To venture outside the world of recreational diving requires training and equipment beyond the scope of that learned in recreational scuba diving courses. The PADI Tec Deep program is split into five courses which lead you from entry level technical diving through to a no depth limits trimix certification. The level of certification you wish to obtain is governed solely by your requirements.
The Tec 40 course introduces recreational divers to the equipment and procedures needed to dive to 40 meters with up to ten minutes of decompression and the use of up to 50 percent nitrox for conservative decompression. The course consists of self study followed by an evening of academic work, an evening pool session and three open water dives conducted over two days.
To enroll in the Tec 40 you need to:
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age.
- Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or provide a qualifying certification from another training organization. For this course, a qualifying certification is proof of training beyond entry level with experience in deep diving and underwater navigation.
- Be certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization. For this course, a qualifying certification is proof of training in nitrox diving with for the use of up to 40 percent nitrox blends.
- Have a minimum of 30 logged dives, of which at least 10 dives were made with nitrox deeper than 18 metres.
Included in the course are Tec Deep Manual, cylinder, BCD, regulator and specialized equipment hire, and certification. Other equipment hire, diving fees, transport, accommodation and gas fees are not included.