Technical Diver training is not for everyone. The potential risks are substantially greater than those posed by recreational diving. The prerequisite training, skills and experience are steep — and students must make a substantial investment in equipment.

Nevertheless, the rewards to those who can meet this challenge are great, with perhaps the greatest being the satisfaction that comes with “Doing it Right.”

The Dive Shop MI Wreck Diving

SSI Advanced Nitrox

training_tec_tec1Getting into technical diving involves the use of vastly different (and more complex) equipment than recreational diving does. Dive planning and procedures are vastly different as well.

To help ease this transition, we offer the Tech Fundamentals course, which provides a comprehensive introduction to the equipment and procedures tech divers use and follow.

As part of this program, students:

  • Are introduced to double cylinders, stage and deco bottles, back plates, harnesses and wings, and other tech-specific gear.
  • Experience the fundamentals of guideline and reel use.
  • Learn about the specialized dive planning and team procedures that are unique to tech diving.

This course provides an important foundation for subsequent levels of Tech training.

Who Can Enroll?

This course is open to divers who:

  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Must be certified in SSI Science of Diving, Deep, Nitrox, and Stress and Rescue or equivalent.
  • Advanced Open Water certification.
  • Logged 24 dives including 6 Nitrox dives.

 

  • Are able to either answer No to all questions on the standard Medical History form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class.
What is involved?

This course consists of:

  • Self study.
  • 16 hours of classroom/skype session. This may be done at the dive site.
  • 4 hours of pool/confined open water training.
  • A minimum of 4 open water training dives.
Where and when do classes take place?

Classes take place at the following places and times:

  • Classroom sessions take place at The Dive Shop, via Skype, or at the dive site.
  • Pool sessions/confined open water will take place at The Dive Shop, SVSU, or at the dive site.
  • Open-water training dives take place Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Starting dates include:

  • Orientation dates will be held the first Thursday of each month starting at 5:30pm. You MUST call and sign up for the orientation.
  • Starting dates are ongoing. Please call us for upcoming dates.
How much does it cost?

Please call for pricing.

(810) 732-3900

What equipment will you need?

Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:

  • Mask and suitable fins.
  • Adequate exposure protection.
  • Cylinder configuration suitable for level of training. Can include doubles or h-valve
  • Weight system, weights, if needed
  • Rec/Tech BC or Tech diving harness and air cell
  • Regulator configuration suitable for level of training. First stage must be equipped for cold water diving
  • Depth gauge/timer or computer
  • Surface Marker Buoy
  • Cutting tool
  • Dive tables and slate
  • Reel
  • Liftbag
  • Compass

All of these items are available at The Dive Shop.

Get Started Now:

The best way to get started is to either call or visit The Dive Shop.

Address: G4020 Corunna Rd
Flint, MI 48532

Phone: (810) 732-3900

SSI Foundations

training_tec_tec2This is the first real step on the tech diver training ladder. Although technically separate courses (with considerable overlap between them), in North America they are almost always taken as a combined program, in so far as you really need both to participate in the kind of tech diving most divers do here.

  • As the name implies, the Deco Proceduresportion of the program addresses what you do when your dives take you beyond recreational no-stop limits.
  • The Advanced Nitrox portion addresses safely using EANx mixtures with PO2s in excess of 40 percent — which is essential in that, if you are going to do deco, the only common sense way to do it is by taking advantage of the shorter stop times and more effective off-gassing afforded by pure oxygen and oxygen-rich mixtures.

Divers should plan on completing the Tech Fundamentals course, or be able to document equivalent training/experience, prior to enrolling in this course.

Who Can Enroll?

This course is open to divers who:

  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Nitrox Certified
  • Have logged at least 25 dives beyond open water.
  • Are able to either answer No to all questions on the standard Medical History form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class.
What is involved?

This course consists of:

  • Self study.
  • 2 classroom sessions.
  • 1 pool session.
  • 8 open water training dives.
  • Ability to swim 50′ while holding a single breath.
  • Ability to swim 300 yards in full gear without stopping.
Where and when do classes take place?

Classes take place at the following places and times:

  • Classroom sessions take place Monday through Saturday during store hours, at The Dive Shop. Sunday classes available upon request.
  • Pool sessions take place during a classroom session, at The Dive Shop.
  • Open-water training dives take place Saturday and Sunday. At least 4 dives will take place in a quarry and at least 4 dives will be off a charter boat.

Starting dates include:

  • TBA
How much does it cost?

The course fee is $700.00 per person and includes:

  • Instruction.
  • TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures Manual.
  • Certification card – if you successfully complete the course. Please understand this is not a guarantee.

Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below, plus:

  • Nitrox C-card.
  • Log Book.
  • Quarry and Boat Charter Fees.
  • Breathing gases used in the class.
What equipment will you need?

Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:

  • Mask and suitable fins.
  • Dry Suit and Thermal Underwear.
  • Hood and Gloves.
  • Double Cylinders with Isolation Manifold.
  • V-Weight.
  • Stainless Steel Back plate, Tech diving harness and air cell.
  • Regulator configuration suitable for level of training.
  • Depth gauge/timer or computer.
  • Cutting tool.
  • Dive tables and slate.
  • Decompression Cylinder
  • Lights.
  • Wetnotes.

All of these items are available at The Dive Shop.

Get Started Now

The best way to get started is to either call or visit The Dive Shop.

Address: G4020 Corunna Rd
Flint, MI 48532

Phone: (810) 732-3900

Trimix Diver Course

training_tec_tec3Past depths approaching 150 feet or more, nitrogen narcosis can have a significantly detrimental effect on both safety and enjoyment. The only way to mitigate these effects is to dilute the potentially narcotic gasses in the breathing mixture with the non-narcotic gas helium. The resulting mix of nitrogen, oxygen and helium is known as Trimix.

Trimix becomes essential as one approaches depths of 200 feet or more, due to the potentially toxic effects of breathing the high partial pressures of oxygen associated with deep air diving. Diving Trimix, however, has its own risks and hazards, including:

  • Although helium offgasses faster than nitrogen, it also ingasses faster, mean that you may require longer deco stops than would be necessary on air or Nitrox.
  • Some Trimix mixtures are hypoxic at shallow depths. This is a fancy way of saying “insufficient oxygen to support life.”

These reasons, among others, are why formal Trimix Diver training is essential — and why we offer this program to qualified divers.

Who Can Enroll?

This course is open to divers who:

  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Are certified to a of TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures level or equivalent.
  • Have logged at least 100 dives. Training dives not included.
  • Are able to either answer No to all questions on the standard Medical History form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class.
What is involved?

This course consists of:

  • Self study.
  • 1 classroom session.
  • 1 pool session, if needed.
  • 4 open water training dives.
Where and when do classes take place?

Classes take place at the following places and times:

  • Classroom sessions take place Monday through Saturday during store hours. Sunday’s available upon request.
  • Pool sessions take place following classroom session, if needed. This would take place at The Dive Shop.
  • Open-water training dives take place Saturday and Sunday. At least 1 dive will be in a quarry and at least 3 dives will be off a charter boat.

Starting dates include:

  • TBA
How much does it cost?

The course fee is $900.00 per person and includes:

  • Instruction.
  • TDI Manual.
  • CDROM.
  • Certification card – if you successfully complete the course.

Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below, plus:

  • C-card.
  • Log book.
  • Quarry and Boat Charter Fees.
  • Breathing gases used in the class.
What equipment will you need?

Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:

  • Mask and suitable fins.
  • Dry Suit and Thermal Underwear.
  • Hood and Gloves.
  • Double Cylinders with Isolation Manifold.
  • V-Weight.
  • Stainless Steel Back plate, tech diving harness and air cell.
  • Regulator configuration suitable for level of training.
  • Depth gauge/timer or computer.
  • Cutting tool.
  • Dive tables and slate.
  • Decompression Cylinder.
  • Reel and Liftbag.
  • Lights.
  • Wetnotes.

All of these items are available at The Dive Shop.

Get Started Now

The best way to get started is to either call or visit The Dive Shop.

Address: G4020 Corunna Rd
Flint, MI 48532

Phone: (810) 732-3900

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