PADI introduced a new Specialty for divers that are interested in testing the water in tec. Details are below, I'll publish a schedule of my first class soon.
PADI Tec Basics
(New this August 2007)
Course Overview: The course is designed to be a bridge from PADI courses to DSAT courses providing recreational divers an opportunity to gain exposure to tec diving and learn and practice entry level tec diving skills. It introduces recreational divers to tec diving without them having to make the larger commitment (in terms of equipment, time and cost) of the DSAT Tec Deep course. PADI Tec Basics dive scope is within recreational limits, using segments from DSAT Tec Deep 1. Likewise, this specialty course may be credited toward DSAT Tec Level 1. In addition, the course provides DSAT Instructors a recognition level for students who choose not to continue on to full technical training.
1. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying prerequisite certification.
2. PADI Enriched Air Diver or qualifying prerequisite certification.
PADI Rescue Diver is recommended.
Student Equipment Requirements
1. High capacity single cylinder with Y or H valve. Twins with dual manifold and isolator valve are recommended.
2. Primary and secondary regulators – primary regulator must have seven foot / two meter hose for air sharing.
4. Harness with shoulder and rigid hip D-rings.
5. BCD – wings (redundant buoyancy is not required for this course; however, students should be aware that redundant buoyancy device is required for Tec Diver 1)
6. Dive Computer
7. Appropriate Exposure Suit
8. Weight System
9. Dive Reel
10. Knife / cutting device
13. Lift Bag
Required Student Materials
DSAT Tec Deep Diver Manual
18 years of age
Dives (Confined Water)
Dives (Open Water)
Students must read chapters one and two in the Tec Deep Diver manual and complete the Knowledge Reviews for each. This must be done as pre-study. There will be one classroom session to review missed questions on Knowledge Reviews and any other questions students have.
Divers learn how to calculate turn pressures based on rule of 3rds, SAC rates, standard gear configuration and additional tec diving basics
Conduct Training Dives One and Two as outlined in the Tec Deep Dive manual where divers practice shut-off drills, S-drills, deco bottle staging and deployment of lift bags.
Repeat Training Dives One and Two in open water applying the skills to the open water environment. Students calculate a turn pressure based on thirds and write it on their slate. Students also list the skills for each dive on their slate.
Since the PADI Distinctive Specialty Tec Basics is actually a portion of the DSAT Tec Diver 1 course, Tec Basics may credit toward Tec Diver 1. Tec Basics divers should know that if they choose to move up to Tec Diver 1, their instructor may request a repeat of some confined water sessions and practical application sessions, depending on the interim between Tec Basics certification and the start of Tec Deep 1. Divers who do not complete Tec Basics in doubles and / or have not been diving in a technical rig should have sufficient time for practice in doubles prior to doing any dives in open water. Training Dives One and Two, Practical Applications One and Two and Knowledge Reviews One and Two may be credited toward Tec Diver 1.