Technical diving means going beyond recreational scuba diving limits : diving deeper and longer. But Tec divers will tell you that it really is about the challenge of exploring places that no one else has ever seen, as a team. Tec diving is not for everyone, but it does attract experienced divers who are willing to accept the added risks, training, investment and commitment this new adventure demands. For us at Planet Scuba Mexico, Tec Diving is more than a challenge: it's a passion.

Course
Depth
Deco / Gas
Cert. Requ.
Log. dives
Days
Dives (conf.)
Price
Tec 40
40m
10 min. max, non accelerated, up to 50% O2
AOW, Deep, Nitrox
30
3
4 (1)
550 USD
Tec 45
45m
Unlimited, accelerated, 1 deco gas, up to 100% O2
Rescue + Tec 40
50
3
4 (1)
550 USD
Tec 50
50m
Unlimited, accelerated, 2 deco gas, up to 100% O2
Tec 45
100
4
4 (1)
650 USD
Trimix 65
65m
Unlimited, accelerated, O2 from 16 up to 100%
Tec 50
150
5
5 (1)
990 USD*
Trimix Upgrade
90m
Unlimited, accelerated, O2 from 10 up to 100%
Trimix 65
150
4
4 (1)
1490 USD*
Full Trimix
90m
Unlimited, accelerated, O2 from 10 up to 100%
Tec 50
150
8
8 (1)
2290 USD*
Self-reliant
30m
-
AOW
100
3
3 (0)
400 USD
Sidemount
30m
-
OW
-
3
3 (1)
600 USD
Tec Sidemount
-
-
AOW
30
4
5 (1)
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Tec SM Upgrade
-
-
AOW + Rec. SM
30
2
3 (1)
Contact Us
Tec Rescue
-
-
Tec 45
100
3
5
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* Trimix courses - Important notice about gas: For all Trimix courses (Trimix 65, Trimix Upgrade and Full Trimix), helium is not incldued in the price. Total price will depend on the mixes required for each dive, and decided upon during dive planning by both the student and the instructor.

Packages
Description
Days
Dives (conf.)
Price
Sidemount + Tec 40
Sidemount + Tec 40: 20% off
5
6 (2)
900 USD
Tec Deep
Tec 40 + Tec 45 + Tec 50: 15% off
10
9 (3)
1500 USD
Other packages
If you're interested in combining other Tec Courses, just ask!
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Contact us

Instructor Levels: We offer all these courses at Instructor level as well. If you want to become a PADI TecRec instructor in any of these levels, please contact us, and we'll design a tailor-made package for you to get there.

Pro Levels
Description
Days
Price
Tec Deep Instructor
Including full IDC-style Tec Instructor Course
5
1250 USD
Tec Trimix Instructor
Including full IDC-style Trimix Instructor Course
5
1250 USD
Assisting on a Tec course
Necessary before applying for your Tec Instructor rating - with a Tec instructor course
-
100 USD/day
Assisting on a Tec course
Necessary before applying for your Tec Instructor rating - without a Tec instructor course
-
150 USD/day

TEC 40 - COURSE DETAILS
 
Tec 40 - Participant prerequisites:
- Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or a qualifying certification from another training organization.
- PADI Enriched Air Diver or a qualifying certification from another training organization, PADI Deep Diver or proof of 10 dives to 30 metres/100 feet.
- 18 years old, 30 logged dives (10 with EANx, 7 deeper than 30 metres/100 feet).

Tec 40 qualifies you to:
- 1. Dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet using air or enriched air.
- 2. Make dives with up to 10 minutes required decompression.
- 3. Use enriched air nitrox with up to 50 percent oxygen (EANx50) during decompression to make it more conservative.

Tec 40 Outline:
- 3 Knowledge Developments
- 3 Practical Applications
- 4 Dives (1 Confined Water, 3 Open Water)
- 4 days

TEC 45 - COURSE DETAILS
 
Tec 45 - Participant prerequisites:
- Certified as a Tec 40 diver or qualifying certification from another training organization. For the purposes of this level, a qualifying technical certification is one that qualifies the student to make decompression dives to 40 metres/130 feet using air and EANx using open circuit scuba equipment.
- 18 years old, 50 logged dives (12 deeper than 18 metres/60 feet using EANx, at least 6 deeper than 30 metres/100 feet, with or without EANx).

Tec 45 qualifies you to:
- 1. Make limited decompression dives using air, enriched air and oxygen to a depth of 45 metres/145 feet or less.
- 2. Use a single decompression gas of up to 100 percent oxygen to make your decompression more conservative or to accelerate your decompression.

Tec 45 Outline:
- 3 Knowledge Developments
- 3 Practical Applications
- 4 Dives (1 Confined Water, 3 Open Water)
- 4 days

TEC 50 - COURSE DETAILS
 
Tec 50 - Participant prerequisites:
- Certified as a Tec 45 diver or qualifying certification from another training organization. For the purposes of this level, a qualifying technical certification is one that qualifies the student to make decompression dives to 45 metres/145 feet using air, EANx and oxygen using open circuit scuba equipment.
- 18 years old, 100 logged dives (20 deeper than 18 metres/60 feet us- ing EANx, at least 15 deeper than 30 metres/100 feet (with or without EANx).

Tec 50 qualifies you to:
- 1. Make limited decompression dives using air, enriched air and oxygen to a depth of 50 metres/165 feet or less.
- 2. Use two decompression gases of EANx and 100 percent oxygen to make your decompression more conservative or to accelerate your decompression.

Tec 50 Outline:
- 2 Knowledge Developments
- 3 Practical Applications
- 4 Dives (1 Confined Water, 3 Open Water)
- 4 days

TRIMIX 65 - COURSE DETAILS
 
Trimix 65 - Participant prerequisites:
- Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or have a qualifying certification in diver rescue and accident management from another organization.
- Certified as a Tec 50 diver or qualifying certification from another training organization. Students who qualify through a qualifying certification other than DSAT Tec Deep Diver must read the entire DSAT Tec Deep Diver Manual and complete the Knowledge Reviews prior to beginning the Tec Trimix Diver course.
- 18 years old, 150 logged dives

Trimix 65 qualifies you to:
- 1. Dive to 65 meters / 210 feet using various trimix blends (hypoxic mixes down to 18%), air, enriched air and oxygen, using open circuit technical diving equipment and procedures required to manage the risks involved
- 2. Apply the cognitive and motor skills required for technical trimix diving
- 3. Acknowledge and understand the hazards and risks of technical diving in general and trimix diving in particular, as well as the limits of training received in the course
- 4. Prepare for and respond to reasonably foreseeable emergencies that may occur in this type of technical diving
- 5. Learn and use skills applicable to further training and experience in technical diving

Trimix 65 Outline:
- 2 Knowledge Developments
- 4 Practical Applications
- 5 Dives (1 Confined Water, 4 Open Water)
- 5 days min.

FULL TRIMIX - COURSE DETAILS
 
Tec Trimix - Participant prerequisites:
- Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or have a qualifying certification in diver rescue and accident management from another organization.
- Certified as a Tec 50 diver or qualifying certification from another training organization. Students who qualify through a qualifying certification other than DSAT Tec Deep Diver must read the entire DSAT Tec Deep Diver Manual and complete the Knowledge Reviews prior to beginning the Tec Trimix Diver course.
- 18 years old, 150 logged dives

Tec Trimix qualifies you to:
- 1. Dive to 90 meters / 300 feet using various trimix blends (hypoxic mixes down to 10%), air, enriched air and oxygen, using open circuit technical diving equipment and procedures required to manage the risks involved
- 2. Apply the cognitive and motor skills required for technical trimix diving
- 3. Acknowledge and understand the hazards and risks of technical diving in general and trimix diving in particular, as well as the limits of training received in the course
- 4. Prepare for and respond to reasonably foreseeable emergencies that may occur in this type of technical diving
- 5. Learn and use skills applicable to further training and experience in technical diving

Tec Trimix Outline:
- 4 Knowledge Developments
- 5 Practical Applications
- 8 Dives (1 Confined Water, 7 Open Water)
- 8 days min.

SELF-RELIANT - COURSE DETAILS
 
Self-reliant - Participant prerequisites:
- Advanced Open Water
- 100 logged dives
- 18 years old

Self-reliant qualifies you to:
- Develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary.
- Sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.
- Be entirely self-reliant and allowed to dive alone if, for instance, working as an Underwater Photographer at a Dive Centre

Self-reliant Course Outline:
- 1 Knowledge Development session
- 3 dives (3 open water dives)
- 2 days

SIDEMOUNT - COURSE DETAILS
 
Sidemount - Participant prerequisites:
- PADI Open Water Diver, 15 years old
- No min. number of dives, but a very good buoyancy control in back mount is strongly advise

Sidemount qualifies you to:
- 1. Understand the specificities and benefits of sidemount diving
- 2. Develop your ability to assemble, configure and wear sidemount diving equipment
- 3. Use sidemount equipment with 2 cylinders to plan and make no stop recreational sidemount dives

Sidemount Outline:
- 1 Knowledge Development session
- 4 dives (1 confined water, 3 open water)
- 2 days minimum, 3 recommended

TEC SIDEMOUNT - COURSE DETAILS
 
Tec Sidemount - Participant prerequisites:
- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, 30 logged dives, 18 years old

Tec Sidemount qualifies you to:
- 1. Set up, plan and make dives with technical sidemount equipment, after developing the base equipment-related motor skills and underlying knowledge
- 2. Use sidemount equipment with 4 cylinders in the context of technical diving

Tec Sidemount Outline:
- 2 Knowledge Development sessions
- 5 dives (1 confined water, 4 open water)
- 3 days minimum, 4 recommended

TEC RESCUE - COURSE DETAILS
 
Tec Rescue - Participant prerequisites:
- 18 years old, PADI Tec 45, 100 logged dives (20 deeper than 18 metres/60 feet using EANx, at least 15 deeper than 30 metres/100 feet, with or without EANx).

Tec Rescue qualifies you to:
- 1. Master the highest level of self and team mate technical rescue skills
- 2. Prepare technical diver and dive site risk assessments and emergency plans
- 2. Recognize and remediate the most likely risk factors in open water, open circuit technical diving

Tec Rescue Outline:
- 1 Knowledge Development session
- 5 dives (5 open water)
- 3 days minimum

! Important Notice about Equipment:
 
Equipment is included in the Tec 40, Tec 45, Tec 50, Sidemount and Self-Reliant Course. It is not included in the Trimix courses, as advanced Tec Divers should have their personal equipment, which should be adapted to their morphology and to the objectives of each tec dive. Tec 40, 45 and 50 courses can be done using either Sidemount or Twin sets. Missing equipment can be rented from Planet Scuba Mexico - contact us for a personalized quote.
 
! Important Notice about Manuals:
 
- For the Tec 40, 45 and 50 courses, the student will need to purchase the PADI Tec Deep Manual, which is valid for all 3 courses. If you don't already own the manual, please contact us for more information - you can purchase it through us for 89 USD, or we can help you order it in your own country.

- For the Trimix 65 and Full Trimix courses, the student will need to purchase the PADI Trimix Diver Manual, which is valid for all 2 courses. If you don't already own the manual, please contact us for more information - you can purchase it through us for 89 USD, or we can help you order it in your own country.

- For the Tec Sidemount course, the student will need to purchase the PADI Sidemount Manual. For Tec Sidemount upgrade, the student is supposed to already own the Sidemount manual from their Recreational Sidemount course. If you don't already own the manual, please contact us for more information.
PADI TecRec Courses at Student and Instructor Level at Planet Scuba Mexico, Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, Mexico