Technical diving is adding additional gear, other gasses or different gear configurations like rebreathers and side mount diving. Even though tech diving can be done in depths above 40 meters, most tech diving is done at deeper depths and longer bottom times. Depth ratings are based on courses done and training. For example intro to tech has a rating to 40 meters and deco procedures a 45 meter level.
Why dive technical? There are thing we like to see and they happen to be in deeper water, it might be a cave. It could be a wreck in 45 to 60 meters. If we like to visit any of these site we would need more gas, increase time and carry more gear. For that reason we will need to train and gain more experience to do it safely.
Mentality – Technical diving is still fun. It’s all about seeing cool things, just like sport diving, but technical divers see sights longer, deeper, and hidden to the sport diver. The main difference between recreational and technical is that there is more seriousness when it comes to planning a dive. In order to dive longer there is a need for better planning and execution. All diving has risks, and those risks are increased if proper planning, skill practice, and execution are not done.
Planned deco allows you to see the deeper features longer.
Decompression divers employ oxygen mixtures of all kinds to extend their time looking at wrecks and reefs on the ocean floor. While the sport diver may get two 15 minute bottom time dives at 100ft the decompression diver can cruise around for 60 minutes or more, getting the most bang for their buck.
Helium gets you to the bottom with a clear head.
For dives past 130ft decompression divers blend some Helium into their cylinders and dip into the realm of the rarely seen. The reefs and wrecks they experience are sometimes visited less frequently in a year than astronauts to the moon.
Overhead training allows you to take a journey into the past.
Cave passage formed over millions of years of water erosion that stretch thousands of feet from the entrance are reserved for those trained in overhead diving. The unique beauty and tranquility that these sites offer is only surpassed by the incredible timescale with which they formed.
Becoming a technical diver is equal parts training, experience and passion. If any of the three are lacking the added risks in technical diving aren’t worth it.
Path to Becoming a Technical Diver
- Become a Certified Diver – Intro to tech Course
- This is only the beginning of building a skill set. A solid focus, from day 1, of having fun while being thorough and cautious, is the best way to prep for becoming a tech diver.
- Expand your Skills
- For many entry level technical courses 25 dives is the minimum requirement. You can count training dives, like those in a specialty class, towards that requirement.
- Deep – Expand your depths and get an introduction to complex dive planning.
- Navigation – Employ underwater navigation techniques to always know where you are
- Search and Recovery – Utilize complex navigation and lift bags with a team mindset
- Rescue – Get in the water and practice for emergency scenarios
- CPROX1st AED – Learn the ins and out of emergency treatment in the dive realm.