Fifty divers took a 30-minute rebreather trydive at Stoney Cove over the weekend of 20/21 May as part of BSAC’s very-first Try Tech event.
Hosted by BSAC East Midlands Coaching Region with support from BSAC’s Technical Group, Try Tech offered have-a-go sessions for ‘CCR first-timers’ as well as the chance for existing rebreather divers to try a different unit. The event was supported by APD Inspirations, Poseidon Se7en, Dive Soft Liberty and VMS Redbare.
Alongside half-hour, instructor-led open water dives, the weekend also provided presentation sessions and the opportunity to talk one-on-one with members of the technical and regional team.
Mike Rowley, BSAC Technical group lead, said the weekend surpassed all of the Try Tech team’s expectations. “I think we can safely say it achieved the aims of promoting BSAC Technical and our technical training courses, introducing people to rebreathers and BSAC as well as providing rebreather divers with the opportunity to try different rebreathers in a real dive. We were very grateful for the support from all four manufacturers,” he said.
The Try Tech event was a pilot which the BSAC team now hopes will point the way for future similar events.