Advanced (Hypoxic) Trimix Training

Upcoming Advanced (Hypoxic) Trimix Course Dates

 

March 26-28, 2020, Thursday to Saturday

September 14-17, 2020, Monday through Thursday

Advanced (Hypoxic) Trimix Diver Course

For this class, we only accept divers that we already know or who come highly recommended from someone else that we do know and trust. If you are ready for this course, you understand.  

The TDI Advanced (Hypoxic) Trimix Diver training course is a comprehensive four-day program for divers who already are experienced Trimix divers, but have the desire to utilize Hypoxic Trimix, Travel gases, and more exotic decompression gases on deeper dives. Dives to 330’ have a lot of moving parts, things tend to happen very, very quickly, and they are deadly serious business. In class, we will discuss the level of precision which the Planning and Execution have to come together, and the different strategies divers can employ to manage all the inherent risks of deeper diving.   

 You are already a Trimix diver, and among the elite of the diving community. You are one of our peers. We are not just training you to make dives deeper than 100 meters, we are going there with you.  What we teach, is how we dive. It is more than what you read in the books. You should already understand the importance of both physical and mental fitness on dives like these. 

 Some certified Trimix divers currently want to dive deeper than 200’, but not necessarily to 330’? We totally get it. The TDI requirements for Advanced Trimix require us to make 4 dives. Our course is for 5 dives, with 2 Work Up skill dives, 2 Hypoxic Trimix Dives to 250’, and an optional Hypoxic Dive that is approximately 330’. We will certify you, providing you meet the other minimum TDI requirements, after the 4th dive (to 250’), and student divers may opt out of the last day’s 330’ dive, but still have earned their TDI Advanced Trimix certification. 

 

Prerequisites     

  • Minimum age 18  
  • Minimum certification: 
    • TDI Extended Range Diver or TDI Trimix Diver, or equivalent  
  • Provide proof of a minimum 125 logged dives with 50 deeper than 30 meters / 100 feet  
  • Provide proof of prior logged experience w/ double cylinders and any other familiar equipment such as a dry suit 
  • Proof of having completed at least 15 Trimix level dives (150-200ft max depth)  
  • If not a prior student, we will need a written recommendation from a Trimix instructor 

    

Safety  Statement   

Underwater environments are inherently dangerous, with dives requiring mandatory decompression being even more so. Our first priority has to be diver safety, both on the boat, and in the water. We expect student divers to do their best to contribute to our safety goals by minimizing distractions, staying situationally aware, and making mature decisions.     

          

Administrative     

  • Liability Release - This is the link to the TDI Liability Release. Please download the Release, print it out, and consult with your attorney or family members as you see fit. You will have to return the signed Release back to us, prior to starting class.      
  • Medical Statement - This is the link to the TDI Medical Statement. Please download it and take it to your physician for completion. Technical diving is rigorous, and we all want to make sure you do not have any health issues.     
  • Deposit - Once we decide on dates for your class, we will send you a PayPal Invoice to your email where you can get us a non-refundable 50% deposit, pretty much any way you want, PayPal, credit card, or mail us a check.     

          

Schedule  -  4  Days of training, and   Ocean Dives    

Day  1  –  Two Open Water Ocean dives in the AM on theNewtown Creek, with a Classroom session in the PM.    

Day  2  – A single  Trimix  dive in the AM, on the wreck of the RBJ/Chris Corey, with a Classroom session and detailed debrief  in the PM. 

Day  3   A single  Trimix  dive in the AM, on the wreck of the RBJ/Chris Corey, with a Classroom session and detailed debrief  in the PM. 

Day  4  –  A single  Trimi  dive in the AM, on the wreck of theBulk Trader, with a Classroom session  and detailed debrief  in the PM.    

     

Student  Costs     

  • Tuition - $1,700 which includes all charter fees for the dive boat, TDI certification fees, and the TDI online training for Advanced Nitrox, and Deco.   
  • Tips – Tips for the boat crew run $10 to $20 per dive day, depending on the level of service.     
  • Gas – We have a discount Class Fill Rate at Force E with Trimix fills at a reasonable Cubic Foot price.    
  • Staying Alive: Applying Risk Management to Advanced Scuba Divingby Steve Lewis– If you do not already have this book on your shelve, purchase it in whatever format you prefer, and read it prior to class.   
  • Rental Equipment – We have HP 120 Twin Sets, and AL80 or AL72 Deco cylinders for rental for this course.  

          

Required Equipment

At this level of diving, I expect you to already own and be familiar with everything you need for this class. I am just letting you know what I need you to bring.

Please feel free to get back to me at any time with questions.

  1. You will need main cylinders with volumes appropriate for dives planned to 300’, considering your individual SAC rate. You will also need two deco cylinders, and Aluminum 40's will not suffice. Cylinders can be rented for this course in Florida, through me for $75 for the 3 days.
  2. You will need a Primary and a Backup regulator on your Bottom Mix Supply, with one long (6') second stage regulator LP hose, and a necklace to hold your Backup second stage in place. You will need two deco gas regulators, with SPG, at least one O2 clean.
  3. You absolutely need a quality Dual Bladder Buoyancy Compensator suitable for the Open Water environment, or a dry suit. There are no exceptions. For deeper dives, you really need a dual bladder, or a dry suit, because we simply do not have the time to screw around in the event of a BCD failure.
  4. For  this class, I am making a Shearwater Dive Computer mandatory. You also will need a backup computer or depth gauge. In class, we will download your dives on the Shearwater, and dissect them. This makes the Shearwater a valuable learning tool for you in this class, and it will make a definite difference in the way you dive. If you do not have a Shearwater, and do not wish to buy one, I will rent you one for the three days of class - $25.
  5. You will need a Dive Planner.
  6. You will need one Primary Light, and one Back Up Light.
  7. You will need to bring with you at least one Ascent Reel with a minimum of 250' of line on it, and at least one SMB (4-6') , and a backup SMB spool/reel. I prefer open bottom SMB's that allow you to fill with your BCD, or the Carter Fish Floats.
  8. Two Line Cutting Devices are required, and they need to be sharp.
  9. A usable underwater slate, wrist slate, or notebook, and a writing implement are required.
  10. You need a wetsuit or drysuit, with hood, suitable for the water temps for the dates of the course. Feel free to call me for a better handle on water temps and further advice. If you are diving Dry, bring an inflator on your Lean Deco Regulator.
  11. You need gloves to protect your hands. You can use neoprene dive gloves if you like, but rubber coated work gloves are adequate for the warm water environment as well. I prefer the Hammerhead Dyneema Poly coated gloves.
  12. You need a comfortable mask, a backup mask with a way to carry it.
  13. A comfortable pair of fins.
  14.  If you need to wear lead weights, make sure you bring a belt or harness to hold them. The lead weight you can get here.

Equipment Rental     

  • Doubles and (2) Deco Cylinders (rigged to dive) – per day $25    

         

Weather     

We love South Florida, and this is the Sunshine State!! However, as technical divers we realize that we are at the mercy of the weather and if the weather is not suitable for diving, we might have to cancel the class, as in the case of a hurricane. Typically, this happens once or twice a year.      

     It is also possible that we could lose a day or more to bad weather? In this case we might have to move things around in the schedule. We promise to do the best we can to get your dives in, but we cannot compromise your safety to do that. You might want to consider Travel Insurance, or travel dates that leave you some wiggle room?     

         

Certification     

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive the TDI Advanced (Hypoxic) Trimix Diver certification. Your Tuition is for the class, not the certification. The certification must be earned. If you do not meet the standards set by TDI, we might require you to do another day of diving, or more, depending on the situation, but we will not give up on you!!!        

     

Insurance     

  • We require student divers to have Dive Accident Insurance, and we recommend DAN Insurance from  Divers Alert Network. Personal Health Insurance, although good, is not sufficient for our requirements.      
  • Travel Insurance, and Dive Equipment Insurance, are not bad ideas, but are not required by us.        

Preparation     

  • Welcome Email – We send you a Welcome Email with information on logistics, information on lodging, your TDI Advanced Trimix Online Class code, and a bunch of supplemental online study materials, consisting of things like informational videos, articles, and scientific papers.    
  • TDI Advanced (Hypoxic) Trimix OnlineCourse – This Online Class, with the online exam, must be completed prior to the start of class. It is online training, it is not that difficult, and it is included in your Tuition. We send you a Class Code in the Welcome Email and help get you online.     
  • Staying Alive: Applying Risk Management to Advanced Scuba Divingby Steve Lewis  You need to purchase and read this book in your preferred format. 
  • Half Day Prep – We offer an optional Half Day of Prep at the pool, prior to the scheduled start of class, at an additional cost of $300.     

     

Class Size      

For this Class, 4 students  maximum, with 1 Advanced Trimix Instructor for every 2 studenst in the water.     

          

Cameras     

We realize that divers love to take photos and videos and do things like post them online. However, our job is to make the most of our time together, and your job is to learn as much as you can. Cameras are a distraction underwater, so we request you leave them topside, where you can take whatever pictures you want, when you have time.      

          

Private Instruction     

Private clients make up about 20% of our business. Our Private rates for this class are $1,100/day ($4,400 forAdvanced Trimix), for up to  2  private students, with the clients paying their own charter fees,  and  we  will  supply  any  needed  equipment.     

          

Half  Day  Prep     

Our job is to help you achieve your goals. Some students want to get a little more preparation prior to the start of class. For this course, we offer an optional Half Day of Prep with one of the instructors in the Ocean, the afternoon prior to the start of class. This is open to any of students in the class, at a cost of $300 per student diver, Student Diver pays Charter Fees, if any.  

Prerequisites     

  • Minimum age 18  
  • Minimum certification: 
    • TDI Extended Range Diver or TDI Trimix Diver, or equivalent  
  • Provide proof of a minimum 125 logged dives with 50 deeper than 30 meters / 100 feet  
  • Provide proof of prior logged experience w/ double cylinders and any other familiar equipment such as a dry suit 
  • Proof of having completed at least 15 Trimix level dives (150-200ft max depth)  
  • If not a prior student, we will need a written recommendation from a Trimix instructor 

 

Required Equipment

At this level of diving, I expect you to already own and be familiar with everything you need for this class. I am just letting you know what I need you to bring.

Please feel free to get back to me at any time with questions.

  1. You will need main cylinders with volumes appropriate for dives planned to 300’, considering your individual SAC rate. You will also need two deco cylinders, and Aluminum 40's will not suffice. Cylinders can be rented for this course in Florida, through me for $75 for the 3 days.
  2. You will need a Primary and a Backup regulator on your Bottom Mix Supply, with one long (6') second stage regulator LP hose, and a necklace to hold your Backup second stage in place. You will need two deco gas regulators, with SPG, at least one O2 clean.
  3. You absolutely need a quality Dual Bladder Buoyancy Compensator suitable for the Open Water environment, or a dry suit. There are no exceptions. For deeper dives, you really need a dual bladder, or a dry suit, because we simply do not have the time to screw around in the event of a BCD failure.
  4. For  this class, I am making a Shearwater Dive Computer mandatory. You also will need a backup computer or depth gauge. In class, we will download your dives on the Shearwater, and dissect them. This makes the Shearwater a valuable learning tool for you in this class, and it will make a definite difference in the way you dive. If you do not have a Shearwater, and do not wish to buy one, I will rent you one for the three days of class - $25.
  5. You will need a Dive Planner.
  6. You will need one Primary Light, and one Back Up Light.
  7. You will need to bring with you at least one Ascent Reel with a minimum of 250' of line on it, and at least one SMB (4-6') , and a backup SMB spool/reel. I prefer open bottom SMB's that allow you to fill with your BCD, or the Carter Fish Floats.
  8. Two Line Cutting Devices are required, and they need to be sharp.
  9. A usable underwater slate, wrist slate, or notebook, and a writing implement are required.
  10. You need a wetsuit or drysuit, with hood, suitable for the water temps for the dates of the course. Feel free to call me for a better handle on water temps and further advice. If you are diving Dry, bring an inflator on your Lean Deco Regulator.
  11. You need gloves to protect your hands. You can use neoprene dive gloves if you like, but rubber coated work gloves are adequate for the warm water environment as well. I prefer the Hammerhead Dyneema Poly coated gloves.
  12. You need a comfortable mask, a backup mask with a way to carry it.
  13. A comfortable pair of fins.
  14.  If you need to wear lead weights, make sure you bring a belt or harness to hold them. The lead weight you can get here.

Equipment Rental     

  • Doubles and (2) Deco Cylinders (rigged to dive) – per day $25    

 

Student  Costs     

  • Tuition - $1,700 which includes all charter fees for the dive boat, TDI certification fees, and the TDI online training for Advanced Nitrox, and Deco.   
  • Tips – Tips for the boat crew run $10 to $20 per dive day, depending on the level of service.     
  • Gas – We have a discount Class Fill Rate at Force E with Trimix fills at a reasonable Cubic Foot price.    
  • Staying Alive: Applying Risk Management to Advanced Scuba Divingby Steve Lewis– If you do not already have this book on your shelve, purchase it in whatever format you prefer, and read it prior to class.   
  • Rental Equipment – We have HP 120 Twin Sets, and AL80 or AL72 Deco cylinders for rental for this course.  
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