Hi everyone! hope you're all doing well
I'm planning to get into tech diving in the near future. So far, I've have been PADI trained - almost MSD certified - however since I'm planning to switch from recreational diving to technical diving, I was thinking to also switch agency... I know "it's the instructor not the agency" (which I completely agree with btw) but surely there must be differences in material taught and skills focused on? Especially with technical diving as I'm guessing its a lot more well, technical, than recreational diving??? -please correct me if I'm wrong, I'm here to learn
Any advice, tips, points in the right direction is appreciated.
I'm based in the Netherlands, but travel whenever I can, with scuba gear in tow of course
now getting back to the OP ...
At first, why do you want to go technical? Are you interested in wrecks, caves, longer dives, rebreathers, ...? Some posters quickly jumped to cave diving, but Netherlands isn't exactly cave country. If all you want is North Sea wreck diving, then Mexican style cave training will still be interesting but also kind of a detour.
Then, what's your preferred diving style? Want to go sidemount, or backmount doubles, or don't care? Do you want to set up and train for the occasional solo dive? Start early with a rebreather, or do a lot of open circuit first?
Choice of instructor is very important, but the agency sets the curriculum. Some agency such as GUE is special in how they teach (quality assurance), and what they teach or not (sidemount, DIR, solo, standardization, best mix, ...). I like how they teach, but I don't like what they teach.