Technical Diving Courses

Technical diving is scuba diving’s “extreme” sport, taking experienced and qualified divers far deeper than in mainstream recreational diving. Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment and training requirements to manage the additional hazard this type of diving entails.

Tec diving is not for everyone, but it does attract experienced divers who want to go beyond their current limits and are willing to accept the added risks, training, investment and commitment it demands. If this is you, then PADI TecRec courses are your ticket to extreme adventure.

PADI TecRec courses offer the most coherent and demanding tec diving programs available. They’re not easy – nor would you want them to be for this kind of diving.

 

Discover Tec

Try technical diving equipment and procedures

Curious about technical (tec) diving, but not sure about jumping into a course? Discover Tec is a short confined water experience that allows you to give technical diving a try. You get to wear all the extra tec diving gear and take it for a test dive. Your PADI Tec Instructor may introduce a few basic skills, such as primary to secondary regulator switch and gas shutdown procedures.

If you’re interested in tec diving and are a PADI Open Water Diver, at least 18 years old, and have a minimum of 10 logged dives, you qualify for Discover Tec.

Discover Tec may credit toward the Tec 40 course if you successfully complete the Tec 40 Training Dive One required skills. Ask your instructor about this option if you’re interested.

PADI Tec Sidemount

Sidemount for technical diving - no longer a choice reserved for cave divers

Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses such as the Tec 40, Tec 45 or Tec 50 courses.

If you’re a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives, you qualify to enroll in a Tec Sidemount Diver course. It’s recommended that you also have a PADI Enriched Air Diver Nitrox certification.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask our Tec Sidemount Instructor.

What will you learn?

You’ll learn about the advantages of diving with a sidemount configuration and how to set up a tec sidemount harness. You’ll get hands-on training during one confined water session and four open water dives where you’ll start with two tanks and add at least two more, maybe even getting to six sidemounted cylinders.

How can you start learning now?

Get the PADI Sidemount Diver and Tec Sidemount Diver Manual from us and start studying immediately. If you have a recreational sidemount diver certification, you’ll focus on Chapters Two and Three, if not, you’ll read the entire manual.

Become a Tec Sidemount Diver with B&J, the Tec Centre in Malayasia

PADI Tec 40

Your first step towards the full Tec Deep Diver certification

The PADI Tec 40 course is where you transition from recreational scuba diving to technical diving. It’s a great place to start because it’s the first subdivision of the full PADI Tec Diver course and bridges the gap between no stop diving and full technical deep decompression diving. You gain experience and begin building the knowledge and skills you need to continue your tec diver training. You will qualify to make limited decompression dives to 40 metres/130 feet.

What will you learn?

The Tec 40 course consists of three knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four training dives. You’ll learn about:

  • Technical diving’s risks and responsibilities
  • Technical diving equipment, proper rigging and set up
  • Gas planning, oxygen limits and decompression planning
  • Team diving techniques and emergency procedures, such as dealing with free flows, manifold leaks and out of gas situations

The Tec 40 Diver (3 day program) is qualified to use decompression software and decompression dive computers to plan and make decompression dives with no more than 10 minutes of total decompression. The maximum depth for this level is set at 40 meters (130 feet).

Since it’s part of the training to become a Tec Deep Diver, the Tec 40 course credits towards the Tec 45 and Tec 50 courses.

You will use recreational scuba equipment, with some minor additions to enhance your ability to deal with tec diving conditions.

As learning materials you will use the PADI Tec Deep Diver Crew Pak, which introduces you to:

  • Tec Diving Lingo
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Decompression and stage cylinder handling
  • Gas Planning

Prerequisites

  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • A PADI Enriched Air Diver Nitrox with at least 10 dives using enriched air deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
  • A PADI Deep Diver with at least 10 dives to 30 metres/100 feet
  • At least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives
  • Have a PADI Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

What equipment will you use?

During the course you will use the following technical diving equipment:

  • Basic dive equipment (wetsuit, fin, mask)
  • Wing type BCD with dual bladder
  • 2 dive computers / depth gauges and bottom timers (mixed gas computer or computer that can be set into gauge mode preferred)
  • Dive slates (wrist slates highly recommended)
  • Twin tanks with isolator manifold
  • Two regulator first and second stages for twin tanks, one with long hose (min. length 1.5m)
  • Up to two decompression / stage tanks
  • Two oxygen clean regulators for decompression / stage tanks
  • Primary reel (minimum line length 70m)
  • Liftbag (minimum lifting capacity 50lbs)
  • 2 Knife / cutting devices
  • Jon line (for drift decompression, if applicable)

PADI Tec 45

The second sub course in the full PADI Tec Diver program

The Tec 45 Diver course takes over where the Tec 40 course leaves off and takes your training as a technical diver further and deeper. It’s the second sub course in the full Tec Diver program.

What will you learn?

In this 3 day course you’ll learn the skills and equipment and planning needed to dive to a maximum of 45 meters (145 feet). You’ll receive the knowledge to plan and execute single and repetitive decompression dives using a single Nitrox stage cylinder or oxygen to accelerate or add conservatism to your decompression stops. It puts you in a complete tec diving rig, which can be either backmount or sidemount. You’ll also make accelerated decompression dives using EANx or pure oxygen. This is a course where you’ll rise to the challenge and make the commitment to become a technical diver.

There is no time limit for the decompression and you will be thoroughly prepared to respond any foreseeable technical diving emergency. We will teach you to master all the basic skills and procedures you will need as you move into deeper technical diving.

As learning materials you will use the PADI Tec Deep Diver Crew Pak, which introduces you to:

  • Tec Diving Lingo
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Decompression and stage cylinder handling
  • Gas Planning

Prerequisites

Students must meet the following prerequisites before starting the course:

  • Certified as a PADI Tec40 Diver or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 50 logged dives of which at least 12 dives were made with Enriched Air Nitrox deeper than 18 meters and 10 dives that were deeper than 30 meters (with or without Nitrox).
  • Be fit for diving and have a PADI Medical Statement signed by a physician.

What equipment will you use?

During the course you will use the following technical diving equipment:

  • Basic dive equipment (wetsuit, fin, mask)
  • Wing type BCD with dual bladder
  • 2 dive computers / depth gauges and bottom timers (mixed gas computer or computer that can be set into gauge mode preferred)
  • Dive slates (wrist slates highly recommended)
  • Twin tanks with isolator manifold
  • Two regulator first and second stages for twin tanks, one with long hose (min. length 1.5m)
  • Up to two decompression / stage tanks
  • Two oxygen clean regulators for decompression / stage tanks
  • Primary reel (minimum line length 70m)
  • Liftbag (minimum lifting capacity 50lbs)
  • 2 Knife / cutting devices
  • Jon line (for drift decompression, if applicable)

PADI Tec 50

Become a Tec Deep Diver with the Tec 50 program

The third part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program is Tec 50. As a Tec 50 diver, you show that you’ve developed competency as a tec diver and have the skills to dive to a maximum of 50 metres/165 feet. You know how to make extended, accelerated decompression stops using up to two gases. It’s not easy to reach this level and earning your Tec 50 certification opens the door to deeper diving expeditions.

What will you learn?

The Tec 50 course includes two knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four open water dives. A primary focus of this course is mission planning and execution. You also learn more about how to think like a technical diver and you will understand the hazards and risks involved in technical diving, as well as how to prepare for and handle reasonable foreseeable technical diving emergencies.

You also learn how to plan, conduct and manage:

  • Decompression dives
  • Accelerated decompression dives using air enriched air to a depth of 50 metres /165 feet

Mastery of the technical diver rig brings all dive sites in the 50 meter range within your capabilities. The use of decompression techniques within this depth range allows for multi-hour bottom time dives to be planned allowing for serious exploration of shipwrecks or unvisited deep coral reefs without the ‘deco’ indicator of your computer beeping at you to ascend just as the exploration becomes interesting!

The courses are physically and mentally challenging, requiring a full commitment of time and energy during course days. A technical diving rig can weigh up to 80 Kg. It requires a good physical fitness and mental attitude to deal with its particular requirements. The course is serious fun!

Prerequisites

Students must meet the following prerequisites before starting the course:

  • Certified as a PADI Tec 45 Diver or equivalent
  • Minimum of 100 logged dives of which at least 20 dives must be Enriched Air Nitrox dives deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 15 dives must be deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
  • Be fit for diving and have a PADI Medical Statement signed by a physician

What equipment will you use?

During the course you will use the following technical diving equipment:

  • Basic dive equipment (wetsuit, fin, mask)
  • Wing type BCD with dual bladder
  • 2 dive computers / depth gauges and bottom timers (mixed gas computer or computer that can be set into gauge mode preferred)
  • Dive slates (wrist slates highly recommended)
  • Twin tanks with isolator manifold
  • Two regulator first and second stages for twin tanks, one with long hose (min. length 1.5m)
  • Up to two decompression / stage tanks
  • Two oxygen clean regulators for decompression / stage tanks
  • Primary reel (minimum line length 70m)
  • Liftbag (minimum lifting capacity 50lbs)
  • 2 Knife / cutting devices
  • Jon line (for drift decompression, if applicable)

PADI Tec Trimix 65 and Tec Trimix Diver

Extend the depth range of Technical Diving

For the extreme diver ready to further explore the world of technical deep diving, the gas of choice is trimix – a blend of oxygen, helium and nitrogen.

The PADI Tec Trimix Diver course takes you to the outer edges of technical deep diving, opening the door to pristine dive sites few divers – if any – ever see.

Tec Trimix 65

The Tec Trimix 65 course introduces you to using trimix down to a maximum depth of 65 metres/210 feet. There are advantages to using three gases, but you need to know how to do it right. Earning the Tec Trimix 65 certification makes deeper exploration a reality.

With a combination of independent study and training skill sessions, you’ll find the Tec Trimix Diver course intense, pushing you to meet the demands of deep trimix diving. It’s not for every diver, nor can every diver rise to the challenge. Can you?

You’re qualified to enroll in the Tec Trimix 65 course, if you:

  • Are a PADI Tec 50 diver (or equivalent)
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a PADI Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

What will you learn?

Tec Trimix 65 course topics include:

  • Trimix diving depth ranges
  • Exposure planning
  • Selecting a mix
  • Argon inflation systems
  • Handling three or four decompression cylinders
  • Decompression models
  • Emergency procedures
  • Decompression software and multi-gas computers

How can you start learning now?

Contact us to get your Tec Trimix Diver Crew-Pak that includes a PADI Tec Trimix Diver Manual, which you can start reading right away. You also receive a deep stop calculation table, trimix decal and emergency procedures slate as part of your pack.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use full technical equipment and you may use a technical sidemount configuration, plus two stage/decompression cylinders.

 

 Tec Trimix Diver

Ready for the outer edge of technical diving? The Tec Trimix Diver course takes experienced tec divers and turns them into extreme divers who go deeper and visit pristine sites where few others will ever go. During the course, you’ll make dives as deep as 90 metres/300 feet, but once you earn this tough certification, there are few limits. Your training teaches you to build experience gradually and you do it because you’ve made it this far and have more exploring to do.

To enroll in the Tec Trimix Diver course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Tec 50 diver or Tec Trimix 65 diver (or equivalent)
  • Have a minimum of 150 logged dives
  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a PADI Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

What will you learn?

The Tec Trimix Diver course emphasizes mission application:

  • Gas selection options, especially deco gases
  • Bubble models and deep stops
  • Using multigas trimix computers
  • Handling up to four stage/deco cylinders

How can you start learning now?

Your Tec Trimix Diver Crew-Pak includes a PADI Tec Trimix Diver Manual, which you can start reading right away. Do contact us to get your materials in advance, which also include a deep stop calculation table, trimix decal and emergency procedures slate.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use full technical equipment, including more than two stage/deco cylinders, and you may use a technical sidemount configuration. Your Tec Trimix Instructor may suggest additional gear.

CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather Course

PADI Tec 40 and Tec 60 CCR Rebreather courses

B&J Diving Centre was the first training facility in Malaysia to offer PADI Tec 40 and Tec 60 CCR courses. TEC 60 CCR instructor Ben is a veteran dive and tec instructor with almost 30 years experience. He is the only tec instructor in Malaysia who offers the full range of Tec courses.

Tec 40 CCR

The future of deep tec diving belongs to the CCR (closed circuit rebreather) and the Tec 40 CCR course is where it all starts. If you’re interested in technical diving and want to dive a rebreather, the Tec  40 CCR course is your entry into the tec diving realm. This first level of training introduces you to Type T CCRs, which can be electronic CCRs (eCCRs) and manual CCRs (mCCRs). During the course, you focus on developing the discipline it takes to be a technical diver while learning the details of proper setup, predive checks, dive planning, failure and problem management and teamwork for CCR diving.

To take a Tec 40 CCR Diver course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver
  • Be a PADI Deep Diver or show proof of 10 dives to 30 metres/100 feet
  • Have a minimum of 30 logged dives, with at least 10 dives using EANx deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Before Training Dive 5, be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver
  • Before certification, have at least 50 logged dives.

What will you learn?

You’ll learn to make no stop or limited decompression dives using a Type T CCR to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet during eight training dives. You’ll also cover:

  • Basic CCR function
  • Tec equipment and CCR setup and checklists
  • Diving CCRs and handling potential problems
  • Decompression software and open-circuit bailout requirements
  • Post-dive procedures and disassembly
  • Thinking like a Tec CCR diver

How long does it take?

This course takes 4-5 days depending on your comfort and skill level on the unit. There will be 1-2 confined water and 6 open water dives to complete this course.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use standard tec diving equipment appropriate for the local environment, including your exposure suit, mask, fins and weight system. Snorkels are optional, but a collapsible snorkel can be carried in your pocket. You’ll also need a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) and reel, an audible surface signaling device, slate and a compass. Your PADI Tec 40 CCR Instructor will advise you about the Type T CCR you’ll learn to use and suggest a CCR dive computer with open-circuit bailout capability (if not integrated into the CCR), offboard life support system, and oxygen analyzer along with other beneficial gear.

After certification as a PADI Tec 40 CCR Diver, you’ll need to qualify if you want to use a different Type T CCR model because procedures vary with each model. However, you don’t need to repeat the entire course. Just take a PADI Tec CCR Qualifier program that focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to use a different Type T CCR model.

Your instructor will make sure that all Type T CCRs used in PADI courses meet requirements, such as being third party tested and that manufacturers ensure their CCRs meet a comprehensive list of requirements.

Get in touch with our Tec Instructor who will plan and organize your CCR course.

 

Tec 60 CCR

Tec 60 CCR Diver is the second level of technical diving training with Type T CCRs. By completing the Tec 60 CCR course, you extend your CCR diving adventures down to a maximum depth of 60 metres/200 feet. You learn to complete multiple decompression stops, manage life-support problems and dive with trimix/heliox as a diluent. It’s a considerable challenge, but if you’re serious about being a tec CCR diver, then this course is your next step.

To enroll in the Tec 60 CCR Diver course, you must:

  • Be a Tec 40 CCR Diver qualified on the specific Type T CCR to be used in the course
  • Have logged a minimum of 150 dives, with at least 25 dives and 50 hours experience diving the Type T CCR used in the course with an offboard bailout system following Tec 40 CCR Diver principles
  • Have at least 10 logged CCR dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet

What will you learn?

In the Tec 60 CCR Diver course, you complete one confined water and six open water dives. Building on the technical diving knowledge and skills you acquired in the Tec 40 CCR course, you’ll cover new topics such as:

  • Different bailout strategies
  • Offboard gas supply capability
  • Planning tec CCR decompression dives including deep deco stops
  • Offsetting narcosis with helium gas mixes
  • Dealing with CCR problems and dive emergencies

How long does it take?

The course takes 3-4 days to complete and includes 1 confined water plus 4-6 deep dives.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use standard tec diving equipment along with the gear you used for your PADI Tec 40 CCR Diver course, with the addition of a spare mask and a primary and backup CCR dive computer with open-circuit bailout capability. You’ll definitely want CCR and bailout decompression software or your PC, tablet or smartphone.

After certification as a PADI Tec 60 CCR Diver, you’ll need to qualify if you want to use a different Type T CCR model because procedures vary with each model. However, you don’t need to repeat the entire course. Just take a PADI Tec CCR Qualifier program that focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to use a different Type T CCR model.

Your instructor will make sure that all Type T CCRs used in PADI courses meet requirements, such as being third party tested and that manufacturers ensure their CCRs meet a comprehensive list of requirements.

Tec Gas Blender

Provide mixed gases with the PADI Tec Gas Blender certification

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is the most popular diver specialty course and the number of technical divers is on the rise, which means that lots of scuba divers want enriched air and gas blends. The Tec Gas Blender course teaches you to blend enriched air nitrox and helium-blend gases using one or more blending methods. Being the blender is a key job at a busy  PADI Dive Center or Resort and your work allows other divers to do what they love to do – scuba dive.

What will you learn?

The Tec Gas Blender course includes three practical application sessions, but no dives. During independent study and instructor-led review, you learn:

  • About the advantages and disadvantages of different blending methodologies
  • To blend enriched air and trimix blends to within one percent of the target mix
  • About the potential hazards related to handling oxygen, and how to manage those risks
  • To demonstrate the steps for oxygen cleaning equipment, along with the requirements for oxygen service

You’ll learn the physical properties of oxygen, its associated hazards, handling requirements and what cleaning equipment is necessary. Finally, you will learn the five methods of obtaining the desired enriched air nitrox mix and the various methods used to obtain proper helium mixes.

What are the four main types of oxygen? What is oxygen clean? What are the five methods for blending Enriched Air? These questions and more are covered in the Gas Blender manual. As a gas blender you must be familiar with the physical properties of oxygen, its various forms and purities, hazards and special handling requirements. The Gas Blender Manual and CD, in conjunction with your instructor, will familiarize you with the procedures and techniques needed for gas blending.

Prerequisites

To become a Gasblender, you must be:

  • A PADI Enriched Air Diver (or qualifying nitrox certification from another organization).
  • At least 18 years old