This UTD Tech 1 class will be co-taught by instructors Andrew Georgitsis and Elliott Jessup:
Technical Diver 1 is the first UTD Technical course that familiarizes divers with the use of Helitrox 25/25 as safe bottom breathing gases for use to depths of 130’/39m utilizing a single deco bottle of decompression gas (100% O2) for accelerated decompression procedures.
Tech 1 training focuses on the diver’s bottom skills, ascent skills expanding on the Essentials of Tech skills, and is designed to cultivate, integrate, and test these skills, which are essential for safe technical diving. This critical training will include simulated bottom failures, midwater failures, problem identification and resolution and building the capacity for progressively more challenging diving.
In this class, students will be trained in the use of double tanks/cylinders and in the potential failure problems associated with them, the use of 100% Oxygen for accelerated decompression, the use of Helium to minimize narcosis, and the applications of single decompression stage diving with respect to decompression procedures.
This class provides an excellent foundation on which divers can build their technical diving experience in the 130'/39m range using a single decompression bottle. Following Tech 1, the diver can enter the Tech 2 course, which provides a solid basis of critical skills for the Technical Diver venturing to 160’/48m range utilizing single decompression bottle and a stage to conduct multiple technical dives in one day.