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Technical Dive Instructor

For many divers technical diving provides new challenges and opportunities that take diving beyond the recreational dive limits. As technical diving requires increased levels of understanding, advanced diving skills and entails higher levels of risk it is essential that technical divers have an in-depth knowledge of how technical diving equipment works and a complete understanding of the use of Nitrox and Tri-Mix gases and decompression theory.

Ensuring that technical divers are well taught and achieve full mastery of the skills needed, is the job of technical dive instructors. At Rubicon Diving we pride ourselves on our ability to teach a full range of technical instructor courses right through to the use of Tri-Mix and the ANDI Explorer level course with its no depth limits. Technical Instructor courses at Rubicon Diving are run under the ANDI system of training by our in-house instructor trainers.

Facilities for Technical Dive Instruction at Rubicon Diving

At Rubicon Diving we have a separate dedicated Tech area that include multi-media classrooms, equipment storage space and Tech assembly areas as well as a full Tri-Mix blending station where only medicinal grade oxygen and premium filtered Helium are used.
A full range of the most up to date technical dive equipment is available for use/hire by our students and instructor candidates. This includes; APEKS TEK 3 regulator sets, DS4 stage regulators, 10,12 and 15 litre twin sets with manifolds, 40 and 80 CFU aluminium stage tanks, Shearwater, Liquivision, VR3 and Cochrane computers and everything else you might possibly need for technical diving including dry suits, wings, HID torches and DPV’s.   

ANDI Technical Dive Instructor Programmes

Although based in the USA, ANDI International (American Nitrox Divers Incorporated ) has grown to become one of the world's fastest growing diver training agencies.  Throughout its development ANDI has established a set of standards, supporting products and procedures that are recognised throughout the dive industry as being of the highest level. To become an ANDI instructor you must be working at a recognised ANDI facility. This ensures that ANDI’s strict standards and procedures are adhered to. Rubicon Diving offers instructor training for the whole range of ANDI’s Safe Air and Technical Instructor Training Programmes.

Limited Safe Air Instructor (L1)
The Limited Safe Air Instructor (LSI) course is a 'theory only' course which involves 10 hours of study, examinations and evaluation over two days. The course covers the teaching of the safe use of Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN) down to a dive limit of 30 metres. As well as covering the theory of Safe Air use, the course also requires instructor candidates to make presentations on the safe use of EAN and be involved as a teaching assistant on a LSU course.

The LSI course is assessed by means of an examination and evaluation of candidate performance in presentations and students classes. Successful completion of the course will allow instructors to teach the Limited Safe Air User course to suitably qualified candidates.

The PADI Divemaster course costs €625 (€850 including all required PADI materials and manuals) and can be completed in a period of between 2 weeks and up to 3 months. For more information on internships please contact us at info@rubicondiving.com.

Complete Safe Air Instructor (L2)
The Complete Safe Air Instructor (CSI) course is a 'theory only' course which involves 16 hours of study, examinations and evaluation over three days. The CSI course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to teach 'advanced recreational diving' down to the recognised recreational dive limit of 40 metres. This involves students using no more than two cylinders and gases with no-stop profiles and no decompression. In addition to covering a more detailed understanding of the use of Safe Air, the course also requires candidates to make presentations on the safe use of EAN and be involved as a teaching assistant on a CSU course.

The CSI course is assessed by means of an examination and evaluation of candidate performance in presentations and students classes. Successful completion of the course will allow instructors to teach the Complete Safe Air User course to suitably qualified candidates.

The CSI course lasts three days and costs €600. In order to undertake the course you must be an ANDI Complete Safe Air User and an ANDI Open Water Instructor (or equivalent).

Technical Safe Air Instructor (L3)
The Technical Safe Air Instructor (TSI) course is both a theory and dive based course which involves 8 hours of study, examinations and evaluation and four open water dives over four days. The course is designed to prepare instructors to teach the initial level of technical diving down to a dive limit of 50 metres. Instructors will be required to teach decompression training procedures with a decompression ceiling of 30 minutes with a maximum of three gases and three cylinders. As well as studying technical diving and decompression theory, instructor candidates will also make presentations on the use of EAN in technical diving, decompression theory and be involved as a teaching assistant on a TSD course.

The four open water dives on the course will include assisting with students on a TSD course and will involve dives to a maximum of 50 metres (minimum 40 metres) and a maximum decompression time of 30 minutes.

The TSI course is assessed by means of an examination and evaluation of candidate performance in presentations and assisting on open water dives. Successful completion of the course will allow instructors to teach the Technical Safe Air User course to suitably qualified candidates.

The TSI course lasts four days and costs €1200. In order to undertake the course you must be a registered as a Technical Safe Air Diver and Complete Safe Air Instructor with a minimum of 100 logged dives (at least 10 deeper than 30 metres).

* This price does not include the costs of ANDI manuals, certification and gases used on the course.

Extended Range Instructor (L4)
The Extended Range Instructor (ERI) course is both a theory and dive based course which involves 8 hours of study, examinations and evaluation and four open water dives over five days. The course is designed to prepare instructors to teach the initial level of 'explorer diving' down to a dive limit of 50 metres. The level 4 programme does not extend the depth limits of the level three programme. In teaching Extended Range students the goal is not depth but preparing the students to be able plan and execute 'mission orientated activities'. Instructors will be required to teach decompression training at the reasonable limits of safe air diving with unlimited gas switches and unlimited decompression. As well as studying technical diving and decompression theory, instructor candidates will also make presentations on extended range technical diving, decompression theory and be involved as a teaching assistant on an ERD course.

The four open water dives on the course will include assisting with students on a ERD course and will involve dives to a maximum of 50 metres (minimum 40 metres) with decompression times as required.

The ERI course is assessed by means of an examination and evaluation of candidate performance in presentations and assisting on open water dives. Successful completion of the course will allow instructors to teach the Extended Range Diver course to suitably qualified candidates.

The ERI course lasts five days and costs €1500*. In order to undertake the course you must be a registered as an Extended Range Diver and Technical Safe Air Instructor with a minimum of 150 dives (with at least 50 decompression dives). You must also have completed at least 6 TSD courses.

* This price does not include the costs of ANDI manuals, certification and gases used on the course.

Tri-Mix Instructor (L5)
The Tri-Mix Instructor (TMI) course is both a theory and dive based course which involves 8 hours of study, examinations and evaluation and four open water dives over six days. The course is designed to prepare instructors to teach exploration courses involving the use of inert gases in addition to Nitrogen, with unlimited equipment configuration and unlimited decompression. The operational depth limits are course-limited but usually involve a 100 metre limit with unlimited decompression ceilings. As well as covering the theory of Tri-Mix gas use and decompression theory, the course will also require candidates to make presentations on the use of Tri-Mix, decompression theory, and be involved as a teaching assistant on a TMD course.

The four open water dives on the course will include assisting with students on a TMD.

course and will involve dives to a maximum of 100 metres (minimum 60 metres) with decompression times as required. The TMI course is assessed by means of an examination and evaluation of candidate performance in presentations and assisting on open water dives. Successful completion of the course will allow instructors to teach the Tri-Mix Diver course to suitably qualified candidates.

The TMI course lasts six days and costs €1800*. In order to undertake the course you must be a registered as an ANDI Tri-Mix Diver and Extended Range Instructor with a minimum of 300 dives (with at least 100 decompression dives). You must also have completed at least 6 ERD courses.

* This price does not include the costs of ANDI manuals, certification and gases used on the course.