It's time for some serious bottom time!!!

Introducing the

Independent Twins Training Program

AZ Dive Training has developed a training program like none other that you have ever encountered. We are the ONLY dive center in the State and probably Country to offer such a course. The program provides the experienced recreational diver with the ability to extend bottom times up to 50% without violating no decompression limits or PADI guidelines. We refer to this type of diving as TEC-REATIONAL diving. We coined the phraseand others have started using it.

What are Independent Twins?

Independent Twins are exactly what the name implies. They are a pair of tanks (usually standard aluminum 80's) that are strapped together into one solid unit. Their valves remain seperate from one another and have a regulator, pressure gauge and inflator hose on each valve. This means that the diver now has twice the gas that he or she had with the single tank setup and now also has redundancy with respect to air sources.

For more information on diving with Independent Twins, visit the IDS Website.

What Does The TEC-REATIONAL Training Involve?

The Independent Twins program trains the diver in the following areas:

  • Set up and configuration of Independent Twins systems
  • Advanced bouyancy control with the added weight and bulk of independent twins
  • Gear requirements and configurations for extended range diving
  • Safety Procedures
  • Basic decompression theory and procedures (for safety purposes)
  • Advanced Wreck diving procedures
  • Advanced Nitrox procedures and guidelines

The program is structured in a single classroom and two Open Water sessions. During the classroom session, the students will review nitrox and wreck diving procedures and will instruct the students on the use of Independent Twins and safety procedures. The instructor will dive deeper into techniques and procedures for advanced nitrox and wreck diving and will provide the student with the risks and responsibilities associated with Independent Twins diving. The student will then be instructed in basic decompression diving theory and will review the operation of their computer, should a decompression event be encountered.**

The students will then move to the open water, where they will set up their gear and suit up for their first dive with multiple tanks. They will experience, first hand, the feeling of the increased weight and decreased buoyancy sensitivity first hand. This is a critical part of the training as most students take several dives to become comfortable with the Independent Twins system. The instructor will work buoyancy and task management as well as safety procedures and drills.

On the second day of open water instruction, the student will learn advanced wreck diving techniques. These techniques include:

  • Finning techniques that minimize silt disturbance inside of wrecks
  • Silt-out procedures
  • Line placement and recovery
  • Equipment removal and replacement
  • Safety procedures
  • Advanced underwater communication
All of these lessons improve the students ability to operate in and around a wreck environment and reduce the risk of diving in such conditions.

What do I need to get started?

Diving with Independent Twins requires some specialized equipment. There are some BCD systems out there that can convert back and forth between single and double tank configurations - such as the Dive Rite TransPak harness system. These are the easiest to use since the diver does not have to bring additional equipment on a dive trip. The following equipment is also required or suggested when diving with independent twins in a wreck environment:

  • Backplate - either Stainless steel, aluminum or ABS plastic
  • Additional regulator for the additional tank
  • Additional pressure gauge for the new regulator
  • Reel
  • Independent Twins Bracket Kit
  • Advanced duty lighting system - HID or Canister system is recommended
  • Nitrox compatible computer
  • Harness System (if the student's BCD is not capable of handling a backplate)
  • Wings (if the student's BCD is not capable of handling a backplate)
  • Nitrox Specialty Certification
  • Wreck Diver Specialty Certification

If the student does not have his or her Nitrox and Wreck Diver certification, AZ Dive Training will assemble a package to provide a cost effective way to accomplish this in conjuction with Independent Twins training.

So what are you waiting for? Come experience the freedom of diving with Independent Twins. There is a world of wrecks and reefs waiting for you. Contact AZ Dive Training today and talk with them about the program, its benefits and how you can get started!

** AZ Dive Training is not training the student to perform decompression dives - they are simply educating the student in the proper operation of their computer and procedures, should an event beyond the diver's control reults in a decompression scenario.