TECHNICAL & CAVE DIVING
If you’re ready to spend longer than a few minutes on the bottom, see unspoilt wrecks and reefs inaccessible by the mainstream diver population and take responsibility for your own diving then it’s time to further your training. Enrol in a technical course today and get ready for adventure!
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.
How long has technical diving been around?
Most people would agree that cave diving is a form of technical diving. Cave diving developed in the late 1960s and 1970s, developing into a discipline largely like it is today by the mid 1980s. In the early 1990s, several groups of divers around the world began experimenting with technologies for deep diving (beyond recreational limits) to explore both caves and wrecks. These communities united and emerged as “technical diving” or “tec diving” with the publication of aquaCorps (no longer in print), which dedicated itself to this type of diving. Since then, tec diving continues to develop both in scope and in its technologies.
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.
We’re really lucky in Melbourne to have not only such a wide range of diving available to us, but also the facilities to make it so easy. There are regular dives to the graveyard wrecks and other deep dives, and nitrox is readily available in any mix you want.
How do I get started?
At Aquatic Adventures we offer the full range of technical courses. We teach you self reliance and rescue skills, and thoroughly cover dive planning and configuration options.
We offer courses through the following techincal training agencies here at Aquatic Adventures:
If you would like to enroll in any of our technical courses, or would like information on course content and pricing, please contact us at the shop!