Combined Intro to Tech / Decompression Diver Course

Upcoming 2020 Combined Intro to Tech / Decompression Diver Course Dates

 

March 2-6, 2020, Monday through Friday

May 26-30, 2020, Tuesday through Saturday after Memorial Day

October 10-14, 2020, Saturday through Wednesday

Combined Intro to Teck / Decompression Diver Course

This is a course specifically designed for recreational divers who want to learn decompression diving with Doubles, but have little or no Doubles diving experience. Students will learn to plan and execute decompression dives to 150’, utilizing Doubles, and making gas switches to accelerate decompression.    

   Properly planning decompression dives includes planning for the inevitable failures and contingencies. This is the very heart of decompression diving. At the same time, equipment seems to be the thing that most students need individualized help with, so we help you figure out what will work for you?    

 To execute these dives, you will learn the equipment you will actually need, how to make it easily accessible, how to make it work, how to make it streamlined for carry, and ready for deployment. For some of our underwater skills, we will be utilizing the Blackout Mask.   

 If you do not yet have all of your personal equipment, rental equipment is available. For some divers, this class is an opportunity to try different gear, and discover what will work for them without buying the wrong item multiple times? We want to help you avoid buying gear that you will not be happy with, or will not do what you want it to.   

   

Prerequisites  

  • Minimum Age: 18  
  • Minimum Previous Certifications:  
    • Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent  
    • Nitrox Diver or equivalent  
  • Proof of at least 25 open water dives  
  • No previous technical diving experience required  

   

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 th e 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.     

         

Schedule5 Days, 1 Pool Afternoon, 7 OW Ocean Dives 

Day 1 – Classroom in the morning, with a Pool Session in the Afternoon.    

Day 2 – Two Open Water Ocean dives in the Morning (max depth 70’), with a Classroom session in the afternoon.   

Day 3 – Two Open Water Ocean dives in the Morning, with a Classroom session in the afternoon.  

Day 4 – Two Open Water Ocean dives in the Morning, with a Classroom session in the afternoon.  

Day 5 – A single decompression dive in the Morning, on the wreck of the Hydro Atlantic, with a Classroom session and detailed debrief in the afternoon.  

      

Student Costs   

  • Tuition – Tuition for this class is $2000. It includes all the training, dive boat charter fees, TDI Online Training for Advanced Nitrox and Deco Procedures, and all TDI Certification fees.    
  • Tips – Tips for the boat crew run $10 to $20 per dive day, depending on the level of service.   
  • Gas – We have a Class Fill Rate at Force E of $30 per day, for Nitrox Doubles, and Deco Gas.  
  • 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.  
  • Fins and Booties – Long blade Freediving fins are not suitable.  Open heel fins  work best.    
  • Mask – A good mask that fits you, is essential.   
  • Gloves –Neoprene gloves work, but they are less functional and practical than something like “gardening gloves”, orDyneemaGloves. Simple hand protection is what you need, and if you already have gloves, they will most likely work.  
  • 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 the  Apeks 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.   
  • 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.   
  • 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 the  Dive Rite Rec Wing  in 45# and the  Hollis 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.    
  • 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 yourdive 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. 
  • 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 or Reel – This is to use with your SMB, 100’ minimum line. Do not buy a Stainless-Steel spool. Personally, I love the  Apeks 150' Spool, the simple  Dive Rite Slide Lock 250' Reel. 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 dives.   
  • Cutting Device – Bring a knife, not “like a knife”. Something sharp.  
  • Slate 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 you call 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 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 3 TDI certifications, Intro to Technical Diving, Advanced Nitrox Diver, and Decompression Procedures Diver. 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, your TDI Intro to Tech Online Class code, and a bunch of supplemental online study materials, consisting of things like informational videos, articles, and scientific papers.    
  • TDI Online Intro to Tech Class – 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.    
  • TDI Online Advanced Nitrox Course – 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.   
  • TDI Online Decompression Procedures Course – 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.   
  • 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 students 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 asyou 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 ($5,500), up to 2 students, with the clients paying their own charter fees, and we will supply any 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, 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.    

Prerequisites  

  • Minimum Age: 18  
  • Minimum Previous Certifications:  
    • Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent  
    • Nitrox Diver or equivalent  
  • Proof of at least 25 open water dives  
  • No previous technical diving experience required  

 

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.  
  • Fins and Booties – Long blade Freediving fins are not suitable.  Open heel fins  work best.    
  • Mask – A good mask that fits you, is essential.   
  • Gloves –Neoprene gloves work, but they are less functional and practical than something like “gardening gloves”, orDyneemaGloves. Simple hand protection is what you need, and if you already have gloves, they will most likely work.  
  • 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 the  Apeks 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.   
  • 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.   
  • 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 the  Dive Rite Rec Wing  in 45# and the  Hollis 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.    
  • 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 yourdive 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. 
  • 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 or Reel – This is to use with your SMB, 100’ minimum line. Do not buy a Stainless-Steel spool. Personally, I love the  Apeks 150' Spool, the simple  Dive Rite Slide Lock 250' Reel. 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 dives.   
  • Cutting Device – Bring a knife, not “like a knife”. Something sharp.  
  • Slate 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 you call 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 – Tuition for this class is $2000. It includes all the training, dive boat charter fees, TDI Online Training for Advanced Nitrox and Deco Procedures, and all TDI Certification fees.    
  • Tips – Tips for the boat crew run $10 to $20 per dive day, depending on the level of service.   
  • Gas – We have a Class Fill Rate at Force E of $30 per day, for Nitrox Doubles, and Deco Gas.  
  • Rental Equipment – If you do not have all your equipment yet, you can rent equipment.      

 

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