Truk Lagoon Dive Center at the Truk Stop Hotel

Tech diving classes

Courses and costs listed below include equipment but exclude the cost of oxygen, helium, and diving.
These courses do have prerequisites, so please contact us in advance if you are interested.

Intro to Tech: 2 days - $295

Truk Lagoon Tech DivingThis is the first step into technical diving. Over 2 days you’ll learn about new equipment configurations and how to set-up your gear, fine tune buoyancy and trim, and increase your focus on gas management and planning. You’ll experience diving in doubles and get a feel for what it’s like to ‘go tech’.

PADI Tec 40 Diver Course

This course is offered in back mount configuration, it’s the entry point into the technical range providing a transition from recreational to tech.

The diver is qualified to complete up to 10 minutes of non-accelerated decompression while breathing from one additional deco cylinder of up to EANx50. Depth is limited to 130 feet or 40 meters.

You'll learn to make gas switch, extended no-decompression dives using air to 40 meters/130 feet and breathing enriched air (up to 50%) for conservatism. Some of the motor skills you will learn and master are:

  •     Technical equipment set up
  •     Buoyancy check
  •     Neutral buoyancy control
  •     Remove and replace stage at surface/underwater
  •     Gas shut down drills
  •     Free flow shut down drill
  •     Out of Air
  •     Bubble check
  •     S-drill
  •     NOTOX gas switch
  •     Lift bag deployment
  •     Calculating sac rate
  •     Maintain simulated deco stop
  •     Failed lift bag deployment drill
  •     Decompression dive planning with desk top software

The Tec 40 course can be scheduled at any time with a reservation.

Course Time: 3 days

Price: $550

Prerequisites:

Certified as PADI Advanced Open Water diver or equivalent

Certified as PADI Enriched Air diver or equivalent

Certified as a PADI Deep diver or proof of 10 dives to 30m/100ft

Have a minimum of 30 logged dives of which at least 10 were made with enriched air, 7 deeper than 100ft/30 meters.

 

PADI Tec 45 Diver Course

The diver now is introduced to longer decompression schedules in back mount configuration and using one additional deco cylinder. The diver is qualified to complete accelerated decompression dives using any mix of EANx or oxygen. Depth is limited to 45 meters / 145 feet.

In addition to the motor skills performed on the Tec 40 course you'll also learn to make gas switch, extended no-decompression dives using air and enriched air to 45 meters/145 feet;

  • Staging and retrieving decompression tanks
  • Out of air gas sharing whilst swimming exercise

You'll also be trained in the use of technical diving equipment and procedures, the motor skills needed for technical diving, understand and acknowledge the hazards and risks involved in technical diving, prepare for & respond to reasonably foreseeable technical diving emergencies that may occur and provide the foundational skills and knowledge necessary for continuing onto Tec 50.

This course builds on the training, dive planning and technical motor skills learned in the Tec 40 course and allows the diver to make gas switch decompression dives to 145ft/45 meters using air and enriched air (up to 100% oxygen) for conservatism or to accelerate decompression, with no time restrictions on the amount of decompression time you can build up.

Course Time: 3 days

Price: $550

Prerequisites:

Certified as Tec 40 diver or equivalent

Certified as a PADI Deep diver or equivalent

Have a minimum of 50 logged dives of which at least 12 were made with enriched air deeper than 60 ft. /18 meters, and at least 6 deeper than 100 ft. /30 meters.

 

PADI Tec 50 Diver Course

This qualification represents a high level of competency for a technical diver. The diver is qualified to use air for bottom gas and 2 decompression mixes up to 100% Oxygen to make extended, accelerated decompression dives. Depth limit is 50 meters / 165 feet.

If you're interested in technical diving and wish to further your depth limitations beyond recreational diving and the Tec 40/45 courses, you can consider continuing on Tec 50.

You'll learn to make gas switch, extended no-decompression dives using air, enriched air and pure Oxygen, to 50 meters / 165 feet. You will practice all the motor skills learned in Tec 40/45 whilst swimming 'on the fly' and completing surprise emergency drills. You'll also prepare for and respond to foreseeable technical diving emergencies. 

Completing the Tec Deep Diver program provides the foundational skills and knowledge necessary for continuing onto the PADI Tec Trimix 65 or full PADI Trimix course.

Course Time: 3 days

Price: $550

Prerequisites: Have a minimum of 100 logged dives of which at least 20 were made with enriched air deeper than 60 ft. / 18 meters and at least 15 deeper than 100 ft. / 30 meters.

 

PADI Trimix 65 Diver

The goals of the Tec Trimix 65 course are to train students to dive to 65 meters/215 feet using various trimix blends, enriched air and oxygen with open circuit scuba equipment. The course builds upon the fundamentals of technical diving learned in the ‘Tec Deep’ course and further trains students in the planning, motor skills and emergency contingency procedures required for technical trimix diving.

This course is taught along our beautiful local reefs, north side walls and outer sea banks, giving our students the widest variety of diving environments possible to prepare them for their future trimix dives.

Academic knowledge is developed by independent study of the student diver ‘Trimix’ manual and ‘Tec Deep’ manual (where appropriate) and application through briefings, practical sessions, dive planning and completed knowledge reviews and tests.

There is 1 water skills assessment dive and 4 open water training dives, but if desired students with ‘PADI Tec Deep’ certification can complete the full Tec Trimix Diver course with 6 open water training dives. Prerequisites for the course include being certified as a PADI Tec Deep diver, or equivalent certification from another organization (or can be combined in a package), minimum age 18 years old with training in emergency rescue and 100 logged dives. The course can be completed in 4 days.

 Course Time: 4 days

Price: $950, including manual

Prerequisites:

Certified as a PADI Tec Deep diver or equivalent from another organization (or can be combined in a package)

Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent

100 logged dives.

 

PADI Tec Trimix Diver

A PADI Tec Trimix diver is qualified to use air, EANx, oxygen and trimix for multiple stop decompression dives using two or more decompression gases and to dive to depths of 90 meters / 300 feet using hypoxic trimix.

For the extreme diver ready to further explore the world of technical deep diving, the gas of choice is trimix. The PADI Trimix course takes you to the outer edges of technical deep diving, opening the door to pristine dive sites few divers ever see.

You'll need to be certified as a PADI Tec Deep Diver (the PADI Tec Deep course can be offered in conjunction with our PADI Trimix course) or have a qualifying certification in deep decompression diving using air/enriched air from another organization. The PADI Trimix Diver course is intended to extend the depth range available to technical divers trained and qualified to use air, enriched air and oxygen on decompression dives beyond 50 meters/165 feet in open water.

The goals of the Trimix course are to train students to dive to 90 meters/300 feet using various trimix blends, enriched air and oxygen with open circuit scuba equipment. The course builds upon the fundamentals of technical diving learned in the ‘Tec Deep’ course and further trains students in the planning, motor skills and emergency contingency procedures required for technical trimix diving.

Academic knowledge is developed by independent study of the student diver ‘Trimix’ manual and ‘Tec Deep’ manual (where appropriate) and application through briefings, practical sessions, dive planning and completed knowledge reviews and tests. There is 1 water skills assessment dive and 6 open water training dives.

Course Time: 6 days

Price: $1350

Prerequisites:

Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent

Minimum of 150 logged dives

Certified as a Tec Rec 50 diver or qualifying certification from another agency

 

PADI Gas Blender 

This course teaches you to blend gases of Nitrox and Trimix. The program will allow you to understand different blending methodologies, explain the potential hazards related to handling oxygen and demonstrate the steps related to oxygen cleaning equipment.

This program takes 10 hours betwene class, O2 cleaning workshops and gas belnding sessions and is a must for any diver with an interest in Nitrox or technical diving, and who wishes to work on a liveaboard or full service dive operation.

More and more people are diving with enriched air, which means the demand for someone qualified to administer the fills to meet this demand is needed. This is where the DSAT Gas Blender course comes in.

The DSAT Gas Blender course will train you as a qualified gas blender, allowing you to provide gas mixes to appropriately certified consumers. 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.

The certification as a Gas Blender will allow you to blend your own calculated mix of exotic gases for technical diving. There are two levels to this course, Gas Blender Nitrox and Gas Blender Trimix, which can both be completed concurrently.

During the course you'll receive a class room session in which we'll review the dive theory, and then after a tour of our blending facility you'll enjoy the benefits of an O2 cleaning workshop and gas blending session.

Course Time: 2 days 

Price: $150-200

Prerequisite: Certified PADI Enriched Air Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)

 


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