What is Technical Diving?

A common definition for tech diving is a dive, throughout which multiple  breathing gas mixes are used. The breathing mixes may be enriched air  (nitrox) or a mix of oxygen, nitrogen and helium (trimix). The ascent or  decompression phase of the dive is often shortened by using nitrox and / or pure oxygen. These dives are different compared to recreational  dives as most them require decompression. This means that an ascent to  surface in an emergency situation is not possible without significantly  increasing the risk of decompression sickness.

Why should I seek tech dive training?

The  skills learned on a technical diving course will of course be required  if and when you choose to advance to the next levels of technical  diving. However, the skills learned will also make recreational dives  safer and more fun! Mastering buoyancy, different propulsion methods and  dive planning as well as applying a team work perspective are essential  to all technical diving, but will also enhance your recreational  diving.

How should I prepare for a tech diving course?

Before  attending a course, it is a good idea to train basic skills. Your  buoyancy should be at a level where you are able to hover 50 cm off the  bottom without silting. Your equipment should be rigged so that you are  able to reach your valves. It is also a good idea to make sure your  drysuit fits and doesn’t leak.

What equipments do I need?

The  equipment requirements for most courses is a twinset with two first  stages, one of which is equipped with a low pressure hose no shorter  than 150 cm (preferably 210 cm). A harnessed backplate and a wing will  be used with the twinset. If needed, deco tanks and regulators as well  as spools and surface markers are available for rent for the course  dives.

What is included?

The course fee includes instruction, work book(s) and the certification fee. Travel costs, breathing gases etc. will create additional costs. If needed, the course fee can be tailored to include all these costs.

What do I need to do in order to graduate?

In order to pass the course and be certified, the student needs to learn the skills and knowledge base, both of which will be evaluated through the course dives as well as a written theory exam. The courses will emphasize the diver’s personal skills, skills as a buddy and skills as a team member. The most important tool for a good technical diver is his / her brain.