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If you have questions about technical training, would like to meet the training staff, or just want to get some more information then join us for technical diving seminar and orientation!

Anyone who signs up for a technical diving course at the seminar will receive $50 off that course.  Sign up for a complete TEC DEEP certification and save $150.

Are you looking to improve your dive skills, learn something new, or just wondering what's next? We've been asked that question a lot in the last year. Many of our more experienced divers want an opportunity to continue their dive training, improve their skills and their knowledge, but have little interest in becoming a professional diver like an instructor or divemaster.

Now we have an answer to that question! Starting in 2020 Scubaland will be offering the PADI Tec Deep and Sidemount courses. Classes are forming now for Spring. Read on to find out how these courses will increase your limits and what skills and equipment you need before enrolling.

Technical diving is scuba diving’s “extreme” sport, taking experienced and qualified divers far deeper than in mainstream recreational diving. Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment and training requirements to manage the additional hazard this type of diving entails. Tec diving isn’t for everyone, but for those who hear its challenge call, the PADI TecRec courses are the answer. View the TecRec Diving Blog

What is technical diving?

Technical scuba diving is defined as diving other than conventional commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond recreational scuba diving limits. It is further defined as and includes one or more of the following:

  • diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet deep
  • required stage decompression
  • diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet of the surface
  • accelerated decompression and/or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive

Because in technical diving the surface is effectively inaccessible in an emergency, tec divers use extensive methodologies, technologies and training to manage the added risks. Even with these, however, tec diving admittedly has more risk, potential hazard and shorter critical error chains than does recreational scuba diving. How long has technical diving been around?

Most people would agree that cave diving is a form of technical diving. Cave diving developed in the late 1960s and 1970s, developing into a discipline largely like it is today by the mid 1980s. In the early 1990s, several groups of divers around the world began experimenting with technologies for deep diving (beyond recreational limits) to explore both caves and wrecks. These communities united and emerged as “technical diving” or “tec diving” with the publication of aquaCorps (no longer in print), which dedicated itself to this type of diving. Since then, tec diving continues to develop both in scope and in its technologies.

Why would I want to be a tec diver?

Tec diving not only has more risk, but it requires significantly more effort, discipline and equipment. It’s not for everyone, and you can be an accomplished, avid top-notch diver your entire life without making a tec dive.

That said, there’s a cadre of individuals who want to visit places underwater that relatively few people can. Many spectacular, untouched wrecks lie at depths well below 40 metres/130 feet. Deep reefs have organisms you don’t find in the shallows. Some people enjoy the challenge and focus tec diving requires. Still others love being involved with cutting edge technologies. These reasons make tec diving rewarding.

The PADI TecRec Difference

The TecRec program debuted in 2000. Although TecRec is not the first tec diving program (cave diver training has been around for decades), it repeatedly receives accolades for its merits.

  • TecRec courses are integrated into an instructionally valid, seamless course flow that takes you from beginning tec diver to one qualified to the outer reaches of sport diving using different gas mixes.
  • Each level introduces you to new gear, planning and procedures appropriate to extend your diving limits.
  • The Tec Diver course is an integrated sequence of three subcourses: Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. You can complete them continuously, or you can complete each level separately with a time span between them. This gives you learning efficiency, instructional integrity and schedule flexibility.

What to Expect

Technical diving is a little different from recreational diving. It requires more precise diving skills, more complex dive planning, and a different equipment configuration. We want you to have every chance to successfully complete your technical diving class and we want you to enjoy the experience. That means making sure you are ready for class on day 1.

Before enrolling you in a technical diving class we will arrange a consultation with you to verify you have the prerequisites for the class and make sure you understand your commitments and responsibilities for the class. Our staff will then help you select your equipment and properly rig it before you start your class. We will also help you arrange orientation dives in either the pool or open water in order to help you get comfortable with your new equipment.

Now that you are dialed in we'll start your training! All technical diving courses include academic development, practical exercises, and training dives. All students must be at least 18 years of age and have a medical form signed by a physician.

TecRec prerequisites vary (see individual course descriptions), but the following applies to anyone interested in technical diving: You must be

  • 18 years or older
  • A mature, responsible person who will follow the required procedures and requirements strictly and faithfully
  • Medically fit for tec diving (physician’s signature required)
  • Willing to accept the added risks that tec diving presents
  • An experienced diver with at least 100 logged dives
  • Certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver and PADI Deep Diver or equivalent (for this program equivalency is proof of training in recreational deep diving 18 meters/60 feet to 40 meters/130 feet consisting of at least four dives and training in nitrogen narcosis considerations, contingency/emergency decompression, making safety stops and air supply management OR, have a minimum of 20 logged dives deeper than 30 meters/100 feet.)

The Fun Part

The fun part of TecRec is rising to the challenges as you dive deeper and longer than most divers ever do.

PADI / DSAT Tec 40 CoursePADI DSAT Tec 40 Course training at Scubaland Adventures in Austin Texas The Tec 40 is the first rung in the Tec Deep ladder, the first course of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver course consists of the first four dives. The DSAT Tec 40 course introduces divers to limited decompression diving within accepted recreational depth limits.

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PADI / DSAT Tec 45 CoursePADI DSAT Tec 45 Course training at Scubaland Adventures in Austin Texas The Tec 45 course picks up where Tec 40 leaves off and takes your training as a Tec diver further and deeper. Building on the Tec 40 program, the Tec 45 module covers the skills, equipment and planning needed to dive to a maximum of 145 feet.

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PADI / DSAT Tec 50 CoursePADI DSAT Tec 50 Course training at Scubaland Adventures in Austin Texas Building on the Tec 40 and 45 course foundations, the Tec 50 course completes your training as an entry-level tec diver, taking you past the limits of recreational diving.

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PADI TecRec Course training at Scubaland Adventures in Austin Texas