PADI’s TecRec revolution is continuing and yet another PADI TecRec course has been released – the PADI Tec Basics Distinctive Specialty. The PADI Tec Basics course is a bridge from recreational to technical diving, providing divers with an opportunity to gain exposure to tec diving and learn and practice entry level tec diving skills. It introduces recreational divers to tec diving without them initially having to make the larger commitment (in terms of equipment, time and cost) necessary for the core PADI Tec courses. PADI Tec Basics dive scope is within recreational limits, splitting the skills of Tec 40 Dive 1 into two dives. The course provides PADI Tec Instructors with the opportunity to have students practise fundamental tec skills before enrolling in the PADI Tec 40 programme. The course also presents a recognition level for students who choose not to continue their technical training.
Any current and teaching status PADI Tec Instructor (or instructors with a higher rating) can forward a PADI Specialty Instructor Application (Form 10180) for PADI Tec Basics to the local area office for processing. The application fee is currently waived. The diver prerequisites have been made more accessible to your students with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification as the only prerequisite. There are two confined water and two open water training dives. Download the revised outline from the Pros’ site at padi.com (> Training Essentials > TecRec) or contact the PADI Technical Diving Division for more information today.
Since the PADI Tec Basics Distinctive Specialty is actually a portion of the PADI Tec 40 course, Tec Basics may, at the instructors discretion, credit toward this certification if completed within 12 months. Tec 40 Training Dive One, Practical Applications One and Two and Knowledge Development One and Two may be credited towards the PADI Tec 40 Diver if all performance requirements have been met.