Technical Diving Cross Over Course
Want to move into Technical
Diving but don't know where to start?
Technical Diving starts a whole new level of equipment,
preparation, and skills that the standard recreation classes don't even come
close to preparing you for. Many students are considering starting their
technical training but don't know where to begin.
Let HiTek Scuba get you started off on the right foot. We've specifically
developed this course for you...the recreational diver with lots of single tank,
cold water, PNW diving experience, but have never taken a "Technical"
training class. THIS IS WHERE YOU START!!
If you've been around a while you've probably met the pre-requisites by
now, but just in case they are:
- Deep Diver
- Enriched Air
- Minimum of 50 Cold Water Dives
- Own your own gear
- You must be able to swim 100 yards in full gear
- Good physical fitness (able to lift heavy gear)
- A good attitude with a willingness to change the way you
think about diving
- A safety oriented attitude towards diving
- A completed RSTC Medical form signed by your doctor within
the last year.
This course is absolutely not for everyone. Deciding to
move in the direction of technical diving needs to be a well thought out
decision. It is definitely an increase in risk, and while we work hard to
do a good job managing risks, technical diving is absolutely riskier than
recreational diving. Even if you do everything right, there is still a
higher inherent possibility for an accident to occur leading to permanent injury
It's possible that you're thinking hard about it but you need some questions
answered first like:
- What is the difference between Recreational and Technical
- What makes Technical Diving greater risk than Recreational
- What are the benefits of technical diving?
- What are the disadvantages?
- How much is this "new" thing going to cost me?
- What kind of new equipment will I need? Why?
- How much training will I need to start doing it?
- Are my skills good enough now to start? How do I know?
- What is different about emergency procedures between
Technical and Recreational Diving?
HiTek staff will evaluate your skills
- You MUST be able to maintain your position in the water
column while doing other tasks.
- You need to be comfortable underwater with or without out a
- You need to be able to swim close to the bottom without
- You should be VERY comfortable manipulating multiple pieces
- You MUST be able to stop your ascent in mid-water and stay
at a given depth without difficulty.
- You also need to have very solid self-rescue skills.
Situational thinking underwater is critical.
Diving Risks and Responsibilities
What six general risks and hazards does technical diving
present that either don't exist or are not as severe in recreational diving?
What risks do you face if you exceed the limits of your training and
How could a lack of physical fitness affect you as a technical diver?
What are six characteristics of a responsible technical diver?
Technical Diving Rig" Overview
What is meant by "standardized technical rig"?
What guidelines apply to selecting mask, snorkel, fins for technical diving?
What characteristics should you look for in a cylinder valve or manifold that
What about my regulators? Can I still use them? What is a long hose?
What is the minimum number of fully independent regulators per diver, and how do
you configure them?
Which pieces of gear need to be redundant? When is it excessive?
What about my BCD can I still use it? What three characteristics should you
look for in a BCD, and what five characteristics should you look for in a
harness, that's used for technical diving?
What are "wings"? What do I do about weight?
What about clips, pockets, accessories, what can I use? Why?
What are "danglies"? How and why do I avoid them?
EAD review, how do you find it? What's it for?
Oxygen Partial Pressure review, what's the maximum used for tech diving? How do
you find it for a specific depth and gas?
How do you find your Surface Air Consumption Rate?
What are your gas supply requirements for a given depth and time? How do
you find it?
How do you determine how much actual gas a given cylinder contains?
CNS review; What is it? What are signs/symptoms? What method do you use to
Techniques and Procedures
What general elements does a technical diving pre-dive check cover?
How do you determine the minimum weight needed for a technical dive?
What is the primary hazard of diving negatively buoyant, and how do you manage
What is the primary hazard of excessive positive buoyancy, and how do you manage
What are the emergency procedures for using the long hose second stage in
handling an out of gas emergency?
What are the emergency procedures for a regulator free flow at depth?
What are the emergency procedures for a damaged manifold or first stage at
Practice diving double cylinders with correct
technique. Practice using the standardized technical rig.
Practice rigging and staging deco/stage cylinders. Learn and practice
responding to emergency situations in a controlled and safe environment.
Course Fee $450.00 includes technical diving manual and slates, advanced
u/w communication chart, two classroom sessions, a practical application
session, three very long dives over two full
days, use of various twin cylinder sets (doubles), standardized technical
rig rental, and gas fills during your
class, use of stage/deco cylinders, and their gas fills during your class as
All Emergency equipment is provided and available for use (O2 kit,
reels, lift bags, etc.)