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What are the differences between the Rec and the Tec rating for fundamentals? Do I need experience on doubles to go for the tec rating ?
Thanks a lot for this now I can’t wait to do fundamental’s !*Need* experience? Theoretically, no. Practically, yes. *Very* few divers get a Tech pass out of the gate, even with hundreds of dives.
And you don’t really ‘go for the rating’. You take the class, and you achieve a certain level. You don’t have to declare in advance…
Now, if you’re asking whether you should do it in doubles or not, the answer is simple: unless you are very comfortable in doubles, do it in singles. The last thing you want to do is be in a configuration that you’re already unsure about when you will be challenged significantly by the class material alone.
A moment of real talk: assuming your profile is correct, there’s no way on God’s green earth you will be able to achieve a tech pass with the level of dives you have. And that is 100% OK! The amount of information you will learn and the amount of technique that you will dramatically improve is staggering, even if you are “only” ’going for a rec pass‘ in single tanks.
I applaud you tremendously. Fundies was a class that I wanted to do as a relatively inexperienced diver, but I could not get over the fact that I knew I would not be able to achieve the highest level, so I simply did not take the class. For about 10 years. I’m too lazy to find it, but I wrote a review on SB of my Fundies class that goes into that in detail. Bravo for you, and don’t worry about what you may or may not ‘pass’. You *will* make huge strides in your diving. Even in a wetsuit and a single tank.
In my class, the two students I was with both had under 100 dives. Both of them could not hold a hover before the class. Both of them could after. Neither could propel themselves with anything but flutter. When they were done, they had multiple propulsion techniques. Assuming you go into it with humility and an open mind, I’m sure the same will happen for you.