Deep Diving Training

Recreational deep diving training

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Recreational deep diving training teaches you to safely dive to a maximum of 130 feet (40 m). Training agencies such as NAUI, PADI, and IANTD offer this type of training. There are two ways to receive deep diving training. Most training organizations teach and require at least one deep dive when taking their advanced level certifications. Most of them also offer a specialty certification called Deep Diver, which also teaches you do dive between 60 and 130 feet (18 to 40 m). For details about each of the courses, contact your instructor or training agency. Each training agency may require different prerequisites and have a different approach to the training. Make sure you understand and are comfortable with the type of training offered. Learning, understanding, and practicing are why you are there, not just to quickly get another certification card.

Technical deep diving training

There is no course called “technical deep diving.” However, courses such as extended range, trimix, and decompression techniques are all courses that teach you the fundamentals, procedures, techniques, etc. to safely dive deeper than 130 feet (40 m). Training agencies such as NAUI, IANTD, TDI, GUE, and PADI all offer different levels and types of these courses. Deep diving on a technical level requires much more training and practice and is much more involved. It also is much more expensive and requires a lot more equipment. Make sure you understand and are comfortable with the type of training offered. Learning, understanding, and practicing are why you are there, not just to quickly get another certification card.