Double Tec Deep Course Puts Students to Test

Posted on 07/14/09 No Comments

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Aquanauts today wrapped up another two DSAT Tec Deep courses, this time for Dharshana Jayawardena of Sri Lanka and Gary Smith, one of Aquanauts’ PADI Instructor and technical-diving interns. Both found the course extremely challenging, but hugely satisfying.

We joined the two students and TecRec Instructor Dan Beldon on Saturday for the final day of the first part of the 10-day course, a day in which they’d have to put to use all of the skills and knowledge they learned in the first six dives before moving on to real decompression dives the next day. The photos below should give you a sense of what an average day on the course is like.

Theory is a huge part of the Tec Deep course, both in the classroom as well as on teh boat. Here TecRec Instructor Dan Beldon goes over the dive plan and skills before the day's first dive.

Theory is a huge part of the Tec Deep course, both in the classroom as well as on teh boat. Here TecRec Instructor Dan Beldon goes over the dive plan and skills before the day's first dive.

For Jayawardena, the real challenge in the course was the theory. But 500-plus logged dives, he found the in-water training a bit easier.

For Jayawardena, the real challenge in the course was the theory. But 500-plus logged dives, he found the in-water training a bit easier.

Beldon assists Jayawardena in preparing his kit for the first dive.

Beldon assists Jayawardena in preparing his kit for the first dive.

Jayawardena and Smith perform the important buddy check.

Jayawardena and Smith perform the important buddy check.

Having a large, comfortable boat can never be underestimated, especially when you're moving around with lots of tanks strapped on!

Having a large, comfortable boat can never be underestimated, especially when you're moving around with lots of tanks strapped on!

Jayawardena takes the plunge for the day's first dive.

Jayawardena takes the plunge for the day's first dive.

After the first dive, it's back to the books. Here Smith prepares his dive plan for the afternoon's dive. For him, the biggest challenge proved to be in the early days of the course when he was running through skills to turn on and off his air. When he shut off both tanks at the same time, he knew he'd made a mistake!

After the first dive, it's back to the books. Here Smith prepares his dive plan for the afternoon's dive. For him, the biggest challenge proved to be in the early days of the course when he was running through skills to turn on and off his air. When he shut off both tanks at the same time, he knew he'd made a mistake!

Jayawardena, meanwhile, is downstairs preparing his lift bag.

Jayawardena, meanwhile, is downstairs preparing his lift bag.

Once in the water, Aquanauts' staff hands down Jayawardena's sling tank.

Once in the water, Aquanauts' staff hands down Jayawardena's sling tank.

The trio headed off for the first dive, but Beldon (right) didn't like what he say and gives Smith a few words about proper procedure.

The trio headed off for the first dive, but Beldon (right) didn't like what he say and gives Smith a few words about proper procedure.

And down they go. More underwater photos from the course may be coming soon.

And down they go. More underwater photos from the course may be coming soon.

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