What is tech diving?

Cave Diving Equipment for cave diving course
Tech Diving Equipment

Technical scuba diving is defined as diving other than conventional commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond recreational scuba diving limits. It is further defined as and includes one or more of the following:

  • diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet deep
  • completing dives requiring staged decompression
  • diving in overhead environments beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet of the surface
  • accelerated decompression and/or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive

As the surface is effectively inaccessible in an emergency during technical diving, technical divers use extensive specialised methodologies,  technologies and training to minimise the risk at hand. Though this may be the case, technical diving admittedly has more inherent risk, potential hazard and shorter critical error chains than recreational scuba diving.

How long has technical diving been around?

Most people would agree that cave diving is a form of technical diving. Cave diving developed in the late 1960s and 1970s, developing into a discipline largely like it is today by the mid 1980s. In the early 1990s, several groups of divers around the world began experimenting with technologies for deep diving (beyond recreational limits) to explore both caves and wrecks. These communities united and emerged as “technical diving” or “tec diving” with the publication of aquaCorps (no longer in print), which dedicated itself to this type of diving. Since then, tec diving continues to develop both in scope and in its technologies.

Go extreme. Go places where one tank is not enough. Go beyond the recreational limits and explore the underwater world in a safe and responsible manner.

Technical diving encompasses areas such as rebreather diving, deep diving, cave diving or exploring the internals of a wreck.

We run all technical diving courses available: Sidemount, Wreck, Trimix, Cave, Rebreather, as well as Entry Level Technical Courses – Advanced Nitrox, Decompression Procedures, and Extended Range

But Which Tech Diving Courses should You choose or should You do next?

Here we have narrowed the courses down into categories.

THE TECH DIVER Start your technical diving certifications with Courses like Solo, Sidemount or with the Advanced Nitrox course where you learn how to dive with gasses containing more than 40% of Oxygen. The Deco-Procedures and Extended Range course is for the experienced tech diver, where you learn how to extend your dive time and plan decompression stops with gasses up to 100% Oxygen.

THE TRIMIX DIVER With Courses like Entry Level Trimix, Tec Trimix, Deep Trimix and Advanced Trimix you learn how to dive with gasses containing Helium and Helitrox. The entry level courses take you down to a max of 65 meters. These courses are for the experienced tech diver that does not want to use Air deeper then 45 meters. Once you want to plan really deep dives you can move on the the Advanced levels where you earn how to dive to 100 meters.

TDI Intro to Cave Course
TDI Intro to Cave Course Students

THE CAVE DIVER Diving caves is one of our Specialties. Ben Reymenants is one of the deepest cave divers in the world as he did a 239 meter dive here in Thailand. Blue Label Diving takes the beginner to one of the National Parks in Thailand, Khao Sok, where there are beautiful shallow caves for Cavern, Intro to cave and Full Cave Diving Courses. If you would rather dive in Phi Phi then the Temple Cave and Maya cave are where we will take you cave diving.

THE CCR DIVER Come try and enjoy the world silent submersion into the aquatic world without bubbles and you are hooked, no stress of running low on air and many more benefits. We teach all levels of Rebreather Diving from Poseidon MK6 Open Water Diver level all the way up to Advanced Mixed gas CCR Diver. Besides the ‘regular’ courses we also give the the option to become a CCR Cave Diver.

THE ADVANCED WRECK DIVER The Advanced Wreck Diving Course is a way to start with the exploration of the shipwrecks any where in the world. Learn how to penetrate deep into shipwrecks and feel confident to deal with any emergency situation. If you are fine with just cruising around the wrecks to find as much marine life are possible than a PADI wreck course is the way to go.

THE DIVE INSTRUCTOR Being a diving Instructor is a very rewarding, but also a very demanding profession and we like to make sure You can stand confident in front of Your first class, able to answer the most scientific questions and your waterman-ship becomes that of a role model; able to demonstrate the most advanced skills and techniques in front of your students, either Recreational or Technical, maintaining group control, even in the most arduous situations.

THE DIVE MEDIC we are supportive of and interested in everything that has to do with Dive Medics and its education for recreational divers and dive professionals. We teach Emergency First Aid, CPR, Dan O2 provider, Dive Medic Technician and Recompression Chamber Tender/Operator courses.

THE DIVING TECHNICIAN Plenty of diver and non-divers are fascinated by the mechanics of high-pressure gasses, hardware and applications in oxygen rich environments. Others find themselves in the field without gas blending or equipment service center.. Blue Label Diving offers you an array of non-diving courses enabling you to blend your own Nitrox, Trimix, service your of equipment or prepare it for Oxygen use.

Rebreather specialists
Rebreather and cave specialists

Blue Label Diving facilities are TDI 5star Instructor Training Facilities and PADI Training Facilities in Phuket, Lembeh, Bunaken, Bali and Brisbane that are SPECIALIZED and solely teach Technical Diving Courses.

Our focus lies on teaching high quality, professional, customized and personal Technical Diving Courses; Entry Technical levels, Sidemount, Trimix, Solo, Rebreather, Cave, CCR Cave and Advanced Wreck, for both diver and instructor levels.

Besides these “official” tech courses we also include a few “soft” tech courses like solo, wreck, deep, and nitrox.

Technical Diving for Open Circuit and/or rebreathers, is the next step in your dive curriculum, whether you are a recreational diver, a technical diver or a dive professional.

Twenty years of experience in Teaching Recreational Diving, Technical Diving, Diving Medicine, record breaking dives and diving expeditions made us realize that our expertise in the field pushes us forward as prime choice for all your Diving Needs whether recreational or technical .