AQUA REEF CLUB TECHNICAL DIVING SCHOOL
Only a 3 hours drive from Manila, divers can experience some fantastic diving and get serious with recreational & Technical diving courses. SDI and TDI courses range from entry-level Discovery Diver to Instructor Development Course (IDC & IE).
TECHNICAL DIVING INTERNATIONAL
TDI is the largest technical certification agency in the world. As one of the first agencies to provide training in mixed gas diving and Rebreathers, TDI is seen as an innovator of new diving techniques and programs which previously were not available to the general public. Training with TDI has provided divers with the opportunity to see such wrecks as the Andrea Doria, Luisitania and the Prince of Wales. TDI divers have explored underwater caves in Spain, Australia and Mexico and assisted as support divers on world record freedives done in the Red Sea.
TDI’s professionals are held to the highest standard to ensure quality training throughout the world. This means that as a diver taking a TDI course, your instructor will have documented his experience and knowledge prior to achieving that rating. As an instructor candidate taking a TDI course, your TDI instructor trainer will have gone through the paces to achieve the highest level of training that TDI offers.
TDI is committed to offering the highest quality training supported by the latest materials with the most up to date information and techniques. TDI’s materials are written by authors that acutely conduct the type of diving they are writing about. Those same materials are update as technology and equipment change.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TDI TRAINING
Now that you are already open water certified and you’re looking for little more adventure, technical diving may be just the thing for you.
Answer; All non commercial diving is categorized as recreational and within recreational diving there is sport and technical. Sport diving includes your open water certification, advanced scuba diver, and many other specialty course. Technical diving picks up where sport diving ends generally at nitrox (a breathing gas with oxygen levels greater than 21 percent).
Answer; Nitrox is most divers first step into technical but it has also become very popular amongst sport divers so TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures would be a great start. Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures for the foundation of technical diving all other course will build on the knowledge and skills learned during these courses.
Answer; No. Although technical diving is commonly thought of as deep, there are a lot of courses that stay within the sport diving limits (40 m / 130 feet) such as Advanced Nitrox, Semi Closed Circuit Rebreather (SCR) and Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) and Advanced Wreck to name a few.
Answer; yes. TDI has course curriculums that take you as deep as 100 m / 330 feet and do so in a manner that each course builds on the last and each course takes you a little deeper. By receiving training in this manner not only are your skills and knowledge increasing but so is your comfort level.
AQUA REEF CLUB HAS TDI COURSES AVAILABLE
Open Circuit Courses
Intro to Tech Diving – The TDI Intro to Tech course is the perfect course for divers who have heard about technical diving and want to find out more about this exciting branch of advanced recreational diving. This course walks students through the special techniques, planning procedures and skills that set technical diving apart from traditional sport diving. It will show them how to improve their dive planning methods, in-water skills and streamline their existing gear configuration, in a non-threatening and fun learning environment. The specific skills this course will highlight are:
- Advanced Buoyancy Control
- Gas Management
- Situational Awareness
- Gear Configuration and Selection
- Many More!
TDI’s Intro to Tech course is a useful stand-alone course for the diver who wants to become a more skilled, more proficient diver regardless of if he intends to move on to technical diving. The course may also be used as an introduction to the TDI Advanced Nitrox course and the TDI Decompression Procedures course. And finally, it is also a good refresher for certified technical divers who may want to refresh their skills or have them re-evaluated by a TDI technical instructor.
Nitrox Diver – TDI Nitrox course is an entry level course for divers wishing to utilize enriched air nitrox as a breathing gas. Little else has impacted recreational diving more than the introduction of nitrox, allowing more time underwater. During this course, you will learn the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving with EAN 22 to EAN 40 your TDI Instructor will also cover
- Equipment considerations
- Cylinder labeling
- Analyzing of Nitrox
The course follows an easy to read and understand diver manual titled Understanding Nitrox and water proof tables for quick on site reference.
Advanced Nitrox Diver – The TDI Advanced Nitrox Course qualifies divers to use enriched air nitrox from EAN 21 through EAN 100 to a depth of 40 metres/130 feet during dives hat do not require staged decompression. Often taught in conjunction with the TDI Decompression Procedures course, this can be considered the foundation of your technical diving career. Advanced Nitrox is also a great course for those wanting to extend their bottom times in shallower depths such as scientific diver, and a must for SCR or CCR divers. The course cover topics like
- Equipment requirements
- Dive planning
- Oxygen tracking
- Blending methods
You will use the TDI Advanced Nitrox Diving manual for your course, which explains in an easy to understand practical manner the complex information that Advanced Nitrox divers need to know.
Decompression Procedures Diver – As sport divers planned decompression is not something that we do or have been taught. The TDI Decompression Procedures course prepares you for planned staged decompression diving. With a maximum operating depth of 45m/150 feet, this course is your first step beyond the normal sport diving limits. Your TDI Instructor will provide you with valuable information and skills, among the topics covered are
- Kit set-up
- Equipment requirements
- Decompression techniques
- Decompression breathing gases
- Gas management
- Contingency planning
The TDI Decompressions Procedures course combined with the TDI Advanced Nitrox course form the foundation of all other technical courses. After these two courses and some additional experience, the stage has been set for you to move onto additional technical levels. Some of the materials you will be using include the TDI Divers Guide to Decompression Procedures, US Navy or Buhlmann Air Decompression Tables (made of vinyl for easy in-water use and storage)
Extended Range Diver – Certain areas of the world provide spectacular dives at depths deeper than 39m/130 feet but you will not have access (or very limited access) to helium. The TDI Extended Range course teaches you the proper techniques for utilizing compressed air as a breathing gas and with a maximum depth of 55m/180 feet you won’t have to miss those dives. The Extended Range course will cover topics and skills such as
- Equipment requirements and configuration
- Decompression options
- Use of surface marker buoys
- Buddy rescue
- Narcosis checks and management
- Materials for this course include the TDI Extended Range Diving Manual and the US Navy or Buhlmann Air Decompression Tables (made of vinyl for easy in-water use and storage)
Trimix Diver – As your motivation to explore progresses you will find that you may want to go deeper to dive that wreck that is part of history or that cave system that you have read so much about. One of the major limiting factors of going deeper is narcosis; TDI’s Trimix Diver course shows how to minimize the effects of narcosis by adding helium to offset the nitrogen in your breathing gas. While taking the Trimix Diver course your TDI Instructor will teach you how to plan and execute dives utilizing as little as 18 percent oxygen and diving to maximum depth of 60 m/200 feet with a blend of helium appropriate for the planned depth. The course covers topics and skills like
- Dive team planning
- Gas matching
- Cylinder labeling
- Surface marker deployment
- Equipment configuration
- Thermal protection options
Advanced Trimix Diver – The TDI Advanced Trimix Diver course is the top level of training for open circuit divers wishing to dive to depths as deep as 100 m / 330 feet utilizing hypoxic levels of oxygen (below 17 percent). This course is perhaps one of the most informative and challenging and upon completion you are among some of the most elite divers. Your TDI Instructor will teach you
- Equipment management
- Multiple stage cylinder labeling and placement
- Complex decompression planning and contingency planning
- Dive team awareness and communication
- Gas monitoring and management
- Use of travel gasses
The TDI Advanced Trimix manual is one of the most up to date manuals and includes all the latest of technology and practices being used.