PADI Tec 40 Diver

You've seen the divers with more than one cylinder, you vaguely think you understand what they are doing. You strongly suspect they do this to go deeper, but you want to know why. They do this for the simple drive that is embedded in all of us, the drive to explore.

The technical community is an elite group of passionate and experienced divers that contribute massively to the exploration of our water bodies. Whether they are searching for a wreck, mapping a cave or simply just exploring some new topography, these divers are always out on a mission.

The PADI TecRec courses are here to give you a chance to join this community. The Tec 40 course is one of three modules that make up the PADI Tec Deep Diver certification, the other two being Tec 45 and Tec 50, this course will not increase your depth capabilities, it will however dramatically increase your knowledge on decompression.

Properly understanding decompression will open your understanding of what happens when we SCUBA dive. Once you have a grip on this then you will be able to customise your dives to suit you.

Please not that Technical diving is not for the faint of heart, this course will test you both mentally and physically. But enlisting in the program will not guarantee certification, we do our best to get you to an acceptable level, if you do not meet the standards and are not comfortable with the procedures then we simply cannot certify you.

  • Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Be a PADI Deep Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Have a minimum of 30 logged dives, of which at least 10 dives were made with enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres.
  • Have a medical form signed by your physician

Day 1 - Introduction and Theory: You come to collect your PADI Rescue Diver materials from our Simon's Town facility just outside Cape Town. We will then brief you with regards to the self study portion you need to complete at home. This should take no longer than 3 hours.

Day 2 - Theory and Skill Development: This will be a full day where we go over your self-study portion and discuss all the new knowledge you have now built up. Once we are done with the theory we will get in the pool where you will get a chance to get used to the new equipment, you will also then practice an array of new skills. This will all be carried out from the Simon's Town facility.

Day 3 - Skill Development: On your third day you will do two dives. The first one will be a shore entry to a site with a depth not exceeding 18 metres. The second dive will be from a boat and will go to a depth not exceeding 27 metres. Both these dives will have a decompression time not exceeding 10 minutes. The dives will be done in either Simon's Town or on Cape Town side.

Day 4 - Assessment: On 6your final day you will do a dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres. During this dive you will need to demonstrate complete understanding of the role of a Tec 40 diver.


The PADI Tec 40 course uses the same materials as the PADI Tec 45 and Tec 50 courses. You will however get a separate print out with various questions only relating to the current module. You will need to complete these questions at your own time and only once they are all completed will you meet with your PADI TecRec Instructor where you will run through all of them and make corrections to the ones that you had difficulty with.

Once all the points that you did not understand are cleared up and both you and your Instructor feel that you understand the work then you can take on the PADI TecRec Tec 40 Exam. You will need to score a minimum of 75% for this exam to pass the theory module of the Tec 40 course.

Skills Development

During the skill development portion of this course you will do 3 dives, these dives will each expand on the one before.

Your first dive will be in a swimming pool or shallow ocean, during this dive you will mainly just get used to the new equipment. You will also go over a few skills that you will later repeat.

During the next two dives you will improve on your technical diving skills and also correct yourself during some unexpected simulations of things that may go wrong.


On your last dive of the PADI TecRec Tec 40 course you will need to demonstrate your understanding by responding correctly to all the potential problems you may have. You will also need successfully plan and execute the dive. Once you complete the dive and your Instructor believes that you are a competent PADI TecRec Tec 40 diver, you will receive your certification.

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