SSI TECHXR – TECHNICAL DIVING PROGRAM
Looking for extreme action? Check out SSI’s Technical Extended Range Program!
SSI’s TechXR is a well founded Technical Diving program and it was created to take the recreational diver to an extreme level for their diving adventures.
Whether you are looking for the excitement of deep reef diving or the thrill of exploring wrecks located well past 40m (130 feet), SSI TechXR is a way to learn the training and experience necessary for you to complete every new adventure with confidence and skill.
Whatever your current diving ability, extended range diving will challenge you with environments, depths, bottom times, procedures, and equipment not commonly encountered by recreational divers. You will be experiencing advanced levels that require extensive knowledge, enhanced diving skills, and considerable experience.
To support your journey, SSI has developed these specific learning tools: a manual, interactive CD-ROM, Technical DiveLog and Technical Dive Slates. In addition, you rinstructor may also require you to have a personal copy of an advanced dive planning software program.
The courses available for you to take are: Advanced Nitrox, Technical Foundations, Decompression Procedures, Normoxic Trimix, and Advanced Decompression Procedures. You can take each of these courses individually or all at once.
You will develop confidence and comfort with these new skills through repetition and supervised experiences. Training will be designed to match your goals and objectives. SSI′s signature training method′s the “SSI Diver Diamond “and “Comfort Through Repetition” have been applied to keep the programs consistent and provide the same high quality education as other SSI products.
The SSI TechXR program is designed to meet your needs. The instructor can formulate training around your individual goals and objectives. If you are just seeking for training how to perform safe decompression dives or if you want to walk the entire path through to become a TECH DIVER, SSI TechXR is the right program to satisfy your needs!
During this course you will learn to function as a member of a deep dive team and to plan and execute dives requiring stage decompression. You will make training dives as deep as 165 fsw while breathing air or optimized Nitrox and learn the proper procedures for making decompression stops utilizing a single decompression gas – EAN50.
The course includes hands-on experience with decompression planning software. You will gain the ability to prepare primary, contingency, and bailout plans. You will become experienced at evaluating conditions, anticipating potential problems, and applying the appropriate dive technique to achieve dive objectives.
Prerequisits: minimum 18 years old, minimum 75 logged dives, certification in Deep, Stress & Rescue, Enriched Air Nitrox and additionally certification in Navigation or Cavern, Advanced Open Water Diver, Oxgen Provider, certification in Technical Foundations or equivalent or Technical Foundations certified plus 10 logged Extended Range dives in the SSI Technical Logbook in a range of 24 – 42m with Stage Tank or Pony Bottle
Technical Foundations divers will be trained to utilize singles with H-valves or twinsets, and stage cylinders or pony bottles. They will be introduced to advanced dive planning and make training dives as deep as 42m (140 ft). Students will also learn oxygen procedures and may use up to EAN50 for contingency decompression and to improve off-gas efficiency at safety stops.
Prerequisits: minimum 18 years old, minimum 50 logged dives, certification in Deep, Stress & Rescue, Enriched Air Nitrox and additionally certification in Navigation or Cavern, Advanced Open Water Diver
Students enrolled in the Technical Foundations course will develop the fundamental knowledge, equipment familiarity, and skills needed to participate in extended range diving activities. Even for divers who do not plan to make decompression dives, this course will increase confidence and enhance diving abilities. It is for every diver who wants to dive deeper, longer, or in more challenging environments.
Prerequisits: Certification in Enriched Air Nitrox, minimum 18 years old, minimum 24 logged dives out which minimum 6 need to be Enriched Air Nitrox Dives
This course examines strategies for accelerated decompression. You are presented with the option of multiple Nitrox blends and the use of 100% oxygen. You will learn advanced ppO2 management procedures to control CNS toxicity dose. Training dives are conducted to depths as deep as 180 fsw and two gasses are used for stage decompression.
Prerequisits: minimum 18 years old, minimum 75 logged dives, certification in Deep, Stress & Rescue, Enriched Air Nitrox and additionally certification in Navigation or Cavern, Advanced Open Water Diver, Oxgen Provider, certification in Decompression Procedures or Normoxic Trimix plus 10 logged Air- or optimized EAN Nitrox Dives or normoxic Trimix Dives which were done by the use of a Stage ( EAN50 ), these dives should have been in depth ranges from 24m to 54m
You will learn the procedures for using Normoxic Trimix blends with helium concentrations as great as 30%. Training dives will be conducted to depths of 180 fsw and EAN50 will be utilized to complete stage decompression stops.
Normoxic Trimix is optional.
Prerequisits: minimum 18 years old, minimum 75 logged dives, certification in Deep, Stress & Rescue, Enriched Air Nitrox and additionally certification in Navigation or Cavern, Advanced Open Water Diver, Oxgen Provider, certification in Decompression Procedures or equivalent plus 10 logged Extended Range Decompression dives
WHY SSI TECHXR INSTRUCTOR?
Why SSI TechXR?
The entire program consists of 5 parts, which are built up on each other: Advanced Nitrox, Technical Foundations, Decompression Procedures, Normoxic Trimix and Advanced Decompression Procedures
Many Dive Leaders seem to be interested in TechXR but finding the right starting point is a challenge. Therefore SSI has created some special combination programs and crossovers together with theTechXR Instructor Trainers in order to allow you an easy entry to TechXR. Dive Leaders can take part in one of the programs as a “Tech-Beginner“ or they can also already contribute experiences from other Technical Agencies. Entry into these courses are available to anyone at any time.
SSI Instructors must enroll an SSI Technical Extended Range Instructor Training Course in order to qualify for SSI TechXR Instructor Ratings.
SSI Instructors who are also instructors of recognized Technical Diving Agencies are entitled to take part in the TechXR Crossover Programs. TechXR Crossover Programs will be conducted following the TXR Equivalence List and the candidates will receive the appropriate SSI TechXR credentials after successful completion of the program.
The SSI TechXR program was designed and tested under the most demanding conditions. All of the complex information has been broken down and made simple to teach and understand.
The SSI TechXR program was designed and tested under the most demanding conditions. All of the complex information has been broken down and made simple to teach and understand. The training material for both the student and instructor was developed by industry professionals with years of technical experience. SSI’s signature training method’s, the “SSI Diver Diamond “and “Comfort Through Repetition” have been applied to keep the programs consistent and provide the same high quality education as other SSI products.
The SSI TechXR program is designed to meet the needs of your customer. The instructor can formulate training around each customer′s individual goals and objectives.
Option 1 – Qualified TechXR Instructors can teach all four programs as a complete course or teach them sequentially as single courses. Students always have the choice to move only as far as they want. Technical Foundations can be taught as a single program being the prerequisite for Decompression procedures. Deco procedures must precede Normoxic Trimix. Advanced Decompression may be taught after either Deco Procedures (Normoxic Trimix is not required by standards) or Normoxic Trimix.
Option 2 – At the instructor′s and facility´s discretion, they may choose not to offer Technical Foundations as a separate course. The instructor/dealer can market a Decompression Procedures course. The academics for Foundations and the associated skill development dives will simply be incorporated into Decompression Procedures.
Option 3 – 50% of dive leaders indicated that they would not teach students below 40m (130 ft) while breathing air. These instructors may teach a Normoxic Trimix program that incorporates academics and skills for Technical Foundations and Decompression Procedures but does not require deep air dives.