Marine Conservation Philippines
Volunteer in Marine Conservation Philippines

Technical diving

Marine Conservation Philippines has the capability to teach and to conduct deep research and survey dives. Visiting scientists and program participants may enrol in this training on certain conditions. Technical diving is not for everyone. It is not a natural progression from the diving typically conducted at dive centres, resorts or liveaboards, nor is it a natural progression from the scientific diving we undertake at Marine Conservation Philippines. It is significantly more difficult, has significantly more risk, and requires significantly longer preparation and mental preparedness. In technical diving, even if you do everything right, there are hazards that are either non-present in regular diving or are severely aggrevated in technical diving. We only teach program participants, who

  • Show the required maturity for the task
  • Understand and accept the significantly greater risk
  • Accept that becoming a technical diver takes a long time
  • Can dedicate the required time to actually put the training into work afterwards.
Technical diving
Is generally defined as diving past no decompression limits and/or entering overhead environments. It also implies the usage of special gear, training and procedures. Diving past no-decompression limits or into overhead environments without this equipment and training is not technical diving. It is merely stupid and extremely hazardous.

I'm interested - how long must I spend?

We only train interns for whom the technical diving is a required tool to conduct required deep research, or volunteers who can stay for at least 4 months. To progress from a recreational diver to TEC50 or TRIMIX level typically requires 24 weeks. Please understand: These courses are usually extremely expensive. We teach these courses to you, but we teach them FOR us. They require the use (and wear and tear) of very expensive gear. We do not start this training on a whim, and neither should you.

Kindly note: For the courses below, equivalency certifications from other scuba diving training organisations are accepted. Note also, that some entry requirements have been omitted from below lists, if they would have been done, due to requirments for preceding courses.