PADI TecRec Courses


The Courcess

PADI TecRec Discover Tec Diving
PADI TecRec Tec 40 Course
PADI TecRec Tec 45 Course
PADI TecRec Tec 50 Course
PADI TecRec Tec Sidemount Diver Course
PADI TecRec Tec Trimix 65 Course
PADI TecRec Tec Trimix Diver Course

The TecRec program

The  program debuted in 2000. Although TecRec is not the first tec diving program (cave diver training has been around for decades), it repeatedly receives accolades for its merits.

TecRec courses are integrated into an instructionally valid, seamless course flow that takes you from beginning tec diver to one qualified to the outer reaches of sport diving using different gas mixes.

Each level introduces you to new gear, planning and procedures appropriate to extend your diving limits.

The Tec Diver course is an integrated sequence of three subcourses: Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. You can complete them continuously, or you can complete each level separately with a time span between them. This gives you learning efficiency, instructional integrity and schedule flexibility.

The Scuba Gear You’ll Use

Tec diving uses much more equipment than recreational diving. The technical scuba geartypically uses two to four or five regulators, a dive computer, and some accessories.

Check with your local dive shop about the gear you need for this course. You can find most everything at the PADI Dive Center or Resort in your area.


TecRec prerequisites vary (see individual course descriptions), but the following applies to anyone interested in technical diving: You must be

  • 18 years or older
  • A mature, responsible person who will follow the required procedures and requirements strictly and faithfully
  • Medically fit for tec diving (physician’s signature required)
  • Willing to accept the added risks that tec diving presents
  • An experienced diver with at least 100 logged dives
  • Certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver and PADI Deep Diver or equivalent (for this program equivalency is proof of training in recreational deep diving 18 meters/60 feet to 40 meters/130 feet consisting of at least four dives and training in nitrogen narcosis considerations, contingency/emergency decompression, making safety stops and air supply management OR, have a minimum of 20 logged dives deeper than 30 meters/100 feet.)

The Fun Part

The fun part of TecRec is rising to the challenges as you dive deeper and longer than most divers ever do.