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Tec diving is scuba diving’s “extreme” sport, taking experienced & qualified divers far deeper than in mainstream recreational diving.

Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment & training requirements to manage the additional hazards this type of diving entails. Tec diving isn’t for everyone, but for those who love to take on challenges, PADI TecRec courses are the answer!

PADI Technical Courses:

The Tribe offers PADI TecRec Courses including:

• Tec Basics – bridges the gap between recreational and technical diving;
• Tec 40 – the first subdivision of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver;
• Tec 45 – taking your dive training as a Tec diver further & deeper;
• Tec 50 – completes entry-level tec training and takes you past the limits of recreational diving;
• Tec Trimix 65 – extends your depth range capabilities and train in using ‘trimix’ gas blend…

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PADI TecRec Courses - Overview

Technical diving is scuba diving’s “extreme” sport, taking experienced and qualified divers far deeper than in mainstream recreational diving.

Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment and training requirements to manage the additional hazard this type of diving entails. Tec diving isn’t for everyone, but for those who hear its challenge call, the PADI TecRec courses are the answer.

What is technical diving?

Technical scuba diving is defined as diving other than conventional commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond recreational scuba diving limits.

It is further defined as and includes one or more of the following:

• diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet deep
• required stage decompression
• diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet of the surface
• accelerated decompression and or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive.

Because in technical diving the surface is effectively inaccessible in an emergency, tec divers use extensive methodologies and technologies and training to manage the added risks. Even with these, however, tec diving admittedly has more risk, potential hazard and shorter critical error chains than does recreational scuba diving.

Why would I want to be a tec diver?

Tec diving not only has more risk, but it requires significantly more effort, discipline and equipment. It’s not for everyone, and you can be an accomplished, avid top-notch diver your entire life without making a tec dive.

That said, there’s a cadre of individuals who want to visit places underwater that relatively few people can. Many spectacular, untouched wrecks lie at depths well below 40 metres/130 feet. Deep reefs have organisms you don’t find in the shallows. Some people enjoy the challenge and focus tec diving requires. Still others love being involved with cutting edge technologies. These reasons make tec diving rewarding.

• TecRec courses are integrated into an instructionally valid, seamless course flow that takes you from beginning tec diver to one qualified to the outer reaches of sport diving using different gas mixes.

• Each level introduces you to new gear, planning and procedures appropriate to extend your diving limits.

• The Tec Diver course is an integrated sequence of three subcourses: Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. You can complete them continuously, or you can complete each level separately with a time span between them. This gives you learning efficiency, instructional integrity and schedule flexibility.

Prerequisites

TecRec prerequisites vary (see individual course descriptions), but the following applies to anyone interested in technical diving.

You must be :

• 18 years or older
• A mature, responsible person who will follow the required procedures and requirements strictly and faithfully.
• Medically fit for tec diving (physician’s signature required).
• Willing to accept the added risks that tec diving presents.
• An experienced diver with at least 100 logged dives.
• Certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver and PADI Deep Diver or equivalent (for this program equivalency is proof of training in recreational deep diving 18 meters/60 feet to 40 meters/130 feet consisting of at least four dives and training in nitrogen narcosis considerations, contingency/emergency decompression, making safety stops and air supply management OR, have a minimum of 20 logged dives deeper than 30 meters/100 feet.)

The Fun Part

The fun part of TecRec is rising to the challenges as you dive deeper and longer than most divers ever do.

Contact The Tribe to book a course or for further information.

PADI Discover Tec Experience

What You’ll Learn

You learn about technical diving and get to try it out. Plus, Discover Tec experiences can also credit towards the Tec 40 course.

The Scuba Gear You’ll Use

You will need your basic scuba gear and you will try technical scuba diving equipment.

Prerequisites

To participate in Discover Tec Diving, you must:

• Be a PADI Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization).
• Have a minimum of 10 logged dives.
• Be at least 18 years old.

Contact The Tribe to book a course or for further information.

PADI Tec 40 Course

Who should take this course?

The PADI Tec 40 course is where you transition from recreational scuba diving to technical diving. It’s a great place to start because it’s 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/130 feet.

To enrol 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/60 feet
  • A PADI Deep Diver or proof of at least 10 dives to 30 metres/100 feet
  • 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.

What will you learn?

The Tec 40 course consists of three knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four training dives.

You’ll learn about:

  • Technical diving’s risks and responsibilities
  • Technical diving equipment, proper rigging and set up
  • Gas planning, oxygen limits and decompression planning
  • Team diving techniques and emergency procedures, such as dealing with free flows, manifold leaks and out of gas situations

The Equipment that you’ll use:

You’ll start with your basic scuba diving equipment and add technical equipment, which essentially means you’ll begin to double up on gear. You may dive with backmounted or sidemounted cylinders. Your PADI Tec Instructor may have you dive with EANx for additional conservatism.

How can you start learning now?

Pick up your Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak that includes a PADI Tec Deep Diver Manual, which you can start reading right away. You can also get an Equipment Set-up and Key Skills video, which is a great tool to help you practice skills between your tec diving adventures. You’ll continue to use the Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak through your Tec 45 and Tec 50 courses.

Contact The Tribe to book a course or for further information.

PADI Tec 45 Course

The Tec 45 course picks up where Tec 40 leaves off and takes your training as a Tec diver further and deeper.

Who should take this course?

The PADI Tec 45 course is the second part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program. You’ll extend your depth limit to 45 metres/145 feet 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’ll 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/60 feet and 10 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
  • 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.

What will you learn?

Your Tec 45 training consists of three knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four open water dives.

Building on what you learned in the Tec 40 course, you focus on the function and maintenance of tec diving equipment and associated issues. You continue fine-tuning gas planning and calculating accelerated decompression stops. Plus, you learn to think like a technical diver.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use full technical equipment, which includes wings and doubles plus an additional deco cylinder, or you may use a technical sidemount configuration. Your Tec Deep Instructor will explain the gear required for your tec diving adventures.

The Learning Materials You Need

Pick up a Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak that includes a PADI Tec Deep Diver Manual, which you’ll use for self-study. The Equipment Set-up and Key Skills video is an optional tool to help you practice skills between your tec diving adventures. You’ll continue to use the Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak through your Tec 50 course.

Contact The Tribe to book a course or for further information.

PADI Tec 50 Course

Who should take this course?

The third part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program is Tec 50. As a Tec 50 diver, you show that you’ve developed competency as a tec diver and have the skills to dive to a maximum of 50 metres/165 feet. You know how to make extended, accelerated decompression stops using up to two gases. It’s 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/60 feet and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
  • 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.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use full technical equipment and you may use a technical sidemount configuration, plus two stage/decompression cylinders.

Your Tec Deep Instructor may also introduce you to using trimix on the last open water dive.

What will you learn?

The Tec 50 course includes two knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four open water dives. A primary focus of this course is mission planning and execution. You also learn more about handling emergencies and how to think like a technical diver.

Contact The Tribe to book a course or for further information.

PADI Tec Sidemount

Who should take this course?

If you’ve looked into technical diving, you realize 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’re 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’s 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.

What will you learn?

You’ll learn about the advantages of diving with a sidemount configuration and how to set up a tec sidemount harness. You’ll get hands-on training during one confined water session and four open water dives where you’ll start with two tanks and add at least two more, maybe even getting to six sidemounted cylinders.

How can you start learning now?

Collect your PADI Sidemount Diver and Tec Sidemount Diver Manual and start studying immediately. If you have a recreational sidemount diver certification, you’ll focus on Chapters Two and Three, if not, you’ll read the entire manual.

Contact The Tribe to book a course or for further information.

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