IANTD Technical Programs

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Technical diving exceeds the conventional limits, in both depth and time, of recreational scuba diving.  Choosing to train in Technical diving is not something you should take lightly.  It requires a commitment in time, education and equipment.  While this form of diving can be challenging, it is also extremely rewarding.  If you are ready to take your diving beyond the limits, then it's time to join the Technical diving ranks.

Technical Programs

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Advanced EANx (Nitrox) Diver

Advanced EANx (Nitrox) Diver

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to extend the diver’s knowledge in the use of EANx for Sport diving. It further develops diving skills and provides a greater understanding of the EANx concept of diving.
  2. The Program employs EANx mixes up to 1.5 PO2.
  3. This program qualifies divers to do dive to 140 fsw (42 msw) and do decompression stops required dives up to 15 minutes.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be qualified as an IANTD EANx Diver and IANTD Deep Diver with proof of a minimum of 30 logged dives or sufficient experience to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
  2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver

Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to extend the diver’s knowledge in the use of EANx for Sport diving. It further develops diving skills and provides a greater understanding of the EANx concept of diving. It is also intended to supplement the skills of Recreational Trimix Divers.
  2. The Program employs EANx mixes from 21% oxygen to a maximum of 1.5 PO2 combined with a Helium content that maintains an END no greater than 80 fsw (24 msw) may be used.
  3. This program qualifies divers to dive to 160 fsw (48 msw) and perform decompression stops required dives up to 15 minutes.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Recreational Trimix Diver or Nitrox Diver and IANTD Deep Diver with proof of a minimum of 30 logged dives or sufficient experience to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
  2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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Decompression Specialist

Decompression Specialist*

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to give the diver a better and deeper understanding of the models used for generating dive tables and dive computer profiles. The program will also train students to use dive tables, dive computers and decompression software programs.
  2. Upon completion of this course dives will be made to 130 fsw (39 msw) using EAN 1.5 to 1.61 PO2 for decompression provided no stops are deeper than 20 fsw (6 msw) or longer than 15 minutes.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a qualified Advanced EANx Diver or equivalent.

*Course will be co-taught with qualified IANTD Instructor

 

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Technical Diver

Technical Diver*

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to train divers to conduct dives to depths between 100 fsw (30 msw) and, at the instructors option, up to 170 fsw (51 msw) using custom blend breathing gas mixtures; and to provide greater understanding of custom blend breathing gas mixtures, a complete knowledge of the limits of any EANx mixture, and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.
  2. The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform dives outside of training up to 180 fsw (54 msw).

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced EANx Diver.
  2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least 30 were deeper than 90 fsw (27 msw) or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
  3. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

*Course will be co-taught with qualified IANTD Instructor

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Normoxic Trimix Diver

Normoxic Trimix Diver*

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to train those who wish to dive to depths between 130 fsw (39 msw) and 200 fsw (60 msw), but who do not wish to breathe air below 130 fsw (39 msw). Trimix affords a means of reducing narcosis on dives to such depths.
  2. (RB) This Program is further designed to train divers in the safer use of Rebreathers for dives using normoxic helium-based gas mixtures.
  3. The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform Trimix Dives outside of training up to 200 fsw (60 msw).

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced EANx Diver. Divers qualified as Technical Diver, see note below under Program Content section.
  2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least 30 were deeper than 90 fsw (27 msw) or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training
  3. (RB) Must have 20 dives and 25 hours on the rebreather being used.
  4. (RB) Divers certified as OC Normoxic Trimix may take this course combined with the Rebreather Diver course with qualification given once the 20 dives and 25 hours are logged.
  5. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

*Course will be co-taught with qualified IANTD Instructor

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Trimix Diver

Trimix Diver*

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed for those individuals already involved in deep diving activities, but is not intended to be used as an enticement to divers who are content to remain in Sport or EANx diving limits.
  2. Trimix affords a safer means for deep-water exploration for divers who dive deep or perform with a clear head at depth. The IANTD Trimix Diver Program requires the diver to be self-sufficient/reliant.
  3. The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform Trimix Dives outside of training up to 333 fsw (100 msw).
  4. (RB) This Program is designed to train divers in the safer use and technology of Rebreathers for deep diving to depths in excess of 200 fsw (60 msw).

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be qualified IANTD Technical Diver, Technical Cave Diver, Technical Wreck Diver, Normoxic Trimix Diver or equivalent.
  2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 200 logged dives, of which at least 25 were to depths between 140 fsw (42 msw) and 200 fsw (60 msw) or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
  3. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  4. (RB) Must be qualified as an IANTD Normoxic Rebreather Diver, or if entering the Program based on equivalent experience, must be qualified as either (OC) Normoxic Trimix Diver or (OC) Trimix Diver or must be taking the Normoxic Rebreather Diver and Trimix Diver course on an approved Rebreather for mixed gas diving, with all dives other than confined water made on Trimix or Heliox. Note all Rebreather Trimix Divers must have completed the Normoxic Rebreather lectures and skills.
  5. (RB) 50 hours of dive time is required on the specific Rebreather for which the diver is being trained.

*Course will be co-taught with qualified IANTD Instructor

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Trimix Gas Blender

Trimix Gas Blender*

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to train competent personnel in the safe handling of oxygen and the preparation of Trimix and Heliox.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be qualified as an IANTD EANx Gas Blender and have a need to become a Trimix Blender (such as working for a training or full service facility). If not affiliated with a facility must be a qualified Trimix Diver and located in a remote area.
  2. Must be recommended by an IANTD Instructor or Facility.

*Course will be co-taught with qualified IANTD Instructor

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Bo Jimenez
Catharpin, Virginia

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