Elite Divers International

Technical Diving Training in Playa del Carmen

Elite Divers International

Technical Diving Training in Playa del Carmen

“Good Instructors teach in steps using a clear and concise framework. Great Instructors teach the steps between the steps, the architecture behind the framework. Master Instructors teach the mind game in each step, illuminating the mind of the architect.” Steve Bogaerts

WHY TAKE A TECHNICAL DIVING TRAINING ?

Whether it is a need for a new challenge, for exploration or to master the fundamental diving skills in order to become a more accomplished diver, our technical diving trainings will allow you to go beyond the recreational limits in order to learn how to manage multiple cylinders with mixes up to 100% Oxygen for accelerated decompression diving, and will give you a better understanding of decompression physics and physiology in order to make you a more knowledgeable and confident diver. We also provide technical cave diving lessons in order to discover the cenotes around Playa del Carmen. A perfect environment to learn how to master new diving skills!

Technical Diving Training

INTRO TO TECH

$225/ Day
  • Limitation: No overhead – 23m / 75ft
  • Prerequisites: Open Water Diver – 25 Dives
  • Duration: 4 Days min.

ADVANCED NITROX

$250/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead – 30m / 130ft
  • Prerequisites: Nitrox & Sidemount/Intro To Tech Doubles
  • Duration: Adv Nitrox only: 3 Days min. Combo Intro To Tech & Adv Nitrox: 6 Days min.

DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURES

$250/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead – 30m / 150ft
  • Prerequisites: Adv OW, Nitrox & Sidemount/Intro To Tec Doubles
  • Duration: Deco Pro Only: 4 Days min. Combo Adv Nitrox & Deco Pro: 6 Days min. Combo Intro To Tech – Adv Nitrox – Deco Pro: 9 Days min.

DPV TECH

$250/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead- 30 m/130 feet
  • Prerequisites: AOW & 50 dives min.
  • Duration: 2 Days min.
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Course Details Here
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Course Details Here

Technical Diving Training

INTRO TO TECH

$225/ Day
  • Limitation: No overhead – 23m / 75ft
  • Prerequisites: Open Water Diver – 25 Dives
  • Duration: 4 Days min.

ADVANCED NITROX

$250/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead – 30m / 130ft
  • Prerequisites: Nitrox & Sidemount/Intro To Tech Doubles
  • Duration: Adv Nitrox only: 3 Days min. Combo Intro To Tech & Adv Nitrox: 6 Days min.

DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURES

$250/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead – 30m / 150ft
  • Prerequisites: Adv OW, Nitrox & Sidemount/Intro To Tec Doubles
  • Duration: Deco Pro Only: 4 Days min. Combo Adv Nitrox & Deco Pro: 6 Days min. Combo Intro To Tech – Adv Nitrox – Deco Pro: 9 Days min.

DPV TECH

$250/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead- 30 m/130 feet
  • Prerequisites: AOW & 50 dives min.
  • Duration: 2 days min.

Intro to Tech Diving

Why take an intro to technical diving course?

Our Intro To Tech course, like the Basic Sidemount Diver course, is an introductory class into the world of technical diving with the objectives to master your fundamentals, learning how to use a redundant system (Double cylinder back mount) with a DIR / Hogarthian configuration, new procedures for problem solving and emergencies and acquire the disciplined and knowledgeable mindset of a Tech Diver to feel more confident and in control. This course can also be conducted in a single back mount configuration for those wanting to decompose in more steps their progression. Tech divers should definitely consider this program as a transition from one redundant system to another, to refresh their skills or get an update on the latest procedures. Playa del Carmen is the perfect place to get this intro training: with its open water cenotes, sinkholes and reef wall diving, there are plenty of wonderful spots to practice your technical diving skills.

WHAT WILL I LEARN

As an introductory course for technical diving, we will cover the following subjects and skills in a neutral stationary position:

  • Equipment workshop & set up
  • Fundamentals: Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Propulsion & Awareness
  • Dive planning & gas management
  • Donning & pre dive check
  • Mask failure
  • Basic light management
  • Long hose out of air sharing
  • Valve Shut Down Procedure
  • Managing free flows & leakages
  • Fixing hardware failures
  • SMB Deployment
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT WILL I LEARN

As an introductory course for technical diving, we will cover the following subjects and skills in a neutral stationary position:

  • Equipment workshop & set up
  • Fundamentals: Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Propulsion & Awareness
  • Dive planning & gas management
  • Donning & pre dive check
  • Mask failure
  • Basic light management
  • Long hose out of air sharing
  • Valve Shut Down Procedure
  • Managing free flows & leakages
  • Fixing hardware failures
  • SMB Deployment
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Twinset Rentals

Nitrox 32% Fills

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 6 Dives Min.

Transport to Dive Sites from EDI Base

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Technical diving training: Advanced Nitrox Diver

WHAT CAN AN ADVANCED NITROX DIVER DO?

This technical diving course examines the use of EAN-21 through 100 percent oxygen for optimal mixes to a depth of 30 metres / 100 feet. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for utilizing EAN-21 through 100 percent oxygen for dives not requiring staged decompression. TDI Decompression Procedures or the Intro to Tech may be combined with this course.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our Advanced Nitrox Diver Course will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Physics
  • Physiology & Gas toxicity
  • Formulas
  • Equipment Considerations for EANx use
  • Dive Tables, EAD & Decompression Softwares
  • Dive Computers & Deco Planning
  • Dive Planning
  • Common Mixing Procedures
  • Accelerated Decompression with different EANx
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our Advanced Nitrox Diver Course will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Physics
  • Physiology & Gas toxicity
  • Formulas
  • Equipment Considerations for EANx use
  • Dive Tables, EAD & Decompression Softwares
  • Dive Computers & Deco Planning
  • Dive Planning
  • Common Mixing Procedures
  • Accelerated Decompression with different EANx
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

Land Drills:

  • Oxygen content analysis
  • Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
  • Calculate and log CNS loading
  • Demonstrate understanding of gas labeling
  • Demonstrate adherence to conventions regarding prep of equipment for oxygen service
  • Program nitrox computer with appropriate oxygen percentage if used
  • Staging decompression cylinder equipment workshop
  • Gas switch NOTOX

Skills Development:

  • Donning & gearing out of equipment
  • Predive Checks
  • Calculation of diver’s SAC/SCR
  • Follow planned runtime without exceeding the set limits
  • Gas switch NOTOX
  • Problem Solving: Valve shutdown drill, gas sharing, leakages management, mask replacement and other configuration-related equipment failures
  • Deployment of SMB & emergency signals
  • Proper controlled ascent without missing simulated deco stops
  • Demonstrate technical level Fundamental skills (Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim…)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Side Mount or Twinset
Stage Tanks Rentals

 Backgas fills incl. / Deco Gas not included

Transport to Dive Sites from EDI Base

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 4 Dives Min.

Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Side Mount or Twinset Tanks
Stage Tanks Rentals

 Backgas fills incl. / Deco Gas not included

Transport to Dive Sites from EDI Base

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 4 Dives Min.

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Technical Diving Course: Decompression Procedures Diver

WHAT CAN A DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURES DIVER DO?

This technical diving course examines the theory, methods and procedures of planned stage decompression diving. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 30 metres / 100 feet. The most common equipment requirements, equipment set-up and decompression techniques are presented. Students are permitted to utilize enriched air nitrox (EAN) mixes or oxygen for decompression provided the gas mix is within their current certification level.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our Equipment Set Up program will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Physics
  • Physiological / Psychological considerations & Gas toxicity
  • Decompression on Air, Nitrox and Oxygen.
  • Equipment Considerations
  • Dive Tables, EAD & Decompression Softwares
  • Dive Computers & Deco Planning
  • Dive Planning & contingencies
  • Descent & ascent
  • Fixed or drifting decompression
  • Surface support
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our Equipment Set Up program will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Physics
  • Physiological / Psychological considerations & Gas toxicity
  • Decompression on Air, Nitrox and Oxygen.
  • Equipment Considerations
  • Dive Tables, EAD & Decompression Softwares
  • Dive Computers & Deco Planning
  • Dive Planning & contingencies
  • Descent & ascent
  • Fixed or drifting decompression
  • Surface support
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

Land Drills:

  • Oxygen content analysis
  • Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
  • Gas labeling review
  • Staging decompression cylinder equipment workshop
  • Review SMB / Lift bag deployment procedures
  • Gas switch NOTOX procedure

Skills Development:

  • Donning & gearing out of equipment
  • Predive Checks
  • Follow planned runtime without exceeding the set limits
  • Gas switch NOTOX
  • Drop and retrieve deco cylinders
  • Buddy breathing
  • Prepare and activate a decompression contingency plan
  • Tired diver tow
  • Problem Solving: Valve shutdown drill, gas sharing, leakages management, mask replacement and other configuration-related equipment failures
  • Deployment of SMB & emergency signals
  • Proper controlled ascent without missing required deco stops
  • Demonstrate technical level Fundamental skills (Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Propulsion & Awareness)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Side Mount  or Twinset
Stage Tanks Rentals

Transport to Dive Sites from EDI Base

Backgas fills incl. / Deco Gas not incl.

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 6 Dives Min.

Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Side Mount or Twinset
Stage Tanks Rentals

Backgas fills incl. / Deco Gas not incl.

Transport to Dive Sites from EDI Base

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 6 Dives Min.

Contact Us

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Training (DPV)

Why take a Diver Propulsion Vehicle Training (DPV)?

If you’ve been diving a while like us, there is always a new piece of gear you’re dreaming about, and a DPV is probably in the Top 3 of the most exciting diving equipment we’ve had to play with. Cruising around the underwater world on the trigger will bring your diving cravings to a whole new level. This technical diving course is essential for anyone interested in utilizing one of the most fun and efficient tools available to divers to cover bigger distances or carry more equipment with reduced effort. But beware, once you touch one, you’ll want one!

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our DPV Training will cover the following subjects:

  • Advantages & motivation for DPV diving
  • DPV general presentation & instructions for use
  • DDPV maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Maneuvering techniques & safety concerns
  • Piloting exercises
  • Teamwork while using a DPV
  • Ascent with a disabled DPV
  • Tow a team member and his disabled DPV
  • Dive Planning and Gas Management
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our DPV Training will cover the following subjects:

  • Advantages & motivation for DPV diving
  • DPV general presentation & instructions for use
  • DDPV maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Maneuvering techniques & safety concerns
  • Piloting exercises
  • Teamwork while using a DPV
  • Ascent with a disabled DPV
  • Tow a team member and his disabled DPV
  • Dive Planning and Gas Management
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

DPV & Tanks Rentals

Nitrox 32% Fills

Transport to Dive Sites from EDI Base

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 4 Dives Min.

Contact Us
– Transport to Dive Sites from EDI Base
– Private Technical Instructor
– Tanks Rental & Nitrox 32% Fills
– Weights

– All prices above are on a 2 divers / day base.
If booking alone, we will do our best to find you a teammate. Solo booking will require pricing adjustment (+50 USD/ Day).

– Technical Equipment Rental:

  • Twinset Wing / Backplate or Complete Sidemount System (Additional day for SM rental set up required) + SM / BM Regulator Set + Primary Technical Light with Goodman Handle + Tech short for Wetsuit Diver – $50/Day Package
    OR
    $20 / Day for SM System
    $25 / Day for SM/BM Regulators
    $15 / Day for Primary Tec Light
    $15 / Day for Technical Dive Computer
    $5 / Day for other items

– Deco Gas Not Included (when applicable)
– Cenote Entrances
– Lunch
– Certification Fee: TDI US$ 30 IANTD US$ 50
– Manual and/or e-Learning: TDI US$70 (50% Student discount, RRP US$ 140)

 

Students are paying for a course, but certifications must be earned. We will do our outmost to get your skills and knowledge up to scratch, and if this means extra dives or academic sessions, so be it (extra rate will apply if necessary). We recommend our students to plan at least 2 extra days for make ups / weather conditions / sickness / mid-course breaks or other unforeseen events.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

All the schedules below are our best recommendation for an optimal experience. They can be adapted and personalized to your convenience to fit best your itineraries and preferences.

Courses: 8am – 6pm