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MY journey into tec diving

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by jlcnuke, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: acworth ga
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    Well, I was inspired by another poster's thread, to also share my story of moving into the world of technical diving. I've actually known that I wanted to get into tec diving since I took diving back up again a couple years ago, but I didn't know how long I would take before feeling "ready" to take that step. So here's my path so far, and what I'm planning moving forward.

    I got certified first in 2005 while I was in the Navy (not with the Navy, but I was in it back then). I did my cert dives and some dives with friends after that, then moved inland. Que an 11 year break from diving.

    In 2017, I convinced a friend to get certified on vacation, thinking I finally had someone to go diving with on vacations at least. Since his PADI class was ~$25 more expensive than a refresher, and I didn't have any of my old info from when I got certified, I just went and got a PADI OW cert with him. Later that year I did my AOW and nitrox certs, then did my first liveaboard by myself (my thread on that Blackbeard's trip is on this forum, but I'll summarize it by saying I'm going again next month and did the Cat Ppalu with the same company last year as well).

    Since getting certified (again), I've made every vacation I take (4-5/year) either a dive vacation, or a vacation where I dive as well.

    I knew in 2017, after doing my AOW in Pensacola, that I wanted to spend some time at depth on the Oriskany, and probably a lot of other wrecks out there, so tec was going to be in my future. Last year I was introduced to diving at the local quarry when I decided to do some classes to evaluate and/or expand my skills in certain areas (did PPB, dry-suit, and deep locally, as well as cavern on a trip to Florida). However, it has been tough to find buddies outside of showing up and "hoping" to tag along with someone (buddies either don't show, say they'll be there a week in advance and then stop responding, or cancel at the last minute). .Add in that the local quarry won't let a diver so much as do a weight check or test gear where they do confined water training without a solo diver cert, and the stage for me to decide to get solo/self-reliant this year ASAP.

    I inquired about that with the major local dive shop (that runs the quarry), and was told to contact their tec instructor (happens to be a course director etc). Before I got around to that, they posted up on Facebook they'd be doing a "tec night" at the shop to introduce people to tec diving, with discounts on course. Long story short, I'm not enrolled for self-reliant diver as well as Tec40 and Tec45 for this year. The exact dates are still being sorted out (should have self-reliant scheduled by the end of next week), but I'm already diving into the (somewhat outdated) manual and information I can absorb before the classes actually start.

    I hope my journey into tec diving from here will help to provide some information for others, and spur a conversation from others interested in this path as well as knowledge and experience from those who have gone before me.
     
  2. Scott

    Scott Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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    Enjoy the journey.
    Take this for what you actually paid it.
    Why Self Reliant? You’ll learn to be self reliant during your tech courses, unless you need the card to dive solo at some location, I would question the value.

    Yes the manual is dated only because PADI has yet to publish one for SR. You’ll notice the same with the tech manual. You get one manual with supplemental pages.
     
  3. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: acworth ga
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    I can't do any solo diving at the local quarry without the cert. That's why I wanted the cert, though getting taught how to dive solo "right" I think will be beneficial overall.
     
  4. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @jlcnuke

    Is the outdated manual the one that shows divers in doubles on their knees in a pool, including one trying to reach his valve while upright on his knees? :facepalm:I'm sorry, but I'm very amused by that (a friend loaned me the manual from his 2016 PADI Intro to Tech type class). :rofl3:
     
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  5. Scott

    Scott Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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    :cheers: Got it.
     
  6. CptTightPants21

    CptTightPants21 Solo Diver

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    Yes. He needs the self reliant to dive solo at the quarry.

    I recommend that people actively look around for tech instructors before deciding on an individual and one of the best ways is taking classes. Taking a class like Solo or Intro to Tech (maybe some thing like sidemount or advanced wreck) is a great way to interview the instructor while also earning a certification/class that would be beneficial.
     
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  7. ChuckP

    ChuckP Barracuda

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    I second the look around at different instructors.

    The books are good info that need expanded on at this level - you need an instructor that will expand it in the direction you’d like to dive.
     
  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I had my SM class with someone I’ll be going with for AN/DP. Really like his teaching style and we get along well. He makes you think. I’m doing Intro to Tech with someone from SB, who is totally different from AN/DP instructor. Had a long phone conversation with ITT instructor as he isn’t local. Good click with him.
     
  9. stepfen

    stepfen Barracuda

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    I'm in a similar situation. Recently I decided to start diving solo, so I asked a local instructor about it. I don't really need the card (solo diving in my country is not legal and having a card doesn't help :S ) but I need the knowledge and the skills.
    When I told him I prefer to do it with a pony/stage (instead of the minimum required h valve), he proposed to do an "Intro to Tech" course instead. It is practically double of everything: price, time, no of dives but according to him all the fundamental skills required for solo will be covered (plus much more of course), and at the end we can further discuss particular things needed for solo.

    I really like this, although I don't see myself going much further into tech. I don't find much interest going too deep for too long nor in caves etc at least for now, although I do like to have the skills required. Not to mention that my physical condition is far from what I would consider good for tech diving.

    I really wish I could have a choice of instructors, as suggested above, but practically he is the only option for me.

    I'm about to start the training early next week and hope to be finished by Thursday - weather permitting.

    BTW if anybody could share any related reading material (solo and/or intro to tech manuals) I would be grateful.

    Thanks a lot and all the best with your training!
     
  10. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: acworth ga
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    There's definitely some people on their knees in the manual...
     
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