Tec Basics is a multi-use course that focuses on orientation to new dive equipment, technical diving skills, and techniques. It is an optional level that can help divers explore new equipment configurations and refine their foundational skills before moving on to Tec 40 Diver.

To enroll in the Tec Basics course, you must meet these qualifications:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, and PADI Rescue Diver recommended
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver
  • 15 years old
Instructor with students at a table in a thatch hut.


The PADI Tec Basics course consists of two knowledge development sections, one practical application session and two training dives. You'll learn about:

  • Technical diving equipment, proper rigging and setup
  • Trim, positioning and propulsion techniques
  • Team diving techniques and emergency procedures to deal with free flows and out of gas situations

Available Languages

For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.


You'll start with some of your basic recreational scuba diving equipment and begin to add technical equipment. You may dive in either a single cylinder, double cylinder or sidemount configuration. Your instructor will help you make dive equipment decisions in line with your goals.

Getting Started

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