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Technical Diving

PADI TecRec courses

Technical (tec) diving means going beyond recreational scuba diving limits. But, tec divers will tell you that it’s really about the challenge and adventure of exploring places that no one else has ever seen. Tec diving is not for everyone, but it does attract experienced divers who want to go beyond their current limits and are willing to accept the added risks, training, investment and commitment it demands. If this is you, then PADI TecRec courses are your ticket to extreme adventure.

Technical scuba diving includes one or more of the following:

  • Diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet
  • Required stage decompression
  • Diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet of the surface
  • Accelerated decompression and/or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive
  • Use of extensive equipment and technologies

In LEPIA Dive Centre we offer PADI TecRec courses which have a seamless course flow that takes you from a new tec diver to one qualified to dive to the outer reaches of sport diving. With us you can participate in a DTD (Discover Technical Diving) or complete the Tec 40, Tec 45 or Tec 50 course.


DTD-Discover Technical Diving

Curious about technical (tec) diving, but not sure about jumping into a course? Discover Tec (DTD) is a short confined water experience that allows you to give technical diving a try. You get to wear all the extra  tec diving gear and take it for a test dive. Your PADI Tec Instructor will introduce a few basic skills, such as primary to secondary regulator switch and gas shutdown procedures.

Your PADI Tec Instructor will explain the equipment you’ll use and go over basic tec diving procedures, such as the importance of diving in teams. You’ll get in the water, make gear adjustments, then simply explore and get a feel for the equipment.

Discover Tec may credit toward the Tec 40 course if you successfully complete the Tec 40 Training Dive One required skills.

If you’re interested in tec diving and are a PADI Open Water Diver, at least 18 years old, and have a minimum of 10 logged dives, you qualify for Discover Tec.

Available on Wednesdays and on Saturdays

Single Dive + full equipment: 90 €


TEC 40

The PADI Tec 40 course is where you transition from recreational scuba diving to technical diving. It’s the first subdivision of the full PADI Tec Diver course and bridges the gap between no stop diving and full technical deep decompression diving. You gain experience and begin building the knowledge and skills you need to continue your tec diver training. You will qualify to make limited decompression dives to 40 metres/130 feet.

To enroll in the Tec 40 course, you must be:

  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
  • A PADI Enriched Air Diver with at least 10 dives using enriched air deeper than 18 metres/60 feet or equivalent.
  • A PADI Deep Diver or proof of at least 10 dives to 30 metres/100 feet.
  • At least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives.
  • Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

The Tec 40 course consists of three knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four training dives (duration 3 to 4 days).

Tec 40 (including full equipment, PADI material & fees): 600 €


TEC 45

The PADI Tec 45 course is the second part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program. You’ll extend your depth limit to 45 metres/145 feet and learn to plan and execute repetitive decompression dives using a single stage/decompression cylinder. It puts you in a complete tec diving rig, which can be either backmount or sidemount. You’ll also make accelerated decompression dives using EANx or pure oxygen. This is a course where you’ll rise to the challenge and make the commitment to become a technical diver.

To enroll in the Tec 45 course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Tec 40 diver.
  • Be a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent.
  • Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, with at least 12 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 10 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

Your Tec 45 training consists of three knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four open water dives. Building on what you learned in the Tec 40 course, you focus on the function and maintenance of tec diving equipment and associated issues. You continue fine-tuning gas planning and calculating accelerated decompression stops. Plus, you learn to think like a technical diver (duration 3 to 4 days).

  • Tec 45 (including full equipment, PADI material & fees): 600 €
  • Package Deal - Tec 40 & Tec 45: 1100 €

TEC 50

The third part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program is Tec 50. As a Tec 50 diver, you show that you’ve developed competency as a tec diver and have the skills to dive to a maximum of 50 metres/165 feet.

To enroll in the Tec 50 course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Tec 45 diver.
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, with at least 20 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

The Tec 50 course includes two knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four open water dives. A primary focus of this course is mission planning and execution. You also learn more about handling emergencies and how to think like a technical diver.

  • Tec 50 (including full equipment, PADI material & fees): 600 €
  • Package Deal - Tec 45 & Tec 50: 1100 €
  • Package Deal - Tec 40, Tec 45 & Tec 50: 1650 €