Technical Diving Overview
What is Technical Diving?
Technical diving can be defined as: diving other than conventional commercial, military or scientific diving, that takes divers beyond recreational diving limits. It is further defined as an activity that includes one or more of the following: diving beyond 40 meters/130 feet, required stage or accelerated decompression, diving in an overhead environment beyond 130 linear feet from the surface and/or the use of multiple gas mixtures in a single dive
Because technical diving exceeds the scope of recreational diving, technical divers require advanced training, extensive experience, specialized equipment and often utilize breathing gases other than air or standard nitrox.
The Need for Credible Instruction!
Talk to any experienced technical diver and they will assure you that, when it comes to technical diving, the quality, specific -active- experience and motivation of an instructor is everything.
In an era of fast-track ‘zero-to-hero’ technical instructor courses, the prospective student needs to be extremely discerning in their selection of a training provider and mentor.
With 20+ years of diving experience, across 5 continents, specializing in technical wreck diving, qualifications from multiple technical agencies and a pedigree as a technical diving author and course designer; you can be assured of receiving the most comprehensive, world-class instruction and the highest of standards.
I dive sidemount, technical and wreck… day-in, day-out… and have done so for a very long time…and I live to teach!
Available Technical Diving Courses
Pre-Tech Foundations Clinic
The Pre-Tech Foundations Clinic is an in-house, personally tailored development clinic that aims to provide divers with an excellent standard of core scuba capabilities, such as precision gas management, advanced dive planning, situational awareness, buoyancy, trim, weighting, control and propulsion skills. This can be completed in single-tank, for recreational divers seeking refined skills, or in double-tank (back-mount or sidemount) for those seeking to effectively prepare for technical diving training. It is a flexible program, adaptive to the student’s particular needs – and therefore is not a formal qualification course.
The Tec Basics Specialty Course exists for recreational divers interested in understanding the basics of technical diving, with a view to full qualification at a later date. It provides an academic and practical insight into the world of technical diving, which also provides significant benefits for improving recreational diving capability. This is a recreational level certification course.
The Tec Sidemount Course offers divers the ability to conduct subsequent technical training using sidemount configuration equipment. It is an optional extra – otherwise, standard back-mounted cylinders are used for all technical courses. Training is available through TecRec (PADI) and ANDI.
Tec Deep Diver Program
The Tec Deep Diver program includes three courses which you can take separately or together depending upon your requirements, level of diving experience and training. These courses are the Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. No more than 2 students are permitted on a single course.
Tec Wreck Diver
The Tec Wreck Diver Course exists for qualified technical divers (Tec45/Advanced Nitrox and above) who wish to develop deep wreck penetration skills at an advanced level. It is an overhead protocols course, focused on line-laying, risk mitigation and emergency procedures appropriate for complex and demanding wreck penetrations.
Certification is also available through ANDI.
For more details, or to discuss your training requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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