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.