Kiwidivers : PADI Tec Instructor Course

PADI Tec and Sidemount Instructor at Kiwidivers

PADI Tec Instructor Course

To conduct all sub-courses in the PADI Tec Diver course, you must be a teaching status PADI Instructor certified as a DSAT Tec Deep Instructor. To conduct the Tec 40 course only, you must be a renewed, teaching status PADI Instructor certified as a DSAT Tec Instructor.

You may qualify by completing a DSAT Tec Instructor or DSAT Tec Deep Instructor Training course conducted by a PADI Course Director who is a DSAT Tec Deep Instructor Trainer.

When training to be a PADI Tec Instructor choosing the best trainer and facility should be your top priority. Nothing less than a PADI 5-star facility should be considered, and nothing less than a PADI Course Director should be considered. You will already be a qualified Tec Diver, so the Instructor level is not just about honing your skills to a professional level it is about how to teach technical courses using the PADI system.

PADI Tec Instructor Course – Details:

Just as Technical Diving is not for everyone, becoming a technical instructor is not a decision to be taken lightly. You will be responsible for the training of technical divers in an unforgiving environment where cutting corners or taking shortcuts can have life-threatening results. Regardless of the agency you choose to train with, research your Tec Instructor Trainer, invest time in your training, and don’t take shortcuts on time or cost. If you are passionate about technical diving, the rewards and additional career opportunities that come with becoming a technical diving instructor are well worth the effort.

The PADI Tec Instructor training program covers two levels: Tec Instructor and Tec Deep Instructor. Each of these levels has two parts. Part one focuses on developing and reviewing the knowledge and skills required for technical deep diving. Part two focuses on fine-tuning your tec diving skills to role model teaching levels and teaching sessions for knowledge development and practical applications with training dives.

At Kiwidivers, each course is custom designed for each candidate, and we work with you to develop the areas you need to improve while polishing the areas you already excel at. The first step in your instructor training is to talk to our Tec Instructor Trainer and let us help you design a training program for you. Even if you don’t yet meet the prerequisites, we can help develop a training program to achieve your goal.


PADI Tec Instructor Course – Prerequisites:

PADI Tec Instructor Certification requirements:

  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Enriched Air Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Tec 45 Diver (or equivalent)
  • 100 logged dives of which:
    • 20 dives on Nitrox
    • 25 dives deeper than 18 m
    • 15 dives deeper than 30m
  • 20 logged stage decompression dives
  • Successfully complete:
    • Tec Instructor Theory Exam
    • Practical application Exam

Kiwidivers has worked with dive centers and instructors from all over the world to help develop Instructors wanting to enter technical diving to achieve their goal of becoming leading technical divers. Even if you are not yet a tec diver, we can create a technical training program overseen or conducted by our Tec Instructor Trainer to ensure the most efficient use of time and some great technical dives that will set you up to be a great technical instructor.

Kiwidivers : PADI Tec Instructor Course Format

Day 1 – Classroom

  • Tec Knowledge Reviews
  • Practical applications
  • Exams

Day 2 – Pool

  • Tec 40 Dive 1 and 2
  • Confined water skill circuit
  • Teaching Presentations

Day 3 – 3 Boat Dives

  • Dive 3 (Tec 45 18-30m)
  • Dive 4 (Tec 45 27-45m Deco)
  • Dive 5 (Open Water teaching presentations)

Day 4 – Classroom and Pool

  • Knowledge development presentations
  • Confined water teaching presentations (pool)

Confined water skill circuit includes:

  • DSMB deployment
  • Deco stop hover – 10 min
  • Shutdown on the bottom (45 seconds)
  • Shutdown hover
  • Gas sharing – long hose as donor and receiver
  • NO TOX switch on bottom
  • NO TOX switch hover
  • Time/depth/SPG awareness
  • Unresponsive diver tow
  • Remove and replace 2 cylinders underwater both stationary and on the fly
  • Remove and replace 2 cylinders on the surface

Students are expected to have the following equipment:

  • 2 back-gas or sidemount regulator sets
  • 2 stage regulators with SPG (1 O2 cleaned regulator)
  • 2 Depth gauge/timing device or computer
  • Back plate/harness
  • Wings (redundant) with at least 20kg/44lb lift
  • Exposure suit protection (recommended 3-5mm full length)
  • Slates / wet notes
  • Assorted Clips
  • 2 line cutters
  • Reel with lift bag/SMB
  • Permanent marker pen
  • Cable ties
  • Backup mask

* Kiwidivers also has equipment for rental by daily rates

Kiwidivers : PADI Tec Instructor Pricing

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