Intro to Tech

Expand your skills and equipment configuration

Course prerequisites

Open Water and be at least 18 years old.

This course can be conducted in back-mounted doubles or sidemount. Back mount students must arrive able to demonstrate a valve drill, and bring their own doubles. There are additional equipment requirements for this course. Prospective students should call and discuss the course with their instructor prior to signing up.

What you can expect to learn:

Gas matching procedures

Equipment considerations

Equipment and problem solving


Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include the following:

  • Demonstrate various propulsion techniques such as the frog kick, modified frog kick, modified flutter kick, back kick, and helicopter turns.
  • Demonstrate adequate buoyancy control; ability to hover at a fixed position in water column without moving hands or feet
  • Demonstrate adequate trim; ability to maintain proper position during the descent, bottom, and ascent portion of the dive
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following exercises while maintaining trim and buoyancy in the water column:
    • Perform gas switches with and without a mask
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage gas safely
  • Deploy a lift bag

minimum certification requirements:

  • Perform all land drills and dive requirements safely and efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Maintain an appropriate level of awareness and respect for the environment