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Technical Diving

When one tank is no longer enough...

 

Technical (Tec) diving means going beyond recreational scuba diving limits.  Divers progress to Tec Diving for the challenge and the possible adventure of exploring places that no one else has ever seen. In technical diving the surface is often inaccessible in an emergency, so Tec divers use extensive procedures, equipment and training to manage the added risks and potential hazards.  Tec diving is 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. 

What is technical diving?

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

  • Diving beyond 40 metres

  • Required stage decompression

  • Diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres of the surface

  • Accelerated decompression and/or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive

  • Use of extensive equipment and technologies

Why become a Tec Diver?

 

Many spectacular, untouched wrecks lie at depths well below 40 metres, and the deeper reefs have organisms you don’t find in the shallows. Some people enjoy the challenge and focus that Tec Diving requires, whilst still others love being involved with the cutting edge technologies that are constantly being developed and introduced into this side of Scuba Diving.

 

These reasons all make Tec Diving rewarding, however, you can be an accomplished, avid, top-notch diver your entire life without making a single Tec dive. Tec diving does require significantly more effort, discipline and equipment, which means it’s not for everyone.  If you are looking for a new challenge, but Tec Diving doesn't appeal, then why not look into some of the other PADI Specialty courses available through Aquatic Adventures.

Why Tec dive in Victoria?

 

Technical diving is very popular in Victoria.  With the largest collection of diveable shipwrecks in the southern hemisphere just off the coast in our "Ships Graveyard" (amongst them the only dive able WWI J-class submarines in the world), amazing deep wall dives throughout our local waters, and the internationally renowned cave systems of Mount Gambier in South Australia only a short drive away, the opportunities for technical diving here are huge.

What is PADI TecRec?

By definition, Tec Diving exceeds the standard limits of recreational diving for non-professional purposes, however it is still a recreational pursuit.  Tec Diving is still supposed to be fun, and even though it exposes the diver to hazards beyond those normally associated with recreational diving, this risk can be reduced by acquiring the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience through specialised training.  At Aquatic Adventures we have chosen to teach the PADI TecRec system of technical diver training.  There are several different training agencies in the market, but PADI TecRec is the right fit for us because:

  • PADI TecRec courses offer a rigorous, yet logical, training sequence. 

  • The educational materials that support PADI TecRec courses are the most up-to-date on the market. 

  • TecRec focuses more on teaching you the skills you need to complete technical dives, and less on causing divers undue stress.  You will qualify as competent, but you will still enjoy the experience, which is not something that is true of all technical diving courses on the market.

  • TecRec courses offer the flexibility to adjust the training sequence to accommodate different diving styles, such as sidemount or adaptive diving, without compromising on safety or standards.

  • TecRec courses are instructionally valid and have a seamless course flow that takes you from a new tec diver to one qualified to dive to the outer reaches of sport diving, with each new level introducing you to new gear and procedures to extend your dive limits.

TecRec courses at Aquatic Adventures

 
 
 
 

At Aquatic Adventures we have a large number of active Tec Diver club members and staff, and we offer a number of courses to help you learn how to undertake Tec Diving safely and comfortably.

Below you will find brief introductions to the PADI TecRec courses we run at Aquatic Adventures.  Included in the information is some detail regarding what you will learn on the course, as well as the price per person*. 

 

At Aquatic Adventures our prices are all inclusive - this means there are NO hidden costs, with all course specific equipment rental, boat fees, material and certification costs included. 

 

To participate in one of our TecRec courses you must have your own full set of Technical diving gear: either a set of manifolded twin tanks with backplate & wing, or a dual-tank sidemount setup.

For more information on a specific course please click on the "More Info" buttons

 

To book on to an upcoming course, either visit our Course Calendar page, or click on "Book Now"

* PLEASE NOTE - all prices are based upon a minimum of 4 people participating in the course.  We will always endeavour to fill our courses, however in the event that a course is below minimum numbers, for it to go ahead on a given date then the cost would need to go up, to cover Instructor wages.  We will always inform all students in advance if this might happen and offer the opportunity to switch course dates if they do not wish to pay the extra cost.

 

Curious about technical (tec) diving, but not sure about jumping into a course?

 

Discover Tec is a short confined water experience that allows you to give technical diving a try. You get to wear all the extra tec diving gear and take it for a test dive.

 

Your PADI Tec Instructor may introduce a few basic skills, such as primary to secondary regulator switch and gas shutdown procedures.

$150/person

DISCOVER TEC

Aquatic Adventures Discover Tec experiences run to the following schedule:

  • Pool session - Discover Tec sessions are run exclusively in a pool, normally alongside our other pool activities.

 

 

TEC 40 DIVER

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 will qualify to make limited decompression dives to 40 metres.

To enroll in the Tec 40 course, you must be:

  • A  PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

  • A PADI Enriched Air Diver with at least 10 dives using enriched air deeper than 18 metres

  • 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

$800/person

Aquatic Adventures Tec 40 courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held on a Wednesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Dives - there are 4 dives to complete, the first of which will be a shore dive, the other 3 of which are boat dives.  They are run across a weekend

  • Exams & practical assessment - During the dive weekend there will be an additional theory session during which exams and practical assessments will be completed.

 

 

TEC 45 DIVER

The PADI Tec 45 course is the second part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program. Building on what you learned in the Tec 40 course, you focus on the function and maintenance of tec diving equipment and associated issues. You continue fine-tuning gas planning and calculating accelerated decompression stops.  You’ll extend your depth limit to 45 metres and learn to plan and execute repetitive decompression dives using a single stage/decompression cylinder.  You’ll also make accelerated decompression dives using EANx or pure oxygen. 

To enroll in the Tec 45 course, you must be:

  • Be a PADI Tec 40 diver

  • Be a PADI Rescue Diver

  • At least 18 years old, with a minimum of 50 logged dives, with at least 12 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres and 6 dives deeper than 30 metres

$800/person

Aquatic Adventures Tec 45 courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held on a Wednesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Dives - there are 4 dives to complete, the first of which will be a shore dive, the other 3 of which are boat dives.  They are run across a weekend

  • Exams & practical assessment - During the dive weekend there will be an additional theory session during which exams and practical assessments will be completed.

 

TEC 50 DIVER

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.  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.

To enroll in the Tec 50 course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Tec 45 diver

  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, with at least 20 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres

  • Be at least 18 years old

$800/person

Aquatic Adventures Tec 50 courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held on a Wednesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Dives - there are 4 dives to complete, the first of which will be a shore dive, the other 3 of which are boat dives.  They are run across a weekend

  • Exams & practical assessment - During the dive weekend there will be an additional theory session during which exams and practical assessments will be completed.

 

 

TEC DEEP COMBO (40+45+50)

Combine all 3 of the PADI Tec Deep courses, save time & money, and truly immerse yourself in the world of Tec diving.

With the possibility of combining skills from dives to ensure a more streamlined course, coupled with a reduction in theory repetition, this option appeals to many divers who are keen to progress quickly with their Tec diving.

Please be aware that you cannot progress from one level to the next without satisfactorily completing the necessary skills and knowledge development, so signing up for the combo course does not guarantee you quicker course completion - how well you learn and progress will depend entirely on how much time you invest in practicing and in your own studies.

$2,000/person

(buy 2 courses, get 3rd HALF PRICE)

Aquatic Adventures Tec 40/45/50 course combos run to the following schedule:

  • Theory reviews - held on 3 Wednesday evenings at our Rowville store

  • Dives - there are 10 dives to complete, 2 of which will be  shore dives the other 8 of which are boat dives.  They are run across 3 weekends

  • Exams & practical assessment - During the dive weekends there will be an additional theory session during which exams and practical assessments will be completed.

 

TEC SIDEMOUNT

If you’ve looked into technical diving, you realize that tec divers always wear more than one tank. Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving.

 

You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses.

 

Your instructor may offer to integrate this course with the Tec 40Tec 45 or Tec 50 courses.

To enroll is a Tec Sidemount course you must be:

  • A  PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

  • A PADI Enriched Air Diver with at least 10 dives using enriched air deeper than 18 metres

  • At least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives

$800/person

Aquatic Adventures Tec Sidemount course run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held a Wednesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Confined training - you will start with an equipment setup and familiarisation session in a local swimming pool, normally on a Saturday morning.

  • Dives - There are 4 dives to complete, 2 off the shore, and 2 off the boats.  We run these across a weekend.

 

GAS BLENDER

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is the most popular diver specialty course and the number of technical divers is on the rise, which means that lots of scuba divers want enriched air and gas blends.

 

The Tec Gas Blender course teaches you to blend enriched air nitrox and helium-blend gases.  Being a blender is a key job at a busy Dive Centre, and your work allows other divers to do what they love to do – scuba dive.

During independent study and instructor-led review, you learn:

  • About the advantages and disadvantages of different blending methodologies.

  • To blend enriched air and trimix blends to within one percent of the target mix.

  • About the potential hazards related to handling oxygen, and how to manage those risks.

  • The steps for oxygen cleaning equipment, along with the requirements for oxygen service.

$400/person

Aquatic Adventures Gas Blender courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory evening - runs on a Tuesday evening, and covers the theory and the exam portion of the course

  • Practical evening - runs on a Wednesday evening, and is when you pratice blending different gas mixes.