PADI Tec Basics
The PADI Tec Basics course is a bridge from recreational to technical diving. It introduces you to the skills and knowledge required for tec diving. The PADI Tec Basics course runs within recreational limits, using segments from PADI Tec 40 Dives 1 and 2.
The PADI Tec Basics introduces students to fundamental tec diving skills before enrolling in the PADI Tec 40 program. For many divers, this is the ideal way for them to become comfortable with twinsets and stages. The course helps students to understand the difference between TecRec programs and mainstream recreational diving courses.
What is recreational diving?
Recreational scuba diving is no stop diving with air or enriched air nitrox to a maximum depth of 40 meters, and during penetration dives, within the natural light zone and no more than a total linear distance of 40 meters from the surface. It is primarily open‐circuit diving but includes recreational eCCR and eSCR rebreathers (Type R).
What is technical diving?
Technical scuba diving is diving other than commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond recreational limits. It is further defined as and includes one or more of the following: diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet, required stage decompression, diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet from the surface, accelerated decompression, and the use of variable gas mixtures (other than the automatic variation of a Type R rebreather) during a dive.
Technical diving uses extensive methodologies, technologies, and training to manage added risks associated with it. Typically, this means using complex or highly specialized equipment in situations where direct access to the surface is inaccessible due to a ceiling imposed by decompression or by a physical barrier such as found inside cave or wreck diving environments.
What is TecRec?
Divers usually tec dive for the challenge and fun rather than as a profession, so it is a recreation (hence the name “TecRec” for these programs). However, to avoid confusion regarding the limits and scopes, tec diving is not called recreational diving.” The courses in the PADI TecRec program directly address the more demanding and challenging nature of technical diving, which involves more hazards and inherent risks than recreational diving. All the TecRec CCR courses are built upon mainstream instructional system design principles for which PADI courses are known.
Technical diving is not for everyone
Technical diving is not a logical progression for all divers. It shouldn’t be a goal for all divers to aspire to. Rather, it is for a growing but a smaller segment of divers who are looking for a challenge, and who are willing to accept the costs, risks, time commitment, training and physical fitness requirements necessary. In the face of these, it may be perfectly appropriate to remind those who may not be suited to TecRec that they can enjoy a lifetime of novel adventures without ever leaving recreational limits.