Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Getting Technical

TDI Instructor Adam Baxter with Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures students Jamie Rowe and George Drain
This year Trawangan Dive has been getting technical, offering a full range of tec diving programs. Our customers have been able to break the recreational limits of diving and explore the deeper walls and untouched reefs around the Gili Islands and the coast of Lombok.  Takat Tunang is just one example, with walls reaching depths of over 150m.  This dive site boasts some of the most pristine corals and biggest schools of pelagic fish in the region.  

Other keen explorers have been lucky enough to dive the Japanese Wreck, a WWII Japanese patrol boat believed to have been scuttled in 1945.  At about 20m long and 7m wide, it remains in good condition lying at 45m off the coast of Lombok.  Trawangan Dive Director, Simon Liddiard, spent over a month looking for the wreck and has kept the location of the dive site a secret.  Trawangan Dive is one of the only dive centres with the coordinates.

Not just for grown ups.
You don’t have to be ‘technically minded’ to be a technical diver so don’t be put off by the name.  Children as young as twelve can participate in the PADI Enriched Air Diver specialty.  You can even use Nitrox on your PADI Open Water Course.  It’s as easy as that!  Being an Enriched Air Diver allows divers to increase no stop (no decompression) dive time using blends of up to 40% oxygen.
From as young as fifteen years of age, you can continue your technical training with the TDI Advance Nitrox Diver Course.  To complete this course you must already hold your Nitrox Diver certificate and have proof that you have done at least 25 logged open water dives.  

The objective of this course is to teach the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for using enriched air all the way up to 100% oxygen.  Upon successful completion of this course, blends of oxygen from 40 through to 100% for optimal mixes to a maximum depth of 40m can be used.  

Tec students George and Jamie getting familiar with twin tanks
Want to break the limits?
Sorry kids – you need to be at least eighteen years of age to participate in the TDI Decompression Procedures course.  You also need to need to be an Advanced Diver, but you still only need to have 25 logged dives.

By the end of this course, you will be able to plan and conduct a staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45m.  Upon successful completion of the course divers can engage in decompression diving activities.

We love recycling so much – we’re even recycling air!
Trawangan Dive has seen a huge influx of rebreather divers this year, which is no great surprise since the three Directors of Trawangan Dive are all keen rebreather owners and enthusiasts.  

Also boasting a climate controlled tec room, Trawangan Dive is the obvious choice if you’re bringing your expensive equipment to the island and want to store it safely.

Ida, Patrick and Ganesh returning from a dusk dive on their rebreathers

Want to get involved?  Visit www.trawangandive.com or email info@trawangandive.com.