Advanced Wreck Diving for Deco Divers

Upcoming 2020 Advanced Wreck for Deco Divers Course Dates

 

March 21-24, 2020, Saturday through Tuesday

May 3-6, 2020, Sunday through Wednesday

October 21-24, 2020, Wednesday through Saturday

Advanced Wreck Diving for Deco Divers

The Advance Wreck for Deco Certified Divers training course is a comprehensive 3 and a half day program for divers who are already Decompression certified, with Back Mounted Doubles or Sidemount Cylinder diving experience, and want to engage in Wreck Penetration. In this course we train students to dive and penetrate shipwrecks utilizing time proven wreck diving techniques and theory. 

 Wreck diving is not cave diving, it is wreck diving! We are diving on ships, now lying on the seabed. Anyone who treats a wreck like a cave, simply does not understand shipwrecks. Cave diving techniques work great, in caves. It is as simple as the two diving environments are different. This is what we teach, and how we dive. We use our six navigational tools, Strobes, Identification, Magnetic Compass, Penetration Lines, Lines of the Wreck, and Exact Depth. It is more than what you read in the book.  

 As a rule, shipwrecks are deeper dives, and this is especially true of Big Steel wrecks. The ability to plan and execute dives requiring mandatory decompression makes longer, more complex wreck penetration dives possible. Shipwreck penetration and decompression diving are almost inseparable. For divers who already understand decompression diving, this class will provide you with the knowledge to manage the inherent risks of wreck penetrations. 

 We train students to look at shipwrecks the way we look at shipwrecks. It is all about perspective and mindset. We cover fundamental skills, equipment, surveying, navigation, decision making, philosophy, and wreck penetration techniques. At the same time, divers learn how to plan and execute penetration dives with proper accommodation for contingencies and a full understanding of the limitations imposed on them by decompression, oxygen exposure, and gas supply.  

 All dives for this course will necessitate some mandatory decompression. 

 

   Prerequisites  

  • Minimum Age: 18 
  • Minimum Previous Certifications: 
  • TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures Diver or equivalent 
  • Wreck Diver Specialty or equivalent(or Cavern Diver) 
  • Proof of at least  100  open water dives 
  • Dive Accident Insurance

 

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 theTDI 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 theTDI 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    3.5 Days of training, and 6 Ocean Dives  

Day  1  – Classroom session in the morning, followed byTwo Open Water Ocean dives in the afternoon on the wreck of the Captain Dan (Hollyhock) 

Day  2  – Two Open Water Ocean dives in the Morning On the RSB-1, with a Classroom session in the afternoon.  

Day  3  – One Single Open Water Ocean dive in the AM on the Hydro Atlantic, with a Classroom session in the afternoon.  

Day  4  One Single Open Water Ocean dive in the AM on the Hydro Atlantic 

    

Student  Costs   

  • Tuition - $1,400 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 of $30 per day, for Nitrox Doubles, andNitroxDeco Gas.  
  • TDI Advanced Wreck Textbook– If you do not have it already, you need to order theAdvanced Wreck Textbookdirectly from TDI.  
  • Rental Equipment – If you do not have all your equipment yet, you can rent equipment.  

      

Required Equipment   

  • Wetsuit – Depending on the time of year, and personal preference, either a 3mm or a 5mm wetsuit. Personally, I also like a  hooded vest.  
  • Gloves – Simple hand protection is what you need and if you already have gloves, that will probably work best? I prefer simple Gardening gloves or cut-resistant gloves, likeDyneema.  
  • Fins and Booties – Long blade Freediving fins are not suitable.  Open heel fins  work  best.    
  • Mask – A good mask that fits you, is essential.   
  • Backup Mask – You need a Backup Mask, and a way to carry it, because mask straps can fail. I use a  Vertical Zip Bellows Pocket or Zip Cargo Pocket  glued to my thigh on my wetsuit, but you may want to use another style, or not feel comfortable gluing anything? Some divers really like the Tech Shorts, like theApeks Shorts? 
  • Cylinders – IMHO, back mounted double steel cylinders with a manifold are the best primary cylinder setup for Open Circuit deco diving. Side mounts, or Twin K Valves will also work. You will need cylinder(s) with volume(s) appropriate for dives planned to 150’, considering your individual SAC rate. All cylinders are to be labeled according to TDI Standards, which means Nitrox cylinders need to be labeled for Nitrox. An O2 clean Deco Cylinder is required for the class, rigged to carry. Bring whatever size you want, but most students use aluminum 40's. Typically, I will utilize an AL72 for classes. Twin  Faber LP85's, and HP120's cylinders with an Aluminum deco cylinder can be rented for this course here in Florida, through us.  
  • Regulators   
    • You will need a Primary and a Primary Backup regulator on your Bottom Gas supply.  
    • You will need an O2 clean deco gas regulator.  
    • You need a single SPG connected to the first stage regulator, for each gas supply. It is not\necessary to have two SPG’s on your Bottom Gas  
    • One of your second stage regulators needs to be on a "long" hose that is 6' or more in length. If you do not already have a long hose, you can borrow one from me, for free.  
    • You will need a “Necklace” or some other way to hold your backup second stage regulator in place around your neck. I prefer using simple 1/8" bungee and not the rubbery, store bought ones where the regulator keeps falling out. A bungee necklace just works better. 
  • Wing – You need a BCD suitable for the Open Water environment in your particular setup. A typical Wing will have 45# to 65# of lift, and IMHO 45# is ideal for most divers. I like theDive Rite Rec Wingin 45# and theHollis C45LX,both with dual bladders. For deeper dives, divers really need an alternate ascent plan, in the event of a Wing Failure. Your best options are dual bladder,Drysuit, or dedicated SMB/Lift Bag, in that order. 
  • Backplate – You need a backplate with straps or harness. Backplates come in Stainless Steel and Aluminum. Stainless is heavier, and to reduce weight, some have cutouts. In general, Drysuit divers want heavier plates, and Wetsuit divers want lighter plates. Brand is not so important. Personally, I like Straps over Harness, for a variety of reasons.  
  • Dive Computer – For this class, a Shearwater Dive Computer is mandatory. You also will need a backup computer or depth gauge. The Teric is okay for backup, but not acceptable as a Primary as it does not give you all the dive data of the Perdix/Petrel. In class, we will download your dives on the Shearwater, and dissect them. This makes the Shearwater a valuable learning tool for you, and it will make a definite difference in the way you dive. If you do not have a Shearwater, you can rent one.  
  • Dive Planner – You need a means to plan your dives using your dive computer, Smart Phone, laptop, or tablet. The algorithm of your planner should match the algorithm of your dive computer, and we will use Bühlmann ZHL16-C GF. If you want to get Multi Deco, get Multi Deco or you can try MV Planner for free. It is by the same Multi Deco guys, but no-frills shareware. Try playing around with it. 
  • Lights – One Primary, and one Backup are required. I like the Big Blue Technical lights.  
  • Strobe Light– A strobe is a critical piece of equipment. Bring at least one. We will show you how to use it. I like theTektite Strobe 6. 
  • SMB – You will need a good SMB. I prefer an open bottom SMB so I can fill it with the Inflator from my wing without removing my regulator. I like the Carter #35.  
  • Spool  and Reel – This is to use with your SMB, and for wreck penetration. Please do not buy a Stainless-Steel spool! Personally, I love the Apeks 150' Spool,andthesimpleDive Rite Slide Lock 250' Reel.  You can buy your own aluminum spool on Amazon, and put your own line and swivel on it, if you feel creative.Bring everything you already own, but don't buy a bunch of new reels, spools, and SMB's ahead of time. You will know more of what you want, after a couple of diveswith us.  
  • Cutting Device – Bring a knife, not “like a knife”. Something sharp.  
  • Slate  or Notebook  and Pencil – We want to make notes on our dive plan, like Bottom Time, Run Time, @+5, First Stop, Depth of Gas Switch, and other stuff. I like the Pilot Croquis 6B pencil.  
  • Jon Line– We will supply you with a Jon Line, you supply the Bolt Snap. Feel free to bring your own Jon Line, if you like.  
  • Bolt Snap Clip – Bring two spare “Double Enders”, “Double Dogs”, Bolt Snaps, or whatever youwant tocall them. I used to say, bring a one, but you really need two.  
  • Weight – In theory, you will not need any weight if you are diving wet?If that is untrue, we will deal with it. If you are diving dry, bring a belt or harness, and we have weight.  

 You are free to bring anything else you would like, other than cameras, as they are distracting.  If you have any equipment questions, which you will, please feel free to ask.      

Equipment  Rental   

  • Doubles and Deco Cylinder (rigged to dive) – per day $20  
  • Backplate & Wing – per day $10   
  • Shearwater Computer – per day $10  
  • Regulators – per day $10  

   

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 mighthave 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 Intro to Technical Diving, Advanced Nitrox Diver, and Decompression Procedures Diver certifications. Your Tuition is for the class, not the certifications. The certifications 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, and a bunch of supplemental online study materials, consisting of things like informational videos, articles, and scientific papers.    
  • TDI Advanced Wreck Textbook– If you do not have it already, you need to order the Advanced Wreck Textbook  directly from TDI. Students are required to read and answer the questions prior to the start of the class. 
  • 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 Instructor and/or Divemaster for every 2 student in the waters.   

   

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 for Advanced Wreck for Deco Divers), 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 at the pool or in the Ocean, your choice, 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 Previous Certifications: 
  • TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures Diver or equivalent 
  • Wreck Diver Specialty or equivalent(or Cavern Diver) 
  • Proof of at least  100  open water dives 
  • Dive Accident Insurance 

 

Required Equipment   

  • Wetsuit – Depending on the time of year, and personal preference, either a 3mm or a 5mm wetsuit. Personally, I also like a  hooded vest.  
  • Gloves – Simple hand protection is what you need and if you already have gloves, that will probably work best? I prefer simple Gardening gloves or cut-resistant gloves, likeDyneema.  
  • Fins and Booties – Long blade Freediving fins are not suitable.  Open heel fins  work  best.    
  • Mask – A good mask that fits you, is essential.   
  • Backup Mask – You need a Backup Mask, and a way to carry it, because mask straps can fail. I use a  Vertical Zip Bellows Pocket or Zip Cargo Pocket  glued to my thigh on my wetsuit, but you may want to use another style, or not feel comfortable gluing anything? Some divers really like the Tech Shorts, like theApeks Shorts? 
  • Cylinders – IMHO, back mounted double steel cylinders with a manifold are the best primary cylinder setup for Open Circuit deco diving. Side mounts, or Twin K Valves will also work. You will need cylinder(s) with volume(s) appropriate for dives planned to 150’, considering your individual SAC rate. All cylinders are to be labeled according to TDI Standards, which means Nitrox cylinders need to be labeled for Nitrox. An O2 clean Deco Cylinder is required for the class, rigged to carry. Bring whatever size you want, but most students use aluminum 40's. Typically, I will utilize an AL72 for classes. Twin  Faber LP85's, and HP120's cylinders with an Aluminum deco cylinder can be rented for this course here in Florida, through us.  
  • Regulators   
    • You will need a Primary and a Primary Backup regulator on your Bottom Gas supply.  
    • You will need an O2 clean deco gas regulator.  
    • You need a single SPG connected to the first stage regulator, for each gas supply. It is not\necessary to have two SPG’s on your Bottom Gas  
    • One of your second stage regulators needs to be on a "long" hose that is 6' or more in length. If you do not already have a long hose, you can borrow one from me, for free.  
    • You will need a “Necklace” or some other way to hold your backup second stage regulator in place around your neck. I prefer using simple 1/8" bungee and not the rubbery, store bought ones where the regulator keeps falling out. A bungee necklace just works better. 
  • Wing – You need a BCD suitable for the Open Water environment in your particular setup. A typical Wing will have 45# to 65# of lift, and IMHO 45# is ideal for most divers. I like theDive Rite Rec Wingin 45# and theHollis C45LX,both with dual bladders. For deeper dives, divers really need an alternate ascent plan, in the event of a Wing Failure. Your best options are dual bladder,Drysuit, or dedicated SMB/Lift Bag, in that order. 
  • Backplate – You need a backplate with straps or harness. Backplates come in Stainless Steel and Aluminum. Stainless is heavier, and to reduce weight, some have cutouts. In general, Drysuit divers want heavier plates, and Wetsuit divers want lighter plates. Brand is not so important. Personally, I like Straps over Harness, for a variety of reasons.  
  • Dive Computer – For this class, a Shearwater Dive Computer is mandatory. You also will need a backup computer or depth gauge. The Teric is okay for backup, but not acceptable as a Primary as it does not give you all the dive data of the Perdix/Petrel. In class, we will download your dives on the Shearwater, and dissect them. This makes the Shearwater a valuable learning tool for you, and it will make a definite difference in the way you dive. If you do not have a Shearwater, you can rent one.  
  • Dive Planner – You need a means to plan your dives using your dive computer, Smart Phone, laptop, or tablet. The algorithm of your planner should match the algorithm of your dive computer, and we will use Bühlmann ZHL16-C GF. If you want to get Multi Deco, get Multi Deco or you can try MV Planner for free. It is by the same Multi Deco guys, but no-frills shareware. Try playing around with it. 
  • Lights – One Primary, and one Backup are required. I like the Big Blue Technical lights.  
  • Strobe Light– A strobe is a critical piece of equipment. Bring at least one. We will show you how to use it. I like theTektite Strobe 6. 
  • SMB – You will need a good SMB. I prefer an open bottom SMB so I can fill it with the Inflator from my wing without removing my regulator. I like the Carter #35.  
  • Spool  and Reel – This is to use with your SMB, and for wreck penetration. Please do not buy a Stainless-Steel spool! Personally, I love the Apeks 150' Spool,andthesimpleDive Rite Slide Lock 250' Reel.  You can buy your own aluminum spool on Amazon, and put your own line and swivel on it, if you feel creative.Bring everything you already own, but don't buy a bunch of new reels, spools, and SMB's ahead of time. You will know more of what you want, after a couple of diveswith us.  
  • Cutting Device – Bring a knife, not “like a knife”. Something sharp.  
  • Slate  or Notebook  and Pencil – We want to make notes on our dive plan, like Bottom Time, Run Time, @+5, First Stop, Depth of Gas Switch, and other stuff. I like the Pilot Croquis 6B pencil.  
  • Jon Line– We will supply you with a Jon Line, you supply the Bolt Snap. Feel free to bring your own Jon Line, if you like.  
  • Bolt Snap Clip – Bring two spare “Double Enders”, “Double Dogs”, Bolt Snaps, or whatever youwant tocall them. I used to say, bring a one, but you really need two.  
  • Weight – In theory, you will not need any weight if you are diving wet?If that is untrue, we will deal with it. If you are diving dry, bring a belt or harness, and we have weight.  

 You are free to bring anything else you would like, other than cameras, as they are distracting.  If you have any equipment questions, which you will, please feel free to ask.      

Equipment  Rental   

  • Doubles and Deco Cylinder  (rigged to dive)  – per day $20  
  • Backplate & Wing – per day $10   
  • Shearwater Computer – per day $10  
  • Regulators – per day $10  

 

 

Student  Costs   

  • Tuition - $1,400 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 of $30 per day, for Nitrox Doubles, andNitroxDeco Gas.  
  • TDI Advanced Wreck Textbook– If you do not have it already, you need to order theAdvanced Wreck Textbookdirectly from TDI.  
  • Rental Equipment – If you do not have all your equipment yet, you can rent equipment.  
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