Start Technical Diving on Utila with the PADI Tec 40 course – Intro to Extended Range diving
Why Tec 40?
If you’re interested in technical diving, but haven’t yet met the prerequisites for the PADI Tec Deep Diver course, you can consider enrolling in the PADI Tec 40 course. It is also a sub-course of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver course.
What do I need to start?
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
PADI Enriched Air Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
PADI Deep Diver or experience (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least 10 must be enriched air dives, 12 must be deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and at least six must be deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
Minimum age: 18 years old
What will I do?
You’ll learn to make gas switch, extended no-decompression dives using air to 40 metres/130 feet and breathing enriched air (up to 50%) for conservatism. Some of the motor skills you will learn and master are;
- Technical equipment set up
- Buoyancy check
- Neutral buoyancy control
- Remove and replace stage at surface/underwater
- Gas shut down drills
- Free flow shut down drill
- Out of Air
- Bubble check
- NOTOX gas switch
- Lift bag deployment
- Calculating sac rate
- Maintain simulated deco stop
- Failed lift bag deployment drill
- Decompression dive planning with desk top software
You’ll also prepare for and respond to foreseeable technical diving emergencies. Since it’s part of the Tec Deep Diver course, your PADI Tec 40 course training credits toward the PADI Tec Deep Diver course.
How much does it cost?
The course fee is $550 per module ($500 per module if Tec 40/45 combined, $1350 for Tec 40/45/50 combined), plus $50 for manual/slate, and $3 per day reef fee and $15-25 a day equipment rental.
This course is a sub-course of the Tec Deep Diver course and takes 3 days of diving. The ‘Tec 40’ course: allows the diver to make gas switch decompression dives (maximum 10 minutes decompression) to 130ft/40 meters using air and enriched air (up to 50% oxygen) with technical diving equipment and procedures, become trained in the motor skills needed for technical diving, understand and acknowledge the hazards and risks involved in technical diving, prepare for and respond to reasonably foreseeable emergencies that may occur in this type of diving, and gain the foundational skills and knowledge necessary for continuing onto the PADI Tec 45 or completing the entire Tec Deep Diver course.