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Ontario Techdiving

What is Technical Diving? Essentially, it's diving that goes beyond the limits of traditional recreational SCUBA training: planned decompression, use of breathing mixtures other than air, diving beyond 130', entering "overhead environments" with no direct ascent to the surface possible, multiple tanks, and the like. The level of dedication, training, and equipment investment considerably exceeds that needed for casual diving. Me? I'm an mid-level techie, but not one of the Great Heroes of the Sport yet. If you're going to try this stuff, start off with some decent training.

Technical Gear Rigging

Although better explanations of technical gear rigging will be found in the pages below, I do have a piece I wrote up myself on taping up fin straps.

Where to Get Stuff

A growing number of dive stores are carrying technical gear; you'll more likely than not see good stuff that brand-new divers don't need yet at your local shop. A few that merit special mention:
  • Northern Tech Diver is a useful source. Check their pages for Halcyon/EE stuff. Nick is one of the best Poseidon-fixers in the province.
  • Dive Source in Whitby (905-668-8566) looks interesting, but I haven't had a chance to visit them yet.
  • Diverse-Tek in Sudbury is another spot I need to check out when I make it up there next.
Shop around. Caveat Emptor.

* Cave Diving

* Instruction in Technical Diving

* Technical Diving Agencies

  • GUE (Global Underwater Explorers)
  • IANTD (International Association Of Nitrox and Technical Divers)
  • NACD (National Association for Cave Diving)
  • NAUI Tec Online
  • NSS-CDS (National Speleological Society - Cave Diving Section)

* Technical Diving Links

* Technical Gear Configuration

* Underwater Exploration

Last modified 2004-11-17 by Anthony DeBoer.