Technical Diving is the Final Frontier of scuba diving – heading below maximum recreational depths of 50 metres to 80 metres or even 130 metres deep. Technical diving is undeniably high risk but also incredibly rewarding. Anyone learning technical diving must realistically accept those risks and ensure they have dedicated technical diving insurance, both for themselves and their loved ones.
DAN’s definition of Technical Diving reads like this:
“Technical Diving means dives conducted with the use of variable gas mixtures (Nitrogen-Helium- Oxygen otherwise called Trimix or Helium – Oxygen otherwise called Heliox) to depths greater than 50 metres but not exceeding 130 metres and/or gas partial pressures up to a maximum of 1,6ATA Oxygen and 3,95 ATA Nitrogen in the breathing mixture and provided that any other relevant local laws and regulations are respected. On written submission of a full dive profile and proposed safety and support measures insurers may consider providing specific per dive insurance for any dive exceeding 130 metres.”
It’s important to check with your insurance provider about the exact type of technical diving you will be doing (for example, will it involve wreck penetration? what kind of gases will you be using? which operator will be leading you?) to make sure you are fully covered in the event of an incident.
Technical Diving Insurance Recommendations
- DiveMaster Insurance provides IDEC International Diving Emergency Cover which covers technical divers to 80 metres unsupported and 130 metres supported.
- DAN (Divers Alert Network) offers comprehensive Technical Diving Insurance