Posted by MHK on January 12, 2000 at 16:50:40:
In Reply to: Who or what is DIR? posted by Chris on January 12, 2000 at 01:36:36:
DIR, is a diving philosophy coined by George Irvine. It stands for Doing It Right ( DIR ). George Irvine is the head of a group called WKPP, which stands for the Wakulla Karp Plains Project ( WKPP ) They have worked the the US Navy, NOAA, Dick Rutkowksi, Halden, Florida, Greek Govt. etc etc, to advance diving knowledge. There are primarily known for there world record accomplishement of mapping the Wakulla Karp cave system with a dive that went 18,000' into a cave at an average depth of 300'. George Irvine and Jarrod Jablonski were the 2 diver's that made the final push. While they are the 1st to point out it could not have been done without a significant team concept.
They have a very close relationship with Halcyon, they are the company that sells something. Halcyon and George and Jarrod and Bill Mee have taken there collective diving experiences and helped modify equipment to meet the needs of a diver. They don't work to meet the need of what looks color coordinated, they do what works at extreme depths. They then have applied this philosophy ( DIR ) to diving taken as a whole. Jarrod Jablonski has most recently started the new agency called Global Underwater Explorer's ( GUE ). His theory is that too many agencies have been handing out c-cards to unqualified diver's. JJ's intention is to have the pendulum swing back in the other direction. He wants a c-card to mean something again.
So the answer to your question is that these 4 indiviuals George Irvine, Dan Volker, Bill Mee and Jarrod Jablonski are flying out to L.A. and have agreed to provide demo gear and to make themselves available to answer questions such as you have asked. They are coming out with the best diving experiences in the world and are willing to share there thinking, philosophies, training methods, etc etc etc.
The Sat. night event is at NO CHARGE. If you want to join us for a dive the boat trip Sunday is $75 per head plus food and air on the Great Escape www.diveboat.com
It will definately be a worthwhile learning experience for everyone, no matter the experience level.
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