If you’re a recreational diver who wants to try something new and keep things exciting, the Euro-Divers team in Spain has a collection of TX Specialties that will extend your skills and give you a taste of tech diving without going full-on techie!

It’s all too easy to stick with the same equipment and techniques you first became comfortable with as a novice diver, but with the ever-evolving diving scene we invite you to push your boundaries, feel the buzz of finning out of your comfort zone and emerge into the forefront of diving.

What is your favorite TX Specialty?

Let us know in the comments below if you have already completed any of these TX Specialties.

Full Face Mask Diver

Minimum certification: PADI Open Water Diver. Minimum age: 12 years.

Traditionally the realm of working divers, full face masks protect the eyes and nose and make diving in very cold water more comfortable. Benefits to recreational divers include the possibility of adding communications gear and making it easy for those who prefer to breathe through the nose as well as the mouth.

The course includes learning how to:

  • Properly prepare and check your mask for the dive.
  • Make adjustments underwater and clear water out of the mask.
  • Respond to simulated out-of-gas emergency situations.
PADI Full Face Mask Diver Spain Cala Joncols

Sidemount Diver

Minimum certification: PADI Open Water Diver. Minimum age: 15 years.

Originally created for penetration diving, sidemount diving has become very popular in open water environments too. It improves position and streamlining, offers more air due to having a double tank capacity and improves safety as the air source is redundant.

The course includes learning how to:

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
  • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.
PADI Sidemount Diver Cala Joncols Spain

Self-Reliant Diver

Minimum certification: PADI Advanced Water Diver. plus a minimum of 100 logged dives.

Minimum age: 18 years

We are all trained to respect the buddy system, but in some situations, for some divers, it’s very useful to have the equipment and skills to be a self-reliant diver and be able to dive independently without a buddy. Benefits of being a self-reliant diver includes improved safety in buddy separation situations and essential for underwater photographers who often end up left alone when waiting too long for the perfect photo – with the skills gained on this course, you could safely wait for the entire dive in one spot for the fish to smile! This course ties in very nicely with the Sidemount Diver since both covers how to dive with a redundant air source.

The course includes learning how to:

  • Performing an air consumption rate swim to gather information for later calculation.
  • Switching to a redundant air supply system during simulated emergency situations.
  • Swimming without a mask.
  • Navigating to various points, including your exit.
  • Using a DSMB.
PADI self reliant diver training in Cadaques

Look out for the Deep X course which will give recreational divers a taste of deco diving – coming soon!

Contact us for more information about any of these courses and start planning your taste of tech adventure.