Technical Diving Courses

PADI TecRec Diving

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 PADI Tec Diving blog.

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

What is PADI TecRec 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 and 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.

Discover Tec Diving

Discover Tec Diving Experience with Hippo Divers

PADI Discover Tec Diving lets you try technical diving equipment and procedures.

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Tec 40

Tec 40 Course at Hippo Divers

If you're interested in technical diving, but haven't yet met the prerequisites for the PADI Tec 45 course or thePADI Tec 50 course, you can consider enrolling in the PADI Tec 40 course. It is the first subdivision of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver course and consists of the first four dives. Because you can do one of these dives in confined water (such as a swimming pool), many divers start the PADI Tec 40 courses in the colder wetter months, ready to continue in open water when warmer and clearer weather arrives.

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Tec 45

Tec 45 Course with Hippo Divers

The Tec 45 course picks up where PADI 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.

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Tec 50

Tec 50 Course with Hippo Divers

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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Tec Deep Diver

Tec Deep Diver Course at Hippo Divers

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

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Tec Trimix 65

Tec Trimix 65 Course with Hippo Divers

This course opens up the advantages of trimix to the diver, and divers are qualified to make multi-stop decompression dives that employ EANx and oxygen for accelerated decompression, and any trimix with an oxygen content of 18% or more.

They can dive to a maximum depth of 65 metres/210 feet.

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Tec Trimix Diver

Tec Trimix Diver Course at Hippo Divers

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.

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Tec Gas Blender

PADI Tec Gas Blender Course at Hippo Divers

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 PADI Gas Blender course comes in.

It can result in one of two certifications: PADI Tec Gas Blender or PADI Tec Trimix Blender.

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Tec Sidemount

PADI Tec Sidemount Diver Course, Phi Phi, Thailand

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.

The Tec Sidemount Diver course is a great way to get started into technical diving because the skills you learn in this course will train you to handle multiple cylinders on a single dive. You can combine what you learn in the Tec Sidemount Diver course with other open-circuit tec courses that you take, or certifications you’ve already earned, to take advantage of sidemount’s cylinder configuration and handling advantages.

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