Frequently Asked Questions

What is technical diving?Technical diving can be defined as diving in overhead environment. This overhead environment can be real, for example diving in an underwater cave or inside of a wreck, or virtual, caused by decompression obligation due to the depth or duration of the dive. In both cases diver does not have direct access to the surface should a problem arise. Specialized equipment and training are absolutely necessary for anyone engaging in this type of diving.

Does the agency matter?You will often hear that your instructor´s personal scuba diving skills and ability to teach are much more important than the agency affiliation and that is true. However, in technical diving agency does play a role too. Training agencies like IANTD and TDI, that started and developed training materials and methodologies long before technical diving became mainstream, have proven track record of producing excellent technical divers. NACD has the highest requirements for becoming an instructor in the industry and is one of the two ´cave training only´ organizations in the USA.

How to choose an instructor?Some of the questions you might want to ask your instructor - how often does he or she dive outside of teaching courses, what kind of diving is your instructor´s primary interest and how much you can benefit from his or her experience.

What is my first step into technical diving?Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures provide the foundation of technical diving and all other courses will build on the knowledge and skills learned during these courses. If you don't have required prerequisite training or experience for Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures, start with Nitrox. Advanced Buoyancy or Intro to Tech course will help you develop correct trim and propulsion techniques as well as understanding of proper buoyancy control and will make your subsequent tecnical diving courses progress significantly easier. Drysuit diving course will open up numerous local diving possibilities and will help you with your future technical diving training when your dives become longer and deeper.

Do I have to go deep for technical diving?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.

Will technical diving allow me to go deeper?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. IANTD´s Expedition Trimix Diver course extends your range to 400 feet.

Am I more likely to get hurt engaging in technical diving?Technical divers constantly work on refining their skills and technical dives are more structured and better planned than typical open water dives. Even though no amount of training or specialized equipment can eliminate all dangers associated with diving in overhead environment, statistics show that technical diving related accidents happen at about the same rate as accidents among open water instructors and are about four times less frequent than open water diving accidents.

Do I need different equipment for technical diving?Yes. You can find a list of minimum recommended equipment to start your journey into technical diving here. Certain technical diving activities may require additional specialized items, of which you´ll learn during the course of your training. One such example is cave diving equipment.