Technical Dive Training

How You Can Become a Technical Diver

So how do you become a technical diver? There are several training agencies that provide technical dive training. As with recreational dive training, each of these agencies has its own slant on what is important and how it is best taught. Sometimes this training focuses not only on deep diving, decompression diving and diving with special gases; sometimes it focuses on specialty diving like cave diving.

As a PADI TecRec Dive Center, Aquatic Adventures offers PADI deep technical diving courses. Some of these courses are under the name DSAT, which stands for Diving Science and Technology, as is the case with the Gas Blender course.

For those interested in deep air diving, Aquatic Adventures offers the technical diving courses listed below. All of these courses have prerequisites that are well beyond the requirements for entering other scuba training course. So make sure to review our Technical Diving Prerequisites page before registering for one of these classes.

Click the title of each course for additional information such as equipment requirements and skills you will learn:

PADI Tec 40

This course is intended for those divers who wish to begin developing the skills and knowledge involved in technical deep diving, including making gas switches, extended no-stop dives, and basic decompression diving (no more than 10 minute stops) above 40 metres/130 feet. Divers learn to use enriched air with up to 50 percent oxygen. Divers also learn the motor skills required for technical diving, as well as the foundational skills necessary for moving on to the PADI Tec 45 course.

  • Maximum depth: 40 meters/130 feet
  • Maximum EANx: 50%
  • Maximum gases: 2

PADI Tec 45

This course is intended for those divers with the prerequisite experience and training needed to begin moving beyond recreational scuba depth limits. Divers build up gas switching and decompression stop skills learned in the PADI Tec 40 course. Students also learn to use a single cylinder of enriched air or oxygen to accelerate or add conservatism to decompression.

  • Maximum depth: 45 meters/145 feet
  • Maximum EANx: 100%
  • Maximum gases: 2

PADI Tec 50

This course qualifies divers to use air, enriched air, and oxygen for multiple stop decompression dives as deep as 50 metres/165 feet using standard open circuit, multiple cylinder (back mount and/or sidemount) tec diving equipment. Students also learn to use two decompression gases to accelerate or add conservatism to decompression.

  • Maximum depth: 50 meters/165 feet
  • Maximum EANx: 100%
  • Maximum gases: 3

In addition to these courses, PADI also offers these technical diving courses: