Question Intro to Tech

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Silverback9

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I wanted to know if this course is worth the time money.
Would be a TDI intro to tech course. Is there information to be gleaned or is it appropriate to start at the advanced Nitrox level?
I have 3 videos for you to check out at Divers Ready. James is a very straight shooter. Then you can check out his website.



 

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I wanted to know if this course is worth the time money.
Would be a TDI intro to tech course. Is there information to be gleaned or is it appropriate to start at the advanced Nitrox level?
if you talk with a great instructor you'll get the guidance you need.
Some of my tech students start at Intro so we can dial in skills and gear configs. Some of my tech students start at Adv Nitrox/Deco Procedures. It depends on their skills, experience, and comfort level.
Tech diving is not the place to cut corners or to try and save a few $$ on training.
 

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In short yes, it is a fundamentals course that you should take if you are interested in going down the technical route. Not mention there are a fair number of shops that require ITT before AN/DP.
 

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In the words of my intro to cave instructor, "We're not here to have fun, we are here to go scuba diving. Shape up."

Hahaha, I’m glad at least one thing I told you stuck :wink:

To the OP, absolutely take Intro to Tech (or equivalent, GUE fundies being the best bang for your buck guarantee to prepare you for AN/DP). Just be sure to speak with your instructor ahead of time to make sure they understand your goals. Some instructors use ITT as a “try tech” type experience where they just throw doubles on you and let you swim around.
 

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In short yes, it is a fundamentals course that you should take if you are interested in going down the technical route. Not mention there are a fair number of shops that require ITT before AN/DP.
You should not choose your ANDP instructor based upon the shop. You should choose them based upon their instructor skills and extensive experience of decompression diving. You don't want an instructor that's basically a recreational instructor who's done a course on ANDP.

Some interview questions:
  • What diving do you do when you're not training/teaching?
  • How long have you been diving beyond recreational limits?
  • What's your longest, deepest and most challenging dives you've done?
  • How many hours have you spent at decompression?
Sure there's others, but it should sort the wheat from the chaff.
 

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I was just chatting with my ANDP instructor yesterday and mentioned my concern that I should have experience with back twins before doing the ANDP course. He said that he now insists that any student wanting to do ANDP must first do the intro to tech or a side mount course before doing the ANDP. It is not a TDI requirement and as he said to me, you are paying for training not a certificate.

So my own concerns that doing the ANDP course without previous back twins experience suits both myself and my instructor. He likes the fact I am wanting to do the ITT before the ANDP.
 

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I was just chatting with my ANDP instructor yesterday and mentioned my concern that I should have experience with back twins before doing the ANDP course. He said that he now insists that any student wanting to do ANDP must first do the intro to tech or a side mount course before doing the ANDP. It is not a TDI requirement and as he said to me, you are paying for training not a certificate.

So my own concerns that doing the ANDP course without previous back twins experience suits both myself and my instructor. He likes the fact I am wanting to do the ITT before the ANDP.
One would hope that this would mean students would have more confidence and at least be in the right mindset of redundancy and sufficient gas.

ANDP means you're doing decompression. This by definition means there's a "soft" overhead between you and the surface; therefore you *must* have redundant gas supplies. A single cylinder, even a 15 litre, is a single source of gas and is generally quite limited in volume. A twinset or sidemount provides the redundancy and additional gas, especially in the bottom phase where the decompression gas is not available.

The other challenge of singles is what happens if someone rocks up with a recreational BCD? Is that going to be easy to clip the decompression stage?
 
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