Tech Asia offers many technical diving courses.
All of us involved would tend to agree that Technical Diving has produced some of the most outstanding diving experiences of our lives. To safely share those experiences with divers who are interested, informed and ready is one of our primary goals.
Technical Diving carries with it potentially higher risk than recreational diving (due to overhead environments, decompression obligations, physical and psychological demands etc.) and consequences of mistakes can be more severe. Higher risk however, does not mean dangerous. Much of the management of added risk comes from the divers themselves - from having the right attitude and sound skills and knowledge appropriate for the level of dive.
Candidates for Technical training must bring with them a reasonable amount of diving experience, (meet course prerequisites), be comfortable in the water with solid basic skills (buoyancy etc.) , a responsible attitude and a willingness to learn.
Skill and comfort are in some ways the easiest to help with. A student having difficulty with a given skill, be it gas sharing, equipment handling, valve shutdowns etc, will be given the supervised time he or she needs to refine it. With competent performance comes the comfort and confidence that he or she can rely on this skill under pressure.
Knowledge development is thorough. Knowledge is another key to your safety once you are out there diving without us. Particularly at the higher levels, the required academics are supported by a number of extra references, handouts and videos to help you broaden your knowledge base.
Whatever we do here at Tech Asia however, your skills and your knowledge will ultimately depend upon your attitude, and your desire to continually improve. This will keep you alive and in one piece, attract the best of divers to you as buddies, and reward you with the finest of diving experiences. So how can we teach you an attitude?
We would hope that a responsible attitude comes with you. Very few divers are intentionally reckless. Very few, once informed, will choose to make a dive with odds stacked in favour of an incident, such as getting lost at sea, or worse. What we try to do now is help you apply your attitude to the diving environment. To recognized for yourself what will be a safe dive, or otherwise, for you and your team, and how to plan it. Dive Planning can be weak area for many people. Not because they don’t want to do it, but because they don’t know how. This we can teach you too, you’ll find it falls into place via classroom discussion and consolidates around the briefs and debriefs for the dives.
From trying to teach good judgement, the rest we can only role model, and attempt to serve as mentors. You’ll find yourself included in all our decisions during training in an attempt to teach by example. This covers not just environmental factors, but the decisions to dive only with the best equipment, and to dive only when we, the divers, are in a condition to do so.
Beyond the input you receive during training you will find we are still very much available for consultation and advice afterwards. Any questions you have, anything you forget once back on home ground, anything done differently that you want to take issue with, we are just an email away. Consider your training to be ongoing, we want to see you equipped with the abilities to get every bit as much out of your investment in Technical Dive training as we have in our own over the years. Producing safe, satisfied and motivated divers is our aim.
Diver Propulsion Vehicles ( DPV’s or scooters, that is ) were developed mainly for long range cave dives, basically out necessity, due to the distances explorers needed to cover.
Diving the Nullabor Plain, South Australia - by Hugh Moore
The usefulness though, extends far beyond the realm of the cave. Scooters have actually added to the open water diving experiences to be found around Puerto Galera way beyond the expectations of most divers. Testimony to that are the fleet of nine resident Gavins, two X Scooters and two Silent Submersions parked in Tech Asia’s reception area.
Using them, we see that once a diver is over that initial tendency of wanting to cover five different dive sites in one at full throttle, and learns to relax about things, the real benefits become apparent. The ability to cover some extra ground efficiently has given great opportunities to extend the known boundaries of many of our deep reefs. It lends confidence on dives where you know that as a swimming diver, if you fin away from the best area, and there turns out to be nothing of interest, by the time you’ve swum back it’s already dive over. Whereas a few minutes out and back on the scooter lets you see what’s around the corner, but still recover the dive if the reef runs out. The application on some of the bigger shipwrecks scattered around the Philippines and South East Asia is of course, obvious.
When not especially trying for the new places, diving with a scooter creates the simple opportunity to return to the shallow reef from almost all of our deeper dive sites. Two dives in one effectively, which wins hands down over drifting deco. For recreational dives this holds true too, dive the Canyons and even under the heaviest conditions, there’s an easy way back to shallow water for an extra half an hour of dive on the reef.
Gavin Scooters, and others, can be rented at the daily rates shown below to those qualified or experienced in their use. Training options can range from a 4-5 hour orientation including a single dive, or a full three dive experience day around Puerto Galera’s finest recreational sites for $150 excluding the rental. Formal training can be via PADI DPV Diver Specialty course at $365, or IANTD DPV Diver at $495. The PADI course stays within recreational realms, whereas the IANTD can be taught/ dived at the technical level that the diver is qualified to, and covers all aspects of use including gas sharing protocols, towing failed scooters, handling emergencies, communications issues and so forth.
Summarized, the options are as follows :-
1. Scooter Orientation – Four Hours – One Dive. Cost $75.00 Plus DPV rental ($25.00) when required. The course will orient divers to the use of DPV’s for both recreational and technical diving and provides a good introduction for new owners or people with access to DPV’s. This is the minimum degree of training required to rent and use a DPV under our direct supervision.
Divers must be 18 years of age, at least qualified as Advanced Open Water Divers and have 25 logged dives. Divers must sign and comply with the Rental Terms as outlined Scooter hire terms..
Program content will include an overview of set up, pre dive checks, effective diving, emergency management and maintenance, plus one confined water/shallow skills dive .
Cost includes tanks, weights and fills, BCD and regulator as required and any local boat charters. Does not include rental of students scooter.
2.Scooter Experience Day – One Day – Three Dives. Cost $150.00 Plus DPV rental ($50.00) when required.
Decompressing on the reef
The course will orient the diver to the recreational use of DPV’s and give the chance to explore some of Puerto Galera’s finest dive sites using a Gavin or SS DPV or X-Scooter.
Divers must be 18 years of age, at least qualified as Advanced Open Water Divers and have 25 logged dives. Divers must sign and comply with the Rental Terms as outlined Scooter Diving rental terms. The day will include basic set up, one confined water dive and two guided dives conducted within the limits of the students current recreational certification.
Cost includes tanks, weights and fills, BCD and regulator as required, diving fees and any local boat charters. Does not include rental of students DPV.
3. PADI DPV Diving Specialty Course – Two Days – Two Dives. Cost $365.00 plus Scooter Rental ($50.00) as required. During this certification course you will cover the techniques you need for safe scooter diving and operation, proper planning, dive techniques, managing problems and how to avoid harming the environment.
Divers must be 18 years of age, qualified as Open Water Divers or above. Junior Open Water Divers 12 Years and above may participate with consent of the parent or guardian. Divers must sign and comply with the Rental Terms as outlined here .
The course will include confined water sessions as required and two open water dives within the level of the divers certification. Dive One may be credited towards Adventure Diver or the Advanced Open Water Program.
Cost includes tanks, weights and fills, BCD and regulator as required, any local boat charters, and certification fees. Does not include rental of students DPV.
4. IANTD DPV DIVER COURSE – Three days – Four Dives Min. Cost $495.00 plus DPV rental ($80.00) and helium as required.
Trains the student in all aspects of Diver Propulsion Vehicle use including; Preparation, Dive Planning, Operation and Diving considerations, Emergency Management and Maintenance. Training will focus on the use of Gavin DPVs but also overview XScooters, Silent Submersion and others.
Divers must be 18 years of age, at least qualified as Advanced Open Water Divers and have 25 logged dives. Divers must sign and comply with the Rental Terms as outlined here .
Descending to the wreck of Shimotsuki, North Borneo - photo by UEP
The course includes a minimum of 160 minutes of bottom time over a confined session and four dives, conducted within the limits of the students current certification. Confined sessions cover techniques for finning skills with DPV’s, gas sharing, towing divers, communication and team skills, staging DPV’s etc, and four nitrox or trimix boat dives follow.
Cost includes Manual and certification fee, tanks, weights and air/nitrox fills, BCD and regulator as required, any local boat charters, and certification fees. Does not include rental of students DPV or helium if used.
Scooter Diving Rental Fees $20.00 per dive