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Technical Diver

Introduction to Technical Diving

The Intro to Tech class introduces recreational divers to the rigors and discipline of technical diving, and is a great preparatory course if you are considering specific technical diver training, such as cave or decompression diving, or are interested in streamlining your equipment configuration for maximum efficiency. Learn about dive planning, physics and physiology, decompression, decompression associated with technical diving, and buoyancy control. The NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration (NTEC) training is also part of the NAUI Intro to Tech course.

 

Prerequisites:

• 18 years of age, free of any respiratory, circulatory illnesses.
• Participants must be able to swim 225 yards using any stroke non-stop, float/tread water for 10 minutes.
• Must have certification in Nitrox and have minimum of ten Nitrox dives logged. 

 

Technical Decompression with Helitrox Diver

This course provides you with the theory, methods, and procedures of planned staged decompression diving while using optimal breathing gasses to include a light trimix (helitrox) and oxygen during decompression.

 

Graduates will be competent to plan and execute decompression dives using helitrox and oxygen to depths not exceeding 150 fsw (46 msw).

 

This program includes:

• 8 hours of classroom study in diving equipment, Diving Physics, Physiology, Dive Tables, Gases, Mixing, and Diving Safety.
• 2 hours of pool training in the use of dive equipment and skills review.
• Ocean dives off La Jolla with a boat dive option to one of the beautiful southern Channel Islands.
• Provided is an in-depth study of Reduced Gradient Bubble Model (RGBM) decompression theory and RGBM dives tables are utilized exclusively.
•Gas Blending methods and analysis. 
•Technical diving procedures and techniques.
•Team building and diving protocols.
 

Gear Configuration: Preferred Hogarthian or DIR / NTEC with use of backplate inflation and long primary hose (covered in class).

 

Prerequisites:

• Participants must be able to swim 225 yards using any stroke non-stop, float/tread water for 10 minutes.
• 50 logged dives; must have certification in Nitrox and have minimum of fifteen Nitrox dives logged. 
• 18 years of age, free of any respiratory, circulatory illnesses.
• Master diver certification
• Intro to Tech class or equivalent
• DAN Master insurance

 

Trimix Diver

The NAUI Trimix Diver program provides the Technical Diver with the skill and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium based breathing gases for dives to a maximum depth of 200 ft(Trimix) and beyond (Extreme Exposure Diver) requiring staged decompression and utilizing EANx mixtures and / or oxygen during decompression. 

 

This course consists of:

• 20 classroom hours of in-depth study of advanced diving sciences, helium-based gas mixtures and planning.
• Advanced equipment technology and gear configurations.
• High emphasis on advanced diving skills and  techniques.
• Lifesaving, rescue, and contingency procedures are emphasized.
• Gas Blending methods and analysis.
 

 

* Boat Fees not included

Gear Configuration: Hogarthian or DIR / NTEC with use of backplate inflation and long primary hose (covered in class).

 

Prerequisites:

-Minimum age of 18
-Certification as Technical Diver & Helitrox
-100 logged dives, 20 with decompression
-Dan Master Insurance 

** You can also join Lonnie at other tropical locations like Bonaire or Kona, HI for your technical diving experience.

 

 

Photo credit: Lonnie Sharp; Diver Tim O'Leary hangs over a deep ledge at 170' viewing down into the abyss.