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PADI Discover Scuba Diving


Portnablagh Pier Dunfanaghy Co Donegal

The Divin'Dec PADI Discover Scuba program, which typically takes place at Portnablagh Pier, Dunfanaghy Co. Donegal, allows you to explore a whole new world beneath the surface.

Discover Scuba lets you try scuba diving to see if you like it and if so enables you to continue with further training and certification.

We can also provide the program in swimming pools or other sheltered dive sites throught the county. We even have instructors based in Dublin and Derry where you can learn the basic skills mid-week and then complete your training in Donegal's pristine waters at weekends.

We find that learning to dive in the sea is the most efficient way to become proficient at learning open water dive skills thus saving you time and money.

Course Content

The PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Discover Scuba course will give you the chance to watch a DVD, go through some saftey basics in a classroom, followed by a short session explaining scuba equipment. You will then assemble your own equipment following a detailed demonstration. Dont worry - we will check everything as you progress.

You will enjoy your first experience of breathing underwater as well as the following:

20 mintutes completing some basis skills in shallow water (1 meter deep). Having fun in the crystal clear waters of Donegal
20 minutes swimming in 2 meters of water and learning equalisation techniques.
20 additional minutes exploring the underwater world in just 2 meters of water.

Try diving in one evening

The course is 3.5 hours duration and is completed over one evening.

Available times for 1-1 or 2-1 tuition are: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 9:30pm. Saturday or Sunday mornings are available on request.

All equipment is provided but you will need to bring the following:

- Swimsuit
- Towel
- Medical declaration
Leading quality italian made wetsuits Leading quality regulator and BCD

You're then ready for the Open Water


How much does it cost?

€80 per person if you are on your own.

€60 per person if there are two of you.

€50 for groups of 3 or 4.

Group discounts also available from €40 per person.

NOTE: All beginner tuition is individual regardless of group size. This ensures your safety is not compromised and individual attention is guaranteed. This is what sets Divin'Dec apart and keeps divers coming back for more experience and enjoyment.

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €40 payable via Cash/Credit Card.
To arrange the lesson email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372
Once arrangements have been made you may be instructed to click the following link to pay your deposit:



PADI Open Water Diver Referral

Do you find Irish waters a bit on the chilly side? Then the PADI Open Water Diver Referral program is for you.

Learn to Scuba Dive in the warm waters of the Red Sea, Malta or even The Maldives.

With PADI being a global organization, you have the option of splitting your course into segments. The referral program involves completing your pool and theory modules here in Ireland and then continuing with your four open water dives abroad in the luxury of warmer climates of your choice.

What do I need to start?

You'll need your PADI Oper Water Crew-Pak, which includes:
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner
  • Log Book
  • Open Water DVD
The Open Water Diver DVD is viewed in class but can be purchased as an extra for reference.

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification.

You must be older than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program.

If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.

Note: A PADI Junior Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 11 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or a certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.

What will I do?

  • In Ireland you will complete five pool sessions where you will learn the basic skills involved in scuba diving e.g. mask clearing and underwater hand signals
  • Prior to each session you will have some home study to complete
  • You will be given your own five-chapter manual
  • At the end of each chapter you will complete a knowledge review
  • You will also complete a multiple choice quiz prior to each pool session
  • An online study option can be arranged
  • You will then be ready for your four open water ocean dives abroad

How long will it take?

The PADI Open Water Referral course can be completed over a period of five evenings or over a full weekend. It can take place in the sea or in a pool.

Prerequisites

You must be at least 15 years old and be able to swim 200m.

Where can I go from here?

Upon completion of the course we provide you with a small amount of paperwork for you to present to the Dive Centre of your choice abroad.
There you will complete the four open water dives required for you to qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver.
These dives must be spread over two days. Then the rest of your trip can be spent as much under the water as you wish.

How much does it cost?

Open Water Referral course - €375 (includes crewpack)

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €150 payable via Credit Card. Upon booking you will receive your Open Water Crew Pack.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.



PADI Open Water Diver

Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world!

This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with PADI, the dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community.

Why PADI Open Water?

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional.

If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.

What do I need to start?

You'll need your PADI Oper Water Crew-Pak, which includes:
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner
  • Log Book
  • Open Water DVD
The Open Water Diver DVD is viewed in class but can be purchased as an extra for reference.

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification.

You must be older than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program.

If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.

Note: A PADI Junior Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 11 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or a certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.

What will I do?

  • You will complete five pool sessions where you will learn the basic skills involved in scuba diving e.g. mask clearing and underwater hand signals
  • Prior to each session you will have some home study to complete
  • You will be given your own five-chapter manual
  • At the end of each chapter you will complete a knowledge review
  • You will also complete a multiple choice quiz prior to each pool session
  • An online study option can be arranged
  • You will then be ready for your four open water ocean dives

Why choose Divin'Dec?

Divin'Dec offers expert 1-1 or 2-1 tuition for all its Open Water training. Divin'Dec operates out of some of the clearest waters in Northern Europe. Not only will you receive expert tuition with a large emphasis on safety from the first moments of tuition but you will enjoy some of the best underwater sights an Open Water student can experience.

Discover Donegal - underwater!

Donegal has some of the clearest water for scuba diving in Europe with average underwater visibility of 20m.

Donegal waters are home to a large selection of shipwrecks many of which lie just a few miles off Malin Head and the north coast of Donegal.
Discover a wreck to suit your level of ability and experience from SS Kaliopis (18m) to HMS Audacious (65m).

Naturally there is an abundance of fishlife including dolphins, sunfish, basking shark and lobster.

Experience - Equipment - Education

Declan Burke first started diving in University of Limerick in 2001. His EXPERIENCE of dive training and watersports is impressive and includes the following:
  • Currently one of three PADI TecRec technical diving instructors in Ireland (2010)
  • Trained numerous PADI Rescue Divers & PADI Dive Masters (some of whom are now instructors)
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (2009)
  • Professional Scuba and River Boarding instructor, New Zealand (2007)
  • Volunteer instructor for the Scottish Sub Aqua Club (2004-2006)
  • Swimming & Lifesaving Instructor (1995-2003)
  • Beach Lifeguard (summers of 1997-2003)
Declan also posesses a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics & Computing which is an excellent resource in explaining the technical aspects of diving.

To ensure safety is a priority and that diving is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, Divin'Dec has invested heavily in top quality EQUIPMENT and gas filling facilities:
  • All regulators are cold water rated
  • All equipment is serviced anually
  • High quality semi-dry wetsuits are supplied during the summer months
  • Top-of-the-line drysuits are available for hire
  • Air purity (which is measured quarterly) always exceeds the Brittish and EU Standards Authority standard of BS EN 12021
All PADI courses follow a recognised system of EDUCATION. The PADI Open Water course follows a thorough system of education and will include the following during your training:
  • Dive Theory Manual
  • Knowledge Review Questionaires
  • Instructional DVD
  • Confined water training
  • Continual assessment
  • Open Water training
The PADI Open water course is an all inclusive course and the PADI Open Water crew-pack is yours to keep when you complete the course. Use of all equipment, pool fees, certification and air fills are included.
If you take our deluxe course then we will also include a PADI log binder, mask, snorkel & Divin'Dec polo shirt. We also offer discounts on equipment whilst on a course and if you join our club once your training is complete then you can take full advantage of other monthly offers.

How long will it take?

Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment care and dive planning techniques. You earn this rating by successfully completing five pool dives, five knowledge development sessions and four open water ocean dives. It is performance based and on average takes 4 to 5 days to complete.

Where can I go from here?

We offer regular organised diving post training. You can continue to gain additional experience by completing PADI Adventure dives and then go on to obtain the PADI Advacned Open Water rating.
You also have the opportunity to dive at least once per week all year round by availing of our free dive club membership.

Cost?

  • Full Open Water Course - €450 - payable in advance - includes full equipment use and typcially take 3 to 4 days.
  • Pay as you go option available for €60 per session. Between 8 and 10 sessions are required depending on the time gap between dives. It's advised to complete the course in as short a timeframe as possible so skill memory is not forgotten.
Extras: (required)
PADI Certification: €30
Logbook: €10

Extras (One per family required)
Electronic Dive Planner: €20
Manual: €35
2 x DVD's: €5


Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €150 payable via Credit Card.
Upon booking you will receive your Open Water Crew Pack.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.


PADI Advanced Open Water

After your five dives, you'll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment.
This course is very popular with divers who have returned from tropical water and wish to continue diving in Ireland.

What do I need to start?

- Adventures in Diving Crew-Pak
- Adventures in Diving DVD
- Log Book

What will I do?

This certification includes five Adventure Dives, including the Deep Adventure Dive, the Underwater Navigator Adventure Dive and three of the following:

Altitude DiverPeak Performance Buoyancy
Boat DiverSearch and Recovery Diver
Drift DiverUnderwater Naturalist
Deep DiverUnderwater Videographer
Dry Suit DiverUnderwater Photographer
Diver Propulsion VehicleUnderwater Navigator
Multilevel DiverAWARE Fish Identification
Night DiverWreck Diver

How long will it take?

Recommended Course Hours: 15
Minimum Open Water Training: five dives over two days

What will I need?

PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 (12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

Cost?

Advacned Open Water Course - €395
Deluxe Advanced Open Water Course - €475 (including wrist slate, surface marker buoy, mini pocket reel and Divin'Dec polo shirt)
Dive Club Membership - FREE in 1st year (Saving of €150)

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €150 payable via Credit Card. Upon booking you will receive your Advacned Open Water Crew Pack.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.

Where can I go from here?

PADI Advanced Open Water Divers at least 15 years of age can enroll in PADI Wreck or Deep Diver Specialty courses and continue on to the PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver course.

PADI Adventure Dives can also credit towards the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver certifications.




PADI Deep Diver

The Deep Diver Specialty course offers you the opportunity of a lifetime - going deep to see things others can only dream about.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to dive our local Ocean Liner (HMS Laurentic - 38m) with confidence.

What do I need to start?

- PADI deep diving speciality manual

What will I do?

You'll learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards.
You'll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18 - 40 metres / 60 - 130 feet.

How long will it take?

Recommended Course Hours: 24
Minimum Open Water Training: four dives over two days

What will I need?

PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 years old

Cost?

PADI Deep Diver Course - €295
Deluxe Deep Diver Course - €395 (including custom divers ratchet reel and Divin'Dec polo shirt)
Dive Club Membership FREE if you conduct Nitrox & Deep diver courses together. (Saving of €150)

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €150 payable via Credit Card. Upon booking you will receive your Deep Diver Crew Pack.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.

Where can I go from here?

You can count the Deep Adventure Dive from your Adventures In Diving program as the first dive of the Specialty course at instructor discretion.

This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver certification.




PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver

Maximize your time underwater with the upgraded PADI Enriched Air Diver course.
Oxygen Enriched air saves you time by allowing you to stay underwater longer, get back into the water sooner and get your certification while simultaneously completing dives for other PADI courses.
Plus, by diving with Enriched Air you may feel less tired on your holiday.

What do I need to start?

You'll need your PADI Enriched Air Crew-Pak, which includes:
- Manual
- Enriched Air 32 percent Table
- Enriched Air 36 percent Table and
- Equivalent Air Depth/Oxygen Exposure Table
- Personal Oxygen Analyser (optional extra)
The Nitrox Diver DVD is viewed in class but can be purchased as an extra for reference.

What will I do?

You will learn how to:

- analyse enriched air nitrox,
- plan dives using enriched air,
- cylinder preparation labeling,
- learn additional diving procedures involved with enriched air diving.
- how to obtain enriched air nitrox fills

Should you choose you can complete 2 open water dives to St Johns Pt.

How long will it take?

Just a mini workshop and a couple of dives and you’ll be on your way.
Recommended Course Hours: 4 to 12 hours depending on class size and number of dives.
Minimum Open Water Training: none - two optional dives.

What will I need?

PADI Open Water diver certification or equivalent.
Minimum age: 15 years old

Cost?

PADI Nitrox Diver Course - €145
Deluxe Nitrox Course - €350 (includes 2 nitrox dives plus Analyser).
Oxygen analysers available at cost price.
Dive Club Membership FREE if you conduct Nitrox & Deep diver together. (Saving of €150)

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €100 payable via Credit Card. Upon booking you will receive your Nitrox Crew Pack.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.

Where can I go from here?

You can apply this Specialty course towards your Master Scuba Diver certification.
You also need the PADI Enriched Diver certification if you intend to move into technical diving.




PADI Rescue Diver

Rewarding and fun - that best describes the PADI Rescue Diver course.
This course will expand your knowledge and experience level:
Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers.
Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

What do I need to start?

You'll need your PADI rescue Diver Crew Pack, which includes:

- Manual & Rescue pocket mask and
- Accident management slate.

The Rescue Diver DVD is also viewed in class but can be purchased as an extra for reference.

What will I do?

Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies.

During the five open water sessions, you'll cover:

Self-rescue and diver stress
AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems
Dive first aid
Swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques
Emergency management and equipment
Panicked diver response
Underwater problems
Missing diver procedures
Surfacing the unconscious diver
In-water rescue breathing protocols
Egress (exits)
First aid procedures for pressure related accidents
Dive accident scenarios

How long will it take?

The recomended course time is 25 hours.
This is split into two theory and confined water sessions follwed by Open Water scenarios.

What will I need?

- Advanced Open Water or equivalent
- You can enroll in the Rescue Diver Course as a certified Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization) and participate in the Rescue Diver knowledge development and rescue training sessions, in confined water only, while working on your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
- Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
- Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years. The Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses meet these requirements. (Please see our "First Aid" section).

Cost?

PADI Rescue Diver Course - €399
Deluxe Rescue Diver Course - €499 (includes EFR course & and Divin'Dec polo shirt).
FREE Dive Club Membership. (Saving of €150)

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €150 payable via Credit Card. Upon booking you will receive your Rescue Diver Crew Pack.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.

Where can I go from here?

The PADI Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for all Professional level PADI courses, beginning with the PADI Divemaster certification.




PADI Wreck Diver

The lure of exploring sunken vessels, airplanes and submarines is something most divers can't resist.
The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course introduces you to wreck diving and helps you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for safe and fun wreck diving.
Donegal's coastline is littered with 100's of wrecks & submarines from World War One as well as some more recent maritime disasters.

What do I need to start?

You'll need your PADI Wreck Diving Crew Pack, which includes:

- Wreck Diver Manual
- Wreck Reel (optional)

The Wreck Diver DVD is viewed in class but can be purchased as an extra for reference.

What will I do?

Wreck Diver Training will include the following:

Techniques for exploring shipwrecks including the planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of wreck diving
How to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks, e.g. Wrecksite.eu
Wreck scuba diving equipment considerations
Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels
Limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures
Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four wreck dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor

How long will it take?

The recomended course time is 24 hours and is conducted over 2 to 3 days.

Preqequisites?

- PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
- Minimum age: 15 years old

Cost?

PADI Wreck Diver Course - €349
Deluxe Wreck Diver Course - €499 (includes wreck reel, 1 x dive to HMS Laurentic and Divin'Dec 'HMS Laurentic' polo shirt).
FREE Dive Club Membership. (Saving of €150)

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €100 payable via Credit Card. Upon booking you will receive your Wreck Diver Crew Pack.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.

Where can I go from here?

Many shipwrecks are often found in deeper water. That’s why the PADI Wreck Diver course is a natural companion to the PADI Deep Diver course. We recommend to take these two specialties concurrently as our local ocean Liner HMS Laurentic lies in 38m of water.
Other training to consider is the PADI Enriched Air Diver which can increase your time spent at 38m by almost 100%.
The wreck diver course counts towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.




PADI TecRec 40

Technical diving is scuba diving’s “extreme” sport.
It's where experienced divers go far deeper than in mainstream recreational diving.
Technical diving requires significantly more equipment and training to manage the additional hazards this type of diving entails.
Tec diving isn’t for everyone, but for those who are up for the challenge, then the PADI Tec 40 course is for you.

What will I do?

Many divers start the Tec Deep courses in the winter months with Dive 1 completed in less than 10m of water with the remaining 3 dives completed over a weekend that suits you.

You will complete the following:
Setup and dive with the standard Tec diving rig
Learn some new environment specific dive skills including gas shutdowns
Learn to use decompression software and dive computers to plan and make decompression dives These planned dives will have no more than 10 minutes of total decompression and be not deeper than 40 metres/130 feet
Use a single cylinder of decompression gas with up to 50 percent oxygen (EANx50) to add conservatism to the required decompression.

Most people learn technical diving in backmount (both cylinders located on back), but you can also take this course in sidemount (one cylinder located separately under each arm). We recommend using a twin 12L manifolded twinset, double bladder wing + tec harness if you intend progressing onto TecRec 45 & 50.

What do I need to start?

1. Tec deep student manual (needed a few weeks before the start of the course to allow you time to complete all knowledge reviews & medicals.
2. Knowledge review printout + TecRec 40 handouts. I will e-mail to you once booking deposit is received.
3. Dive computer and laptop computer with V-Planner or HL Planner installed.
4. PADI Dive Medical signed by GP.
5. The optional "Equipment Set-up and Key Skills" DVD is a great tool to help you practice at home in between your tec diving adventures.

How long will it take?

The course is performance based and typically takes 3 days to complete.

Course itinerary:
Day 1: equipment set-up -> knowledge development session -> dive no. 1
Day 2: knowledge development -> dive planning -> dive no. 2 -> tec 40 exam -> dive no. 3
Day 3: dive no. 3 -> dive no. 4

Mid-week & on-demand itinerary also available on request

Diver Prequsites?

- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
- PADI Enriched Air Diver (or equivalent)
- PADI Deep Diver (or equivalent)
- Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least 10 must be enriched air dives, 12 must be deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and at least six must be deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
- Minimum age: 18 years old
- Have a medical statement signed by a physician.

Reccommended Equipment List

1Twin manifolded 12L cylinders
2Wings + Harness with redundant buoyancy system
Recommended: Dual bladder with minimum of 60LB buoyancy
3Drysuit with pockets to carry spare equipment/SMB
4Power Fins with SS Spring straps: Jet Fin type
52 x Knife/line cutter: 1 accessible with both hands
6Weight system - 2 x weight buckles/secure pocket weight system
Recommended: V-weights on the doubles
7Regulators - Cold water approved (Apeks or Atomic regulators), One 2m long hose and 1 x standard hose. Miflex hoses recommended.
82 x SMB (1 x Yellow + 1 x Red)
9Tangle free Ratchet Reel
Recommended: minimum of 50m pink line
10Jon Line recommended for decompression
11Nitrox Dive computer, ideally 2 gas dive computer(up to 100% O2), e.g. Liquivision XEO.
12Digital depth guage/timer - with average depth and ascent rate in meters per minute. e.g Uwatec 330m with bungees or Liquivision Xen
13Spare Mask
14Slate + wet notes
15Stage reg - DST4 witm 1m long miflex hose and 4inch HP hose. PROVIDED.
16Extra sliding gate clips, bungee, cable ties, inner car & bicycle tube. PROVIDED.

NOTE: All of the above can be purchased at excellent prices from Divin'Dec. Price match guarantee on UK prices & price beat guarantee on Irish prices.

Where can I go from here?

Now you have taken the first step, your next course is the PADI TecRec Tec45 course where you will learn:
- The skills and equipment and planning need to dive to a maximum of 45 metres/145 feet
- The knowledge to plan and execute single and repetitive decompression dives using a single stage cylinder of EANx or oxygen to accelerate or add conservatism to the decompression stops.
- There would be no time limit to amount of decompression
- Prepare for and respond to foreseeable technical diving emergencies
- Master the basic skills and procedures you’ll need as you move into deeper technical diving.

What will it cost?

1-1 tuition = €500pp
2-1 tuition = €400pp
3-1 tuition = €350pp

Above prices include all tuition, gases, certification & stage cylinder use:
Boat hire if needed is at cost (€25 to €40).

Accommodation:
I can arrange bed, breakfast, lunch & dinner for €35 per day.

Equipment hire:
Tec Wing, backplate, harness & twinset - €50
2 x back gas regulators with 2.1m long hose - €50

Equipment hire cost can be refunded (as a 10% discount) should you purchase equipment during 2013. (e.g. purchase €1,000 of equipment get €100 back).

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €200 payable via Credit Card. I will then post your course materials to you prior to course commencement.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.


PADI TecRec 45

The Tec 45 course picks up where Tec 40 leaves off and takes your training as a tec diver further and deeper.
It is the second subcourse in the full PADI Tec Diver course.

What will I do?

You will complete 4 dives of varying depths up to a maximum of 45m where you will complete the following:

Master the additional skills, equipment and planning needed to dive to a maximum of 45 metres/145 feet.
Obtain the knowledge to plan and execute single and repetitive decompression dives using a single stage cylinder of EANx or oxygen to accelerate or add conservatism to the decompression stops. There would be no time limit to the amount of decompression.
Experience handling 7 & 11 liter aluminium cylinders.
Prepare for and respond to foreseeable technical diving emergencies.

What do I need to start?

1. Tec deep student manual (needed a few weeks before the start of the course to allow you time to complete all knowledge reviews & medicals).
2. Knowledge review printout + TecRec 45 handouts. I will e-mail the materials to you once booking deposit is received.
3. Dive computer and laptop computer with V-Planner or HL Planner installed.
4. PADI Dive Medical signed by GP.

How long will it take?

The course is performance based and typically takes 3 days to complete.

Summer itinerary:
Day 1: equipment set-up -> knowledge development session -> dive no. 1(shore)
Day 2: knowledge development -> dive planning -> dive no. 2 -> tec 45 exam -> dive no. 3(shore)
Day 3: dive no. 4 (HMS Laurentic)

Mid-week & on-demand itinerary also available on request.

Diver pre-requisites?

- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
- PADI Enriched Air Diver (or equivalent)
- PADI Deep Diver (or equivalent)
- PADI Tec 40 (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
- Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least:
- 12 dives were made with enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
- 6 (with or without EANx) dives were deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
- Minimum age: 18 years old

Reccommended Equipment List

1Twin manifolded 12L cylinders
2Wings + Harness with redundant buoyancy system
Recommended: Dual bladder with minimum of 60LB buoyancy
3Drysuit with pockets to carry spare equipment/SMB
4Power Fins with SS Spring straps: Jet Fin type
52 x Knife/line cutter: 1 accessible with both hands
6Weight system - 2 x weight buckles/secure pocket weight system
Recommended: V-weights on the doubles
7Regulators - Cold water approved (Apeks or Atomic regulators), One 2m long hose and 1 x standard hose. Miflex hoses recommended.
82 x SMB (1 x Yellow + 1 x Red)
9Tangle free Ratchet Reel
Recommended: minimum of 50m pink line
10Jon Line recommended for decompression
11Nitrox Dive computer, ideally 2 gas dive computer(up to 100% O2), e.g. Liquivision XEO.
12Digital depth guage/timer - with average depth and ascent rate in meters per minute. e.g Uwatec 330m with bungees or Liquivision Xen
13Spare Mask
14Slate + wet notes
15Stage reg - (Apeks DST4 or Atomic M1) with 1m long miflex hose and 4inch HP hose. PROVIDED.
16Extra sliding gate clips, bungee, cable ties, inner car & bicycle tube. PROVIDED.

NOTE: All of the above can be purchased at excellent prices from Divin'Dec. Price match guarantee on UK prices & price beat guarantee on Irish prices.

Where can I go from here?

The Tec 50 course completes your training as an entry-level tec diver, taking you past the limits of recreational diving. You will learn learn the skills and dive planning needed to dive to a maximum of 50 metres/163 feet using two stage cylinders of EANx or oxygen to accelerate decompression stops.

What will it cost?

1-1 tuition = €500pp
2-1 tuition = €400pp
3-1 tuition = €350pp

Above prices include all tuition, gases, certification & stage cylinder use:
Boat hire if needed is at cost (€25 to €40).

Accommodation:
I can arrange bed, breakfast, lunch & dinner for €35 per day.

Equipment hire:
Tec Wing, backplate, harness & twinset - €50
2 x back gas regulators with 2.1m long hose - €50

Equipment hire cost can be refunded (as a 10% discount) should you purchase equipment during 2013. (e.g. purchase €1,000 of equipment get €100 back).

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €200 payable via Credit Card. I will then post your course materials to you prior to course commencement.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.



PADI TecRec 50

The Tec 50 course completes your training as an entry-level tec diver.
You will learn the skills and dive planning needed to dive to a maximum of 50 metres/165 feet using two stage cylinders of EANx/Oxygen to accelerate decompression.

What will I do?

You will complete 4 dives of varying depths up to a maximum of 50m where you will complete the following:

Make actual decompression dives as deep as 50 metres/165 feet
Use enriched air nitrox and/or oxygen for decompression
Use desk top decompression software to create custom dive tables and plan your dives
Qualify to make technical decompression dives independently.
Learn and utilise some of the best dive equipment suitable for this level of diving

What do I need to start?

1. Tec deep student manual (needed a few weeks before the start of the course to allow you time to complete all knowledge reviews & medicals.
2. Knowledge review printout + TecRec 50 handouts. I will e-mail to you once booking deposit is received.
3. Dive computer and laptop computer with V-Planner or HL Planner installed.
4. PADI Dive Medical signed by GP.

How long will it take?

The course is performance based and typically takes 3 days to complete.

Summer itinerary:
Day 1: equipment set-up -> knowledge development session -> dive no. 1(shore)
Day 2: knowledge development -> dive planning -> dive no. 2 -> tec 50 exam -> dive no. 3(shore)
Day 3: dive no. 4 (HMS Laurentic, Boniface or HMS Audacious)

Mid-week & on-demand itinerary also available on request.

Diver pre-requisites?

- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
- PADI Enriched Air Diver (or equivalent)
- PADI Deep Diver (or equivalent)
- PADI Tec 45 Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
- Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least 20 must be enriched air dives, 25 must be deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and at least 20 dives must be deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
- Minimum age: 18 years old
- Have a medical statement signed by your GP

Reccommended Equipment List

1Twin manifolded 12L cylinders
2Wings + Harness with redundant buoyancy system
Recommended: Dual bladder with minimum of 60LB buoyancy
3Drysuit with pockets to carry spare equipment/SMB
4Power Fins with SS Spring straps: Jet Fin type
52 x Knife/line cutter: 1 accessible with both hands
6Weight system - 2 x weight buckles/secure pocket weight system
Recommended: V-weights on the doubles
7Regulators - Cold water approved (Apeks or Atomic regulators), One 2m long hose and 1 x standard hose. Miflex hoses are recommended.
82 x SMB (1 x Yellow + 1 x Red)
9Tangle free Ratchet Reel
Recommended: minimum of 50m pink line
10Jon Line recommended for decompression
11Nitrox Dive computer, ideally 2 gas dive computer(up to 100% O2), e.g. Liquivision XEO.
12Digital depth guage/timer - with average depth and ascent rate in meters per minute. e.g Uwatec 330m with bungees or Liquivision Xen
13Spare Mask
14Slate + wet notes
15Stage reg - DST4 witm 1m long miflex hose and 4inch HP hose. PROVIDED.
16Extra sliding gate clips, bungee, cable ties, inner car & bicycle tube. PROVIDED.

NOTE: All of the above can be purchased at excellent prices from Divin'Dec. Price match guarantee on UK prices & price beat guarantee on Irish prices.

Where can I go from here?

Tec Trimix 65 Course or Tec 50 Trimix distinctive speciality.
These courses open up the advantages of Trimix to the diver. You will be qualified to make multi-stop decompression dives that employ EANx and oxygen for accelerated decompression,and any Trimix with an oxygen content of 18% or more to a maximum depth of 65 metres/210 feet.

What will it cost?

1-1 tuition = €500pp
2-1 tuition = €400pp
3-1 tuition = €350pp

Above prices include all tuition, gases, certification & stage cylinder use:
Boat hire if needed is at cost (€25 to €40).

Accommodation:
I can arrange bed, breakfast, lunch & dinner for €35 per day.

Equipment hire:
Tec Wing, backplate, harness & twinset - €50
2 x back gas regulators with 2.1m long hose - €50

Equipment hire cost can be refunded (as a 10% discount) should you purchase equipment during 2013. (e.g. purchase €1,000 of equipment get €100 back).

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €200 payable via Credit Card. I will then post your course materials to you prior to course commencement.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.


Why dive with Trimix?

Trimix adds considerable advantages to the deep technical diver.
  1. Divers can go to unlimited depths. The world record is -330m but typically depths of -100m can be easily reached.
  2. Nitrogen narcosis is almost elminated through the correct choice of gas blends.
  3. "Helium + Donegal = Brass" - a quote from a well known Irish technical diver.
Image courtesy of www.technicaldiving.ie

Why choose Divin'Dec?

Choosing the correct instructor especially for Trimix diving can be a very important decision, one that may save your life.

Attitude: Tek Trimix diving is as much an attitude as it is a skill. I will ensure that the diver demonstrates the correct attitude towards conducting Trimix dives.

Education: I am an experienced educator with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and numerous years of academic teaching experience. One of my most well known traits is my ability to explain complex theory in a very simple way.

Mastery of ALL skills: I believe that a demonstration of a skill by an instructor and having a student repeat it is not mastery. I will ensure that every student will become competent and confident in all water and land based skills relating to Trimix diving and planning. This has been proven with many satisfied customers over the years. Please see my testimonials page.

Team Diving: Another skill that I find essential is the ability to work as part of a team. When diving Trimix your responsibility to the team is of huge importance and this will be a large focus throught your training. Following qualification regular dives will be scheduled where you will be invited to conduct team planned dives. You may also be invited to become part of an Expedition team to the many deeper wrecks Malin Head has to offer.

Experience: You will be training with an instructor who regularly dives in some of the most challenging water conditions you can regularly plan to dive in. Having dived all over the world, I find the visibility, marine life and brass to be found in Donegal, mind blowing :)
Why wait? Don't Dream, GO Dive.


PADI TecRec Trimix 65

This course opens up the advantages of Trimix to the technical diver.

Divers will be qualified to make multi-stop decompression dives that employ EANx and oxygen for accelerated decompression, and any Trimix with a normoxic oxygen content of 18% or more.

They are then qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 65 metres/210 feet.


What will I do?

You will complete five Trimix dives of varying depths up to a maximum of 65m/210ft where you will complete the following:

  • Plan and execute at least five Trimix decompression dives using various Trimix blends
  • Become a master in the use of decompression software to create custom dive tables and dive plans
  • Experience handling of up to four decompression cylinders
  • Make training dives as deep as 65 metres/210 feet
Academic topics include:
  • Trimix diving depth ranges
  • Exposure planning
  • Selecting a mix
  • Argon inflation systems
  • Handling three or four decompression cylinders
  • Decompression models
  • Emergency procedures
  • Face masks and multi-gas computers

What do I need to start?

1. Tec Trimix student manual and crewpack (needed a few weeks before the start of the course to allow you time to complete all knowledge reviews and medicals).

2. Dive computer and smartphone/laptop computer with V-Planner, HL Planner or Baltic installed.

3. PADI dive medical signed by GP within the last 12 months.

How long will it take?

The course is performance based and typically takes four days to complete.

Dives 1, 2 and 3 together with theory sessions are typically completed in one weekend in Donegal.

Dives 4 and 5 are one dive per day decompression dives and are deeper than 45m therefore boat availability has to be planned well in advance.

If you would like to dive the HMS Audacious or other well known Malin Head wrecks as part of this course you would need to register your interest ASAP as boats can be full up to 9 months in advance.

The two remaining dives could also be completed in Malta (November) or Egypt (February).

Mid-week and on-demand itinerary also available on request.

Diver pre-requisites?

  • PADI Rescue Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization and having proof of CPR and first aid training within the previous two years).
  • Be certified as a Tec 50 (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization). Click here for a list of other agency course equivalents.
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • Have a Medical form signed by your physician.
  • Minimum age is 18 years old
Recommended Equipment List

1Twin manifolded 12L cylinders
2Wings + Harness with redundant buoyancy system
Recommended: Dual bladder with minimum of 60LB buoyancy
3Drysuit with pockets to carry spare equipment/SMB
4Power Fins with SS Spring straps: Jet Fin type
52 x Knife/line cutter: 1 accessible with both hands
6Weight system - 2 x weight buckles/secure pocket weight system
Recommended: V-weights on the doubles
7Regulators - Cold water approved (Apeks/Atomic/Mares regulators), One 2m long hose and 1 x standard hose. Miflex hoses recommended.
82 x SMB (1 x Yellow + 1 x Red)
9Tangle free Ratchet Reel
Recommended: minimum of 50m pink line
10Jon Line recommended for decompression
11Recommend: Trimix Multi Gas Dive computer, ideally with up to 10 gases, e.g. Liquivision X1 or OSTC 2N.
12Digital depth guage/timer - with average depth and ascent rate in meters per minute. e.g Uwatec 330m with bungees or Liquivision Xen
13Spare Mask
14Slate + wet notes
15Stage reg - (Apeks DST4 or Atomic M1) with 1m long miflex hose and 4inch HP hose. PROVIDED.
16Extra sliding gate clips, bungee, cable ties, inner car & bicycle tube. PROVIDED.

NOTE: All of the above can be purchased at excellent prices from Divin'Dec. Price match guarantee on UK prices and price beat guarantee on Irish prices.

Where can I go from here?

For the extreme diver ready to further explore the world of technical deep diving, the gas of choice is hypoxic Trimix - a blend of oxygen, helium and nitrogen. The PADI Tec Trimix 90 diver course takes you to the outer edges of technical deep diving, opening the door to pristine dive sites of Malin Head where few divers ever see.

What will it cost?

1-1 tuition = €650pp
2-1 tuition = €550pp
3-1 tuition = €475pp

Above prices include all tuition, air, oxygen, certification and cylinder use:
Boat hire if needed is at cost (approx €60 per day).
Helium is extra @ €0.035 per liter.

Accommodation:
I can arrange bed, breakfast, lunch & dinner for €35 per day.

Equipment hire:
Tec Wing, backplate, harness - €50
2 x back gas regulators with 2.1m long hose - €50

Equipment hire cost can be refunded (as a 10% discount) should you purchase equipment during 2013. (e.g. purchase €1,000 of equipment get €100 back).

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €200 payable via Credit Card. I will then post your course materials to you prior to course commencement.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.



PADI TecRec Trimix 90

The PADI Tec Trimix Diver course is intended to extend the depth range of technical divers already trained and qualified to use air, enriched air and oxygen for technical decompression dives beyond 50 metres/165 feet.

Diving with trimix is the outer edge of tec diving - the maximum depth for using this technology has yet to be defined.

This course is for Tec 50 or Tec Trimix 65 (or those holding a qualifying certification from another training organization).

The course extends your depth range capabilities by training you to use Trimix (a blend of helium, oxygen and nitrogen).


What will I do?

You will plan and execute between three to eight dives (depending upon whether you enter the course as a Tec 50 diver or Tec Trimix 65 diver) of varying depths up to a maximum of 90m/300ft where you will complete the following:

  • Plan and execute at least three Trimix decompression dives using various Trimix blends
  • Become a master in the use of decompression software to create custom dive tables and dive plans
  • Experience handling of up to four decompression cylinders
  • Make training dives as deep as 90 metres/300 feet
Academic topics include:
  • Trimix diving depth ranges
  • Exposure planning
  • Selecting a mix
  • Argon inflation systems
  • Handling three or four decompression cylinders
  • Decompression models
  • Emergency procedures
  • Face masks and multi-gas computers

What do I need to start?

1. Tec Trimix student manual and crewpack (needed a few weeks before the start of the course to allow you time to complete all knowledge reviews and medicals).

2. Dive computer and smartphone/laptop computer with V-Planner, HL Planner or Baltic installed.

3. PADI dive medical signed by GP within the last 12 months.

How long will it take?

The course is performance based and typically takes three to seven days to complete.

Dives 1, 2 and 3 together with theory sessions are typically completed in one weekend in Donegal.

Dives 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are one dive per day decompression dives and are deeper than 45m therefore boat availability has to be planned well in advance.

If you would like to dive the HMS Audacious, SS Justicia, MV Viknor, UB89 or other world class Malin Head wrecks as part of this course, you would need to register your interest ASAP, as boats can be full up to 9 months in advance.

Dives 4 to 8 could also be completed in Malta (November) with the advantage that it will be easy to complete five Trimix dives in 6 days.

Mid-week and on-demand itinerary also available on request.

Diver pre-requisites?

  • PADI Rescue Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization and having proof of CPR and first aid training within the previous two years).
  • Be certified as a Tec 50, Tec Trimix 65 or hold a qualifying certification from another training organization. Click here for a list of other agency course equivalents.
  • Have a minimum of 150 logged dives
  • Have a Medical form signed by your physician.
  • Minimum age is 18 years old
Recommended Equipment List

1Twin manifolded 12L cylinders
2Wings + Harness with redundant buoyancy system
Recommended: Dual bladder with minimum of 60LB buoyancy
3Drysuit with pockets to carry spare equipment/SMB
4Power Fins with SS Spring straps: Jet Fin type
52 x Knife/line cutter: 1 accessible with both hands
6Weight system - 2 x weight buckles/secure pocket weight system
Recommended: V-weights on the doubles
7Regulators - Cold water approved (Apeks/Atomic/Mares regulators), One 2m long hose and 1 x standard hose. Miflex hoses recommended.
82 x SMB (1 x Yellow + 1 x Red)
9Tangle free Ratchet Reel
Recommended: minimum of 50m pink line
10Jon Line recommended for decompression
11Recommend Trimix Multi Gas Dive computer, ideally with up to 10 gases, e.g. Liquivision X1 or OSTC 2N.
12Digital depth guage/timer - with average depth and ascent rate in meters per minute. e.g Uwatec 330m with bungees or Liquivision Xen
13Spare Mask
14Slate + wet notes
15Stage reg - (Apeks DST4 or Atomic M1) with 1m long miflex hose and 4inch HP hose. PROVIDED.
16Extra sliding gate clips, bungee, cable ties, inner car & bicycle tube. PROVIDED.

NOTE: All of the above can be purchased at excellent prices from Divin'Dec. Price match guarantee on UK prices and price beat guarantee on Irish prices.

Where can I go from here?

Congratulations: You have reached the limit of open circuit diver training. Lets go out and find some brass.

What will it cost?

1-1 tuition = from €500pp
2-1 tuition = €400pp
3-1 tuition = €350pp

Above prices include all tuition, air, oxygen, certification and cylinder use:
Boat hire if needed is at cost (€60 per dive).
Helium is extra @ €0.035 per liter.

Accommodation:
I can arrange bed, breakfast, lunch & dinner for €35 per day.

Equipment hire:
Tec Wing, backplate, harness - €50
2 x back gas regulators with 2.1m long hose - €50

Equipment hire cost can be refunded (as a 10% discount) should you purchase equipment during 2013. (e.g. purchase €1,000 of equipment get €100 back).

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €200 payable via Credit Card. I will then post your course materials to you prior to course commencement.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.



What is sidemount diving?

Sidemount diving offers an alternative way to streamline in the water.
It offers easier equipment transportation when topside, reduced lower back strain, provides redundant gas supply, ability to monitor all equipment because it’s in front of you and increased gas supply for longer dives.
Plus, you don’t have to walk to the dive site with the cylinders on your back. You can enter the water and clip them on and go.
Sidemount diving will help make scuba diving easier for divers with disabilities.

Sidemount Skills



Sidemount Equipment


Simply Sidemount with Garry Dallas

Find a new and different way to configure your cylinders with Garrys Distinctive Sidemount Diver course. Sidemount diving offers:
  • An alternative way to streamline in the water
  • Easier equipment transportation when topside
  • Reduced lower back strain
  • Provides redundant gas supply
  • Ability to monitor all equipment because it’s in front of you
  • Increased gas supply for longer dives
  • Easy entry and exit to the water for divers with disabilities.

What will I do?

  • Take on and off your sidemount cylinders whilst in the water
  • Conduct a buoyancy check at the surface
  • Donor and receiver to an out of air diver
  • Switch regulators to keep gas balanced in your independent cylinders
  • Neutral buoyancy swimming using various finning techniques
  • Valve shutdown exercise combined with gas switches (safety drill)
  • Twin partial cylinder removal and swim neutrally buoyant
  • Neutral swim with one cylinder removed (hand-held)
  • Simulate a regulator free flow and breathe from regulator using valve fluttering - one of the primary benefits to diving sidemount (i.e. added safety).
  • Maintain the correct trim of the sidemount cylinders (especially when buoyant)
  • Sidemount bungee failure, replace with spare
  • Reverse finning workshop - This way my highlight last year. Being an experienced diver I am atill learning.

What do I need to start?

All kit will be provided for the course if you don’t have your own.
The equipment for the twin cylinder course:
  • Mask, Fins and Suitable Exposure Protection (snorkel optional)
  • Two Single Tanks
  • Two Primary Regulators and 1st Stages
  • 1.5 to 2m long regulator hose (recommend Miflex)
  • Sidemount Harness & BCD (approved by instructor prior to the course)
  • Dive Tables, Depth Guage and Dive Timer (or Dive Computer)
  • Dive knife
  • Slate with Pencil
  • Two Surface Signaling Devices (whistle and SMB or signal mirror)
  • Reel and SMB
  • Compass
  • Multi Pouch Or Pocket
  • Redundancy Equipment (spare bungee, double ended bolt snap, cable ties and mouthpiece)

How long will it take?

The course commences on a Friday evening with a theory session and equipment setup.
The following two days are then spent doing a three or four open water training dives followed by practice skill sessions (scenarios) including backward finning workshop.

Diver pre-requisites?

You need to be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent rating) and at least 18 years old with 25 logged dives.

What will it cost?

€599pp (€399 if booked before June 30th) for the full course from one of the UK's best sidemount instructors.

NOTE: The course will be run by Garry who is a full time sidemount instructor based in the UK. This is our second year facilitating this excellent sidemount course. Just one weekend available August 16th,17th & 18th 2013. Please register your interst ASAP.

The following is a photo of Garry in full sidemount configuration.



Accommodation:
Local Accomodation near the Ballyraine area of Letterkennyy is recommended, e.g. Ballyraine Guesthouse or Donegal Shore B&B.

Advance booking essential with a non-refundable deposit of €200 payable via Credit Card.
Please email divindec@gmail.com or telephone +353 (0)87 287 6372 to arrange a time that suits you.


(c) Declan Burke PADI Instructor & Master Scuba Dive Trainer #650495 T/A DivinDec Letterkenny Co. Donegal Ireland | DivinDec@gmail.com | Tel: +353872876372