Thailand – Australia – United Kingdom

Advanced Nitrox use for Technical Diving

Technical scuba divers learn the techniques to using rich mixes of nitrox for technical diving

Koh Tao, Thailand

Big Blue Tech celebrates the graduation of Etienne De Beer and Pierre Peigne from their TDI Advanced Nitrox course conducted over 2 days and 4 dives by TDI Instructor James Thornton-Allan and assisted by Technical Diving Instructor Intern James Foleher on a small island off the coast of Thailand called Koh Tao.

TDI Advanced Nitrox training focuses on the diver’s bottom skills, ascent skills expanding on the Intro to Tech skills, and is designed to cultivate, integrate, and test these skills, which are essential for safe technical diving. This critical training will include bottom failures, midwater failures, problem identification and resolution and building the capacity for progressively more challenging diving.

In this class, students will be trained in the use of double tanks/cylinders and in the potential failure problems associated with them, the use of 100% Oxygen for extended no decompression, and the applications of single decompression stage diving with respect to decompression procedures.

This class provides an excellent foundation on which divers can build their technical diving experience in the 130’/40m range using a single decompression bottle. Following the TDI Advanced Nitrox, the diver can enter the TDI Decompression Procedures, which provides a solid basis of critical skills for the Technical Diver venturing to 160’/45m range utilizing single decompression bottle and a stage to conduct multiple technical dives in one day.

Consider the following with respect to your deeper diving pursuits.

  • How fun are those deep dives if you aren’t comfortable?
  • You have doubles, but do you know how to handle a failure as a team?
  • Would you enjoy your dives more if you felt more confident in your diving and emergency skills?
  • Would you like current and depth and darkness not to affect your diving at all?

This class is designed for those individuals who like to learn by doing, not just thinking. With an emphasis on practical, in-training through development and “simulator dives”, it’s just the thing to get your brain working while you’re finning and hovering.

And for those yearning for a better understanding of the monster of decompression, we start at the beginning, and work carefully to our present understanding. If you’re ready to take the next step into technical diving.All these elements combined equal a far safer diving experience in the 80 (24m) – 130 ft (39m) range which makes this class an excellent resource for anyone looking to make the most out of the time they have for diving.

When merged with other skills such as team diving and precision diver control, individuals are able to appreciate a whole new way of diving, having more fun while diving safer and more responsibly. Simply put, these techniques and principles enable divers to maximize their personal abilities and eliminate some of the frustrations common in conventional diving.


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