Introduction to Technical Diving - Technical Divers
The TDI Intro To Tech diver course is the perfect course for divers who have heard about technical diving and want to find out more about this exciting branch of advanced recreational diving. This course walks students through the special techniques, planning procedures and skills that set technical diving apart from traditional sport diving. It will show them how to improve their dive planning methods, in-water skills and streamline their existing gear configuration, in a non-threatening and fun learning environment.
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This includes your TDI Intro to Tech study guide, your dive training, a certification card and photos (above and below water).
What not included is gear hire, gas fills, food, lodging, dive site fees & transportation. We use Nitrox as the breathing gases during the Intro to Tech Course, which cost more than air.
Gear you need to provide:
As this is a technical dive course, each student will need to provide the following gear:
* Low volume mask and appropriate fins
* Bottom Mix Cylinders: All students MUST utilize a double tank system, either backmounted doubles or sidemount tanks, and equipped with DIN valves. These tanks must be equipped with 2 appropriate regulators.
* Back plate and wing setup (with sufficient lift to manage tanks)
* Depth gauge and automatic bottom timer and/or dive computer
* BCD with power inflator
* Exposure suit adequate for the dive environment
* A line cutting device (recommended is a Z knife, to be arm or chest mounted).
* Slate or wetnotes with pencil
* Lights as appropriate for the dive site.
Intro to Tech is a great way for students to try out "technical gear set ups" such as
and Doubles set up:
What the course entails:
TDI’s Intro to Tech course is a useful stand-alone course for the diver who wants to become a more skilled, more proficient diver regardless of if he/she intends to move on to technical diving. The course may also be used as an introduction to the TDI Advanced Nitrox course and the TDI Decompression Procedures course. And finally, it is also a good refresher for certified technical divers who may want to refresh their skills or have them re-evaluated by a TDI technical instructor.
How we teach it:
There are two parts, the academics and the "wet" portion.
The academics are done mostly at home from your TDI Intro To Tech Study Guide. This guide is very well structured, a very informative learning tool, and an excellent alternative to multiple day or evening lectures. Some topics covered are:
* Advanced Buoyancy Control and Trim
* Gas Management
* Emergency Procedures
* Equipment considerations and choice
* Situational Awareness
When you meet with your Instructor he/she will review the academics and you will complete a written test. You need to achieve at least 80% on your written test to pass. Detailed dive briefings and land drills will precede the diving.
* Selection and preparation of equipment suitable for the diver
* Demonstrate familiarity with basic and technical hand signals
* Properly analyze all gas mixtures to be used
For the wet training, we typically do two days in the water, with at least 3 dives. Depth will not exceed 75 feet/26 meters on any dive, and all of these dives are strictly no decompression dives. During these dives we complete a variety of skills such as:
* Proper weight checks
* Demonstrate anti silting propulsion techniques
* Air sharing with buddies utilizing a long hose
* Demonstrate appropriate hand signals with team members
* Demonstrate proper procedure for isolating and switching a malfunctioning regulator
* Demonstrate buoyancy control (ability to hover at fixed position in water column without moving hands or feet).
* Remove and replace mask with minimal air loss
* Demonstrate the ability to deploy a lift bag and SMB with out a loss of buoyancy and while remaining trim in the water column.
Note: this is not a fully inclusive list, just an overview!
All dives will include a pre-dive briefing, START check, safety stop and post dive critique.
START is an acronym for pre dive checks as follows: S-Drill (OOA drill and Bubble Check), Team (buddy equipment checks), Air (gas matching), Route (entry/exit and planned path underwater), Tables (depth, duration, waypoints and schedule).
It should be noted that participation in the Intro to Tech class does not guarantee certification.
After successful completion of your academics and water work, you will be awarded your certification as an Intro to Tech Diver.
Here at Dayo Scuba we also "mentor" our students (at no extra cost), so you can also gain additional experience in this type of diving with us after your have completed your course.
You must be at least 18 years old to receive an Intro to Tech certification (or 15 years old with parental consent), there is no maximum age.
Minimum number of students per class:
We need 2 or more people to make an Intro to Tech Class; private, one-on-one classes can be organized for a separate fee.
How many people are in each class?
Our Intro to Tech classes range in size, from 1-4 students.
Schedule/Timing for Intro to Tech Courses:
We train all the time, and have multiple instructors on staff, many full time, so we do weekday and weekend classes.
Call us or check out our Calendar for dates of upcoming courses.
How long does the course take?
Usually we complete the wet portion of the Intro to Tech Course in 2 days, with at least three dives. Sometimes it is necessary to be in the water more than 2 days because of learning difficulties or weather issues. If necessary, you can come back, free of charge, and join in another Intro to Tech Course to finish your training. We will also train you for any extra days you may need to get you properly certified. It is our mission to make you a safe and competent diver.
Where we do our course:
We do the Intro to Tech training in and around Central Florida, at various sites. We try to dive two different sites for the, day one is usually a more basic site, and day two is more advanced site. Common Day One sites are Alexander Springs or Deleon Springs. On Day Two we usually visit Hudson Grotto or Blue Springs. We can also do this course in North Florida.
Prerequisites for Course:
* Minimum age of 18 years old (or 15 with parental consent).
* Be certified as an Advanced Open Water diver
* Be Nitrox certified
* Minimum of 25 logged open water dives
* Before participating in the Intro to Tech course, you will be asked to fill out a standard liability release form and a medical statement. If you answer YES to anything on the medical form we will require that you get it signed off by a physician.
* is required for all technical dive courses.
* This class requires that students use either Doubles or Sidemount configuration.
What you can do afterwards:
* The TDI Intro to Tech course is a common student choice to prepare themselves for more technical courses.
* There are plenty of skills introduced on the course to go out and practice and refine
* You will be a safer, more competent and comfortable diver after completion of your TDI Intro To Tech course…..knowing you are a better diver, that now has the ability to multi-task while diving.
* The safe diving practices learned during your Intro to Tech course will apply to all types of diving you do in the future, including open water recreational diving.
* Continue your diver training with more specialized training; the TDI Advanced Nitrox and TDI Decompression Procedures courses are the most common follow ups to this course.