TDI Introduction to Technical Diving

Upcoming 2020 Intro to Technical Diving  Course Dates

 

February 21-22, 2020, Friday & Saturday after Presidents Day

April 25-26, 2020, Saturday & Sunday

September 25-26, 2020, Friday/Saturday

TDI Intro to Technical Diving 

This is a course specifically designed for recreational divers who want to experience what technical diving equipment, strategies, and planning, are all about. If you are considering becoming a technical diver, interested in diving deeper, or looking for more Bottom Time, this is Two-Day course that will provide you with the foundation for getting started in Technical Diving.   

You are welcome to bring your own equipment, but it is not required. If you are thinking of purchasing technical gear, this is a great opportunity to see what works best for you, before you commit to anything. 

This course is comprised of two half day lectures, a pool session, and 2 Open Water Ocean Dives. We start out on Day 1 with an academic session examining the equipment used by technical divers, discussing how that equipment works, and looking at the associated advantages and disadvantages of different set ups. The primary focus is diving with double cylinders, and all that entails. In the afternoon, we are off to the pool, where participants will have a chance to try a variety of equipment prior to our Open Water dives on Day 2.  

 For Day 2, we will make a couple of relatively shallow wreck or reef dives (70-foot Max) to see how the equipment performs in the Ocean environment. We will work on our fundamental skills of Situational Awareness, Self-Awareness, Buoyancy and Trim, Propulsion, and Communication. All our dives will be No Decompression dives. Following our morning dives, we will return to the classroom where we will debrief on our dives, and learn about dive planning as it relates to technical diving.  

Prerequisites 

  • Minimum Age: 18, 15 with parental consent 
  • Minimum Certification: SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent 
  • Proof of 25 logged open water dives 
  • NO previous technical diving experience required 

 

Safety  Statement 

Underwater environments are inherently dangerous. Our first priority has to be diver safety, in the pool, on the boat, and in the open 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 2 days 

     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. 

 

 Costs 

  • Tuition - $750 which includes all pool fees, charter fees for OW dives, certification fees, online training, gas fills, and rental equipment. It does not include tips for boat crew ($10-$20 a day).  

 

Required Equipment 

  • Wetsuit– Depending on the time of year and personal preference, either a 3mm or a 5mm wetsuit. 
  • Gloves– Neoprene gloves work, but they are less functional than “Gardening”, or  Dyneema  gloves. Simple hand protection is what you need and if you already have gloves, that will probably work best?  
  • Fins and Booties – Long blade Freediving fins are not suitable, and open heel fins are the standard.   
  • Mask– A good mask that fits you, is essential. 

 This is all you need. You are welcome to bring any other personal equipment, like your own dive computer, backplate, wing, regulators, or anything else. If you want to set up your own gear, bring it or buy it here and we will help you. We do not allow underwater cameras, only because they distract you from what we are supposed to be doing.  

 If you have any equipment questions, please feel free to ask. 

 

Equipment  Rental 

  • We supply all cylinders for this class, at no additional charge. 
  • We will supply Backplate, Wing, Dive Computer, and Regulators if you do not have your own equipment

 

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 Intro the Technical Diving certification. Your Tuition is for the class, not the certification. The certification itself 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.  
  • Half Day Prep – We offer an optional Half Day of Prep at the pool, prior to the scheduled first day of class, at an additional cost of $300, for any divers who would like to get a head start on the class.  

  

Class Size  

For this Class, we  have a max of 6 students, with 1 Technical Diving Instructor and/or Divemaster for every 2 students in the water, minimum.  

 

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 in the class are a distraction underwater, so we request you leave them topside, where you can take whatever pictures you want.   

 

Private Instruction 

Private clients make up about 20% of our business. Our Private rates for this class are $1,100/day ($2,200), up to 2 students, with the clients paying their own charter fees, where we supply any rental equipment.   

 

HalfDayPrep 

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, at a cost of $300 per student diver.  

 

Prerequisites 

  • Minimum Age: 18, 15 with parental consent 
  • Minimum Certification: SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent 
  • Proof of 25 logged 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. 
  • Gloves– Neoprene gloves work, but they are less functional than “Gardening”, orDyneemagloves. Simple hand protection is what you need and if you already have gloves, that will probably work best?  
  • Fins and Booties – Long blade Freediving fins are not suitable, and open heel fins are the standard.   
  • Mask– A good mask that fits you, is essential. 

 This is all you need. You are welcome to bring any other personal equipment, like your own dive computer, backplate, wing, regulators, or anything else. If you want to set up your own gear, bring it or buy it here and we will help you. We do not allow underwater cameras, only because they distract you from what we are supposed to be doing.  

 Costs 

  • Tuition - $750 which includes all pool fees, charter fees for OW dives, certification fees, online training, gas fills, and rental equipment. It does not include tips for boat crew ($10-$20 a day).  
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