DIR 2004 - Basics of "Doing It Right"

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A Word from Jarrod Jablonski

Welcome to the re-release of DIR 2004. The early and mid-2000’s were an impactful part of GUE’s history. In 2004, very soon after celebrating GUE’s fifth birthday, we decided to organize a compendium of our developing thoughts, plans and observations. These ideas were presented as a three disk set of DVDs, which is its own marker of the years that have since elapsed this recording. Many people might struggle to locate a DVD player and others never even had one. Either way, we save you the trouble and present these historical waypoints in proper ethereal format, fitting with our modern-day world.

For good and bad, we didn’t make any other changes, leaving the history, the mistakes, the awkward filming environment and other funny particulars just as they were nearly 15 year ago. For some it will be a free trip down memory lane and for others a glimpse into the developing ideas that took shape as GUE. Fortunately you can skip around, bypassing some areas and locating anything of particular interest. We hope you have some fun, even if it is at our expense.

One word of caution seems appropriate. This information is presented purely for entertainment purposes and should not be considered instruction of any sort. The ideas presented may or may not align with current thinking or teaching methodology and are not meant to be indicative of GUE recommendations. Now that we have the formalities out of the way, please feel free to be entertained.


Original DVD Description: 

The most comprehensive overview of the "Doing It Right" system ever available on video.

When Jarrod Jablonski and George Irvine set out to develop a replacement for the very-popular (but somewhat dated) DIR video series, their goal was to provide a complete head-to-toe presentation of how they configure their own dive gear to conform to the DIR standard. By the time they finished filming, the project had grown in scope to cover not only essential DIR concepts like team procedures and dive planning, but advanced topics like gas mixing and Gavin Scooter maintenance.

Encouraged by their results in covering the DIR basics, George and Jarrod then sat down to an extensive series of interviews that provide a fascinating history of the development of DIR diving within the Woodville Karst Plain Project and the logistics of exploring Wakulla's deep cave system at the extremes of dive technology and practices. To cap the project off, George and Jarrod narrate a complete dive within the Wakulla cave system. It's the first time that anyone outside the team has been able to listen in as the WKPP's lead explorers review the results of a project dive.

DIR 2004 is essential viewing for anyone interested in applying DIR concepts to their diving. It can be seen as a supplement to the successful DIR Fundamentals book or to a DIR Fundamentals class, but it also stands alone as a document of the evolution of safe diving practices at the cutting edge of underwater exploration.


DIR 2004 Disc 1 Basic Equipment – 

  • GUE Intro Logo (00:22 sec)

DIR 2004 Disc 1 Basic Equipment 02

  • DIR Equipment Configuration - 8:45 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 1 Basic Equipment 03

  • Tanks - 10:52 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 1 Basic Equipment 04

  • Buoyancy Compensators - 10:13 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 1 Basic Equipment 05

  • Backplate and Harness - 17:01 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 1 Basic Equipment 06

  • Fitting a Backplate and Harness - 20:56 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 1 Basic Equipment 07

  • Lighting - 30:47 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 1 Basic Equipment 08

  • Regulators - 26:50 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 1 Basic Equipment 09

  • Balanced Rig - 10:13 sec



DIR 2004 Disc 2 Advanced Equipment 01 

  • GUE Intro Logo (00:22 sec)

DIR 2004 Disc 2 Advanced Equipment 02

  • Exposure Protection - 9:30 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 2 Advanced Equipment 03

  • Additional Equipment - 8:57 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 2 Advanced Equipment 04

  • Stage/Decompression Bottles - 26:19 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 2 Advanced Equipment 05

  • Gas Mixing - 15:37 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 2 Advanced Equipment 06

  • No headline (talking about Emergency Procedures) - 54:32 sec

DIR 2004 Disc 2 Advanced Equipment 07 – 37:40 sec

  • 00:00 - The Gavin Scooter
  • 10:36 – The Gavin Motor
  • 16:10 – The Clutch Assembly
  • 20:50 – The vacuum test
  • 23:00 – In dealing with different scooter issues, how can you tell if you have a you reed switch failure?
  • 29:55 – The trigger wheel



DIR 2004 Disc 3 – GUE Intro Logo (00:22 sec)

DIR 2004 Disc 3 – Getting Started (27:46 sec)

  • 00:00 – How did you get started in diving?
  • 02:50 – Can you tell me a little about your own cave training?
  • 17:50 – Do you remember your 1st dive in the WKPP?
  • 19:50 - Do you remember your 1st dive in Wakulla Springs?
  • 24:30 – What role did the WKPP play in the emergence of DIR?

DIR 2004 Disc 3 – Diving and DIR (54:08 sec)

  • 00:00 - Is DIR about equipment configuration?
  • 13:30 – Do you believe that DIR is restricted to a particular form of diving?
  • 17:50 – Do you believe that standardization is that foundation?
  • 22:45 – What differences do you see between GUE and DIR?
  • 26:45 – What is the single biggest problem in diving today?
  • 30:25 – George, why are you so angry with some people on the internet?
  • 34:30 – Are you out to protect the new or unaware diver?
  • 44:55 – Tell me a little about cave diving, and what it really takes to get as deep into the system as you have both been?

DIR 2004 Disc 3 – Planning Extreme Dives (50:09 sec)

  • 00:00 – Can you tell me how you plan out a big dive?
  • 08:35 – When you get to the end of the line and Jarrod ties off a fresh reel, what sort of emotions are you both feeling?
  • 10:05 – When you get to the end of the line, what does each of you do in the team?
  • 14:05 – How far you think you can go?
  • 17:05 – Can you tell me about the Gavin scooter and its evolution?
  • 23:15 – What part of the dive do you consider the most critical and why?
  • 32:00 – Can you give us an overview on your theory of decompression and the progress you have made with it?
  • 39:00 – The WKPP is on the cutting edge of decompression theory and practice. How did you figure out how much decompression time to do for these extreme dives?

DIR 2004 Disc 3 – Decompression (51:54 sec)

  • 00:00 – Is decompression an exact science?
  • 03:50 – What caused you to promote the use of high Helium mixtures as a breathing and decompression gas?
  • 13:53 – Do you think that PFO’s are the significant problem in the diving industry?
  • 29:40 – What led you to use Helium in the shallower portions of your decompression?
  • 32:15 – What do you see for the future of people doing 100+ feet dives on air?
  • 36:55 – Do you think it is irresponsible to promote your theory on decompression without any scientific testing?
  • 43:25 – How do you feel about the people out there who feel it is irresponsible of you to promote your theory on decompression without any scientific testing to back it up?

DIR 2004 Disc 3 – Wakulla Dive  (17:19 sec)

DIR 2004 Disc 3 – NHK Thanks (0:10 sec)