Tec 40 – Who, What, Where, When, Why?

PADI Tec 40 Course

Are you a scuba diver looking for a new challenge? Or maybe you’re wanting to explore underwater places deeper than 30 meters or that nobody has ever seen before? Then the PADI Tec 40 course might just be for you. Not only is this course a great place to start your technical diving journey, but you will also have the chance to build on and advance your recreational skills.

Who Should Take the PADI Tec 40 Course?

You may have looked at or heard about technical diving and thought, is this for me? As a Tec Deep Instructor Training Centre, we would conduct a casual interview over a coffee with anyone who expressed interest in technical diving. It is important to discuss the aspects of the course and the general attitude required to take this kind of challenge on.

After having a nice chat you may decide that you want to have a taster session to still see if it is something you are interested in, no problem! DiveStyle run several taster session every year.

You could join us on one of our Discover Tec diving through our Twinset Try Dive. Maybe you already have a twinset and want to get the most out of it before you start your Tec journey, no problem! We also run a twinset speciality course just for that reason.

It takes discipline and commitment to really get stuck into technical diving, as well as an adventurous mind set. Most of all I like divers having a good reason to get started, not just “I want to go deep”. I prefer hearing that someone has a goal that they’re wanting to achieve using the technical diving system.

To start your technical journey with the Tec 40 course, you must first be a PADI Advanced Open Water DiverEnriched Air Diver with at least 10 dives logged using enriched air deeper than 18 meters/60 feet, Deep Diver with at least 10 dives logged at 30 meters/100 feet and you must be at least 18 years of age with a minimum of 30 logged dives. Completing the Tec 40 course will allow you to extend your deep bottom time while exploring wrecks or deep reefs, for longer. The Tec 40 course is also the stepping stone to PADI Tec 45 and PADI Tec 50 courses which extend your depth, capabilities, skills and bottom time even further.

What is the Tec 40 Course?

The PADI Tec 40 course is your first step into technical diving. It is a basic level of decompression diving that will allow you to dive with redundancy of gases, higher mixes of Enriched Air of up to 50%, decompression on EANX 50% for conservatism and up to 10 minutes of decompression. With the Tec 40 certification under your belt, you will certified to make limited decompression dives to 40 meters/130 feet.

Technical Diver - TecRec - Tec 40

Where Should I Take My Diving to the Next Level?

Why here of course! We start the Tec 40 course here in the UK, at that point you can decide if you want to come on one of our fantastic Malta trips and finish your qualifying dives in Malta, or simply continue here in the UK.

Our technical instructors are some of the best around and have been fully mentored by Alan Whitehead, our sister centre Techwise in Malta.

When Should I Become a Tec 40 Diver?

The simple answer – when you’re ready.  This could be when you’re an Advanced Open Water Diver with 40 logged dives or when you’re a Master Scuba Instructor with over 500 logged dives. Despite if you have been diving for 6 months or 10 years, it’s all down to the individual’s skill level and attitude. A quick discussion with our Tec Instructor, will help you answer this question.  Our main aim is to keep everyone safe, so we don’t let anyone expose themselves to this level of diving before they’re ready. But when you’re ready, you will know and so will your instructor!

Why Should I Take the Tec 40 Course?

For so many reasons! You will enhance your skills learnt from your experience as a recreational diver, you will learn gas planning, buoyancy control, you will become a problem solving master, and much more. With guidance from our Tec Instructor and the use of the technical syllabus, you will learn a range of extra skills that will take your diving skills from being advanced to expert.

Are you interested in having more time to explore places that others have never seen before? Or maybe you just want to advance your diving skills? Get in contact with us and we can chat through all your questions about the PADI Tec 40 course.


Written by PADI Regional Manager and TecRec Instructor Trainer, Chris Hailey.

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