Goals and Aspirations

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 I've been diving for 9 years now, and I've met most of the major milestoens for the recreational diver. I've passed through the PADI heirarchy of recreational diving (Open Water -> Advanced Open Water -> Rescue -> Divemaster -> Open Water Scuba Instructor) and I've been contemplating what I want to work towards over the course of the next several years. 

Technical diving has always been an area of great interest to me, and I love the idea of being able to dive to depths greater than 150ft, penetrate shipwrecks, and dive in caves and caverns underground, so I've decided that my goals for the next several years are going to align to those interests. 

What is technical diving?

Technical diving is defied as non-commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond the limits of recreational diving. It can be further defined as follows. 

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  • Diving beyond 40 meters/130 feet
  • Dives requiring staged decompression
  • Diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 meters/130 feet of the water surface
  • Dives using accelerated decompression or variable gas mixtures

Because technical diving typically places the diver beyond easy access to the surface, tec divers undergo extensive training and use additional equipment to ensure their safety even when no easy access to the surface is available. Despite these precautions, subcategories of technical diving can still be very dangerous relative to other activities, and there is a higher element of risk involved. 

Technical Diving Progression

The certification path to becoming a tec diver is rather long and involved, but involves stages of training that build upon preceeding courses. I've outlined the courses I would like to complete by December 2014 below, and where I see myself going after this point. 

 

  1. PADI Self-Reliant Diver
    1. Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another traning organization
    2. Have a minimum 100 logged dives
    3. Be 18 years of age or older
    4. Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor
  2. PADI Altitude Diver
  3. PADI Wreck DIver
  4. PADI Master Scuba Diver
    1. PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
    2. Minimum of five PADI Specialty Diver courses
    3. Minimum of 50 logged dives
  5. PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    1. Be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor 
    2. Have five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications
    3. Have certified at least 25 PADI Divers
  6. PADI Tec 40
    1. Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
    2. Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
    3. Be a PADI Deep Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
    4. Have a minimum of 30 logged dives, of which at least 10 dives were made with enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres / 60 feet.
  7. PADI Tec 45
    1. PADI Tec 40 (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization) 
    2. Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least:


      1. 12 dives were made with enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
      2. 6 (with or without EANx) dives were deeper than 30 metres/100 feet