Technical Diving Courses

Tec Diving, otherwise known as Technical diving allows you to explore beyond the limits of recreational diving safely. Whether you are looking to just try it out with one of our discover tec diving experiences, or going all the way to Tec Deep Diver and beyond, we can help make your technical dive experience and training a whole new adventure. We offer the widest variety of technical diving courses here in Costa Rica , Central America, with PADI DSAT courses up to and including Tec 50 , the Tec Deep Diver course, Technical sidemount diving, and also TDI and IDAW technical dive courses. Whatever your specific dive needs we can help you out. Check out our list below of Tec Rec Programs;
[su_tabs class=”my-custom-tabs”] [su_tab title=”Tec 40″] Tec 40 is the first sub-course of the Tec Deep Diver course . It is a great way to start your technical diving, especially if you have not yet met the pre-requisites for the Tec Deep Diver course.

Once you complete your DSAT Tec 40 course you will be able to conduct gas-switch no-decompression dives and decompression dives (to a maximum of 10 mins decompression) to a maximum depth of 40m/130ft using up to 50% enriched air for decompression.

Throughout your course you will be learning and practicing a number of skills including technical equipment set up, neutral buoyancy control, removing and replacing your stage tanks both on the surface and underwater, gas shut down drills and other emergency drills.

During your course you will also be learning and understanding about the hazards and risks involved when you take part in technical diving, as well as how to prepare for and deal with possible technical diving emergencies. It provides the foundational knowledge needed for entry into technical diving and the stepping stone to the next level, Tec 45.

Prerequisites for DSAT Tec 40:
– PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– PADI Enriched Air Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– PADI Deep Diver  (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– Minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least 10 must be enriched air dives, 12 must be deeper than 18 meters/60 feet and at least six must be deeper than 30 meters/100 feet
– Minimum age: 18 years old
[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Tec 45″] Tec 45 is the second sub-course of the DSAT Tec Deep Diver course. It is a great way to progress with your technical diving, beyond Tec 40 level, especially if you have not yet met the pre-requisites for the DSAT Tec Deep Diver course.

Once you complete your DSAT Tec 45 course you will be able to conduct gas-switch no-decompression dives and decompression dives  to a maximum depth of 45m/145ft. As well as the skills you learnt during Tec 40 you will also learn how to stage and retreive 2 decompression tanks and how to share gas in an out of air situation whilst swimming.

During your course you will also be reinforcing what you learnt during your Tec 40 course regarding the hazards and risks involved when you take part in technical diving, as well as how to prepare for and deal with possible technical diving emergencies. It provides the foundational knowledge needed for entry into technical diving and the stepping stone to the next level, Tec 50.

Prerequisites for DSAT Tec 45:
– PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– PADI Enriched Air Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– PADI Deep Diver  (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– Tec 40 qualification or we can combine both the Tec 40/45 courses together.
– Minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least 10 must be enriched air dives, 12 must be deeper than 18 meters/60 feet and at least six must be deeper than 30 meters/100 feet
– Minimum age: 18 years old

Course Duration:
– 3 – 4 days
[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Tec 50″] If you interested in furthering your technical diving skills as well as your depth limitations then you can look towards the Tec 50 course. If you are not already a Tec diver you can combine this program with the Tec 40 and Tec 45 program to certify as a PADI DSAT Tec Deep Diver. This course builds on your  previous training, dive planning and your technical skills that you would have learnt previously during your Tec 40 and Tec 45 courses. This course will allow you to make gas switch decompression dives to 165ft / 50 meters using air and enriched air (up to 100% oxygen), with technical diving equipment and procedures. It will also be train you  in the motor skills needed for technical diving, understand and acknowledge the hazards and risks involved in technical diving and prepare you to respond to possible emergencies that may occur in this type of technical diving.

Prerequisites for DSAT Tec 50:
– PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– PADI Enriched Air Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– PADI Deep Diver  (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– Tec 40 / 45 qualifications, or take Tec 40 / 45 / 50 courses together.
– Minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least 20must be enriched air dives, 25 must be deeper than 18 meters/60 feet and at least 20 must be deeper than 30 meters/100 feet
– Minimum age: 18 years old

Course Duration:
– 3 – 4 days

 
[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Tec Deep”]The DSAT Tec Deep Diver course is designed to take you that extra step beyond recreational diving into technical diving. Once you complete your DSAT Tec Deep Diver course you will be able to conduct gas-switch extended no-decompression dives, decompression dives and accelerated decompression dives using both air and enriched air up to a maximum depth of 50 meters/165 feet. Course can be conducted in either back mounted twin tank set-up or now can also be conducted in sidemount.

Throughout your course you will be learning and practicing a number of skills including technical equipment set up, neutral buoyancy control, removing and replacing your stage tanks both on the surface and underwater, gas shut down drills and other emergency drills.

During your course you will also be learning and understanding about the hazards and risks involved when you take part in technical diving, as well as how to prepare for and deal with possible technical diving emergencies.

Prerequisites for enrolling on the Tec Deep Diver:
– PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– PADI Enriched Air Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– PADI Deep Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
– A minimum of 100 logged dives of which 20 must be enriched air dives, 25 dives must be deeper than 18 meters/60 feet and at least 15 dives must be deeper than 30 meters/100 feet
– Minimum age: 18 years old

Course Duration:
– 8-10 days and if already an PADI instructor, can be combined with the DSAT Tec Deep Instructor course or Tec Instructor course.
[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Tec Sidemount”]The PADI Tec Sidemount Diver course is a great way to get started into technical diving, or as a great add on to any technical diving course you may already have.  Because the skills you learn in this course will train you to handle multiple cylinders on a single dive it can be a fantastic first step into the multi cylinder world of technical diving, from a start at Tec 40 through to Tec Deep diver training.  You can combine what you learn in the Tec Sidemount Diver course to take advantage of sidemount’s cylinder configuration and handling advantages with some of the other technical diving courses that we at Oceans Unlimited have to offer. Tec Sidemount offers the same benefits as the PADI Sidemount Diver course but gives you the opportunity to dive with 2+ cylinders for extended dive times. that step beyond a recreational sidemount diver.

technical diving courses

Prerequisites:

– Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization
– Have logged 30 or more dives
– At least 18 years old
– Certification as a PADI Enriched Air Diver is recommended
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All technical diving courses at Oceans Unlimited require that you have the following personal equipment;

[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]-Depth gauge/computer and backup depth gauge/computer
– Timing device and backup timing device
– Decompression information (Table and deco calculator) as well as backup decompression information
– Exposure suit appropriate for environment and dive duration[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″] Inflatable signal tube
– Reel
– Lift bag
– Knife/cutting device and backup
– Slates and backup slates
– Compass[/su_column] [/su_row]

All courses include;

Includes manual and rental of tanks, gas and weights

 Equipment required to complete the course includes:

– Primary and secondary regulators, one with two meter/seven foot hose (approx.) for gas sharing, and one with SPG
– Regulator for deco cylinders SPG, mounting hardware. Two per diver will be required (one for the Tec 40 and 45 courses)
– BCD and harness – with redundant buoyancy control is required e.g. double bladder BCD

This equipment is available for rental at Oceans Unlimited if not personally owned.

This course is available on demand, please enquire for details.

Technical instructor programs are available too.