PADI TEC sidemount diver

Wearing more than one tank has become increasingly popular for technical diving. With the Tec Sidemount Diver course you can apply what you learn to other TecRec courses.

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Technical (tec) diving means going beyond recreational scuba diving limits. But, tec divers will tell you that it’s really about the challenge and adventure of exploring places that no one else has ever seen. Tec diving is not for everyone, but it does attract experienced divers who want to go beyond their current limits and are willing to accept the added risks, training, investment and commitment it demands. If this is you, then PADI TecRec courses are your ticket to extreme adventure.

what is technical diving?

Technical scuba diving involves going beyond recreational scuba diving limits and includes one or more of the following:

  • Diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet Required stage decompression
  • Diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet of the surface
  • Accelerated decompression and/or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive Use of extensive equipment and technologies

In technical diving the surface is often inaccessible in an emergency, so tec divers use extensive procedures, equipment and training to manage the added risks and potential hazards. Although founded on extensive open-circuit scuba technology, tec diving has been revolutionized by the development, availability and reliability of closed circuit rebreathers (CCRs). CCRs have numerous benefits and provide tec divers with significantly more time underwater.


If you’ve looked into technical diving, you realize that tec divers always wear more than one tank. Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses. Your instructor may offer to integrate this course with the Tec 40, Tec 45 or Tec 50 courses.


    HOW : Before signing up for any PADI Tec courses, each participant need to have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months. Please download the medical form.

    WHAT :


    HOWIt is recommended that you sign up 4 weeks prior to the commencement of class. The material will require sometime to complete reading and we will strongly suggest not to speed read this manual.

    WHAT : Depending on each class, theory will spread between 4 to 6 sessions, dependent on the student/s. We will also be going through equipment configuration during class. The instructor will be going through some critical skills in class to help you develop muscle memory for the skills

    WHEN : Classes are conducted on any Monday from 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm


    HOW : This is the fun portion. New toys, new skills. A huge portion of the course requires us to part with the knowledge of diving in twins and long hose configuration. You will be surprise how stable you feel in water with this. S-Drills and diving in teams will be covered in detail during this phase.

    WHAT : You will be required to complete all pool training before heading out to Drop Off (that is the name of the dive site in Tulamben Bali)

    WHEN : Pool training for PADI Open Water Diver Course Bali Packages are conducted in Bali during your 6D/5N stay.


    HOW : You will be required to complete four ocean dives up to 40 metres during your course. The evaluation for your course is based on your ability to combined both theory and skills taught to you prior.

    WHAT : At this level, all skills are constantly practice and evaluated again and again to ensure muscle memory is enabled.

    WHEN : The four dives will be conducted in Bali during your 6D/5N stay.

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