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Why DSAT Discover Tec?

 

If you are thinking about technical diving but aren't sure, DSAT Discover Tec lets you try technical diving equipment and procedures. Discover Tec experiences can also credit towards the DSAT Apprentice

Tec Diver or Tec Deep Diver courses.

   

What do I need to start?

 

PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)

Have a minimum of 10 logged dives

Minimum age: 18 years old

TEC40

Tec 40 Course: 3 days

What’s it about?

If you’ve heard of tek diving and feel you want to give it a go without going stupidly deep or carry all that gear – this is for you. The prerequisites are easily met and there is no great change in gear. The course WILL change your attitude toward diving though!! The Tec 40 is also the first subdivision into the full PADI Tec Deep course which means if you like it you can carry on!


What you will need to be/do BEFORE joining the course

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • PADI Deep Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization) OR proof of ten Dives to 30m
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a minimum of 30 logged dives, of which at least
  • 10 dives must be on enriched air deeper than 18 meters
  • 7 dives must be deeper than 30 meters
  • Have a medical form signed by your physician


What you’ll be doing

  • Use decompression software and dive computers to plan and make decompression dives with no more than 10 minutes of total decompression    and not deeper than 40 meters
  • Use a single cylinder of decompression gas with up to 50 percent oxygen (EANx50) to add conservatism to the required decompression.
  • You'll use the Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak, which introduces you to
  • Differences between Tec and recreational diving
  • Gear Configuration - equipment
  • Decompression and stage cylinder handling
  • Gas planning
  • Emergency procedures
  • Crew-Pak

The pack includes a manual, dive planning checklist and dive planning slate. The optional Equipment Set-up and Key Skills video on DVD is a great tool to help you practice at home in between your Tec diving adventures. You will continue to use your Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak all the way to Tec 50.

 

Gear and stuff you’ll need and dive with

A single cylinder with dual outlet valve (e.g. H or Y valve)

A single cylinder with single outlet valve and a pony bottle

Back mounted doubles with dual isolator manifold

Two side mounted cylinder (side mount configuration)

Two complete regulators, one with 2 meters hose and one with SPG

Stage/deco cylinder with attachment hardware and a single second stage regulator and SPG

BCD with D-rings

Two dive computers or one with backup timer and depth gauge with dive tables

Exposure suit appropriate for environment and dive duration

Argon dry suit inflation system - optional

Weight system

Jon line (as needed for environment)

Inflatable signal tube, whistle and or other visual and audible surface signaling devices

Reel and lift bag or DSMB

Knife/cutting device and back up

Slate

Compass

Backup buoyancy control

Backup mask (optional)

Lights (optional for dive environment)

TEC 45

Tec 45 Course: 3 days

What’s it about?

The Tec 45 course picks up where Tec 40 leaves off and takes your training as a Tec diver further and deeper. It is the second sub course in the full PADI Tec Diver course

 

What you need to be/do BEFORE joining the course

  • PADI Tec 40 Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • PADI rescue diver (must provide proof of training in CPR and First aid with in two years)
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least:
  • 12 dives were made with enriched air Nitrox deeper than 18 meters
  • 6 (with or without EANx) dives were deeper than 30 meters
  • Have a medical statement signed by a physician


What you’ll be doing         

  • The skills and equipment and planning need to dive to a maximum of 45 meters
  • The knowledge to plan and execute single and repetitive decompression dives using a single stage cylinder of EANx or oxygen to accelerate      or add conservatism to the decompression stops.
  • There would be no time limit to amount of decompression
  • Prepare for and respond to foreseeable technical diving emergencies
  • Master the basic skills and procedures you’ll need as you move into deeper technical diving
  • You'll use the same Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak and discuss
  • Technical rigs, regulators, weight systems and instrumentation
  • Emergency procedures
  • Redundancy
  • Decompression and stage cylinder handling
  • Gas planning
  • Narcosis
  • Air breaks
  • Crew-Pack

The pack includes a manual, dive planning checklist and dive planning slate. The optional Equipment Set-up and Key Skills video on DVD is a great tool to help you practice at home in between your Tec diving adventures. You will continue to use the Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak through to the Tec 50 course.

 

Gear and stuff you’ll need and dive with

  • Double cylinders of at least12 L each, with isolator manifold (the isolator manifold is not required for divers using sidemount configuration)
  • Primary and secondary regulators for back mounted double manifolds, one with two meters hose and one with SPG
  • Stage/decompression cylinder(s) (1 for Tec 45, 2 for Tec 50) with regulator and SPG, with proper labels/markings
  • Tec diving BCD and harness (backmount or sidemount)
  • Two multigas enriched air capable dive computers, or one multigas enriched air computer and back up single gas computer with dive tables, or    one single gas enriched air computer and backup timer and depth gauge with dive tables
  • Exposure suit appropriate for environment and dive duration
  • Argon dry suit inflation system as needed for environment
  • Weight system (if needed)
  • Jon line (as needed for environment)
  • Inflatable signal tube, whistle and or other visual and audible surface signaling devices
  • Reel and lift bag (bright yellow preferred) or DSMB
  • Knife/cutting device and back up
  • Slate
  • Compass
  • Back up mask (optional)
  • Lights (optional as required for dive environment)
  • Backup buoyancy control (a lift bag/DSMB is not considered a reliable method of backup buoyancy control)

TEC 50

Tec 50 Course: - 3 days

What’s it about? 

The Tec 50 course completes your training as an entry-level Tec diver, taking you past the limits of recreational diving.

   

What you need to be/do BEFORE joining the course

  • PADI Tec 45 Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • PADI Rescue Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Provide proof of training in CPR and First Aid within the previous two years
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, of which
  • 20 dives must be enriched air dives deeper than 18m
  • At least 15 dives must be deeper than 30 meters – with or without Nitrox
  • Have a medical statement signed by your physician


What you’ll be doing

  • Make actual decompression dives as deep as 50 metres/165 feet
  • Use enriched air Nitrox and/or pure oxygen for decompression
  • Use desk top decompression software to create custom dive tables and plan your dives
  • Qualify to make technical decompression dives independently
  • Plan and execute your own missions
  • You'll use the same Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak and discuss
  • Unresponsive divers at depth
  • Tec pool diving...
  • Decompression sickness/illness
  • How to broaden you limits
  • Introduction to trimix
  • Crew-Pack

The Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pack which includes a manual, dive planning checklist and dive planning slate. The optional Equipment Set-up and Key Skills video on DVD is a great tool to help you practice at home in between your Tec diving adventures.

 

Gear and stuff you’ll need and dive with

  • Double cylinder of at least12 L each, with isolator manifold (the isolator manifold is not required for divers using sidemount configuration)
  • Primary and secondary regulators for back mounted double manifolds, one with two meters hose and one with SPG
  • Stage/decompression cylinder(s) (1 for Tec 45, 2 for Tec 50) with regulator and SPG, with proper labels/markings
  • Tec diving BCD and harness (backmount or sidemount)
  • Two multigas enriched air capable dive computers, or one multigas enriched air computer and back up single gas computer with dive tables, or    one single gas enriched air computer and backup timer and depth gauge with dive tables
  • Exposure suit appropriate for environment and dive duration
  • Argon dry suit inflation system as needed for environment
  • Weight system (if needed)
  • Jon line (as needed for environment)
  • Inflatable signal tube, whistle and or other visual and audible surface signaling devices
  • Reel and lift bag (bright yellow preferred) or DSMB
  • Knife/cutting device and back up
  • Slate
  • Compass
  • Back up mask (optional)
  • Lights (optional as required for dive environment)
  • Backup buoyancy control (a lift bag/DSMB is not considered a reliable method of backup buoyancy control)

Tec Trimix 65

Tec Trimix 65: - 6 days

What’s it about?  

The Tec 65 is the first level trimix course open to certified Tec 50 divers. It introduces Tec divers to trimix diving to a max depth op 65 m. qualified divers are able to make multi-stop decompression dives that employ EANx and oxygen for accelerated decompression, and use any trimix with an oxygen content of 18% or more as bottom gas.

 

What you need to be/do BEFORE joining the course

  • Be a PADI Rescue Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization and having proof of CPR and first aid training with the            previous two years).
  • Be certified as a Tec 50 (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have logged at least 100 dives
  • Have a medical form signed by your physician.

What you’ll be doing

  • Conduct Open circuit trimix dives with 18% or more oxygen to a max depth of 65 m, with a PO2 of 1.4 or less and an END of 40 m or less.
  • Plan and execute at least five trimix decompression dives using various trimix blends
  • Use decompression software to create custom dive tables and dive plans
  • You will use the Tec Trimix diver manual and crewpack and discuss
  • Helium advantages and disadvantages
  • Bubble Models and deep stops
  • Trimix diving depth ranges
  • Exposure planning
  • Selecting a mix
  • Argon inflation systems
  • Handling three or four decompression cylinders
  • Decompression models
  • Emergency procedures
  • Face masks and multi-gas computers
  • Crew-Pak 

The Tec Trimix Diver Crew-Pak includes all required materials, including: manual, deep stop calculation table, trimix decal and emergency procedures slate.

  

Gear and stuff you’ll need and dive with

  • Double cylinders (minimum 12 liter each, with larger preferred) with isolator manifold
  • Primary and secondary regulators, one with two meter/seven foot hose (approximately) for gas sharing, and one with SPG
  • Stage/decompression cylinders with regulator, SPG, mounting hardware and proper labeling/markings. Two per diver will be required
  • Backup decompression cylinders as appropriate and required for the environment
  • BCD and harness – redundant buoyancy control is required (double bladder BCD or dry suit if suitable for weight of equipment worn)
  • Depth gauge/computer and backup depth gauge/computer
  • Timing device and backup timing device
  • Trimix decompression information (tables/trimix computer) and backup decompression information
  • Exposure suit appropriate for environment and dive duration. (If you use a dry suit, you should be trained/experienced with its use in                    recreational and technical diving prior to using it for trimix training or diving.)
  • Argon dry suit inflation or other inflation system as needed
  • Weight system (if needed)
  • Jon line (if needed for current diving environments)
  • Inflatable signal tube
  • Reel
  • Lift bag (bright yellow or per local community practice preferred)
  • Dive knife / cutting device and backup slate, backup mask (optional)
  • Compass, lights (optional)
  • Drift kit (if drift decompressing)

Tec Trimix Diver

What’s it about? 

For the extreme diver ready to further explore the world of technical deep diving, the gas of choice is trimix – a blend of oxygen, helium and nitrogen. The PADI Tec Trimix Diver course takes you to the outer edges of technical deep diving, opening the door to pristine dive sites few divers – if any – ever see.

 

What you need to be/do BEFORE joining the course 

  • Be a PADI Rescue Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization with Proof of CPR and Forts Aid training within the previous two years )
  • Be certified Tec Trimix 65 (or those holding a qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have logged at least 150 dives
  • Have a medical form signed by your physician

What you’ll be doing       

  • You might be required to do an assessment dive prior to continuing on with the PADI Trimix course – this depends on your recent dive history      and experience.
  • Plan and execute at least three trimix decompression dives using various trimix blends
  • Use decompression software to create custom dive tables and dive plans
  • Make training dives as deep as 75 meters
  • Crew Pack      

The Tec Trimix Diver Crew-Pak includes all required materials, including: manual, deep stop calculation table, trimix decal and emergency procedures slate

 

Gear and stuff you’ll need and dive with 

  • Double cylinders (minimum 12 liter each, with larger preferred) with isolator manifold
  • Primary and secondary regulators, one with two meter/seven foot hose (approximately) for gas sharing, and one with SPG
  • Stage/decompression cylinders with regulator, SPG, mounting hardware and proper labeling/markings. Two per diver will be required
  • Backup decompression cylinders as appropriate and required for the environment
  • BCD and harness – redundant buoyancy control is required (double bladder BCD or dry suit if suitable for weight of equipment worn)
  • Depth gauge/computer and backup depth gauge/computer
  • Timing device and backup timing device
  • Trimix decompression information (tables/trimix computer) and backup decompression information
  • Exposure suit appropriate for environment and dive duration. (If you use a dry suit, you should be trained/experienced with its use in                    recreational and technical diving prior to using it for trimix training or diving.)
  • Argon dry suit inflation or other inflation system as needed
  • Weight system (if needed)
  • Jon line (if needed for current diving environments)
  • Inflatable signal tube
  • Reel
  • Lift bag (bright yellow or per local community practice preferred)
  • Dive knife / cutting device and backup slate, backup mask (optional)
  • Compass, lights (optional)
  • Drift kit (if drift decompressing)

The DSAT Tec Gas Blender Course

What’s it about?

More people are diving with enriched air and this means the demand for enriched air fills is also increasing.

However, there needs to be someone qualified to administer these fills to meet this demand. This is where the DSAT Gas Blender course comes in.

    

What you need to be/do BEFORE joining the course 

  • You must be a PADI Enriched Air Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • At least 18 years old


What you’ll be doing

The DSAT Gas Blender course will train you as a qualified gas blender, allowing you to provide gas mixes to appropriately certified consumers.

As a gas blender you must be familiar with the physical properties of oxygen, its various forms and purities, hazards and special handling requirements.

You will learn the five methods of obtaining the desired enriched air Nitrox mix and the various methods used to obtain proper helium mixes.

You will be using the DSAT Gas Blender Manual and CD-ROM, which will familiarize you with the procedures and techniques needed for gas blending.