Never Too Old for Tech

Posted on 08/19/09 No Comments

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We all know that age is not a significant barrier to recreational diving. People can learn to dive — or even become instructors — in their 60s. But technical diving has generally been a younger diver’s game. The number of people who learn to tech dive in their 50s is much smaller than that of those in their 40s, 30s and 20s.

But, as these photos show, you’re never really too old to learn. Aquanauts Master Instructor Gary Tytler decided to finally strap on the doubles and get properly tech certified at age 55.

This month’s course also saw Aquanauts student John Paul complete his Tec Deep certification. Dan Beldon was the instructor.

So, how did it go? You’ll have to ask Gary, but from what those who watched him over the course will tell you, it took a lot of effort and academic discipline.

Tec Deep Instructor Dan Beldon (right) briefs Gary Tytler and fellow student John Paul.

Tec Deep Instructor Dan Beldon (right) briefs Gary Tytler and fellow student John Paul.

Aquanauts intern David Cook (left) and Tec Deep diver Gary Smith help Gary Tytler adjust his gear.

Aquanauts intern David Cook (left) and Tec Deep diver Gary Smith help Gary Tytler adjust his gear.

One of the reasons that that DSAT Tec Deep course — which PADI announced today will see its preivously announced restructuring take effect Sept. 1 — has gained such respect is its stiff pre-requisites and the skills set it demands users to master before certification. Some days that meant some pretty serious fatigue by day’s end. Just how tired Gary was by the end of the 50-meter dive seemed to catch him by surprise.

Then there’s the academics and the exams with more than a hundred questions. We here at Aquanauts have never seen Gary study so hard.

In the end, however, he passed the course in great shape and all of us here at Aquanauts congratulate him on all the hard work.

Gary on the line with fellow Tec Deep student John Paul.

Gary on the line with fellow Tec Deep student John Paul.

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