Oonasdivers offering tech and Rebreather courses in the Red Sea with Mark Powell

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OONASDIVERSUK-based tour operator Oonasdivers have teamed up with Mark Powell of Dive-Tech to offer tech and rebreather courses at Marsa Shagra in the Red Sea.

Mark Powell is one of the UK’s best known technical diving instructors. He has been involved in diving since the mid 1980’s and has been teaching since 1993.

Mark’s passion is wreck diving and it his exploration of deeper wrecks that led him into technical diving. Mark has served on the National Executive of the SAA as well as being the organisation’s technical diving advisor. He currently represents TDI/SDI at British Safety Diving group meetings as well as being a member of the BSI committees defining standards for diver training and diving equipment.

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2015 schedule:

September 2015

3rd – 8th: TDI Intro to Tech, Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures package
10th- 15th: TDI Rebreather Course.
17th- 20th: TDI Extended Range
21st- 22nd: TDI Intro to Tech

November 2015

5th – 10th: TDI Intro to Tech, Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures package
12th – 17th:TDI Rebreather Course.

TDI Introduction to Technical Diving

This two day course is a new and welcome addition to the curriculum of the world’s largest and most successful technical diving agency. Intro to Tech is intended to give experienced sport divers a simple, non-threatening glimpse at the techniques and skills used in technical diving. Participating in this course will give those divers a better understanding of the detailed planning and preparation required to make a successful and safe technical dive. Intro to Tech is really a try it before you buy it course for someone who has heard a lot about tech and is wondering what all the fuss is about. But Intro to Tech is also worthwhile for divers who have no real intentions to go on to take a full tech class because the skills it focuses on – gas management, superior buoyancy and trim, situational awareness, and equipment selection – are useful in any form of diving.

Includes: Instruction

Pre-requisites: Open water diver or equivalent, minimum 15 years of age.

Cost: £200

TDI Combined Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures Diver

This four day course includes both the Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures courses. It is more intensive, but more efficient. It includes 6 nitrox dives and covers all the topics required to use mixtures from 40% to 100% for decompression as well as the ability to perform accelerated decompression.

Includes: TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures manual & certification.

Pre-requisites: Advanced open water diver or equivalent, TDI Basic Nitrox or equivalent, 50 logged dives, minimum 18 years of age.

Cost: £450

TDI Extended Range Diver

Again a comprehensive four day course, with 100 minutes bottom time required to qualify. The course concentrates on the proper techniques, equipment requirements, and hazards of deep air (55 metres maximum) utilising nitrox and oxygen for accelerated decompression. The course places a great deal of emphasis on personal and team limits, shut down procedures, gas switching, DSMB deployment and contingency planning etc.

Includes: TDI Extended Range manual & certification.

Pre-requisites: Advanced Nitrox Diver and Decompression Procedures Diver or equivalent, 100 logged dives, of which 25 must be deeper than 30 msw. Minimum 18 years of age.

Cost: £520

TDI Entry Level (Normoxic) Trimix

This four day course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gasses containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox and/or oxygen mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 60m.

Includes: TDI Entry Level Trimix manual & certification.

Pre-requisites: Advanced Nitrox Diver and Decompression Procedures Diver or equivalent, 100 logged dives, of which 25 must be deeper than 30 msw. Minimum 18 years of age.

Cost: £520 plus instructors gas and dives at cost.

If you or your diving buddies are interested in doing any of the above courses, contact Oonasdivers for a full quote for your stay at Marsa Shagra. Call 01323 648924 or email info@oonasdivers.com.

To find out more about the technical courses, please conatct Mark Powell at Dive-Tech by calling 07770 864327 or email info@dive-tech.co.uk.

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