Not too long ago, TDI published a blog post called “Choosing your Technical Instructor”. (https://www.tdisdi.com/explorers-vs-educators/). The main argument made was, that when choosing any kind of instructor, diving skills and experience matter just as much as instructional skills. The first question one should ask themselves is: “What do I want to learn?” followed by: “Can this person teach me that?”
Instructor preference can be very personal. Still, most divers find themselves at home at Technical Diving Services. Chief instructor and owner Chris is extremely knowledgeable and skilled, and one of the most experienced dive educators in the field. Any course or guided dive done with him is tailored to your personal wishes and needs, carefully designed to help you reach your goals.
Learning the basics from a Technical Instructor
Don’t let the name fool you: Chris is as happy to teach Open Water students as he is to teach Technical divers and instructors. Learning the basics from a “tekky” means: emphasis on good buoyancy and trim from the very beginning, and no certification until both you and the instructor are satisfied and safe.
Bonaire has a lot to offer, and not all of it is common knowledge. Want something special? Let Chris take you to the lesser-known reefs, or enjoy a psychedelic fluorescent night dive. And don’t forget to dive during the ostracod spawning events!
Venturing into the deep
Are you ready to take the next step? Book an Intro to Tech Diving course to brush up your skills, learn to dive with the different rigs or the rig of your choice, get comfortable with helicopter and backwards kicking and shooting lift bags and surface marker buoys from shallower and deeper depths. After finishing you will be more than ready for training in staged decompression diving.
Already a technical diver and looking for a guide? Bonaire has several beautiful deep dives, and Chris will know where to find them. The warm waters and sloping reef make even long decompression stops enjoyable.
No guide needed
Of course TDS can also facilitate your needs as an independent diver. Need sidemount or rebreather tanks? Sofnolime or extendair cartridges? Higher oxygen percentages in your tanks? Clips and hardware? Shearwater computers or Dive Rite equipment? Just come in for a cup of coffee, and Chris will set you up with all your needs.