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PADI Tec Courses
Technical diving is the sport of “extreme” diving with self-contained equipment, which Takes divers to beyond recreational limits both in time and depths.
Technical diving requires a much greater amount of equipment requirements and training to handle the additional potential hazards this type of diving entails, Tec diving is not for everyone, but for those who receive the call of this challenge, PADI TecRec is the answer.
What is technical diving?
Technical diving is defined as diving beyond the limits of recreational diving.It can best be defined as diving which includes one or more of the following points:
- Deeper than 40 meters.
- Mandatory decompression stops.
- Diving in an environment without exit to more than 40 linear meters / 130 linear feet of the surface.
- Accelerated decompression and / or use of variable gas mixtures during the dive.
As in technical diving the surface is effectively inaccessible in an emergency, technical divers use complex methodologies and technologies and training to handle the added risks. Even with this, however, technical diving has more risk and potential danger and allows less margin of error than recreational diving.
The prerequisites for TecRec vary (see descriptions for each individual course).
Most people will agree that cave diving is a form of technical diving. Cave diving was developed in the late 60’s and 70’s, giving rise to a discipline that looks very much like the current one towards the mid-80’s.
In the early 1990s, several groups of divers in the world began experimenting with deep diving technologies (beyond the limits of recreational diving) to explore caves and wrecks. These communities came together and emerged as “technical diving” or “tec diving” with the publication of the magazine AquaCorps (which is no longer published), which was dedicated to this type of diving. Since then, technical diving continues to grow in both reach and technology.
Tec diving is not only more risky, it requires much more effort, discipline and equipment. It is not something for everyone, and you can be a satisfied diver with a lot of experience all your life without doing a technical dive immersion.
That is, there are types of people who want to visit underwater sites that relatively few people can visit. Many spectacular intact wrecks rest at depths of more than 40 meters / 130 feet. Deep reefs have organisms you do not find on shallow reefs. Some people enjoy the challenge and dedication required by technical diving. Others like to get involved with next generation technologies. These reasons make technical diving rewarding.
The TecRec program came in the year 2000. Although TecRec is not the first technical dive program (cave diving training has been running for decades), it has received many awards on its merits.
The TecRec courses are integrated in a series of educational courses that take you from the beginner diver in technical diving to a diver prepared for the extreme limits of the sport diving using different gas mixtures.
Each level presents you with new equipment, planning and procedures to expand your diving limits.
The Tec Diver course is an integrated sequence of three sub-courses: Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. You can complete them together, or you can do each level separately with a time interval between them. This offers your learning efficiency, educational integrity and programming flexibility.
The prerequisites for TecRec vary (see descriptions for each individual course), but the following points apply to anyone interested in technical diving:
– Over 18 years old.
– A mature, responsible person who strictly and faithfully follows the necessary procedures and requirements.
– Medically suitable for technical diving (doctor’s signature required).
– Prepared to accept the added risk of technical diving.
– An experienced diver with at least 100 dives recorded in the dive log.
– Certified as PADI Enriched Air Diver and PADI Deep Diver or equivalent (for this equivalent program is deep recreational diving training test between 18 meters / 60 feet and 40 meters / 130 feet consisting of at least four dives and training in Nitrogen narcosis, contingency / emergency decompression, safety shutdowns and air supply management OR, have a minimum of 20 logged dives at more than 30 meters / 100 feet.)
The PADI Tec 40 course is where you transition from recreational scuba diving to technical diving.
It’s a great place to start because as it’s the first of the 3 sub courses that make up 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.
- A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
- A PADI Enriched Air Diver (or equivalent) 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
- 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.
TEC Instructor courses
PADI TEC Instructor
Tec Instructor has a nice sound to it, especially if you’re a PADI Instructor interested in technical (tec) diving and ready to combine your interests. The Tec Instructor course is your entry into the tec diving world and your opportunity to join the PADI TecRec professional ranks.
To start the course:
- Be a renewed PADI Instructor
- Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver
- Be a PADI Enriched Air Instructor
- Be a PADI Deep Specialty Instructor
- Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, with at least 20 enriched air dives, 25 dives deeper than 18 metres and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres
For certification you need: