PADI TecRec Courses

Technical diving offers new and exciting challenges to experienced divers. Technical diving can simply be described as any diving beyond recreational limits, but it offers much more than this to the divers who undertake this level of training. If you are interested in progressing into a technical dive course please get in touch to discuss your options.

Ultimate TecRec Package

Ultimate TecRec Package
(Tec 40, 45 & 50)

Do you know that technical diving is the way forward for your diving? If so, then why not sign up for our Ultimate TecRec Package which includes training for your Tec 40, 45 & 50 courses. These courses can be completed one after another providing you meet all prerequisites or you can schedule them with time in between to gain the necessary experience to move onto the next course.

When you sign up for this package there is no need to rush, it just means is you save yourself £100 by signing up for all three with Hidden Depths Scuba School.

If you like the idea of becoming a full ‘techie’ then this is the package for you! 

As the materials for all three courses are combined you can complete all of the academic portions together, including the dive planning modules and final exams. We can also complete the open water and experience dive portions of the courses in combination with one of our trips abroad if you fancy an alternative to taking them in the UK.

Tec 40 Course

Tec 40 Course

The PADI Tec 40 course is the first of PADI’s technical diving courses and introduces you to the world of decompression diving. Our tech instructors are regularly deep diving in the UK and overseas, so you’re going to be learning from people who are actually out doing the dives you aspire to undertake.

Who should take this course?
Have you been diving at your favourite deep dive site, and had to leave the bottom having reached your ‘no stop’ limit? Even using enriched air, eventually your computer will tell you it’s time to leave. If this sounds familiar then the tech route might be right for you. The Tec40 course is designed to link PADI’s recreational and technical programmes together, and train you to make limited decompression dives.

Tec 40 Course

£350
  • INCLUDES

  • 4 Dives
  • Tec Deep Diver Crewpak

What will you learn?
During this three day course you will learn the risks associated with technical diving. You will also explore the theory behind decompression diving, and why your dive computer gives you the no stop limits it does. You will use desktop planning software to plan decompression dives with a maximum total decompression time of 10 minutes and to a maximum depth of 40m. Using your Tec Deep Diver Crewpak you will complete Knowledge Reviews and take the Tec40 Diver final exam.

In the water you will learn a new set of skills based around diving a twinset and decompression cylinder. We will explore the redundancy benefits a twinset offers to divers, and how this helps manage emergencies that could arise underwater. Your buoyancy, trim and propulsion techniques are also honed, so you can remain stable and in control at all times during the dive.

Where is the course held?
We can use inland dive sites to complete the Tec40 course, dives in the sea or a mix of both. Local inland sites offer easy entry and training locations for the skills portion of the course. Locations such as Portland, Lyme Regis or Plymouth have excellent sites for you to take your final course dives on exciting local wrecks. If you fancy somewhere warmer why not enquire about taking your course on the wrecks around Malta & Gozo? We are happy to travel to you for the course, so please get in touch to discuss your options.

What scuba kit will you use?
Although the Tec40 course can be taken in a modified recreational scuba set up, those planning on progressing into the Tec45 programme and beyond will find it more suitable to take the course in a full tech set up which is required from Tec45 onwards. This includes a twinset with isolating manifold and other redundant items. A drysuit is essential if taking the course in the UK. You will also be using a decompression cylinder on all dives. Hire kit is available for the course, however having your own kit is highly recommended.

Prerequisites –

  • At least 18 years old
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver with at least 10 dives using enriched air deeper than 18 metres
  • PADI Deep Diver (or proof of at least 10 dives to 30m)
  • Minimum of 30 logged dives

Tec 45 Course

Tec 45 Course

Who should take this course?
The Tec 45 course takes your technical diving to the next level, allowing you even more time underwater! You will be fully equipped to plan and execute staged decompression dives to a maximum depth of 45m, using any Nitrox mix from 22% up to 100% oxygen to add conservatism or to accelerate your decompression obligation. There is no time limit associated with the decompression you plan, meaning you can complete as much decompression as you wish, within the dive planning limits you establish during your course.

Tec 45 Course

£300
  • INCLUDES

  • 4 Dives

What will you learn?
You will practice and develop all of the skills that you learnt on your Tec40 course, and you will also learn new procedures for dealing with foreseeable technical diving emergencies.

Where is the course held?
We can use inland dive sites to complete the Tec45 course, dives in the sea or a mix of both. Local inland sites offer easy entry and training locations for the skills portion of the course. Locations such as Portland, Lyme Regis or Plymouth have excellent sites for you to take your final course dives on exciting local wrecks. If you fancy somewhere warmer why not enquire about taking your course on the wrecks around Malta & Gozo? We are happy to travel to you for the course, so please get in touch to discuss your options.

What scuba kit will you use?
A modified recreational set up isn’t suitable for the rigors of a Tec45 course. For the Tec45 course you will need a full twinset configuration, single decompression cylinder and other redundant equipment associated with decompression diving. Drysuits are essential if you’re planning on taking the course here in the UK.

Prerequisites –

  • At least 18 years old
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • PADI Tec 40 & PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least 20 were made with Nitrox deeper than 18m and 6 dives were deeper than 30m (with or without Nitrox).

 

Tec 50 Course

Tec 50 Course

What will you learn?
Your Tec 50 course will further develop your skills and mindset as a technical diver. You will complete decompression dives as deep as 50m and you will also learn to carry multiple stage cylinders, allowing you greater flexibility with the decompression gasses you select.

During the course you will work as a team with your fellow students to plan and execute decompression dives, including using desk top planning software to create custom dive tables. Whilst in the water you will need to work closely with your team members, assisting each other but always remaining confident that you could deal with any emergency solo if the need arises. You will leave the course confident that you can plan and execute decompression dives independently, using Nitrox and oxygen as decompression gasses.

Tec 50 Course

£300
  • INCLUDES

  • 4 Dives

Where is the course held?

We can use inland dive sites to complete the Tec50 course, dives in the sea or a mix of both. Local inland sites offer easy entry and training locations for the skills portion of the course. Locations such as Portland, Lyme Regis or Plymouth have excellent sites for you to take your final course dives on exciting local wrecks. If you fancy somewhere warmer why not enquire about taking your course on the wrecks around Malta & Gozo? We are happy to travel to you for the course, so please get in touch to discuss your options.

What scuba kit will you use?
You will use the same twinset configuration as you used on your Tec45 course, but with the addition of a second stage / decompression cylinder.

Prerequisites

  • At least 18 years old
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • PADI Tec 45 & PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least 25 were deeper than 18m and 20 dives were deeper than 30m
  • 20 logged dives using Nitrox

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