Is Technical Diving for You?

by Jon Kieren:
intro to tech divers

Don’t knock it ‘til ya try it, right? Well, this also works the other way around when we’re deciding whether to pursue technical diving. Technical diving takes a specific mindset, skill level, and a substantial investment of both time and money; are you willing and able to meet these requirements? If you are unsure, there’s an option available to help you make up your mind before you fully commit yourself. It’s called the TDI Intro to Tech course.

Whether you are unsure of your ability to handle the equipment (there’s a lot of it), if you’re mentally tough enough to handle the stress of not having direct access to the surface, or even if you just want to know more about what is involved with technical diving before you commit, the TDI Intro to Tech course can help answer these questions. You will be introduced to the equipment and skills required for technical diving without the additional stress of a pass/fail situation, and without entering an environment or situation you are not comfortable with (increased depth, wreck or cavern/cave penetration, or decompression). This course will walk you through the special techniques, planning procedures and skills that set technical diving apart from traditional sport diving. It will show you how to improve your dive planning methods, in-water skills, and streamline your existing gear configuration.

The specific skills this course highlights are:

  • Advanced Buoyancy Control
  • Gas Management
  • Situational Awareness
  • Trim
  • Gear Configuration and Selection

After completing Intro to Tech, you will be armed with the information you need to make an educated decision about moving forward into the technical diving realm. To find an instructor near you, visit our dive center locator here. Also, check out our Events page for upcoming TDI sponsored Intro to Tech events in your area.


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