Josh, Michael and I went up to the Crater yesterday to do some practicing on our CCR Trimix team procedures. We spent a couple of hours doing drills and working through various scenarios. Even though all of this stuff should be 2nd nature, it is always useful to practice it within the confines of the actual team that will be diving together.
Obviously, all of us know the procedures as well as the fundamentals and reasoning behind the procedures, but it is helpful to work on making the execution as smooth as possible within the actual team. Doing deep Trimix dives require excellent coordination between team members, and attention to detail. We have been practicing not only emergency procedures for when something goes wrong, but also simple things like communication skills, situational awareness, team planning and specific goal oriented tasks.
Of course as a father and sons team, we are obviously close and used to diving together frequently, but honing these types of drills, skills and procedures helps us all to be better divers and more specifically function much better as a team! When you are doing big dives, everyone has to be on the same exact page or unfortunate things can happen!
On the lighter side, after we got finished with our drills and practicing, we buzzed around on a Salvo scooter which was a lot of fun. Josh decided to give it a go while free diving and buzzed a PADI OW class that was going on much to the delight of the students and aggravation of their instructor!