What is the next step…?

As scuba diving rapidly continues to grow across the globe, the demand for continuing education courses reaches an all-new high.

Divers are continually looking for ways to expand their diving skills as well as their theoretical knowledge base.

Each year PADI certifies a growing amount of divers who have reached that pinnacle of recreational diving, the “Black belt” of recreational diving, the Master Scuba Diver. Not all of these experienced divers have the opportunity or the desire to move into the professional arm of PADI, but who would still like to continue their training and further develop their personal diving.

There are many dive sites across the world, especially wreck dives, that in order to do them justice requires the diver to sneak into decompression! These are not deep sites that we discuss, we talk about the sites that sit between 25m – 35m, within the recreational divers limits. The frustration for the diver who has had to end his / her dive, not because they were running low on air but because the no decompression limits simply would not give them any more time! (even on nitrox!)

For me the new PADI TecRec programs are perfect for such divers and can certainly prevent such frustration. The courses have been expertly designed to bridge the gap between recreational and technical diving. Introducing the concepts, philosophy, physiology understanding and practical applications to enable these experienced divers to make decompression dives in a controlled, pre planned safe manner. The emphasis on the first level of these TecRec programs; the PADI Tec 40, is not about increasing the depth but educating the divers on the hazards, benefits and procedures for making simple limited decompression dive.

The Tec 40 course will teach you how to make limited decompression dives to a maximum depth of 40m. You will learn how to carry a single stage / decompression tank to increase the safety of the dive, how to monitor your gas consumption much more accurately, how to follow computer software programs for decompression diving, how to use your personal diving computer to its full advantage and how to become a more independent diver.

The course takes only three days and is a mixture of; Theoretical studies, shallow water skills practice, simulated decompression dives and an actual decompression dive. All students wishing to make the course must be:

–     PADI Advanced open water diver (or equivalent)

–     PADI Eanx diver (or equivalent)

–     PADI Deep Diver (or show prove of 10 logged dives to 30m)

–     Prove of 30 logged dives of which 10 dives are deeper than 18m on eanx.

–     Must have a signed medical statement from your Doctor.

This course requires the use of the Tec Deep student manual and some additional handouts provided by your local dive center. The manual is very detailed and will provide you with the knowledge not only for the Tec 40 but also for the next TecRec courses; PADI Tec 45 and PADI Tec 50.

Tekstreme can offer the PADI Tec 40 course out of all three of our technical centres; Sharm El Shiekh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam.

The price for the 3 days course is only 315 euros*

*Does not include manual or certification

So go on then, why not pick up a copy of the manual, have a read though and then lets get wet!

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