Enkele jaren na de publicatie schreef George Irvine een inleiding bij
het artikel, welke op zijn verzoek eerst gelezen moet worden om het originele
artikel in de juiste context te kunnen plaatsen:
Preface to the article "Do it Right
- Or Don't Do It!"
By George Irvine
At the time this article was written, the term 'hogarthian'
was well known to the strokes. It was like the cross to the vampire. That
article marked the turning point where we moved from that nomenclature
and progressed onto DIR. DIR goes well beyond gear streamlining. While
Bill (Hogarth) Main and others were among the first to see the light in
this regard, they quit doing the hard core diving in the 80's. The obstacles
that presented themselves as we progressed required a more comprehensive
system, now known as DIR. DIR encompasses all forms of diving, from open
water to wreck to cave.
Unfortunately, while the hogarthian thing used to be
a lot of fun for us in the WKPP to joke about and stick in the faces
of the strokes, now the strokes have turned around and are calling their
personal preference, convoluted systems 'Hogarthian'. Luckily, we dropped
that years ago.
They have done this for two reasons: competitive pressures
in dive instruction exerted by students who want to learn DIR, and tech
criticisms of the stupidity of the past (and present) have forced these
agencies to seek a change. Also, the fact that Bill Main is no longer
associated with us (and has a big problem with my changing of the way
things are done) has led the strokes to choose his nomenclature over
ours as a combative tool.
The fact is that there is nothing that compares to DIR,
and it is either DIR or it is BS.