Technical diving is scuba diving’s “extreme sport”, taking experienced and qualified divers far deeper and further than in mainstream recreational diving. Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment and training requirements to manage the additional hazards this type of diving entails. Tec diving isn’t for everyone, but for those who want to be explore further, the TecRec courses are the answer.
Below is a brief overview of TecRec diver levels, for more info visit http://www.padi.com/scuba-diving/padi-courses/technical-diving-courses/
PADI TecRec Courses (Open Circuit)
Tec 40 Diver
An introduction to technical diving that provides a transition from rec to tec and bridges the gap to full technical deep decompression diving. You gain experience and begin building tec diving knowledge and skills. You will qualify to make limited decompression dives to 40m.
Tec 45 Diver
Wearing full tec kit of doubles (either sidemount or backmount) plus a decompression cylinder you’ll extend your depth limit to 45m and learn to plan and execute repetitive accelerated decompression dives using up to 100% O2. This is a course where you’ll rise to the challenge and make the commitment to become a technical diver.
Tec 50 Diver
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 50m. You will make extended range dives using two decompression gases. It’s not easy to reach this level and earning your Tec 50 certification opens the door to deeper diving expeditions.
Tec Trimix 65 Diver
The Tec Trimix 65 course introduces you to using non-hypoxic trimix down to a maximum depth of 65m There are big advantages to using three gases, but you need to know how to do it right. Earning the Tec Trimix 65 certification makes deep exploration a reality.
Tec Trimix Diver
Ready for the outer edge of technical diving? The Tec Trimix course takes experienced tec divers and turns them into extreme divers who go deeper and visit pristine sites where few others will ever go. During the course, you’ll make dives as deep as 90m, but once you earn this tough certification, there are no limits. Your training teaches you to build experience gradually and you do it, because you’ve made it this far and have more exploring to do.
Tec Sidemount Diver
You are introduced to tec sidemount equipment and dive techniques, including up to six cylinders. While it won’t change your dive limits, you will transfer yours skills to tec sidemount diving and be able to dive in this equipment within your existing certification and experience limits.
PADI Recreational Rebreather Courses (Type R Rebreathers)
Always wanted to try a rebreather? You’ll discover how quiet diving can be without bubbles and quickly learn how different buoyancy control is. A Discover Rebreather experience is an ideal opportunity to give rebreathers a try before you sign up for a full course. Or, if you’re already a rebreather diver, you can participate in the program to try a new or different type of rebreather.
Type R (recreational) rebreathers are lightweight, easy-to-transport and have sophisticated electronics to simplify their use. You’ll get longer no stop limits, reduced gas consumption because you reuse most of your exhaled gas, and unmatched wildlife encounters because you don’t release annoying bubbles. The PADI Rebreather Diver course introduces you to rebreather diving to a maximum depth of 18m.
Advanced Rebreather Diver
This course builds on your PADI Rebreather Diver certification by expanding your knowledge, adding a bailout cylinder, and training you to dive as deep as 30m (40m if you are a PADI Deep Diver). If you aren’t a certified rebreather diver yet, no problem – ask your PADI Rebreather Instructor about combining the PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver courses.
A short course that allows you to qualify on an additional rebreather, at your existing certification level.
If you’ve not been diving with your rebreather for a while, you should ease back into it by taking a PADI Rebreather Refresher. You’ll review your PADI Rebreather Diver and Advanced Rebreather Diver Manual as well as the manufacturer literature and checklists. Then, get you back into the water on your unit to practice a few skills and regain comfort with your rebreather.
Tec CCR Courses (Type T CCRs)
Always wanted to try a Type T (technical) CCR? You’ll discover how quiet diving can be without bubbles and quickly learn how different buoyancy control is. A Discover Rebreather experience is an ideal opportunity to give rebreathers a try before you sign up for a full course. Or, if you’re already a rebreather or Tec CCR diver, you can participate in the program to try a new or different type of rebreather.
Tec 40 CCR Diver
The future of deep tec diving belongs to the Type T CCR and the Tec 40 CCR course introduces you to this type of rebreather. You’ll focus on developing the discipline it takes to be a technical diver while learning the details of proper setup, predive checks, dive planning, failure and problem management and teamwork required for limited decompression tec CCR diving.
Tec 60 CCR Diver
By completing the Tec 60 CCR course, you extend your CCR diving adventures down to a maximum depth of 60m. You learn to complete multiple decompression stops, manage life-support problems and dive with trimix/heliox as a diluent. It’s a considerable challenge, but if you’re serious about being a tec CCR diver, then this course is your next step.
Tec 100 CCR Diver
Tec 100 CCR Diver is the ultimate Tec CCR rating. The training includes the use of diluents and bailout gases that are hypoxic. You’ll learn to plan and make dives with hypoxic trimix/heliox to a maximum depth of 100m while managing several bailout cylinders and completing multiple decompression stops. Only a few extreme adventurers earn this rating. Will you be one of them?
Tec CCR Qualifier
As a Tec 40 CCR, Tec 60 CCR or Tec 100 CCR Diver you qualify to dive on a specific Type T CCR. To dive on a different CCR, you must qualify on that unit. You do that by participating in a short Tec CCR Qualifier program, focusing on the skills needed to dive the new unit.
Tec CCR Refresher
Diving frequently with your CCR is the best way to maintain your skills and comfort level, but if it’s been awhile, you should take a Tec CCR Refresher. You’ll review the manual from the appropriate Tec CCR course as well as the manufacturer literature and checklists. Inwater, you’ll get a chance to refresh your skills and regain comfort with your Type T CCR.