The TDI Intro to Tech Course is an introductory course that expands on recreational training by improving dive planning methods, in-water skills, and streamlining existing gear configurations in a controlled and fun learning environment. This is also when we introduce you to new equipment configurations. Our Technical Dive Team gives you 2 options for equipment configuration to work in during this program. We recommend that you choose the configuration that you'd like to continue to dive in. Each configuration has advantages and challenges. Continually swapping between configurations or making drastic changes to either configuration only results in sub-par performance in both.
The course is structured with one classroom session, one pool session and two days of open water diving - one in a pond and another from a boat. If you or the instructor find you need more practice to be comfortable with the system, arrangements can be made outside of the normal class times for additional training and practice. If this is the case then there is no extra charge for instruction, we'll work with you until everyone is very comfortable with the system.
The course cost's $500 PLUS TDI folder and materials. Once you've paid you'll have to register with TDI
*Note* This course only runs from May - October.
To find out more about the online signup process and pre-course work check out the tabs above. Remember, if you get stumped or if you have questions that aren't answered by the website you can always call (617) 277-2216 or shoot us an email at Brookline@ecdivers.com and we'll do our best to help!
Note- All the paperwork you'll need, along with a what to do before class checklist is located at the bottom of this tab.
Pre-class intro and TDI Folder
Before you can start class you'll need to fill out some paperwork. Most of this can be done ahead of time, but some of it will have to be done in the shop. The only piece that MUST be completed at the shop is a folder provided by SSI. You will need to fill this particular folder out in the shop as we keep it for our records. You can do this before class - just remember to show up 30 minutes early if you haven't filled it out yet!
There are a couple of forms that can be done ahead of time. Most important is the medical. Go through the medical now and check to see if you need to answer "YES" to any of the questions. If so no big deal - you'll just need to get a doctors' sign-off before we can let you in the pool. The doctors' note is in the same file as the medical - Just scroll down to the next page. Remember IF you answer "YES" to anything in the medical it is COMPULSORY to get a doctors' note BEFORE getting in the pool.
The Next form you'll need to fill out can be found online and is strictly for our use - so we can get you signed up for the online training correctly. This page is at the bottom with the rest of the paperwork but is password protected. After paying online you will be emailed a receipt - within that same email, we have included a password so you can unlock the form and signup.
After completing the form you will get an email signing you up for online training. The online training needs to be completed BEFORE coming to class. If you don't receive an email within 36 hours call the shop, and we'll make sure to unlock the training for you.
This course is split between various locations. Classroom will be held at the shop (213 Boyston street, Brookline, Ma. The Pool we use is the Walter brown Arena and is located at 285 Babcock street, Boston Ma, 02215. and the Open water sessions will be done in a series of locations depending on the instructor and weather. Some popular spots can be found in the directions tab above.
Can't make any of the scheduled sessions? Sign up for a private! Prices will vary depending on how many students sign up.
1 person $600 per person - $600 total
3 People $540 per person - $1620 total
2 People $570 per person | $1140 total
4 People $500 per person| $2000 total
Much of the process is the same as normal classes, you'll pay in advance and fill out much of the same paperwork. We have made a slightly modified form which you can find below. You'll be emailed the password for this form as soon as you purchase the class!
You'll be doing all of your scheduling through Kim. She will be in contact as soon as you sign up for class to help schedule a session. If you have any questions before signing up feel free to send Kim an email directly at Kim@ecdivers.com
As you may have guessed this course is very equipment intensive! There are various ways you can do this course - either with back-mount or side-mount (You should know and be comfortable with whichever rig you're planning on taking down), We offer rental gear for anything that you don't yet have or even complete packages that can be Nitrox ready. If you need any gear besides that listed below check out the rentals page
Sidemount doubles started as a way for cave divers to be able to fit through restrictions too narrow for backmount doubles. This configuration increased in popularity for divers in many more conditions due to the increased control of the cylinders. While this style of diving has numerous advantages over backmount doubles it is a much harder configuration to master.
Joining a course with the East Coast Divers Tech Team has some great advantages. First and foremost, you don't have to take our word for what gear will work the best for you. Our staff of trainers know that each diver has different needs. If you come to the program with your own set of gear we will coach you honestly on the merits that each piece will have. Anything missing from your technical gear configuration can be borrowed during the full course from our extensive technical gear locker. We want to give you a chance to try different pieces of kit and see what you like or what you may want to change. That way you'll be ready to choose the right gear when you're ready to buy. We also offer great deals on gear purchases to our students and unbeatable service. that's why over 80% of our technical students purchase their gear with us.
Our Training is also the most comprehensive. Because we offer a team of instructors we can meet most schedules and offer training until both you and our instructional team feel confident with your skill level. At no additional cost. Our goal is to create great tech divers who have fun and are excited to continue on their journey to dive new exciting dives.
Backmount doubles are the most classic configuration for any technical diver. This configuration is most popular for open water divers leaving the sides and front of the diver open for other equipment needs. This configuration tends to be the easiest to learn in a short amount of time yet never gives the diver the amount of control that a Sidemount diver has.
Backmount doubles are the most classic configuration for any technical diver. This configuration is most popular for open water divers leaving the sides and front of the diver open for other equipment needs. This configuration tends to be the easiest to learn in a short amount of time yet never gives the diver the amount of control that a Sidemount Diver has. A common comparison would be Backmount diving is like learning to drive in an automatic car while Sidemount diving is like learning to drive in a standard.
18 Years or older
Must be a certified Nitrox Diver.
In-depth dive planning, advanced buoyancy control, gas management, situational awareness, proper trim, gear configuration and selection
Execute proper gear selection and preparation as well as buddy gas matching
Mastery of S.T.A.R.T, trim, finning techniques, body positioning, and diver skills
Sidemount Specific Skills Such As:
Gas matching procedures to include dissimilar volumes