Technical Diving Courses

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Chipola Divers offers several technical, decompression, and rebreather diving courses. These courses are available in the Marianna area and Peacock Springs State Park.

Remember, we not only teach these courses, we do the dives. Take your technical courses from an instructor who does more personal dives than instructional dives.

One thing that we do different than most instructors is photo and video feedback. During our basic tech courses (PADI TecRec, TDI Introduction to Tech, Backmounted Doubles Diver, TDI Sidemount Diver) we video our students underwater so you can see what you look like and how you perform the skills. We have found this as an extremely useful tool during our dive debriefs and because of it our students have excelled in their skills development. Look for the following for our video feedback courses.

Video feedback course
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TDI Visual Inspection Procedures

TDI HOG Regulator Service Clinic

PADI TecRec Discover Tec

PADI TecRec Tec 40

TDI Introduction to Tech Diving

Backmounted Doubles Diver

TDI Sidemount Diver

SDI Solo Diver

KISS GEM PSCR Diver

KISS CCR Diver

TDI Advanced Nitrox

TDI Decompression Procedures/Specialist

TDI Trimix

TDI Advanced Trimix

IANTD & TDI Overhead or Technical Diving Divemaster/Supervisor

TDI Nitrox Gas Blender

TDI O2 Equipment Service Technician

TDI Advanced Gas Blender

Technical Diving Training fees

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Combination Courses

TDI Advanced Nitrox/Decompression Procedures Combination course

TDI Tank Monkey Training Package

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TDI Visual Inspection Procedures
This course provides the training necessary to allow candidates to competently handle, fill, and inspect scuba cylinders. The course will review conditions that could result in the failure of a cylinder. Successful completion of this course authorizes candidates to perform their own annual visual inspections.

Required equipment
Scuba cylinder and valve
Cylinder inspection equipment

Coursework
We will spend the day discussing cylinder specifications and inspecting cylinders.
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TDI HOG Regulator Service Clinic
This is an entry level course certifying technical divers in the techniques required to inspect, maintain and service their own EDGE/HOG diving equipment. The course includes an in-depth look at how the equipment functions, basic repairs, and cleaning.
Prerequisite: Any technical certification.

Required Equipment
HOG 1st and 2nd stages
Regulator Savvy manual
Specialty Tool Kit

Coursework
We will spend the day disassembling, cleaning, and reassembling HOG 1st and 2nd stages. We will also discuss basic theory and design, function and performance, balanced vs. unbalanced, troubleshooting, and more. We will then take our regulators on a dive.
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PADI TecRec Discover Tec
Video feedback course
This is an introduction course into the technical diving world. Learn some basic technical diving skills and get to try out technical diving equipment. Course credits toward the Tec 40 course.

Required Equipment
PADI Tec 40 Diver manual
Single cylinder (80 cubic feet or larger) with a dual outlet valve (H or Y valve) or dual cylinders (back mount or side mount)
Two primary regulators.
A primary BCD. A backup BCD (dual bladder) is required if the student cannot maintain buoyancy in the event of a bladder failure. A dry suit may serve as the backup BCD.
Dive tables
Depth gauge
Dive timer or a dive computer
Cutting device
Basic diving equipment.
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We will spend 1 day working on several skills. We start out in confined open water to get oriented with the gear configuration. We then move into open water to do 2 dives. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills.
Remember, we not only teach this course, we do the dives regularly.
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PADI TecRec Tec 40
You will learn how to use decompression software and dive computers to plan and make decompression dives with no more than 10 minutes of total decompression and not deeper than 40 metres/130 feet. You will use a single or dual cylinders of decompression gas with up to 50% oxygen (EANx50) to add conservatism to the required decompression.

Required Equipment
PADI Tec 40 Diver manual
Single cylinder (80 cubic feet or larger) with a dual outlet valve (H or Y valve) or dual cylinders (back mount or side mount)
Two primary regulators.
One decompression cylinder
A primary BCD. A backup BCD (dual bladder) is required if the student cannot maintain buoyancy in the event of a bladder failure. A dry suit may serve as the backup BCD.
Dive tables
Depth gauge
Dive timer or a dive computer
Cutting device
Basic diving equipment.
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We will spend 2 days working on several skills. We start out in confined open water to get oriented with the gear configuration. We then move into open water to do 4 dives. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills. There is also a final exam that must be completed prior to the end of the course.

Remember, we not only teach this course, we do the dives regularly.
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TDI Introduction to Tech Diving
Video feedback course
This is a course that introduces divers to the world of technical diving. This is designed as an introductory course to the Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures/Specialist courses. Students will become familiar with technical gear configurations, enhance open water diving skills (buoyancy, trim, and situational awareness), and be introduced to advanced gas planning techniques with a no-decompression context. This is a great course for anyone who is interested in improving their diving skills and learning more about advanced dive planning and execution. This course is not a prerequisite for Advanced Nitrox or Cavern, but will make both of those courses much easier and allow us to concentrate on the execution part of the dives.

Required Equipment
TDI Introduction to Technical Diving manual
Single cylinder (80 cubic feet or larger) with a dual outlet valve (H or Y valve) or dual cylinders (back mount or side mount)
Two primary regulators.
One decompression cylinder
A primary BCD. A backup BCD (dual bladder) is required if the student cannot maintain buoyancy in the event of a bladder failure. A dry suit may serve as the backup BCD.
Dive tables
Depth gauge
Dive timer or a dive computer
Cutting device
Basic diving equipment.
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We will spend 2 days working on several skills. We start out in confined open water to get oriented with the gear configuration. We then move into open water to do 4 dives. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills. There is also a final exam that must be completed prior to the end of the course.

Remember, we not only teach this course, we do the dives regularly.
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Backmounted Doubles Diver
Video feedback course
1. This Program is designed to familiarize the diver with the techniques, equipment and mindset required for diving in backmounted double cylinders.
2. It also enables divers to proficiently assemble and use backmount equipment.
3. The Program also teaches divers the proper techniques to safely conduct dives that warrant the use of backmount equipment.

Required Equipment
Double cylinders (63 cubic feet or larger)
Two primary regulators.
A primary BCD. A backup BCD (dual bladder) is required if the student cannot maintain buoyancy in the event of a bladder failure. A dry suit may serve as the backup BCD.
Dive tables
Depth gauge
Dive timer or a dive computer
Cutting device
Basic diving equipment.
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We will spend 2 days working on several skills. We start out in confined open water to get oriented with the gear configuration. We then move into open water to do 4 dives with a minimum of 120 minutes of bottom time total. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills. There is also a final exam that must be completed prior to the end of the course.

Remember, we not only teach this course, we do the dives regularly.
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IANTD & TDI Sidemount Diver
Video feedback course
1. This Program is designed to familiarize the diver with the techniques, equipment and mindset required for Side Mount diving.
2. It also enables divers to proficiently assemble and use Side Mount equipment.
3. The Program also teaches divers the proper techniques to safely conduct dives that warrant the use of Side Mount equipment.

Required Equipment
Sidemount Diving – An Almost Comprehensive Guide
Two single cylinders (40 cubic feet or larger)
Two primary regulators, each with its own dedicated submersible pressure gauge.
A primary BCD. A backup BCD (dual bladder) is required if the student cannot maintain buoyancy in the event of a bladder failure. A dry suit may serve as the backup BCD.
Dive tables
Depth gauge
Dive timer or a dive computer
Cutting device
Basic diving equipment.
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We will start off with customizing your sidemount rig to your body and your style of diving. While there are some great sidemount rigs on the market today, none of them are perfect for everyone. We’ll discuss several different options and make adjustments and modifications based on your diving needs.

We will then spend the rest of the time working on several skills in the water. We start out in confined open water to get oriented with the gear configuration. We then move into open water to do 4 dives with a minimum of 120 minutes of bottom time total. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills.

Remember, we not only teach this course, we do the dives regularly.

* Divers already qualified to dive in the overhead environment may complete this course in the overhead, however, this course is not designed to teach side mount restriction access. All dives will take place in passages large enough to move through without bottle removal.
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SDI Solo Diver
1. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for diving solo..
Required Equipment
1. All bottom mix tanks will be equipped with dual outlet valves or small set of doubles may be used. Side mounted cylinders may also be used. ***
A single valve tank with a separate pony tank is also possible. (All independent breathable gas sources must feature a pressure gauge.)
4. Two primary regulators with submersible pressure gauges. The Configuration must make it clear and logical so no misinterpretation between submersible pressure gauges will be possible.
5. Three (3) dive lights.
6. All equipment should be streamlined and always accessible by the diver.
7. A lift bag of at least 50-lb. (22.5-kg) lift capacity and a line reel for deployment.
8. A backup line reel.
9. A backup cutting tool is recommended.
10. If the diver is qualified as an OW Sidemount Diver, they may use side-mounted cylinders for additional gas supply safety.
11. Decompression tables and accurate depth gauge, plus bottom timer device or a dive computer is required.
12. A backup dive computer or bottom timer/depth gauge is obligatory.
13. A primary BCD.
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We will spend 1 day working on several skills. We start out in confined open water doing swim tests, air sharing, valve shutdowns, and other skills. We then move into open water to do 2 dives. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills.
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KISS GEM PSCR Diver
Prerequisite: Nitrox Diver
1. This course teaches divers how to dive the KISS GEM passive semi-closed rebreather system. In addition to learning about the basic concepts of diving a semi-closed rebreather and the emergency procedures performed underwater, we will also examine different ways of mounting the rebreather so it fits your diving.
2. This course qualifies divers to dive the KISS GEM PSCR to depths of 140 feet.

Required Equipment
KISS GEM PSCR system
Mask
Fins
Cylinder(s) of choice
Standard regulators for configuration being dived with an additional low pressure regulator hose to plumb into the GEM
Wet or dry suit
Submersible dive tables or computer
Bottom timer and depth gauge (if no computer)
Cutting tool (2 recommended)
Underwater slate and pencil
Weight belt, if needed
DAN or equivalent dive insurance
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course. We have KISS GEM PSCRs available for rent during this course.

Coursework
We will spend 3 days working on several skills. We start out in the classroom to discuss concepts specific to rebreather diving and more specifically to diving the KISS GEM PSCR. We then move to confined open water doing several skills. We end up in open water for a minimum of 240 minutes of bottom time total. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills. There is also a final exam that must be completed prior to the end of the course.

This course can be conducted for recreational divers or technical divers. We dive the GEM mainly in a technical diving environment so can offer a greater perspective on the use of the GEM in this environment.
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KISS CCR Diver
Prerequisite: Nitrox Diver and Advanced Nitrox Diver (Advanced Nitrox may be combined with this course)
1. This is the entry-level certification course for recreational divers wishing to utilize the KISS Sport and KISS
Classic Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR). The objectives of the course is to train recreational divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for rebreather diving on the KISS CCR and to develop basic rebreather diving skills appropriate to diving within the normal recreational depth limits of one hundred thirty (130) fsw / forty (40) msw using an air diluent for minimal decompression diving, (defined as no stop greater than 5 minutes at twenty 20 fsw / six msw.)

Required Equipment
KISS CCR system
Mask
Fins
Bailout cylinder(s)
Ascent reel with lift bag/surface marker buoy
Submersible dive tables or computer
Bottom timer and depth gauge (if no computer)
Cutting tool (2 recommended)
Underwater slate and pencil
Weight belt, if needed
DAN or equivalent dive insurance
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course. KISS CCR available for rent during this course.

Coursework
We will spend 5 days working on several skills. We start out in the classroom to discuss concepts specific to rebreather diving and more specifically to diving the KISS CCR. We then move to confined open water doing several skills. We end up in open water for a minimum of 420 minutes of bottom time total. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills. There is also a final exam that must be completed prior to the end of the course.
This course can be conducted for recreational divers or technical divers. We dive the KISS CCR mainly in a technical diving environment so can offer a greater perspective on the use of the KISS CCR in this environment.
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TDI Advanced Nitrox
1. This course examines the use of EAN-21 through 100 percent oxygen for optimal mixes to a depth of forty meters/130 feet. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for utilizing EAN-21 through 100 percent oxygen for dives not requiring staged decompression. Decompression techniques may be combined with this course.
2. This course qualifies divers to use up to 100 percent oxygen in dives to depths of 130 feet.

Required Equipment
Agency specific Advanced Nitrox manual
Mask (low volume preferred)
Paddle fins with spring straps or taped fin straps
95cf cylinder minimum (H-valve mandatory), doubles or side mounted cylinders highly recommended ***
Cylinder rigged as a stage or decompression bottle
Single hose regulator with 7′ hose length, alternate air source (no LP/octo combos), and an SPG
Wet or dry suit
BCD with power inflator (back plate and wing or harness recommended)
Submersible dive tables or computer
Bottom timer and depth gauge (if no computer)
Cutting tool (2 recommended)
Underwater slate and pencil
Weight belt, if needed
Safety reel/spool, 2 minimum per diver
Primary reel, 1 minimum per team (you may wait to purchase this until after using the reels we have available)
Lift bag
DAN or equivalent dive insurance
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We will spend 2 days working on several skills. We start out in confined open water doing swim tests, air sharing, valve shutdowns, and other skills. We then move into open water to do 4 dives with a minimum of 120 minutes of bottom time total. Two of these dives will be to depths between 100 and 140 feet of depth. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills. There is also a final exam that must be completed prior to the end of the course.

Our course is designed for the intro cave diver level or above, but we can do all of the dives in open water. This course may be conducted at Peacock Springs State Park. Conducting this course in open water will require significant travel from the panhandle and will affect the course price. Call for details.

It is recommended this course be taken in conjunction with the Decompression Specialist course and the Deep Diver Course to get the maximum benefit of all courses.
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TDI Decompression Procedures/Specialist
1. This course examines the theory, methods, and procedures of planned staged decompression diving. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a max depth of 45 meters/150 feet.
2. This course is best taken in conjunction with Advanced Nitrox or Advanced Recreational Trimix.
Prerequisite: Must be a qualified Advanced Nitrox Diver or equivalent.

Required Equipment
Agency apecific student manual
Mask (low volume preferred)
Paddle fins with spring straps or taped fin straps
95cf cylinder minimum (H-valve mandatory), doubles or side mounted cylinders highly recommended ***
Cylinder rigged as a stage or decompression bottle
Single hose regulator with 7′ hose length, alternate air source (no LP/octo combos), and an SPG
Wet or dry suit
BCD with power inflator (back plate and wing or harness recommended)
Submersible dive tables or computer
Bottom timer and depth gauge (if no computer)
Cutting tool (2 recommended)
Underwater slate and pencil
Weight belt, if needed
Safety reel/spool, 2 minimum per diver
Primary reel, 1 minimum per team (you may wait to purchase this until after using the reels we have available)
Lift bag
DAN or equivalent dive insurance
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We spend most of the day in the classroom reviewing decompression theory, tables, and various decompression software and computers. We will plan several dives based on different tables and software and compare the schedules to see how they vary from each other. We will then put what we learn into practice during an actual dive.
It is recommended this course be taken in conjunction with the Advanced Nitrox course and the Deep Diver Course to get the maximum benefit of both courses.
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TDI Trimix
1. This course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gasses containing helium for dives to a maximum depth of 200 fsw/60 msw utilizing Nitrox and/or oxygen for staged decompression. Trimix affords a means of reducing narcosis on dives to such depths.
2. The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform Trimix Dives outside of training up to 200 fsw (60 msw).
Prerequisite: Must be a qualified Advanced Nitrox Diver or Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver or equivalent.

Required Equipment
Agency specific Trimix student manual
Mask (low volume preferred)
Paddle fins with spring straps or taped fin straps
Doubles or side mount cylinders mandatory
Cylinder rigged as a stage or decompression bottle
Single hose regulator with 7′ hose length, alternate air source (no LP/octo combos), and an SPG
Wet or dry suit
BCD with power inflator (back plate and wing or harness recommended)
Submersible dive tables or computer
Bottom timer and depth gauge (if no computer)
Cutting tool (2 recommended)
Underwater slate and pencil
Weight belt, if needed
Safety reel/spool, 2 minimum per diver
Primary reel, 1 minimum per team (you may wait to purchase this until after using the reels we have available)
Lift bag
DAN or equivalent dive insurance
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We will spend 3-4 days working on several skills. We start out in confined open water doing swim tests, air sharing, valve shutdowns, and other skills. We then move into open water to do 4 dives with a minimum of 300 minutes of bottom time total. Three of these dives will be to depths greater than 130 feet of depth and using a mix of oxygen, helium, and nitrogen giving us an END of no greater than 120 fsw and a PO2 of no more than 1.4 and the final dive will be to a depth between 180 and 200 feet. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills. There is also a final exam that must be completed prior to the end of the course.

Our course is designed for the cave diver level or above, but we can do all of the dives in the open ocean. For cave qualified divers, the course is conducted at sites 1.5-2.5 hours from Marianna, FL. Open ocean dives are conducted in the Florida Keys or on the Oriskany. Call for details.
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TDI Advanced Trimix
1. This course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gasses containing helium for dives to a maximum depth of 330 fsw/100 msw utilizing Nitrox and/or oxygen for staged decompression. Trimix affords a means of reducing narcosis on dives to such depths.
2. The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform Trimix Dives outside of training up to 330 fsw (100 msw).
Prerequisite: Must be a qualified Basic/Normoxic Trimix Diver or Extended Range/Technical Diver or equivalent.

Required Equipment
Agency specific Trimix manual
Mask (low volume preferred)
Paddle fins with spring straps or taped fin straps
Doubles or side mount cylinders mandatory
Cylinder rigged as a stage or decompression bottle
Single hose regulator with 7′ hose length, alternate air source (no LP/octo combos), and an SPG
Wet or dry suit
BCD with power inflator (back plate and wing or harness recommended)
Submersible dive tables or computer
Bottom timer and depth gauge (if no computer)
Cutting tool (2 recommended)
Underwater slate and pencil
Weight belt, if needed
Safety reel/spool, 2 minimum per diver
Primary reel, 1 minimum per team (you may wait to purchase this until after using the reels we have available)
Lift bag
DAN or equivalent dive insurance
If you do not have some of this equipment, contact us. We have a large personal stock of many of these items, especially reels, spools, and lift bags, that can be used during the course.

Coursework
We will spend 4-5 days working on several skills. We start out in confined open water doing swim tests, air sharing, valve shutdowns, and other skills. We then move into open water to do 4 dives with a minimum of 330 minutes of bottom time total. All dives will be to depths greater than 130 feet of depth and using a mix of oxygen, helium, and nitrogen. During the open water dives we will continue to work on skills. There is also a final exam that must be completed prior to the end of the course.

Our course is designed for the cave diver level or above, but we can do all of the dives in the open ocean. For cave qualified divers, the course is conducted at sites 1.5-2.5 hours from Marianna, FL. Open ocean dives are conducted in the Florida Keys or on the Oriskany. Call for details.
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TDI Nitrox Gas Blender
This course provides the training required to allow candidates to competently and safely blend Nitrox gas.
Prerequisite: Must be minimum age of 18.
Required Equipment
TDI Nitrox Gas Blending manual
Oxygen analyzer

Coursework
We will spend one day reviewing gas blending equipment, techniques, and procedures. Candidates will blend and analyze several cylinders of Nitrox gas.

This course is best taken in conjunction with an Advanced Nitrox/Decompression Procedures course so candidates can blend their own Nitrox mixtures for use during the AN/DP dives.
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TDI O2 Equipment Service Technician
This course enables the successful candidate in the preparation of scuba equipment for Technical Diving Gases. Upon successful completion the candidate will be trained in the procedures in oxygen equipment cleaning.
Prerequisites:
TDI Nitrox Gas Blender or equivalent
TDI Visual Inspection Inspection Procedures or equivalent
TDI HOG Regulator Service Clinic or equivalent

Required Equipment
Cylinder valve
Scuba regulator

Coursework
We will spend the day reviewing oxygen handling and equipment servicing. We will also service a cylinder valve and scuba regulator for EAN use.
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TDI Advanced Gas Blender
This course enables the successful candidate to engage in the blending of oxygen and helium based gasses..
Prerequisite: Must be minimum age of 18.
Must show proof of certification of TDI Nitrox Gas Blender or equivalent.

Required Equipment
TDI Advanced Gas Blending manual
Access to helium analyzer

Coursework
We will spend one day reviewing gas blending equipment, techniques, and procedures. Candidates will blend and analyze several cylinders of Nitrox and trimix gasses.

This course is best taken in conjunction with a Trimix or Advanced Trimix course so candidates can blend their own Nitrox and trimix mixtures for use during the dives.
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TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures combination course
Three to four day course, four dive course. See individual courses above for details.
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TDI Tank Monkey Training Package
Three day course in which candidates will complete TDI Visual Inspection Procedures, TDI HOG Regulator Service Clinic, TDI Nitrox Gas Blender, TDI O2 Equipment Service Technician, and TDI Advanced Gas Blender.

See individual courses above for details on each course.


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