Technical diving at TSD - Why, What and Who?
Why Tec Diving?
Sure you have! Almost every diver feels some or all of these things on a regular basis.
Technical diving is a way to go deeper and longer, in the safest way possible. You will learn to use additional equipment, more complex dive planning procedures and new skills underwater.
Tec diving not for everyone - it presents more risk and it requires significantly more effort, discipline and equipment. But some people just want to visit places underwater that relatively few people can and for them it is well worth the effort. Many spectacular, untouched wrecks lie at depths well below 40 meters. Deep reefs have marine life 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.
On Malapascua Island we have plenty of opportunities for great tec dives including our wrecks and the thresher shark and hammerhead dives.
What is Technical Diving?
Tec diving is defined as diving other than conventional commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond recreational scuba diving limits. It includes one or more of the following:
In technical diving the surface is effectively inaccessible in an emergency, so 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.
You will become familiar with new types of diving equipment including twin tanks, stage cylinders, BCD harnesses and backplate, and new regulator configurations. On your dives you may use enriched air (nitrox) and/or trimix (with helium) and the dives involve more complicated dive planning. It is also likely that you will use more than one gas mixture on a dive, so you will learn gas switching procedures. When doing a dive that requires decompression you have a 'ceiling' and should not come to the surface until you have completed required decompression stops.
Tec diving is not for everyone, so before you decide on it, think carefully if it will be for you. Technical diving will push your limits but can be extremely challenging and fulfilling. If you are not sure, you can try an intro to tec with the PADI DSAT Discover Tec Experience or similar. But for those who hear its challenge call, we have a selection of courses to get you started!
Who teaches Technical Diving?
TSD TEC was started by Trevor Holmes, IANTD and PADI Tec Rec Technical Instructor and owner of Thresher Shark Divers. Trevor was trained by some of the most experienced tec divers in South East Asia and technical diving is his passion.
Our head Technical Instructor is Jason Orage. Jason is a PADI Course Director and can teach courses all the way up to Trimix Instructor. Jason is the only PADI TecRec Trimix Instructor Trainer on Malapascua. This rating is held be only a handful of Course Directors worldwide and denotes an extremely high level of diving experience and knowledge.
Jason is a very safety conscious diver and very enthusiastic about the underwater environment. Over the years he has done many thousands of dives and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in various diving conditions and environments ranging from warm, crystal clear tropical waters to very limited visibility with strong currents.
He has earned a great reputation among his students, and has also won awards including the recent prestigious PADI Instructor of the Month, chosen from over 100,000 PADI Professional worldwide!
Chris Fanning, another very experienced instructor, is also on staff to teach TDI technical courses.
Courses are usually taught one-on-one and so your instructor will take you through your course at your own pace. You will do as many dives as are necessary to master the skills and we will be sure to work patiently with you as you gain your confidence in this exciting new sport!
Whatever agency is being taught, all of us at TSD believe in the IANTD philosophy that "individual diver responsibilities are developed through rigorous skill refinement and experience in the water. Vigorous instruction with a strong student/instructor relationship and enhancing a transfer of the diving responsibility to the student, is the essence of our teaching philosophy."
Safety is our main priority. When taught and performed correctly, technical diving is very safe. You can be sure you will get a thorough training with TSD Tec.
A favorite saying of Trevor's is
Everyone who passes a technical course at Thresher Shark Divers has earned it and we will work with you until you are worthy to and can be proud to call yourself a "technical diver."
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