Technical diving is not something to take lightly. You will be going beyond the recreational depth and/or time limits. You will likely being using trimix (a breathing gas containing helium). You will have a "soft" ceiling, meaning the surface is directly overhead, but you can no longer to straight to the surface without making obligatory decompression stops with decompression gases. If you get into wreck or cave diving, you will have a "hard" ceiling, and must exit the exact same way you entered. This is all serious stuff, and requires the appropriate mindset and discipline to learn, practice, and perfect the necessary skills for this kind of diving.
Technical diving has exploded in recent years. Seemingly every shop offers some variety of technical training these days. So how do you pick the right one? Talk to the instructors who teach them. Get in the water with them and see if it's the right fit and find out if you like the training style and approach to technical dives.
At Submerged we practice what we preach. We dive in the style of gear we teach in, we practice the techniques we teach you in class, we do the types of dives that you are expressing an interest in. Since Submerged opened in 2011, we've been trying to shake the impression that we are "just" a technical dive shop. That's not a bad thing, though, when you're looking for a technical shop!
We believe in consistency in a dive team's gear, dive & gas planning methodology, solid communication, and team & environmental awareness. We will teach you how to be an effective part of a thinking team and apply your perfected skill set so that you can pursue your technical dives and come back to do them again another day!
TECHREATIONAL - details coming soon
TECHNICAL 1 - details coming soon
Students come to us with widely varying backgrounds. Some have dived only single tanks with a jacket style BCD, others have dabbled with diving doubles and a long hose but no formal education in it. Some have hundreds of dives logged, and others have only about 50.
Over the years, we've learned that dive training is not one-size-fits-all. At Submerged, we've never tried to ram people through a class so we can move onto the next set of students. We've always adjusted the schedule as needed to give students the ability to develop at a pace that's appropriate for them. Some people catch on very quickly to some skills and take a little longer with others. To better reflect this training philosophy in our course pricing, we have finally implemented a "coaching style" approach to the Essentials of Tech class.
Think of it as hiring a trainer at a gym. We will assess your current skill level, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and then work with you to develop your diving knowledge and skills to the Essentials of Tech level. Students enroll in this class for one of two reasons - to learn the skills necessary to be prepared for a Technical Diving class or because they want to dive doubles and they want the precision and control that is learned during this program even if they have no future aspirations for "tech diving". Whatever your reason, and whatever your skill set at the time you enroll, you will come out of this class a vastly improved diver, feeling confident and ready for your future diving endeavors.
For these reasons, we have a "per session" rate for training. You can progress at an appropriate pace with an instructor, or push pause on the formal instruction if you need a little self-guided practice time to work some things out. During all of it, we'll be coaching you along, giving you feedback, and accommodating the course to meet your pace and your learning style.
Here's what you'll learn:
Training Sessions: $95 each
Number of instructor-led sessions typically needed: 7
Student Course Material (paid directly to UTD)
*Prices for course materials are set by UTD and subject to change. Current pricing is on the UTD site. Payment is made directly to UTD.
Rental gear for pool sessions
Open Water Sessions
Certification Fee - $39 for plastic card - due upon completion of the course