PADI Tec 40 Course

The PADI Tec 40 course is where you transition from recreational scuba diving to technical diving. It’s a great place to start because 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.

Who Can Enroll?

This course is open to divers who are:

  • At least 18 years old.
  • Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
  • Certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) or equivalent, with at least 10 dives using nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet.
  • Certified as a PADI Deep Diver or equivalent, with at least 10 dives to 30 metres/100 feet.
  • Have a minimum of 30 logged dives.
  • Mature and responsible, need to be able to follow the required procedures and requirements.
  • Certified as PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent is highly recommended.

You also need to have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.


What Is Involved?

This course consists of:

  • Self study
  • Classroom sessions.
  • Pool session.
  • Three open water dives.

The Tec 40 course consists of three knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions, one pool session and three training dives. You’ll learn about:

  • Technical diving’s risks and responsibilities.
  • Technical diving equipment, proper rigging and set up.
  • Gas planning, oxygen limits and decompression planning.
  • Team diving techniques and emergency procedures, such as dealing with free flows, manifold leaks and out of gas situations.

Where And When Do Classes Take Place?

Self study takes place at the comfort of your home. Classroom session takes place right here at Squalo Divers. We have our own heated swimming pool. Open water dives take place at one of more than 50 dive sites that we have to offer.

PADI Tec 40 classes start at any time. Classroom sessions are done during regular store hours. Pool session and open water training dives are done any day of the week. All activities take place by appointment only.

What Is Included In The Cost?

The course fee is $599 per person and includes:

  • All instruction.
  • Use of weights.
  • Pool session.
  • Three open water training dives.
  • Certification card processing.

Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below, plus:

  • Educational material.

    What Equipment Will You Need?

    You’ll start with your basic scuba diving equipment and add technical equipment, which essentially means you’ll begin to double up on gear. You may dive with backmounted or sidemounted cylinders. You should dive with nitrox for additional conservatism. Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:

    • Air or Nitrox tanks.*+
    • Scuba mask and scuba fins.+
    • Exposure suit appropriate for environment and dive duration.* +
    • Underwater compass.*+
    • Audible surface signal.+
    • Knife/cutting tool and back up.+
    • Slate.+
    • Reel and lift bag or a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) and a whistle. +
    • If a lift bag is used, the student must also have an inflatable signal tube (one that is inflated with a regulator) and a whistle. +
    • Two dive computers, or one computer with a backup timer and depth gauge (best is a single gas computer in "gauge mode") with dive tables. One computer must be able to handle multiple gases. *+
    • The kind of tank configuration a student has, determines what kind of regulator and BCD to have. If a recreational BCD is used, it must have the appropriate rings for attaching a deco bottle.* +
    • Two regulators, first and second stage (one with 7 feet hose).* +
    • Bathing suit and towel.

    We can teach you in three different configurations:

    1. Doubles with a deco bottle.
    2. One large single tank with a pony/deco bottle.
    3. Sidemount and pony/deco bottle (must be a PADI Sidemount Diver or equivalent).

      *Items are available for rent at Squalo Divers.

      +Items are available for purchase at Squalo Divers.


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