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PADI TECREC COURSES

PADI TecRec courses are the quality benchmarks in the tec diving world due to their rigorous, yet logical, training sequence and the PADI educational materials that support them. TecRec courses are instructionally valid and have a seamless course flow that takes you from a new tec diver to one qualified to dive to the outer reaches of sport diving. Each level introduces you to new gear and procedures to extend your dive limits.

PADI TEC 40

The PADI Tec 40 course is where you transition from recreational scuba diving to technical diving. It is a great place to start because it is the first subdivision of the full PADI Tec Diver course and bridges the gap between no stop diving and full technical deep decompression diving. You gain experience and begin building the knowledge and skills you need to continue your tec diver training. You will qualify to make limited decompression dives to 40 metres.

To enroll in the Tec 40 course, you must be:

  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • A PADI Enriched Air Diver with at least 10 dives using enriched air deeper than 18 metres
  • A PADI Deep Diver or proof of at least 10 dives to 30 metres
  • At least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives

You also need to have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months. Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your PADI Tec Deep Instructor.

PADI TEC 45

The PADI Tec 45 course is the second part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program. You will extend your depth limit to 45 metres and learn to plan and execute repetitive decompression dives using a single stage/decompression cylinder. It puts you in a complete tec diving rig, which can be either backmount or sidemount. You will also make accelerated decompression dives using EANx or pure oxygen. This is a course where you’ll rise to the challenge and make the commitment to become a technical diver.

To enroll in the Tec 45 course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Tec 40 diver
  • Be a PADI Rescue Diver
  • Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, with at least 12 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres and 6 dives deeper than 30 metres
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Deep Instructor.

PADI TEC 50

The third part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program is Tec 50. As a Tec 50 diver, you show that you have developed competency as a tec diver and have the skills to dive to a maximum of 50 metres. You know how to make extended, accelerated decompression stops using up to two gases. It is not easy to reach this level and earning your Tec 50 certification opens the door to deeper diving expeditions.

To enroll in the Tec 50 course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Tec 45 diver
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, with at least 20 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Deep Instructor.

PADI TEC SIDEMOUNT

If you have looked into technical diving, you realise that tec divers always wear more than one tank. Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses. Your instructor may offer to integrate this course with the Tec 40, Tec 45 or Tec 50 courses.

If you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives, you qualify to enroll in a Tec Sidemount Diver course. It is recommended that you also have a PADI Enriched Air Diver certification.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Sidemount Instructor.

PSAI TEC DIVING COURSE

The Professional Scuba Association International is oldest technical / extended range scuba certification agencies in the world. PSAI was the first agency to offer certification at the diver and instructor levels in both recreational sport and technical diving, almost three decades before anyone else.

ADVANCED NITROX AND DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURES

The Professional Scuba Association International’s Advanced Nitrox Diver course is designed for thos edivers who wish to utilize enriched air (Nitrox) at oxygen concentrations up to and including 100% by volume (EAN22 to Oxygen) in their diving activities including stage decompression procedures. This course involves limited decompression with one gas switch to a maximum depth of 45 metres.

Course outline:

This course provides the necessary information for a PSAI Advanced Nitrox Diver to know the proper procedures to:

  • Determine the appropriate Nitrox gas for planned dives
  • Determine appropriate diving equipment for planned Nitrox dives
  • Plan dives based in established limits and cautions for Nitrox gases
  • Analyze and verify nitrox gases for diving

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum of 18 years old at the time of the course
  • PSAI Nitrox 40% qualification or equivalent
  • A minimum of 50 logged dives and at least 10 of them between 27 metres to 40 metres

TRIMIX LEVEL 1

This course provides the training required to competently and safely utilise breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilising nitrox and/or oxygen mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of60 metres in conditions similar to or better than the assessment conditions.

Courseout line:

  • Determine the appropriate trimix gas for planned dives
  • Determine appropriate diving equipment for planned trimix dives
  • Plan dives based in established limits and cautions for trimix gases
  • Analyze and verify trimix gases for diving

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum of 18 years old at the time of the course
  • PSAI nitrox 40% qualification or equivalent
  • A minimum of 50 logged dives and at least 10 of them between 27 metres to 40 metres
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