Renamed “The Tec Diver Course,” the new program consists of three separate sub-courses and certification levels: DSAT Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. The numbers in each course name corresponds with the maximum depth limit (in metres) of that certification.
There’s also a new instructor level – Tec Instructor. Tec Instructors may teach Tec 40 only. Requirements for Tec Deep Instructor and Tec Trimix Instructor remain unchanged.
From now until the end of the year, PADI Instructors with appropriate technical diving instructor ratings can qualify for direct crossover to become DSAT Tec Instructors free of charge. Applicants must hold:
1. a qualifying technical diving certification that allows decompression dives to 45 metres/145 feet with double cylinder, open circuit scuba equipment using air, enriched air and oxygen.
2. a qualifying technical instructor rating to teach open circuit decompression diving using air and enriched air to a depth of 40 meters/130 feet.
For more info, please visit the excellent DSAT Chat blog for a complete run down of the changes to our Tec Deep program. Also, look for an article in the fourth quarter 2009 Undersea Journal / Training Bulletin.
Those of you attending DEMA may be interested in a half-day TecRec seminar on 5 November.