Technical Diving

Technical diving goes beyond recreational scuba diving limits. Many divers will tell you that technical diving is all about the adventure and the challenge it involves exploring places that no one else has ever seen. Tec diving is definitely not for everyone, but it does attract experienced divers who want to go beyond their current limits and are willing to accept the added risks, training, investment and commitment it demands. If you think this is for you, then Technical Diving courses are your ticket to discover new, unexplored places.

Technical scuba diving involves going beyond recreational scuba diving limits and includes one or more of the following:

  • Diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet.
  • 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.
  • Use of extensive equipment and technologies.

During most technical dives the surface is often inaccessible in case of an emergency, therefore, divers use extensive procedures, equipment and training to manage the added risks and potential hazards. Although founded on extensive open-circuit scuba technology, tec diving has been revolutionized by the development, availability and reliability of closed circuit re-breathers (CCRs) which have numerous benefits and provide divers with significantly more time underwater.

Intro to Tech TDI – $500 USD

The TDI Intro to Tech course introduces students to the world of technical diving. This course is designed as an introductory course to the TDI Advanced Nitrox course and the TDI Decompression Procedures Course.

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with technical equipment configurations, to enhance open water diving skills (such as buoyancy, trim, and situational awareness), and to introduce students to advanced gas planning techniques within a no-decompression context.

Open Water Sidemount  – $550 USD

This course is designed to teach certified divers how to safely utilize sidemounted primary cylinders as an alternative to the traditional back-mounted configuration.

This course can be combined with other TDI courses such as: Decompression Procedures, Extended Range, Trimix, Advanced Trimix and Advanced Wreck. If combined the standards for both courses must be met.

Extended Range – $500 USD

Extended Range diving is exploring the limits of up to 180 FSW (55MSW) for air as a bottom mix and up to 200 FSW (60 MSW) for basic trimix. Within this range, the diver can explore many additional sights that are beyond the standard recreational Open Water limit of 130 FSW (40 MSW).

With the Extended Range course behind them, a diver will be properly equipped to evaluate and plan dives where some of the less frequently visited wrecks lie, some potentially rare fish can be sighted, as well as interesting geological features.

Deco Procedures TDI – $500 USD

The TDI Decompression Procedures course prepares you for planned staged decompression diving. With a maximum operating depth of 45m/150 feet, this course is your first step beyond the normal sport diving limits.

The TDI Decompressions Procedures course combined with the TDI Advanced Nitrox course form the foundation of all other technical courses. Both these courses also have the academic versions available online…get started today

Advanced Nitrox – $500 USD

This Program is designed to extend the diver’s knowledge in the use of EANx for Sport diving.

It further develops diving skills and provides a greater understanding of the EANx concept of diving. The Program employs the use of EANx mixes.

The purpose of this program is to qualify divers to do dives to 132 fsw (40 msw) and do decompression stops required up to 15 minutes.

Technical Diver IANTD – $1,000 USD

This Program is designed to train divers to conduct dives to depths between 100 fsw (30 msw) and, at the instructor’s option, up to 170 fsw (51 msw) using custom blend breathing gas mixtures.

To provide greater understanding of custom blend breathing gas mixtures, a complete knowledge of the limits of any EANx mixture, and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression. The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform dives outside of training up to 170 fsw (51 msw)

Tec40 – $810 USD

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.

Tec45 – $810 USD

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.

Tec50 – $1,080 USD

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.

Normoxic Trimix – $1,350 USD

This Program is designed to train those who wish to dive to depths between 132 fsw (40 msw) and 200 fsw (60 msw), but who do not wish to breathe air below 132 fsw (40 msw). CCR This Program is further designed to train divers in the safer use of Rebreathers for dives using normoxic helium based gas mixtures.

The knowledge and skills taught in this program are designed to qualify divers to perform Normoxic Trimix Dives up to 200 fsw (60 msw) or Normoxic Trimix Plus dives up to 233 fsw (70 msw). Trimix affords a means of reducing narcosis on dives to such depth.

Trimix Diver – $1,620 USD

The Tec Trimix Diver course takes experienced tec divers and turns them into extreme divers who go deeper and visit pristine sites where very few others will ever go.

During this course, you’ll make dives as deep as 90 metres/300 feet, use multigas trimix computers, & handle up to 4 stage/deco cylinders, but once you earn this tough certification, there are a few limits.

Open Water DPV Diver – $810 USD

DPVs offer a thrilling way for scuba divers to see a lot of underwater territory in a short amount of time.

They scoot you through the water allowing you to glide over reefs, buzz around a large wreck or weave through a kelp forest. Whether making a shore or boat dive, a DPV is a great way to see more and have fun doing it.