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Grab your logbooks and gather around as James and Brando chat about your favorite subject and theirs, scuba diving. Each episode, these guys will share with each other an interesting and relevant story, tale, adventure or experience from under, in or on the water. It’s just like hanging out with a couple of cool buddies at the dive shop, on the dock or at the pub. Listen, learn and have fun with James Mott and Brandon Schwartz on The Great Dive Podcast. See and experience more at thegreatdiv ...
 
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For all our wreck diving listeners and friends (and especially Great Lakes wreck diving listeners and friends), here's our annual Gales of November shipwreck story. This one's about one of the more popular wrecks to dive in Lake Huron off the tip of the the thumb. The story of her sinking has a few twists and some drama and this coupled with Ol' Ja…
 
This week the boys sit down and have a conversation about underwater photography. As Ol’ Jamesy enters this new world he seeks out the wisdom of Older Brando. But as we find out, its not as easy as buying a good camera and letting it do the work. We need to understand aperture, focal plane, and ISO. And of course, buoyancy control and good diving h…
 
In "light" of Jamesy's newly acquired underwater photography setup and pursuit of the "perfect shot", the boys focus this week on a true life tale of the last dive of an underwater photographer. They'll "zoom" in on what "developed" during the dive and discuss possible ways to avoid these kind of events. I "shutter"[sic] to think of how often photo…
 
Mail call!! This week the boys read a few of the many e-mails they receive every week. The boys also do a deep dive into tacos .... is it possible to have a "good" vegetarian taco? Where do digital pressure gauge transmitters fall in the taco recipe of diving? Is cilantro the DIR of the diving taco? Is diving about making them or eating them? What …
 
Finally, the long awaited part 2 of our Advanced Diver discussion. The boys sit down with some recent student who completed their Essentials course and moved on to Recreational 2. This class is the card equivalent of AOW with Nitrox, but as we can hear it was a lot more than following an instructor around in a slightly different environment. Take a…
 
The boys sit down to discuss a few recent reviews, some good but one not so much…. This conversation really highlights what TGDP is all about. The fun, the culture, and the character of a diver as well as the diving towns across the world that share these with us. We hope you like our list, please let us know what your top 10 would have been.…
 
After a conversation with a new diver about popping up to the surface, James retells the story to Brando. This discussion takes them back many years when the value of a safety stop was just being introduced. What is the most critical part of a dive and what does a No-Decompression Limit really mean? They also discuss the troubles of not having a re…
 
This is not an episode about quagga and zebra mussels. It was supposed to be about them and diving the shipwrecks of the Straits of Mackinac, however the boys settle into another philosophic groove instead. This unscripted discussion travels from the value of experience, the selfless struggle of building a team, and ultimately tries to ask the ques…
 
The boys stand on the shoulders of giants this week with a discussion about an article by Michael Menduno that he published in this month's DAN Blog. Michael interviews Human Factors founder, Gareth Lock. In the article they discuss Human Factors in Diving, which in a nutshell is the idea of making it easier to do the right thing and harder to do t…
 
This week the boys discuss an incident down in SoFlo that resulted in The Bends. Find out what may have contributed to the hit in a new diver and why you as a diver may need to educate the ER Doc on Diving Medicine. You won't find this in your dive computer instruction manual and probably not in your average Open Water 101 Course either... have a l…
 
Find out what happens when shortcuts and speed become the priority with an Open Water certification course. The boys discuss posting in a Scuba forum about a common occurrence in the realm of faster training for Open Water students. E-learning combined with limited available time for practical training may not be the best way to get certified to Sc…
 
In 1957, Carl Kohler wrote this article for Skin Diver Magazine, 20,000 Lovely Legs Beneath The Sea. It was an entertaining look at the growing participation of shapely ladies entering the water world of the skin diving man. 60 years later and just in time to celebrate International Womens Dive Day, Jamesy and Brando revisit this time in what may b…
 
As our story moves into the 1960’s, Jamesy and Brando discuss the American Pop Culture that is happening along with the evolution of the Voit Regulators. Coming from a company that was manufacturing sporting goods like the classic American Dodgeball, Voit would eventually be purchased by AMF and further grow this iconic scuba brand.…
 
This week on TGDP, Jamesy and Brando get into a deep discussion about diving but also about religion, and politics, and sex. What do they all have in common? Regulators and television shows and Reese’s Pieces candy? What do they all have in common? Fluoride and Scuba? What does all of this have to do with Mike Nelson? These are the tough questions …
 
Your favorite dive buddies, Jamesy and Brando, have a little chat about scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands. What do you do when faced with that incredible sight? Do you make the right choice or do you just blindly go into the wild? Alone? This is a lesson about over confidence and complacency, and about what is the best regulator on the market t…
 
In honor of the late great manfish, Monsignor Jacques Cousteau, Jamesy and Brando tell another tale from the pen of le Capitan. Rapture consumes the team as they explore the azure depths of le Mer du Rouge. Proper planning and predive safety checks are important to the safety of the menfish. Don’t forget BWRAF- (the French version)Bordeaux, Wine, R…
 
This week, the boys bring their series on education to a close by looking at E.L. Thorndike’s Laws of Learning. As an educator, it is important to understand the characteristics of the learning process and these laws help us construct our classes and better mold it to the needs of the students. Join your hosts J. I. Mott Toao and B.C. Schwartz Sr f…
 
This week the boys talk about old school underwater harassment training. Taking a look at an article from 1972, Jamesy and Brando discuss the difference between the mainstream positive approach of today and what triggering stress can bring into education. The term alone, harassment, brings stress into mind today. What was going on in the 70’s and w…
 
The boys piggy back their series on Mastery with a discussion guided by some wisdom from the book "Force of Nature", by Laird Hamilton. Laird's own life is an example of mastery and the pursuit of excellence as he has distinguished himself as one of the world's greatest surfers. His book gives insight into how his pursuit of excellence on the waves…
 
In this week's episode the boys begin with a magazine article from "the good ol' days" discussing the ancient practice of "harassment training". This holdover from the military diving programs that naturally became part of the civilian training programs in the early days of SCUBA training has, for all intents and purposes, been eradicated from mode…
 
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If you can't handle the truth (about Air McDoodles)then maybe you're out of order!! This week the boys discuss an article from the DAN (Divers Alert Network) detailing a near miss and the star of the article is the ever funny and entertaining "Air McDoodle!" If you object to funny and educational episodes your Honor, then you might be found guilty …
 
Meet Dick. Dick considers himself an advanced diver with over 100 dives. Dick takes a 2 year hiatus from diving. Dick jumps back in the water on a deep advanced level dive thinking, "what could go wrong?" Dick dies. Dick should have listened to The Great Dive Podcast. Don't be a Dick and instead have a listen as the boys discuss another avoidable t…
 
After a couple weeks of looking at the original US Scuba Training Program based out of Scripps, your buddies Jamesy and Brando take an updated look at what it means to be a great scuba instructor. The pursuit of excellence in education can sometimes be difficult, costly, and time consuming. The balance between getting the student “done” and making …
 
Get your fix of the history of Scuba Diving in today with this part 2 of The First US Scuba Training Program at The Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The boys continue their discussion of the development of the first training program for Scuba in the US. Lots of rudiments for everyone in this one!By Brando & James
 
The boys sit down to discuss the very first established scuba training program in the United States. Based out of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Jamesy and Brando dive into Andy Rechnitzer and Connie Limbaugh’s original training program. This original class was developed out of necessity because nothing existed yet and much of that progra…
 
Jamesy and Brando are back for the final week of the 2021 National Cave Diving Month, celebrated world-wide. This week, the boys dive into the world famous Peacock Springs, now the Wes Skiles State Park, to look at the early days of American cave diving. With the help of Sheck Exley, this system with over 30,000 feet of passages and rooms have been…
 
Its National Cave Diving Month, once again on TGDP. Your buddies, Jamesy and Brando, start it off talking about Flattening The Curve. No, not that curve, the other one. The fatality curve. Join them as they discuss how things have changed over the decades to make diving and in particular cave diving a safer sport for all of us to enjoy.…
 
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, a priest and a rabbi and two podcasters walk into a bar… True story! So there I was… Jamesy and Brando sit back and have a few laughs as they start to wrap up 2020. Join them as they tell a few of the best scuba diving jokes you’ve ever heard.By Brando & James
 
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