Tec Basics Course Overview

Technical diving is scuba diving's "extreme" sport, taking experienced and qualified divers far deeper than in mainstream recreational diving. Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment and training requirements to manage the additional hazard this type of diving entails. Tec diving isn't for everyone, but for those who hear its challenge call, the PADI TecRec courses are the answer. I am one of a handful of instructors providing quality Technical Dive Training in Utah. The Sidemount Diver Specialty is a great precursor to this class. 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 meters/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. The PADI Tec Basics course is a bridge from recreational to technical diving. It exposes recreational divers to tec diving and entry level tec diving skills and equips them with the information they need to decide whether or not to accept the additional risk and commitment that PADI Tec courses demand. The PADI Tec Basics course runs within recreational limits, using segments from PADI Tec 40 Dives 1 and 2. The course allows PADI Tec Deep Instructors to have students practice fundamental tec skills before enrolling in the PADI Tec 40 program. The course also recognizes students who choose not to continue their technical training.

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You'll learn to:

  • Configure and wear tec diving gear in the standard configuration
  • Practice basic tec diving planning, procedures and skills
  • Execute simulated decompression dives and respond to simulated emergencies
  • Since it's part of the Tec Deep Diver course, your Tec Basics course training credits toward the DSAT Tec Deep Diver course
The course will require 3-4 days of diving (including pool and open water sessions), 2-3 academic sessions, and 2 or more equipment configuration sessions.

Prerequisites:

  • Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age of 15 years old
  • Recommended that candidate be a PADI Enriched Air Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Recommended that candidate be a PADI Deep Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)

Duration:

The course will require 2-3 days of diving (including pool and open water sessions), 2 academic sessions, and 2 or more equipment configuration sessions.

Depth Range:

  • Dive 1: 8-30
  • Dive 2: 8-30
  • Dive 3: 8-30
  • Dive 4: 30-60

Requirements:

Each diver will be required to have a complete set of personal dive equipment, including:
  • Diving cylinder with a minimum of 80 cubic feet with a dual-outlet valve on the cylinder ( .Y. or .H. valve) or 2 diving cylinders at least 80 cft back mount or sidemount.
  • Primary & secondary regulators for doubles
    • One with a seven foot hose for air sharing
    • One with an SPG
  • 1 deco tank with regulator, SPG & staging kit - properly labeled
  • Back-up deco gas as required
  • BC, back plate & harness (dual bladder or dual wings unless drysuit diving)
  • Dive computer (single or multi-gas), and either back-up computer or timer & depth gauge
  • Back-up decompression information (computer, dive tables, etc.)
  • Exposure protection (dry suit use requires prior dry suit diving experience)
  • Weight system (if needed)
  • Lights as necessary, including primary and backup
  • Jon line (for current diving environments)
  • Safety reel
  • (2) Slates, (1 wrist-type)
  • Compass
  • Z-knife and back-up cutting device
  • Spare clips, pull-ties, tank wrap bands & other rigging accessories
  • Back-up mask (optional)
  • Lift bag (100lbs min)

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT CONSIDERATIONS

Equipment provided by SLC Scuba::
  • Computer with decompression software
  • Oxygen analyzer
  • Emergency Oxygen & first aid kit
  • Contents labels
  • Forms & support materials
Divers will read the appropriate section of their TecRec manual and answer the Knowledge Reviews prior to the practical application portion. A score of at least 80% is required on all exams.
  • Certification: PADI TECREC - DSAT
  • Cost: $250.00
  • Dates: Please call or e-mail for next available class
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