What is diving

Technical diving

Technical diving courses according to TDI (Technical Diving International) standards.

Technical diving differs from recreational diving in more difficult diving conditions that go beyond the recreational direction, as well as special requirements for equipment and appropriate training of the swimmer.

There are two main areas of technical diving:

Deep dives in open water (dives to a depth of more than 40 meters, requiring staged decompression, accelerated decompression and/or using different gas mixtures during the same dive).

Extended penetrations into the “overhead” environment, where there is no possibility of a “vertical” ascent. For example, these are cave diving, shipwrecks, and serious ice diving.

In this section, we would like to introduce you to technical diving courses according to TDI (Technical Diving International) standards, which take place in our training center and on session trips.

TDI (Technical Diving International) course delivery matrix.

Technical diving courses give you "new technologies" for being in the aquatic environment, pushing the limits of your capabilities and "freedoms" gained in the course of recreational training.

Technical diving involves taking on a greater degree of risk and responsibility than recreational diving. This risk must be conscious and controlled.

Controlling the degree of risk depends on the correspondence of the skill level, practical experience and fitness of the swimmer, the complexity of the dive.

TDI INTRO TO TECH course.

Technical diving

Technical diving differs from recreational diving in more difficult diving conditions that go beyond the recreational direction, as well as special requirements for equipment and appropriate training of the swimmer.

There are two main areas of technical diving:

Deep dives in open water (dives to a depth of more than 40 meters, requiring staged decompression, accelerated decompression and/or using different gas mixtures during the same dive).

Extended penetrations into the “overhead” environment, where there is no possibility of a “vertical” ascent. For example, these are cave diving, shipwrecks, and serious ice diving.

Unity and Diversity of Technical Agencies

There are a large number of agencies in the world (TDI, GUE, IANTD ...) that certify technical divers and offer their own, often similar training programs. Without a doubt, there are many differences from agency to agency in the nuances of how technical divers are trained.

Moreover, some agencies that have historically focused only on the range of recreational diving courses (PADI, SSI…) are introducing new training programs focused on training technical divers.

TDI (Technical Diving International)

Technical Diving International (TDI) - created back in April 1994 by Bret Gilliam and Mitch Skags.

Today TDI is one of the oldest and most respected agencies in the world with a rich history, engaged in the development of programs and training standards for technical divers.

After seventeen years of experience in recreational diving, in 2002, we chose to cooperate with this agency.

Let's start with the fact that the word diving "diving" comes from the English word "to dive" "to dive". In the modern world, this concept means scuba diving with special equipment. It is now known that almost 80 percent of the Earth's surface is occupied by water. How sometimes you want to touch the secrets of these alluring and little-known depths yourself! The craving for adventure is especially strong when you are on vacation, somewhere on the seaside, far from the bustling city and confined office space.

Moreover, diving is much more accessible than, for example, flying into space, but no less attractive and exciting. How often do many, watching TV and watching programs about wildlife, dream of being on a scientific expedition at the place of travelers. Well, in our time it has become a reality, you just have to want to, master the simple rules of diving, and go for new adventures!

Diving (scuba diving and other equipment) can be considered an extreme sport, which means it is unsafe for health, and sometimes even for life. Thus, in order to avoid adverse consequences in advance, it is necessary to observe certain simple, but very important diving rules, with which our task is to acquaint you.

Knowing and observing them is necessary and necessary for both professionals and beginners (and in the first place). Knowledge of the rules of diving has often saved lives underwater.

Observing the simple rules of diving, you can not only enjoy the beauty of the mysterious underwater world, but also be sure that you will save your health and life.

So, once deciding to go diving and purchasing the necessary equipment, you turn into a diver, that is, into a "diver", solely for pleasure, unlike a diver or a scuba diver.

As a sport, diving in general is conventionally divided into four categories:

  • professional ;
  • technical ;
  • sports ;
  • amateur (recreational).

In this case, we will consider the last category - recreational diving, that is, diving for beginners.

Diving Training

Top Diving Sites

Diving is an exciting water activity that offers a wide variety of underwater adventures to suit your taste, from carefree walks among coral reefs to swimming with sharks and diving to sunken ships.

I present to you a dozen of interesting places that should be included in their list of dives for every diver - regardless of the choice of a particular destination. These are unique places that are definitely worth visiting for everyone who is seriously interested in diving and wants to know all its facets.

Tiputa Pass, French Polynesia

Tiputa Pass is renowned as one of the best drift diving spots in the world, and you will appreciate that when you visit. For a start, it's worth visiting the Shark Cavern, where you are likely to be lucky enough to meet gray reef sharks. Try to go with the flow and on your way you will meet many other underwater inhabitants of these places, including stingrays, manta rays, dolphins, tuna and hammerheads.

Diving should be carried out with a countercurrent so that you are not carried away in the opposite direction. But in some cases (for example, when visiting caves), it is worth starting from your own experience.

The best time to dive in Tiputa Pass is June-July. It is during this period that the chances of meeting gray sharks are greatest. The water temperature here is about 25-26 ° C, so a thin wetsuit with a thickness of 3 mm is enough for diving.

Silfra Gorge, Iceland

The Silfra Rift on the border of the parts of the world is another unique place for diving most attractive for divers around the world, because where else, if not here, you can swim between two continents. Geographically, the dive is carried out in Iceland, but the diving itself passes along the fault between the continental plates of North America and Eurasia, so that divers here have the opportunity to touch two continents at the same time.

Diving in the Silfra Gorge will give one of the most vivid impressions of scuba diving, because the visibility under water here is more than 100 meters, which is associated with crystal clear glacial water, which for hundreds of years was naturally filtered by passing through a porous underground lava. There are almost no fish here, but the beautiful rocky landscapes of Silfra are so impressive that it is worth diving here, even despite the low water temperature.

Ice diving is an extreme sport

Ice diving is carried out in the cold season using special equipment, safety net and a special training course for the scuba diver. Such dives are carried out by athletes through special ice holes, equipped in the ice cover of a freshwater or sea water body at a water temperature ranging from -1. o + 4 * With low visibility and illumination with limited quick access to the surface.

Athlete's equipment for ice diving

The set of ice diving equipment is different from summer equipment and includes the following accessories:

  • a winter rubber suit (dry version) with a special insulation;
  • a special diving mask that covers the entire face of an athlete;
  • fins (without heels, with a heel) selected taking into account the wetsuit (2-3 sizes larger);
  • scuba gear, consisting of two cylinders, mouthpieces, connecting hoses, regulators, pressure gauge.

The equipment should also include:

  • saw ;
  • ice ax ;
  • special alpine pin

ice holes required for cutting ice.

  • a powerful flashlight in a sealed case for diving;
  • a scuba diver's belt with additional weights within 1. - 3 kg with the ability to adjust the weight depending on the weight of the athlete;
  • a safety rope to help navigate underwater and return to the dive site;
  • rubber gloves with insulation.

Divers in winter must wear thermal underwear to help maintain body temperature during diving.

Ice diving safety

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