jill Heinerth - https://www.intotheplanet.com

Ocean Quest Adventures - https://www.oceanquestadventures.com

Episode #8 - Brian Kakuk Interview: The Caves of the Bahamas

 Photo credit and thanks to  Uli Kunz  - Instagram @uli_kunz

Photo credit and thanks to Uli Kunz - Instagram @uli_kunz

Excellent interview with Brian Kakuk; cave explorer, cave/sidemount instructor and conservationist. Brian is a sidemount diving pioneer and the principal of Bahamas Underground. In this episode we talk about:

  • The early days of sidemount diving

  • How to choose a sidemount harness

  • Cave diving and exploration in Abaco, Bahamas

  • The KISS Sidekick Sidemount Rebreather

  • Science and conservation of the Bahamas Caves

  • Balancing conservation with tourism

  • Sidemount training

and much more....

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Also welcome your comments below.

Thanks Steve :)

Featured in this episode:

Bahamas Underground: http://www.bahamasunderground.com/

Episode #7 - Garry Dallas Part 2: Bell Island & SF2 Sidemount Rebreather

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Part 2 of my interview with Garry Dallas of Simply Sidemount.

In this episode Garry and I discuss:

  • Cave exploration

  • Bell Island, Newfoundland, Canada

  • The Scuba Force SF2 Sidemount eCCR

  • The importance of good training

and much more...

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Featured in this episode:

Ocean Quest Adventures - https://www.oceanquestadventures.com

Scuba Force SF2 - https://www.scubaforce.eu 

Episode #6 - The Importance of the "Hover" - Garry Dallas Interview Part 1

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Garry Dallas Interview Part 1

Part 1 of my interview with Garry Dallas. Garry's a great guy and a phenomenal sidemount diver and instructor.

In this episode Garry and I discuss:

  • the benefits of sidemount,

  • what it takes to be a great sidemount diver,

  • sidemount boat diving,

  • building awareness, and

  • the importance of developing the "hover".

and much more...

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Episode #5 - Developing Comfort in Sidemount - Steve Bogaerts Interview Part 2

In part 2 of my interview with renown cave explorer and modern day sidemount pioneer, Steve Bogaerts, we discuss:

  • Cave exploration

  • The importance of building comfort levels and experience

  • The Divesoft Liberty Sidemount Rebreather

and much more...

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Episode #4 - The Beginnings of Modern Day Sidemount - Steve Bogaerts Interview Part 1

This is a special episode, for a special moment, as we officially launch the "Speaking Sidemount" podcast!!!

Last month, I reached out to Steve Bogaerts... renown cave explorer and one of the modern day greats of sidemount. I asked Steve if he would do an interview for my new podcast on sidemount diving. Without hesitation, he agreed and wow... the information he shared blew me away.

Steve is without doubt one of the most knowledgeable and experienced sidemount divers on the planet but, as we'll learn in this episode, sidemount is just his preferred tool to support his cave exploration efforts. In this interview, Steve shares on the beginnings of modern day sidemount, its applicability to different environments, the development of the Razor system, just what is "Bogaerthian" sidemount, configuring your sidemount system for different environments, and how he sees sidemount training.

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