Elite Divers International

Technical Training

Elite Divers International

Technical Training

“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 GO TECHNICAL DIVING ?

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 programs 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.

Technical Diving Training

INTRO TO TECH DIVER

$200/ Day
  • Limitation: No overhead – 23m / 75ft
  • Prerequisites: Open Water Diver – 25 Dives
  • Duration: 3 Days min.

ADVANCED NITROX DIVER

$225/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead – 40m / 130ft
  • Prerequisites: Nitrox & Sidemount/Intro To Tech Doubles
  • Duration: Adv Nitrox only: 3 Days min. Combo Intro To Tech/Sidemount & Adv Nitrox: 6 Days min.

DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURES

$225/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead – 45m / 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/Sidemount – Adv Nitrox – Deco Pro: 9 Days min.
Course Details Here
Course Details Here
Course Details Here

Technical Diving Training

INTRO TO TECH DIVER

$200/ Day
  • Limitation: No overhead – 23m / 75ft
  • Prerequisites: Open Water Diver – 25 Dives
  • Duration: 3 Days min.

ADVANCED NITROX DIVER

$225/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead – 40m / 130ft
  • Prerequisites: Nitrox & Sidemount/Intro To Tech Doubles
  • Duration: Adv Nitrox only: 3 Days min. Combo Intro To Tech/Sidemount & Adv Nitrox: 6 Days min.

DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURES

$225/ Day
  • Limitations: No Overhead – 45m / 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/Sidemount – Adv Nitrox – Deco Pro: 9 Days min.

Intro to Tech Diver

WHY TAKE AN INTRO TO TECH COURSE?

Our Intro To Tech program, 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.

Intro to Tech Diver

WHY TAKE AN INTRO TO TECH DIVER COURSE?

Our Intro To Tech program, 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.

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

Our Basic Sidemount Diver Course acts as introductory course for our technical diving courses, and as such we will cover the following subjects:

  • Equipment workshop & set up
  • Fundamentals: Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Propulsion & Awareness
  • Dive planning & gas management
  • Donning & removing SM gear
  • Long hose out of air sharing
  • Valve Shut Down Procedure
  • Managing free flows & leakages
  • Mask removal & replacement
  • Fixing hardware failures
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

SM or Double Backmount Tanks Rentals

Pick up / Drop off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Diving Instructor

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

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WHAT CAN AN ADVANCED NITROX DIVER DO?

This course examines the use of EAN-21 through 100 percent oxygen for optimal mixes to a depth of 40 metres / 130 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 CAN AN ADVANCED NITROX DIVER DO?

This course examines the use of EAN-21 through 100 percent oxygen for optimal mixes to a depth of 40 metres / 130 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

SM or Double Backmount Tanks Rentals (Backgas fills incl. / Deco Gas not included)

Pick up / Drop off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Diving Instructor

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

SM or Double Backmount Tanks Rentals (Backgas fills incl. / Deco Gas not included)

Pick up / Drop off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Diving Instructor

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

Contact Us

WHAT CAN A DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURES DIVER DO?

This 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 45 metres / 150 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

SM or Double Backmount Tanks Rentals (Backgas fills incl. / Deco Gas not incl.)

Pick up / Drop off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Diving Instructor

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

SM or Double Backmount Tanks Rentals (Backgas fills incl. / Deco Gas not incl.)

Pick up / Drop off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Diving Instructor

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

Contact Us
– Pick Up & Drop Off From Local Accommodation in Playa Del Carmen (conditions apply)
– Private Technical Sidemount Instructor
– Twinset Doubles / SM Tanks & Weights (Nitrox 32%)
– Recreational Equipment Rental: US$ 5 / Piece / Day (Wetsuit, Mask, Boots, Fins)
– Technical Equipment Rental:
  • Complete Razor 2.5 Sidemount Harness & Apeks XTX50 Sidemount Regulator Set
  • Twinset Wing / Backplate & Apeks XTX50 Twinset Regulator Set
  • US$ 50 / Day / Set OR US$ 25 / Day / Item (We recommend to bring your own gear so your instructor can set up your configuration and fit you perfectly)
– Deco Gas Not Included (when applicable)
– Cenote Entrances
– Lunch
– Certification Fee: US$17
– Manual and/or e-Learning: US$70 (50% Student discount, RRP US$ 140)

Please bring change of clothes & towels and cash in Mexican Pesos for Cenote Entrances. No sunscreen / mosquito repellent or any chemical product to be applied on the skin for all in water activities for conservation purposes.

Schedule can be adapted and subject to changes due to logistical, availabilities and weather conditions. Such modifications are not grounds for a refund if alternate diving options are made available.

Cenote Diving: Any overhead diving is an advanced type of diving that require good buoyancy control and awareness. While we are planning all dives according to the diver’s experience, it is up to the discretion of our specialized cave / cavern guides and instructors to assess a person’s ability to proceed, adjust or terminate the dive plan and / or the dive for the divers’ safety and conservation of the cavern / cave.

Bullshark Observation Diving: Please keep in mind that while there is a very high success rate of seeing the Bullsharks during our dive, we’re still diving in their natural environment. Hence we cannot control the number of sharks you will encounter, and there is always a chance they could not be seen at all.

Students only: 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.

Booking confirmations require a 50% or 100% deposit depending on the season. Bookings are considered confirmed upon confirmation of reception. Payment must be settled in cash in Mexican Pesos at daily rate preferably or USD on arrival before the start of your trip. Deposits for all diving / non diving activities & room rentals bookings are non refundable. Any cancellation less than 24h before your first day of diving will be fully charged.

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: 9am – 6pm