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Are you a DIR Diver ? DIR stands for "Doing it Right" and that statement in itself has resulted in an awful lot of nonsense posted on the internet over the years.

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I thought I would clarify the GUE position on gas selection, both for bottom gas for reactional divers, and decompression gas for technical divers.

The simple answer is that GUE divers use the same gases. Gases are standardised within GUE for every dive we do. Ask any ten GUE divers which gas they will use at any given depth between 1 and 100 metres, and they will all give you the same answer.

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This is first of a series of two articles on buoyancy control. this first article explains what buoyancy control is, and why it is so important to us. The second article will investigate the techniques and tricks we can use to develop proficient buoyancy control.

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On a recent course I was asked what trim actually is and why GUE/DIR divers go on about it? 

Trim is not just our angle in the water, but also the position in which we hold our bodies. Visualise a line between our chest and our knees. If we are in "good" trim, then this line is straight between the two points. If we continue to visualise this line, and if this line is horizontal in the water, we can be said to have flat trim. But why all the fuss?

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So what is DIR Diving.  Or more precisely, what is it to me.

DIR stands for....ummm here we hit our first problem. Traditionally, DIR stands for “Doing It Right”.  However this name, quite understandably, got a lot of people’s nose out of joint. I never refer to “Doing It Right”. I just call it DIR.  In the same way I never say “let’s stop at the British Petroleum Garage”.  BP to me, just means BP. It might stand for something but I never think about it.  So DIR is just DIR. I never think about what it stands for. Which is probably just as well, as it’s a rather stupid name, bound to get people's backs up. If I could rename it, I would.