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The Deep Diver Course with TEXAS DIVE CENTER

After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There is something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives. However, good divers don't dive deep just for the thrill. Internationally, the recreational dive depth is 130 feet, but you really should have a specific reason for going past 60 feet as that is about when nitrongen narcosis can begin to set in. In fact, the threat of getting "narc" and not DCI is the primarily reason for setting the recreational dive limit at 130 feet.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is the opportunity to explore the deep. But have a reason, like taking photo's of the WWII armored tanks sitting on the deck of the San Francisco Maru at Chuuk where I hit 180 feet to spend a few minutes taking pictures and then 40 minutes making decompression stops back to the surface on a single tank of nitrox 24 mix (with a pony bottle of the same mix just in case). Not something done except by very experienced deep divers. We had spent a week diving the WWII Japanese wrecks in the lagoon on nitrox 28 mix. Most divers will eventually want to drop off the reef and go down the wall to drift and explore in 80-120 feet hoping to get a glimpse of something big or something unique - or just to look down and see nothing below you but the void.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for diving in the deeper range of 18-40 metres/ 60-130 feet
  • Deep scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four deep dives under the supervision of your Specialty Instructor

For all your learning materials and equipment, contact TEXAS DIVE CENTER.

Your Next Adventure

Many shipwrecks are often found in deeper water. That’s why the Deep Diver course is a natural companion to the Wreck Diver course. Sometimes you can take these two specialties concurrently.

Other training to consider is the Enriched Air Diver course on your way to taking the Master Scuba Diver Challenge.

For more information about this or other courses have a chat with one of the TEXAS DIVE CENTER Team members.


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