Once everyone was comfortable in their gear, had their weights set, and had eaten lunch, we headed to the boats!  Everyone had a great time getting used to diving again. 

Why do we go out on recreational dives before doing research?

The research team needs the guys (and gals some years) to be comfortable enough in their equipment and underwater that they aren’t thinking about diving. They need to focus on the tasks given to them by the prosthetist.  The research is very hard on them, so getting their diving skills fine tuned or fired up again, is helpful to the collection of data.