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Posted by Diver Z on June 22, 2006 at 16:28:11:

In Reply to: I happen to agree with Michael posted by Ken Kurtis on June 22, 2006 at 15:58:52:

Ken, I'm with you except where you say, "By definition, dives outside of the strict definition of 'recreational' (deeper than 130, exceeding deco limits, diving on non-stanbdard air mixture) qualify as 'technical' and mandate appropriate training and skill."

That makes it sound like you're saying a dive to 70 feet on 32% nitrox is a technical dive. Wouldn't all the major agencies call that a recreational dive? Obviously one needs appropriate training to dive nitrox, but I wouldn't think that pushes it into the category of a "technical" dive. (Semantics? Maybe.)

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