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"and above all else, to thine own
self be true"
- Wm. Shakespeare
If you've clicked here, you are already a technical
diver looking at what we have to offer or either an experienced diver
looking to expand your horizons, or a new diver who is just curious.
All the same we are bound together by the challenge of the next step and
our curiosity as humans.
After many offered definitions, the community
at large has come to an agreed consensus, that loosely states; "Any
dive that exceeds the recreational limit of 130ft/40m, that is within
an overhead enviroment, either virtual(deco), or literal(cave),using gases
other than air, and using accelerated gases for the facilitation of decompression,
can be described as a technical dive.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance"
The Yucatan Peninsula lies on a limestone platform
which was formed millions of years ago. During several glacial periods
oceans varied greatly. During
the ice age the ocean levels were 300ft/91m lower than today. Approximately
18,000 years ago the ice began to melt and eventually rose to it's current
level, flooding the passages and creating a massive network of subterranean
rivers unlike anywhere on earth. It has also provided us with an amazing
topography on the awesome walls within our reefs. The freedom to explore
these wonders safely is acquired through a discipline, achieved through
advanced and methodical training, commonly called "Tech".
IS TECH FOR ME?
"The more you sweat, the less you bleed" - Richard
At the center of safety in technical diving
is an honest self assesment. It requires discipline and the constant persuit
of excellence. Although the basic skills required in technical diving
are the same as in recreational diving, the level of performance and precision
warranted in the performance of the same is exponentially higher, in what
can quickly become a very unforgiving enviroment. It has been said that
divers, educators and organizations underestimate the degree of skill
required to dive competently in any enviroment, we cuncurr with that observation.
Lastly, risk. There is increased risk associated with any extreme activity.
Have you thought out the implications of these to you and your loved ones?
WHAT WOULD IT TAKE?
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will
save you; If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not
bring forth will destroy you"
- Gospel of St. Thomas
First, experience. At the bare minimum, to be
qualified as A.O.W. with at least 100 dives 20 of those to the 90-130ft/30-40m
range and to be currently an active diver.
Second, ability. The ability to maintain correct diaphragmatic breathing.
The ability to maintain neutral buoyancy while having 500psig in the tank,
with little or no air in the BCD, through proper weighting and buoyancy
control. Insuring proper, quality safety/deco stops. The ability to maintain
a horizontal position while swimming and hovering. To do the frog kick,
and execute a 360o helicopter turn using only ankles and fins("Look
Ma, no hands".)
Third, fitness. You should be in good cardiovascular shape, preferrably
a non smoker, with dietary habits that excludes junk/fast food, and anything
above two glasses of wine with dinner can be considered substance abuse.
The participant at the very least should be able to swim with no aids
900ft/280m in less than 10 minutes, and accomplish a breathhold
swim(horizontal) of 50ft/15m.
Diving at this level is more than a sport, it's a discipline. Don't let
the word put you off, it's still fun. Disciplined fun!
CAVERN DIVER COURSE
Purpose: To teach the safe exploration of the
cavern enviroment within specified limits. This course is an extension
of recreational diving designed for the use of single tanks. The course
develops and establishes minimum skills, knowledge, dive planing abilities,
problem solving procedures and the basic abilities to safety cavern dive.
Unlike the other NACD courses, prospective students may be encouraged
to enroll in the Cavern Diver Course. The NACD feels that this course
is incomparable to other open water specialty classes and will have significant
safety benefit for all active scuba divers who enroll, even if they do
not continue to dive in the overhead enviroment. Promoting students to
continue training or diving in the overhead enviroment beyond this level
is a violation of NACD ethical standards. Course duration: This course
may be taught over a period of two days. Pre-requisites: A. Open water
certification. B. Minimun age 16, with signed parental consent. Provisional
status certification for younger divers with approval of NACD training
INTRODUCTION-TO-CAVE DIVING COURSE
Purpose: To develop basic cave diving skills
with limited penetrtions in the cave enviroment. This is the second level
of the progression to the full cave diver certification. It is a recreational
cave diving course. The course develops and establishes minimum skills,
knowledge, dive planning abilities, problem solving procedures and the
basic abilities necessary to safely cave dive to limited penetrations,
using single tanks. Course duration: Minimum time: two days Pre-requisites:
A. NACD cavern diver or equivalent. B. Minimim of 25 logged non training
dives. C. Minimum age eighteen unless waived training director.
CAVE DIVER COURSE
Purpose: To teach the openwater diver the necessary
skills to safely dive in the overhead (cave) enviroment. Course duration:
May be taught in a week long program, (6-8 staright days); or in a modular
program consisting of cavern, intro-to-cave and full cave. Pre-requisites:
A. Advanced open water or equivalent, or intro-to-cave or equivalent,
if entering from the modular program. B. 18 years of age.
| Technical Diver
Designed to train divers to operate
in 100fsw-170fsw (completes knowledge of EANx) for deco; covers
theory, confined water training, and 300 mins bottom time. Includes
gases, cert fees and boat dives.
| Normoxic Trimix Diver
Learn to dive depths to 200fsw, taking
advantage of the reduced narcosis afforded by using helium in the
gas mixture. Includes gases, cert fees, and boat dives.
| Trimix Diver
Trimix affords a safer means for deep
water exploration, for divers who must dive deep or perform with
clear heads at intermediate depths. Training to 260fsw, includes
gases, cert fees and boat dives.
| Technical Supervisor
Technical Diver Supervisor may supervise
divers in OW and students in all Standard Programs (except O.E.)
and IANTD Technical Diver, and (if they meet the pre-requisites)
Trimix, Rebreather, Wreck, and Cave Diver under the direction of
a qualified IANTD Instructor.
Cave Diving Instruction
| Intro to Cave Diving
| Full Cave Diver
Life Support Services Technician
| Oxygen First Aid (DAN, IANTD)
| EANx Blender
| Trimix Blender
IANTD Advanced EANx/Deep Air IDC
| IANTD EANx Instructor Crossover
| IANTD EANx/Deep Air
| IANTD Overhead Environment
Cave and Cavern Tours
Cavern Tour (O/W Certified), 1 tank
| Cavern Tour (mainland), 2 tanks
| Cave Tour (Cave Certified),
2 dives (includes double tanks and
Technical Dive Trips
Technical Nitrox to 200ft (2 dives)
| Trimix dives to 300ft
| Private Charters
Single Tank w/"H" Valve
| Double Tanks w/ Manifold
| Deco Tanks 40 ft3
| D.I.N. Fitted Primary Regs
| D.I.N. Stage Reg w/Stage Rig
| Backplate, Harness & Wings
| Primary Light
| HID Light
| Lift Bag
| Safety Reel