The line between recreational and technical diving is sometimes difficult to determine. Divers descending along a coral wall in clear, warm Caribbean waters will not find a warning sign painted at 40m/130ft!!!
Many recreational divers have successfully ventured deeper and have safely returned to the surface.
Just as recreational divers have crossed the boundary into “tech”, it is often the case that technical diving conditions exist within recreational limits. A dive to 36m/120ft on a deteriorating wreck in low visibility, cold water, and heavy current certainly tests the classic definition of a recreational dive!
You may have found yourself in situations similar to those previously described. If so, you were probably diving outside of your “comfort zone”. You felt in control as long as there were no problems, but realized that you were not prepared in the event that something went wrong.