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Scuba Center has been selling quality scuba diving and snorkeling equipment since 1973. You will find a wide selection of scuba and snorkeling equipment at both our Eagan, Minnesota and Minneapolis, Minnesota locations. Scuba Center Eagan
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Eagan, Minnesota 55121
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5015 Penn Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
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Technical Diving Certification Courses in Minnesota | The PADI TecRec Center rating is awarded to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts that teach PADI technical diving courses. With a  PADI TecRec Instructor on staff, these dive businesses can offer technical open-circuit training, tec sidemount courses or tec programs for Closed-Circuit Rebreather (CCR) diving. Technical Diving Classes

PADI TecRec courses are the quality benchmarks in the tec diving world due to their rigorous, yet logical, training sequence and the PADI educational materials that support them. TecRec courses are instructionally valid and have a seamless course flow that takes you from a new tec diver to one qualified to dive to the outer reaches of sport diving. Each level introduces you to new gear and procedures to extend your dive limits.

At Scuba Center we've been teaching scuba diving classes since 1973.
We were Minnesota's first PADI 5 Star Training Facility and have grown to become Minnesota's largest Scuba School.


Technical (tec) diving means going beyond recreational scuba diving limits. But, tec divers will tell you that itís really about the challenge and adventure of exploring places that no one else has ever seen. Tec diving is not for everyone, but it does attract experienced divers who want to go beyond their current limits and are willing to accept the added risks, training, investment and commitment it demands. If this is you, then PADI TecRec courses are your ticket to extreme adventure.

What is technical diving?
Technical scuba diving involves going beyond recreational scuba diving limits and includes one or more of the following:
  • Diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet

  • Required stage decompression

  • Diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet of the surface

  • Accelerated decompression and/or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive

  • Use of extensive equipment and technologies

In technical diving the surface is often inaccessible in an emergency, so tec divers use extensive procedures, equipment and training to manage the added risks and potential hazards. Although founded on extensive open-circuit scuba technology, tec diving has been revolutionized by the development, availability and reliability of closed circuit rebreathers (CCRs). CCRs have numerous benefits and provide tec divers with significantly more time underwater.

Gas Blending

DSAT Nitrox Gas Blender Course in Minnesota | Scuba Center in Eagan, MN DSAT Nitrox Gas Blender
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The DSAT Nitrox Gas Blender course is intended to train divers in the proper procedures, equipment requirements, and hazards involved in blending Enriched Air Nitrox. DSAT is a PADI corporate affiliate which offers a variety of technical diving courses.

DSAT Nitrox Gas Blender Manual, DSAT Gas Mix Calculator CD

PADI Rebreather Specialty Certification Classes in Minnesota Rebreather Courses Rebreather Diving Classes in Minnesota | PADI TecRec Center

Type R (Recreational)

Type T (Technical)

Because each rebreather model is different, you will need to qualify on each rebreather model. However, once you are qualified you will not need to repeat the entire course to earn your certification with a different Type R rebreather model. The PADI Rebreather Qualifier focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to use a different Type R rebreather model. | Classes available at Scuba Center in Eagan, MN Hollis Explorer Sport Rebreather
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The PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver courses use Type R units to introduce divers to rebreather diving within recreational dive limits. Type R rebreathers are electronically controlled and provide a back up for all the major systems and simplify training and use.

Because each rebreather model is different, you will need to qualify on each rebreather model. However, once you are qualified you will not need to repeat the entire course to earn your certification with a different Type T CCR model. The PADI Rebreather Qualifier focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to use a different Type T rebreather model. | CCR Classes available at Scuba Center in Eagan, MN Hollis Prism2 Closed Circuit Rebreather
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Tec 40 CCR Diver is the first level of training that addresses technical diving with Type T CCRs. Tec 40 CCR Diver introduces student divers to diagnosing life-support problems and, when possible, returning to the loop to complete the dive with limited decompression obligations.


All non commercial diving is categorized as recreational and within recreational diving there is sport and technical. Sport diving includes your open water certification, advanced scuba diver, and many other specialty course. Technical diving picks up where sport diving ends generally at nitrox (a breathing gas with oxygen levels greater than 21 percent). Nitrox is most divers first step into technical but it has also become very popular amongst sport divers so TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures would be a great start. Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures for the foundation of technical diving all other course will build on the knowledge and skills learned during these courses. Technical Diving Courses Although technical diving is commonly thought of as deep, there are a lot of courses that stay within the sport diving limits (40 m / 130 feet) such as Advanced Nitrox, Semi Closed Circuit Rebreather (SCR) and Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) and Advanced Wreck to name a few. TDI has course curriculums that take you as deep as 100 m / 330 feet and do so in a manner that each course builds on the last and each course takes you a little deeper.  By receiving training in this manner not only are your skills and knowledge increasing but so is your comfort level. | Technical Diving Certification Class Information

PADI Tec40 Classes at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota PADI Tec 40
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The PADI Tec 40 course is where you transition from recreational scuba diving to technical diving. Itís a great place to start because itís the first subdivision of the full PADI Tec Diver course and bridges the gap between no stop diving and full technical deep decompression diving. You gain experience and begin building the knowledge and skills you need to continue your tec diver training. You will qualify to make limited decompression dives to 40 metres/130 feet.

PADI Tec45 Classes at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota PADI Tec 45
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The PADI Tec 45 course is the second part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program. Youíll extend your depth limit to 45 metres/145 feet and learn to plan and execute repetitive decompression dives using a single stage/decompression cylinder. It puts you in a complete tec diving rig, which can be either backmount or sidemount. Youíll also make accelerated decompression dives using EANx or pure oxygen. This is a course where youíll rise to the challenge and make the commitment to become a technical diver.

 
PADI Tec50 Classes at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota PADI Tec 50
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The third part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program is Tec 50. As a Tec 50 diver, you show that youíve developed competency as a tec diver and have the skills to dive to a maximum of 50 metres/165 feet. You know how to make extended, accelerated decompression stops using up to two gases. Itís not easy to reach this level and earning your Tec 50 certification opens the door to deeper diving expeditions.

PADI Tec Sidemount Classes at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota PADI Tec Sidemount
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If youíve looked into technical diving, you realize that tec divers always wear more than one tank. Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses. Your instructor may offer to integrate this course with the Tec 40, Tec 45 or Tec 50 courses.


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