Blue Horizons Dive Center - the premier Northeast scuba shop in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania metro area

Blue Horizons Dive Center


Technical diving is a segment of the sport designed for the select few who wish to dive beyond recreational dive limits. It is challenging, requiring a significant investment in training and equipment. With the increased risks — and lower margins for error — focus and concentration throughout the planning and execution of the dive are critical. Through the TEC/REC curriculum, PADI/DSAT has designed state-of-the art training for divers interested in this growing, popular sport.

Blue Horizons has three technical diving instructor trainers on staff. Each has extensive experience in technical diving in the North Atlantic and exotic locations of the world, like Bikini Atoll.

Our courses are taught in the Blue Horizons style, by combining excellence with fun. The course begins with the basics in shallow water and builds to deep water adventures. Academics are learned through a combination of home study and classroom presentations with hands-on practice.

Class size is extremely small because of the complex nature of training. We offer two levels of certification for Tec divers, Tec Level 1 and Tec Deep. Tec Level 1 introduces divers to the planning and skills necessary for Tec diving. This course is perfect for those who either do not yet meet all of the prerequisites for Tec Deep.

The Tec Deep course builds on the skills learned in Tec Level 1 and extends certification to 165 feet, teaching multistage decompression skills.


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DSAT Tec Deep Diver Manual
All equipment needed for the course can be purchased or rented through Blue Horizons. We represent the top manufacturers and can efficiently manage your equipment requirements. We are happy to match all published prices.


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Diver qualified to make gas-switch, extended no-stop dives to 130 feet using EAN mixes up to 60 percent


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Diver trained to understands and acknowledges the hazards and risks involved with technical diving as well as the limits of the training received in the course


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Diver trained to prepare and respond to reasonably foreseeable emergencies that may occur in this type of diving


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Diver to provide the foundational skills and knowledge for completing the entire Tec Deep Diver course


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Read and complete sections 1-4 in the Deep Tec Diver manual


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Complete practical applications 1-4


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Complete training dives 1-7


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Pass Examination #1


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Course outline objectives include all of Tec Level 1 objectivES.


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Diver to make decompression stop dives and accelerated decompression dives using air, enriched air and pure oxygen to a depth of 165 feet.


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Course duration is a minimum of 6 days


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Read and complete sections 1-6 in the Deep Tec Diver manual


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Complete practical applications 1-7


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Complete training dives 1-12


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Pass Examination #1 and #2


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The minimum age is 10 years, with a scuba certification or by being enrolled in a scuba certification course.


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The minimum age is 18 years old with Advanced certification or equivalent, Rescue Diver certification or equivalent, Deep certification or equivalent, EAN certification for mixes other than EANx32 & EANx36, 100 logged dives (at least 20 using EAN, 25 deeper than 60 feet and 15 deeper than 100 feet).


$

1000.00


$

1750.00


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Course duration is a minimum of 4 days.


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Course duration is a minimum of 6 days.



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Stainless steel, aluminum or ABS back plate. Dry suit divers should use steel. Wetsuit divers can use steel, aluminum or ABS. The harness should include a quick release buckle on left shoulder.


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Harness is to have at least 4 D-rings with one on each shoulder fixed at a 45-degree angle and one at each hip fixed at a 90- degree angle. The rings must be fixed at angles to simplify accessory attachment in the water.


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Shoulder harness pads and waistband pouches


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Bladder wing 55 -100 lbs. lift, preferred. Single bladder for drysuit divers, double bladder for wetsuit divers. LP inflator hose should reach chest level when suited up.


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2 primary regulators are required, one with a 7-foot hose and standard low- pressure inflator hose (for right hand outlet) the other with low-pressure inflator hose and brass SPG. All primary regulators are to be fitted with 300 bar DIN connections. Oxygen cleaning is recommended. Regulator on 7-foot hose must have a breakaway clip for stowing regulator while on side mount tanks.


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2 stage regulators are required, both prepared for oxygen service fitted with a 6-inch-to-7-inch HP hose fitted to a metal SPG. These are for decompression cylinders. It is best if you get colored faceplates, one green for your final deco mix and the other yellow for your stage or travel mix. The regulator hose should be 44 inches.


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Decompression dive computer capable of at least 1 nitrox mixture with a minimum capability of a 60-foot deco stop, download capability desirable. Preferred units have multigas capabilities


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Electronic bottom timer/depth gauge. This can be another computer if it can be set to gauge mode.


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Compass not attached to a console or retractor


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1 set of double tanks fitted with a dual outlet isolation manifold, of no less than 140 cubic feet of gas. Oxygen-cleaned cylinders recommended.


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2 cylinders of at least 30-cubic-foot capacity each to be used as stage and deco bottles. These tanks must be cleaned and prepared for oxygen service.


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A drysuit is recommended for all dives where average water temp is 75 degrees or less, because of extended dive times. A swivel chest inflator or one that receives hose from the left side is recommended. Underwear as appropriate for conditions. If you are using a wetsuit you must have a redundant bladder in your wings.


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Primary light is a canister light with "Goodman Handle" preferred. Up to 90- minute burn time recommended.


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At least 1 — preferably 2 — backup lights. The 3-C cell lights work well.


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Primary reel with 250 feet of line


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Safety reel with 150 feet of line. Low profile finger reels are best.


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Shears


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Line cutter or very sharp knife


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Lift bag with 50 lbs. of lift or more


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Yellow safety sausage


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2 slates — 1 wrist and one small slate that will fit in your pouch


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Back up mask with waist band pouch


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Jon line


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Spare parts/tool kit sufficient for servicing his or her own gear. This would include any special regulator plugs, o-rings, replacement batteries, mask straps, fin straps, zip ties, etc. Some small tools that fit your equipment are also a good idea.


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Minimum of 20 feet of 3/8-inch diameter bungee. Black or blue is preferred.


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Variety of stainless or bronze snap clips for stage bottle rigging, clipping regulators, etc.


2017 PADI
COURSE DATES


Please, contact a Blue Horizons Training Consultant for details. Call to schedule your class today, or click the e-mail button, below.


Scuba Tune-Up classes are conducted every first Saturday of each month. Call to schedule your class, today or send us an e-mail.


Are you a certified diver who hasn’t been able to get in the water enough —too much work, not enough play?

Join us on the first Saturday of each month (excludes December and January) for $10 Bubbles and a Beer. For $10, any certified diver can join us in the pool. Tank is included. Don’t have your own gear yet? For another $10 you will get an entire scuba kit to use.

Cylinder and weights are included with first $10.

Right after the event, we will head to one of the local watering holes/restaurants to grab a beer, some food & hang out. The restaurant will be a family-friendly establishment, welcoming those who can drink beer, as well as those who can only drink root beer. For those who want to drink beer, proper ID and legal age are required.

Come as often as you like; we would love to see you. Blowing bubbles is always a great time, even if it’s just in the pool. Please call to sign up so we know how many are coming.

610-558-1101

Event costs include scuba-related activities, only.


Private dates are available for all courses — by appointment.

OPEN WATER DIVER CONFINED

JUN

10-11

JUL

08-09

AUG

12-13

SEP

09-10

OCT

14-15

NOV

11-12

DEC

09-10

OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION

JUN

17-18

JUL

15-16

AUG

19-20

SEP

16-17

OCT

21-22

NOV

18-19

NOV

25

ADVANCED
OPEN WATER

JUN

17-18

JUL

15-16

AUG

19-20

SEP

16-17

OCT

21-22

NOV

18-19

NOV

25

SPECIALTY
DIVER COURSES

JUN

23-25

TEC LEVEL 1

JUN

24-25

ADV/SPEC

JUL

22-23

ADV/SPEC

AUG

25-27 (NC)

WRECK

AUG

26-27

ADV/SPEC

SEP

22-24

Tec Deep

SEP

22-24

Tec Trimix

SEP

23-24

ADV/SPEC

OCT

28-29

ADV/SPEC

2017 PADI
PRO DATES


Now enrolling.


Please, contact our Blue Horizons Course Director's Office for details, or click the e-mail button, below.

INSTRUCTOR
COURSES

JUN

02

OWSI

JUN

03-04

PADI IE

JUN

16-18

SPECIALTY

JUN

30-JUL 02

AI

JUL

21-23

OWSI

AUG

18

OWSI

AUG

19-20

PADI IE

SEP

01-03

AI

SEP

21-23

OWSI

OCT

06-08

OWSI

OCT

20

OWSI

OCT

21-22

PADI IE

 

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