DSAT Officially Acknowledges Coming Changes to Tec Rec Program

Posted on 07/08/09 1 Comment

While executives from the DSAT technical diving arm of PADI have been doing roadshows — like this recent one in Pattaya — informally describing plans to change its Tec Rec program, there have been, until now, no official word from the agency itself other than to say DSAT was considering various bits of feedback.

Today, however, in DSAT Chat, we get the first “official” acknowledgement that changes are coming.

Why change something that works? Well, we are not changing the best parts. The competencies at these two levels will stay the same, in other words pretty much exactly the same total set of skills and experience. However, nine years is a long time in technical diving, and the range was due for a review.

The way the review was conducted was to speak to the experts — you. We have spent a lot of time conducting forums around the world and talking to the people who teach this stuff on a day to day basis. You know what works and what doesn’t. You said you love the end product of those two courses, but that you wanted more incremental steps for divers to reach them, so that it was more practical for divers and instructors to schedule training. You also said that there should be a definite increase in a diver’s capabilities at each stage.

What follows is a summary of what we here at Aquanauts described earlier (and copied without our permission by a number of other tech blogs): The restructuring of the Tec Deep and Tec Trimix courses into smaller modules called Tec 40, Tec 45, Tec 50, Trimix 65 and Tec Trimix (75). The detail provided in our summary is greater, but since this is coming from the horse’s mouth, check out what PADI is saying officially.

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