Teaching a PADI Tec Deep Diver Course

Written by Bob Wilson 

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Introduction to decompression stop diving skills. Left to right: Neil Morganstein, Leo Marando, Instructor Bob Wilson

Recently, I completed teaching a PADI Tec Deep Diver course. This took place in a classroom, a pool, a lake known as Dutch Springs Pennsylvania, and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey. I had the pleasure of working with PADI Tec Deep Diver candidates Leo Marando and Neil Morganstein. I was very ably assisted by PADI Course Director and Tec Trimix Diver Mike Rogan. The course involves a significant commitment in time and effort that starts with classroom knowledge development presentations and culminates with two extensive Final Exams. From there we moved into a confined water setting where technical skills were introduced to the candidates. After successfully completing this requirement, we moved into an open water lake setting where the skills would now be performed outside of the more controlled environment of confined water. When mastery was achieved by the candidates, we moved into the ocean environment.

Mid-water lift bag skills with Tec Deep Diver candidate Neil Morganstein.
Mid-water lift bag skills with Tec Deep Diver candidate Neil Morganstein.

Now the skills the candidates mastered in the relatively stable and controlled environment of the lake, would be put to the test in the open ocean. The last of the twelve dives would be on a shipwreck in approximately 155fsw in the challenging Atlantic Ocean. The candidates performed admirably and successfully completed all requirements to be certified as PADI Tec Deep Divers.

This is a very demanding and rewarding course to teach. For those divers with the prerequisites and desire to accept the challenge of this course, they will be rewarded with a truly outstanding PADI technical diver program that will greatly enhance their skills, safety, and enjoyment.

Celebrating the completion of the course on the deck of the dive boat “Gypsy Blood.”
Celebrating the completion of the course on the deck of the dive boat “Gypsy Blood.” (Left to right: PADI Course Director and Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer Bob Wilson, Tec Deep Diver Leo Marando, PADI Course Director and Tec Trimix Diver Mike Rogan, Tec Deep Diver Neil Morganstein)