When PADI launched the technical diving programs in 2001 with the TecRec program, everybody knew it would be a program based on the solid educational principals PADI had been using for its recreational diving. Clearly structured with complete training materials, including manuals, power point presentations and even training videos, the programs quickly became a reference for serious technical diving training.
Allowing recreational divers to progress to fully fledged technical divers is quite a process with many new skills and knowledge to master, and is a big step to take. This is why now PADI decided to offer the possibility to offer a step by step approach, spreading the essentials of technical diving over modules of four training dives each.
Andrey Sokolov, freshly crossed-over TecRec Instructor at the PURE College, the technical diving branch of the Red Sea Diving College in Sharm el Sheikh, had the honour to run the first Tec 40 course in Egypt in November 2009.
Here are a few of his impressions of the course:
“Having taught technical diving courses with other organisations, I was very pleased with the quality of the content, as well as the clear and well-considered structure of all in-water sessions, of the Tec 40 course.
This first step does very well for divers who still know nothing about technical diving, but wish to try or to get an opinion about it or even extend their general knowledge and diving skills, staying yet within quite safe limits. The Tec 40 course gives them a taste of technical diving and allow them to continue their diving education with training organization that taught them to dive.
During the course, I found out that it is more accessible to students (also because of good theory and structure), compared to other technical diving training organizations, as the Tec 40 course is a logical continuation of divers education after their Nitrox and Deep specialty. It is also very enjoyable course, and my student was feeling like he really was expanding his diving experience while getting more fun out of his dives. Isn’t that what we all want?
Within Tec 40 limits, new diving opportunities open up, it makes the dives more enjoyable, with less stress in the eye of decompression diving. It gives a first approach to the essential skills for technical diving, and makes a really easy first step towards joining the technical diver family, by continuing with the following TecRec courses, the Tec 45 and Tec 50.
My student and myself had a great time during this course, which was maybe our first PADI TecRec course, but certainly not our last one!”