International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD)

advanced diving

IANTD Mission Statement

To understand the opportunities and challenges of Nitrox, advanced and technical diving, in order to foster openness, individual responsibilities, and provide a standard of care for instruction in the diving community.
 

Recreational Programs

Technical Programs

Cave Programs

Wreck Programs

Rebreather Programs

Leadership Programs

 

 Supervised Diver (OC Only)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide basic training to those who wish to enter into SCUBA diving adventures within limited time.
2. This Program qualifies a diver to dive to a maximum depth of 40 fsw (12 msw).
3. Upon completion of this program, the diver may dive only under the direct supervision of a Dive Master, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor, at a maximum ratio of four (4) Supervised Divers per Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor, provided that the Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor will be capable of establishing physical contact with any Supervised Diver at all times during the dive.
4. Supervised divers may only participate in diving activities where appropriate diver support is always available at the surface, and where in-water decompression stops are not required and under conditions that are equal or better than the conditions where they were trained.

Prerequisites:

Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a documented parent or legal guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without parent or legal guardian approval.

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 Open Water Diver (OC Only)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide comprehensive training to those who wish to become SCUBA divers.
2. This Program emphasizes the skills and knowledge needed to develop a safer novice diver and to develop a sense of confidence and responsibility in those joining the adventures of underwater discovery.
3. This Program qualifies a diver to dive to a maximum depth of 70 fsw (21 msw) in open water, accompanied by other divers of at least the same level, without supervision of a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor. The diver can dive to a maximum depth of 100 fsw (30 msw) if they are guided or supervised dive by a dive master or instructor.
4. This program qualifies a diver to participate in diving activities where Appropriate Diver Support is always available at the surface, where in-water decompression stops are not required, and under conditions that are equal or better than the conditions where they were trained. If diving in conditions significantly different from those previously experienced the diver shall require an appropriate orientation.
5. Upon completion of the Open Water Nitrox Diver Program, the diver may dive any EANx mixture from Air to EAN 40.
6. If accompanied by an Instructor, an OW Diver or OWND may gain progressive experience beyond these parameters and develop competency in managing more challenging diving conditions designed to lead to higher qualifications. Where further instruction is required, this can only be provided by an Instructor.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Essentials Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This mid-level Specialty Continuing Education Diver Program is designed to enable the certified diver to extend proficiency in the water and to review and put in practice the Essentials learned in any IANTD diver classes.
2. These techniques and knowledge prepare a diver for more advanced recreational diving programs.
3. The Essentials Diver course is recommended for all divers wishing to increase skill competency. This course does not provide a deeper diving qualification to the diver.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified as an IANTD Open Water Diver or any Entry Level Diver equivalent, or qualified as a Recreational Rebreather Diver.
2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Advanced Open Water Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This mid-level Continuing Education Program is designed to enable IANTD Open Water / Recreational Rebreather Divers to extend their proficiency in the water and to gain more supervised practical experience.
2. This Program qualifies a diver to dive to a maximum depth of 100 fsw (30 msw).

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified IANTD Open Water / Recreational Rebreather Diver or any Entry Level Diver equivalent.
2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum or 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Open Water Side Mount Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. Familiarize the diver with the techniques, equipment and mindset required for Side Mount diving.
2. Enable divers to proficiently assemble and use Side Mount equipment.
3. Teach divers the proper techniques to safely conduct dives that warrant the use of Side Mount equipment.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
2. Have a minimum of 25 logged dives.
3. Be at least 18 years of age.
4. Be proficient in buoyancy skills.

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 Rescue Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to develop proficiency in self- and buddy-rescue.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified Advanced Open Water Diver in the discipline the student wishes to take (OC, SCR, CCR) or must provide
proof of a minimum of 10 logged dives.
2. Must be qualified in Diving First Aid, Oxygen Administrator and CPR.
3. AED certification is recommended.
4. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
NOTE: The Diving First Aid, CPR and Oxygen

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 EANx Diver (OC Only)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide Sport Divers with a safer than air breathing medium for enjoying dives in the 40 to 130 fsw (12 to 39 msw) depth ranges. The diver may elect to dive the “mix” on EANx tables, or dive conservatively using air dive computers or air tables.
2. The IANTD EANx Diver qualification may be taught as a single Program or combined with a variety of the IANTD Advanced or Specialty Diver Programs.
3. The Program covers the use of EANx mixes in the range of 21% to a maximum of 40% oxygen.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified Open Water Diver.
2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Recreational Trimix Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide Sport Divers with a breathing medium for extending their dives to Sport Diving Depths by using ENDs in the 40 to 80 fsw (12 to 24 msw) depth ranges. The diver may elect to dive the "mix" on tables or computers.
2. The IANTD Recreational Trimix Diver qualification may be taught as a single program or combined with a variety of the IANTD Advanced or Specialty Diver Programs.
3. The program qualifies divers to do no-stop required dives using Recreational Trimix Gas mixtures to a depth of 130 fsw (39 msw).

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent and EANx Diver or take the EANx Diver course in conjunction with the Recreational Trimix Diver course.
2. (RB) Nitrox Diver not required if certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver on a rebreather.
3. Must provide proof of a minimum of 15 logged dives.
4. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Deep Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide responsible training to divers who plan to dive to a maximum of 130 fsw (39 msw) on air.
2. The IANTD Deep Diver Program trains divers in skills, performance, theory and planning of deep dives. This Program remains within the commonly practiced depth of 130 fsw (39 msw), and is the first sanctioned international Program to provide proper training in safe deep diving skills and performance.
3. It is recommended that this Program be taught in conjunction with the IANTD EANx Diver Program or the Recreational Trimix Diver Program or the IANTD Advanced EANx Diver Program.
4. This program qualifies divers to dive to 130 fsw (39 msw).

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 10 logged dives.
3. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Advanced EANx Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to extend the diver’s knowledge in the use of EANx for Sport diving. It further develops diving skills and provides a greater understanding of the EANx concept of diving.
2. The Program employs EANx mixes up to 1.5 PO2.
3. This program qualifies divers to do dive to 140 fsw (42 msw) and do decompression stops required dives up to 15 minutes.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD EANx Diver and IANTD Deep Diver with proof of a minimum of 30 logged dives or sufficient experience to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to extend the diver’s knowledge in the use of EANx for Sport diving. It further develops diving skills and provides a greater understanding of the EANx concept of diving. It is also intended to supplement the skills of Recreational Trimix Divers.
2. The Program employs EANx mixes from 21% oxygen to a maximum of 1.5 PO2 combined with a Helium content that maintains an END no greater than 80 fsw (24 msw) may be used.
3. This program qualifies divers to dive to 160 fsw (48 msw) and perform decompression stops required dives up to 15 minutes.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Recreational Trimix Diver or Nitrox Diver and IANTD Deep Diver with proof of a minimum of 30 logged dives or sufficient experience to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Specialty Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. These Programs have been designed to provide qualified divers with specialty training in areas such as Underwater Modeling, Underwater Photography, Underwater Videography, Marine Ecology, Night Diver, Salvage Diver, Wall Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Boat Diver, Drift Diver, Beach Diver, Hyperbaric Chamber Operations, Full Face Mask Diver, Surface Supplied Diver, METS/HUET or other specialty training areas.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified diver.
2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
3. Other Prerequisites may apply as per the Program Outline approved in writing by the Training Director or designated Licensee Region’s representative.

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 Elite Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This program has been designed to provide divers with the highest certification in the recreational level before entering the professional diving circle in teaching or in technical diving. Divers completing 5 IANTD Specialties or more may be eligible to apply for the Elite Diver Certification.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be an IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver.
2. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age or 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization.
3. Must have 5 IANTD specialty certification or more.
a. Core IANTD specialties for this certification are; Deep Diver, EANx Diver, Rescue Diver and Navigation Diver
b. Other IANTD specialties divers can obtain are: Night Diver, DPV Diver, Underwater Photographer, Marine Ecology, Boat Diver, Salvage Diver, Drift Diver or other specialty training area.

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 Open Water DPV Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide training in the use of Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPV’s) in Open Water. The purpose of this course is to expose divers to conservation concerns and ethical responsibilities that present themselves during DPV use either for touring, or exploration.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age. (Age requirement can be waived for cause with notarized statement.)
2. Must be qualified as IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) and have a minimum of 25 logged dives.

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 Self-Sufficient Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program have been designed to provide qualified divers with “self-supported - self-sufficient” training.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified as IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 15 logged dives.
3. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Public Safety Diver

Purpose:

1. To train divers to operate in waters of limited visibility while employing structured methods in the retrieval of submerged evidence from a maximum depth of 100 fsw (30 msw) and the potential use of this evidence in a court room.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified IANTD Rescue Diver or equivalent.
2. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Decompression Specialist

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to give the diver a better and deeper understanding of the models used for generating dive tables and dive computer profiles. The program will also train students to use dive tables, dive computers and decompression software programs.
2. Upon completion of this course dives will be made to 130 fsw (39 msw) using EAN 1.5 to 1.61 PO2 for decompression provided no stops are deeper than 20 fsw (6 msw) or longer than 15 minutes.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified Advanced EANx Diver or equivalent.

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 Diver First Aid

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to teach divers how to manage diving accidents and other injuries that may occur at a dive site.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
2. No other for any program.

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 Oxygen Administrator

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to teach people how to utilize and administer oxygen for dive accident management.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
2. No other for any program.

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 Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to teach people how to utilize an AED.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
2. No other for any program.

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 Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to teach people how to perform CPR on people who are old enough to dive for dive accident management.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
2. No other for any program.

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 Diving Medical Technician & Recompression Chamber Operator

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train competent individuals in the safer use and technology of diving medicine, recompression therapies and recompression chamber operations.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
2. Students need not be divers.

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 Hyperbaric Chamber Operator

Purpose:

1. These Programs have been designed to provide qualified divers with specialty training in area of Hyperbaric Chamber Operations.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a qualified diver.
2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
3. Other Prerequisites may apply as per the Program Outline approved in writing by the Training Director or designated Licensee Region’s representative.

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 EANx Blender

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train competent personnel in the safe handling of oxygen and the preparation of EANx.

Prerequisites:

1. Must have a need to become a blender (such as working for an EANx training or full service facility). If not affiliated with a facility must be a qualified Advanced EANx Diver and located in a remote area.
2. Must be recommended by an IANTD Instructor or Facility.
3. To be qualified to service specific brands or equipment for EANx use, the blender must be a Qualified Technician with the manufacturer of the equipment being serviced.

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 Trimix Gas Blender

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train competent personnel in the safe handling of oxygen and the preparation of Trimix and Heliox.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD EANx Gas Blender and have a need to become a Trimix Blender (such as working for a training or full service facility). If not affiliated with a facility must be a qualified Trimix Diver and located in a remote area.
2. Must be recommended by an IANTD Instructor or Facility.

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 Life Support Systems Service Technician

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train competent personnel in the safe preparation and maintenance of life support systems to be used in SCUBA diving, and with breathing gases other than air. This includes service, maintenance and visual inspection procedures.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD EANx Blender.
2. Must have a need to become a Technician (such as working for an EANx Training or Full Service Facility). If not affiliated with a facility must be located in a remote area.
3. Must be recommended by an IANTD Instructor or Facility.
4. Provide proof of Technician status through manufacturers that the Technician will be servicing equipment or qualification through the Institute of American Scuba Technicians (IAST).

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 Underwater Theatrical Performer

Purpose:

1. This program is designed to provide performers and talent with comprehensive training in using Scuba diving techniques as part of entertainment related activities.
2. This program emphasizes the skills and knowledge needed to develop a strong understanding of the physics and physiology, reliable skills, safe diving practices, comfort, efficiency and specific skill vocabulary to work with show divers.
3. This program also emphasizes skill mastery, physical and mental preparation needed to prepare talents or performers to rapidly, efficiently and safely adapt from potential strenuous performing activity to the underwater environment and techniques
4. Upon completion performers or talents will be qualified to perform underwater activities to a limit of 30 fsw (9 msw) with the presence and supervision of qualified support or safety divers.
5. This training is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to continue education with specific advanced training related to their activity or the integration of an existing performance.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization or a minimum of 18 years of age.
2. Must pass Scuba diving physical and provide IANTD physical form signed by a licensed physician prior attending the course.
3. Candidates must swim 200 yards and tread water for 10 minutes prior to any in water training.
4. A tympanogram test performed by a licensed physician to guarantee proper Eustachian tube function is strongly recommended.

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 Technical Diver (OC Only)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train divers to conduct dives to depths between 100 fsw (30 msw) and, at the instructors option, up to 170 fsw (51 msw) using custom blend breathing gas mixtures; and to provide greater understanding of custom blend breathing gas mixtures, a complete knowledge of the limits of any EANx mixture, and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.
2. The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform dives outside of training up to 180 fsw (54 msw).

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced EANx Diver.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least 30 were deeper than 90 fsw (27 msw) or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
3. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Normoxic Trimix Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train those who wish to dive to depths between 130 fsw (39 msw) and 200 fsw (60 msw), but who do not wish to breathe air below 130 fsw (39 msw). Trimix affords a means of reducing narcosis on dives to such depths.
2. (RB) This Program is further designed to train divers in the safer use of Rebreathers for dives using normoxic helium-based gas mixtures.
3. 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).

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced EANx Diver. Divers qualified as Technical Diver, see note below under Program Content section.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least 30 were deeper than 90 fsw (27 msw) or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training
3. (RB) Must have 20 dives and 25 hours on the rebreather being used.
4. (RB) Divers certified as OC Normoxic Trimix may take this course combined with the Rebreather Diver course with qualification given once the 20 dives and 25 hours are logged.
5. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Trimix Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed for those individuals already involved in deep diving activities, but is not intended to be used as an enticement to divers who are content to remain in Sport or EANx diving limits.
2. Trimix affords a safer means for deep-water exploration for divers who dive deep or perform with a clear head at depth. The IANTD Trimix Diver Program requires the diver to be self-sufficient/reliant.
3. The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform Trimix Dives outside of training up to 333 fsw (100 msw).
4. (RB) This Program is designed to train divers in the safer use and technology of Rebreathers for deep diving to depths in excess of 200 fsw (60 msw).

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified IANTD Technical Diver, Technical Cave Diver, Technical Wreck Diver, Normoxic Trimix Diver or equivalent.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 200 logged dives, of which at least 25 were to depths between 140 fsw (42 msw) and 200 fsw (60 msw) or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
3. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
4. (RB) Must be qualified as an IANTD Normoxic Rebreather Diver, or if entering the Program based on equivalent experience, must be qualified as either (OC) Normoxic Trimix Diver or (OC) Trimix Diver or must be taking the Normoxic Rebreather Diver and Trimix Diver course on an approved Rebreather for mixed gas diving, with all dives other than confined water made on Trimix or Heliox. Note all Rebreather Trimix Divers must have completed the Normoxic Rebreather lectures and skills.
5. (RB) 50 hours of dive time is required on the specific Rebreather for which the diver is being trained.

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 Expedition Trimix Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This program is designed to train OC or Rebreather Divers already involved in deep diving activities to more safely conduct exploration dives requiring extended decompression profiles and helium-based gas mixture. This program is not intended to be used as an enticement to divers who are content to remain in normal Trimix diving limits.
2. Trimix affords a safer means for deep-water exploration for divers who dive deep or perform with a clear head at depth. The IANTD Trimix Diver Program requires the diver to be self-sufficient/reliant.
3. The knowledge and skills taught in this

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Trimix Diver or Trimix Rebreather Diver or equivalent.
2. Must have at least 300 dives of which 100 were Trimix dives or sufficient experience conducting technical dives to satisfy the
instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
3. (RB) At least 75 rebreather dives including 50 Rebreather Trimix Dives.
4. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.

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 In Water Recompression (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train competent divers in the safer use and technology of basic of in-water recompression (IWR) at depths up to 25 fsw (7.6 msw), using pure Oxygen as a breathing gas. The diver can descend to a maximum depth of 25 fsw (7.6 msw) and must be directly supervised by a Technical instructor or rebreather instructor (at minimum).

Prerequisites:

1. Must be either an IANTD Technical Diver or equivalent or higher. May be taken in conjunction with the IWR Diver class;
2. Must be qualified for Diver First Aid, Rescue Diver, Oxygen Administrator, and Full Face Mask diver. May be taken in conjunction with the IWR Diver class;
3. Must have a minimum of 100 dives. If class accomplished using a rebreather a minimum of 50 dives are required on the rebreather used in the course;
4. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.

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 Cavern Diver (OC Only)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to develop wreck and cavern diving skills within the limits of light penetration and to insure that divers are aware of self-responsibility and capable of risk management in overhead environments. The Program may be taught using either air or EANx.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 10 logged dives.
3. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Limited Mine Diver (OC Only)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to develop wreck and cavern diving skills within the limits of light penetration and to insure that divers are aware of self-responsibility and capable of risk management in overhead environments. The Program may be taught using either air or EANx.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 10 logged dives.
3. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Introductory Cave Diver (OC Only)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide an introduction to the cave diving environment for Sport Divers.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Overhead Environment Diver or equivalent qualification (NSS/CDS, NACD or CDAA Cavern
Diver).
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 25 logged dives or sufficient experience to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
3. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Cave Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train divers in safe cave diving and, if doing Technical Cave, the technical utilization of EANx for cave exploration, and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.

Prerequisites:

1. If entering through modular route, must be qualified as Introductory Cave Diver, with proof of a minimum of 50 logged dives. If not qualified as Introductory Cave Diver must have proof of 100 dives or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
2. If taking the course on a Rebreather must have 20 dives with 35 hours of dive time on the Rebreather.
3. To enter Technical Cave (Technical Diver) in addition to #1, student must be qualified as an Advanced EANx Diver, or Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver or equivalent experience or training as determined by the Instructor.
4. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Mine Diver (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train divers beyond the main tunnel but yet without a much more complex navigation.
2. This program is also designed for those divers that want to do a modular route to move forward to Cave Diver and/or Technical Cave Diver course after the Introductory to Cave course.
3. This program is also designed for those divers that for any reason do not have natural caves or access to those.

Prerequisites:

1. If entering through modular route, must be qualified as Introductory to Cave Diver with proof of a minimum of 30 logged dives after being certified as Introductory to Cave Diver. If not qualified as Introductory to Cave Diver must have proof of 60 logged dives or sufficient experience doing dives with double tanks to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
2. Must be a minimum of 18 years old.

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 Technical Cave Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train divers in safe cave diving and, if doing Technical Cave, the technical utilization of EANx for cave exploration, and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.

Prerequisites:

1. If entering through modular route, must be qualified as Introductory Cave Diver, with proof of a minimum of 50 logged dives. If not qualified as Introductory Cave Diver must have proof of 100 dives or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
2. If taking the course on a Rebreather must have 20 dives with 35 hours of dive time on the Rebreather.
3. To enter Technical Cave (Technical Diver) in addition to #1, student must be qualified as an Advanced EANx Diver, or Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver or equivalent experience or training as determined by the Instructor.
4. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Rebreather Cave Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train divers in safe cave diving and, if doing Technical Cave, the technical utilization of EANx for cave exploration, and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.

Prerequisites:

1. If entering through modular route, must be qualified as Introductory Cave Diver, with proof of a minimum of 50 logged dives. If not qualified as Introductory Cave Diver must have proof of 100 dives or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
2. If taking the course on a Rebreather must have 20 dives with 35 hours of dive time on the Rebreather.
3. To enter Technical Cave (Technical Diver) in addition to #1, student must be qualified as an Advanced EANx Diver, or Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver or equivalent experience or training as determined by the Instructor.
4. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Advanced Side Mount (Sump Diver) and No Mount Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to familiarize the experienced, certified cave diver with the techniques; equipment and mindset required for side mount / no mount diving activities in an underwater, overhead environment.
2. Enable cave divers to proficiently assemble and use side mount / no mount diving equipment.
3. Teach cave divers the proper techniques to safely conduct cave diving activities that warrant the use of side mount / no mount diving equipment (i.e. small passages, logistics and restrictions).
4. Expose cave divers to the conservation concerns and ethical responsibilities that present themselves during side mount / no mount diving activities in underwater caves.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Cave Diver or equivalent (NSS/CDS, CDAA, NACD, etc.).
2. Have a minimum of 50 logged cave dives.
3. Be at least 18 years of age.
4. Be proficient in buoyancy skills while wearing full cave diving equipment.
5. Be proficient with the concept of gas matching.

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 Advanced Cave - DPV Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide advanced training in cave diving skills to the experienced, certified, responsible cave diver who wishes to conduct dives that warrant DPV use and techniques.
2. Expose cave divers to conservation concerns and ethical responsibilities that present themselves during DPV uses either for extended penetration, touring, or exploration.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Cave Diver or equivalent (NSS/CDS, CDAA, NACD, GUE, etc.).
2. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
3. Have a minimum of 100 logged cave dives.

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 Advanced Cave - Stage / Multi-Stage Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide advanced training in cave diving skills to the experienced, certified, responsible cave divers who wish to conduct dives that warrant staging and multiple staging techniques.
2. Expose cave divers to conservation concerns and ethical responsibilities that present themselves during stage and multiple stage dives, whether it be for decompression, extended penetration, safety, or team planning.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Cave Diver or equivalent (NSS/CDS, CDAA, NACD, etc.).
2. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age. (Age requirement can be waived for cause with notarized statement.)
3. Have a minimum of 25 logged cave dives.

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 Advanced Cave - Survey Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide advanced training in cave diving skills to the experienced, certified, responsible cave divers who wishes to conduct dives while surveying an underwater cave.
2. Expose cave divers to conservation concerns and ethical responsibilities presented during collection of survey data.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Cave Diver or equivalent (NSS/CDS, CDAA, NACD, etc.).
2. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
3. Have a minimum of 25 logged cave dives.

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 Wreck Diver (OC Only)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to develop wreck and cavern diving skills within the limits of light penetration and to insure that divers are aware of self-responsibility and capable of risk management in overhead environments. The Program may be taught using either air or EANx.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 10 logged dives.
3. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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 Advanced Wreck Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train divers in extended wreck penetration diving and the technical utilization of EANx for wreck exploration and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Deep Diver or equivalent. For Technical Wreck Diver Program, must also be qualified as an IANTD EANx Diver.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 70 logged dives or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
OR
2. A minimum of 40 logged dives with qualification as IANTD Wreck or Cavern Diver. If dives in the course below 130 fsw (39 msw) are planned the diver must have 100 logged dives.
3. Must be qualified as an IANTD Rebreather Diver.
4. This course may be taught in conjunction with a CCR Normoxic Trimix or CCR Trimix Diver course.
5. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Technical Wreck Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train divers in extended wreck penetration diving and the technical utilization of EANx for wreck exploration and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Deep Diver or equivalent. For Technical Wreck Diver Program, must also be qualified as an IANTD EANx Diver.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 70 logged dives or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
OR
2. A minimum of 40 logged dives with qualification as IANTD Wreck or Cavern Diver. If dives in the course below 130 fsw (39 msw) are planned the diver must have 100 logged dives.
3. Must be qualified as an IANTD Rebreather Diver.
4. This course may be taught in conjunction with a CCR Normoxic Trimix or CCR Trimix Diver course.
5. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Rebreather Wreck Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train divers in extended wreck penetration diving and the technical utilization of EANx for wreck exploration and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Deep Diver or equivalent. For Technical Wreck Diver Program, must also be qualified as an IANTD EANx Diver.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 70 logged dives or sufficient experience doing technical dives to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
OR
2. A minimum of 40 logged dives with qualification as IANTD Wreck or Cavern Diver. If dives in the course below 130 fsw (39 msw) are planned the diver must have 100 logged dives.
3. Must be qualified as an IANTD Rebreather Diver.
4. This course may be taught in conjunction with a CCR Normoxic Trimix or CCR Trimix Diver course.
5. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Rebreather Experience

Purpose:

This Program is designed to introduce the diver to the basic concepts of Rebreathers, and to provide a practical confined water and optional OW exposure for swimming with a Rebreather. It is not a Qualification Program.

Prerequisites:

Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a documented parent or legal guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without parent or legal guardian approval.

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 Recreational CCR Diver

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train Recreational divers in the safer use and technology of basic CCR diving with no decompression, up to 1.2 PO2 and to depths up to 70 fsw (21 msw). This course may be used as an entry-level course to SCUBA diving if combined with the OW program in which case OC dives will be substituted with CCR dives.
2. A diver already qualified as OW Deep diver completing this program, can dive to a maximum depth of 100 fsw (30 msw) if they are guided or supervised dive by a rebreather supervisor or instructor. The training requirements here in are IANTD minimums. Other manufacturer’s requirements MAY APPLY for specific Rebreathers so consult manufacturers literature prior to teaching.

Prerequisites:

1. This may be used as the entry level of diving or as a CCR course for experienced recreational divers, desirous of remaining at recreational level.
2. Must be either an IANTD EANx Diver or equivalent or it may be taken in conjunction with the EANx Diver class.
3. Must be a minimum of 17 years of age.

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 Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver (SCR, PSCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train competent divers in the safer use and technology of PSCR for dives requiring up to 15 minutes of decompression. It is also especially useful to train divers who wish to dive up to 160 fsw (48 msw) if using Trimix or 140 fsw (42 msw) if using EANx. The training requirements here in are IANTD minimums. Other manufacturer’s requirements MAY APPLY for specific Rebreathers so consult IANTD specific CCR course materials and manufacturers literature prior to teaching.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be an IANTD Advanced EANx Diver or Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver or equivalent. Course may be taken as a combination program.
2. Must be a minimum of 17 years of age.

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 Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver (CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to train competent divers in the safer use and technology of CCR for dives requiring up to 15 minutes of decompression. It is also especially useful to train divers who wish to dive up to 160 fsw (48 msw) if using diluent with helium or 140 fsw (42 msw) if using air as a diluent. The training requirements here-in are IANTD minimums. Other manufacturer’s requirements MAY APPLY for specific Rebreathers so consult IANTD specific CCR course materials and manufacturers literature prior to teaching.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be an IANTD Advanced EANx or Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver or equivalent. (May be taken in conjunction.)
2. Must be a minimum of 17 years of age.

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 Dive Master (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide responsible training for those persons wishing to supervise IANTD divers. These include IANTD Open Water Diver, IANTD EANx Diver, IANTD Advanced EANx Diver, and IANTD Deep Diver. Dive Masters may teach Snorkel Skin Diver. Dive Masters who complete Item 2 under Program Content may teach the IANTD OW Free Diver course.
If the IANTD Divemaster is Recreational Trimix and / or Advanced Recreational Trimix certified than they may supervise these courses as well as be awarded a Advanced EANx or Advanced Recreational Trimix Supervisor qualification.
2. IANTD Dive Masters may supervise, escort and assist in all IANTD Open Water SCUBA Diver Programs but cannot conduct SCUBA training exercises unless under the direction of a qualified IANTD Advanced EANx Instructor.
3. IANTD Dive Masters are qualified to plan and execute emergency procedures appropriate for the diving activity and environment.
4. Upon completion of the program, Dive Masters may conduct any specialized scuba diving activities for which they have received appropriate training. If diving in conditions significantly different from those previously experienced the Dive Master shall require an appropriate orientation.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced EANx Diver, or Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver, First Aid to include CPR, Oxygen Provider and IANTD Rescue or equivalent. If an equivalent certification is accepted, CPR and Oxygen Provider must be current within the last two (2) years. Qualification in two (2) optional IANTD Specialty Programs is recommended.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 60 logged dives.
3. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Advanced EANx Supervisor (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide responsible training for those persons wishing to supervise IANTD divers. These include IANTD Open Water Diver, IANTD EANx Diver, IANTD Advanced EANx Diver, and IANTD Deep Diver. Dive Masters may teach Snorkel Skin Diver. Dive Masters who complete Item 2 under Program Content may teach the IANTD OW Free Diver course.
If the IANTD Divemaster is Recreational Trimix and / or Advanced Recreational Trimix certified than they may supervise these courses as well as be awarded a Advanced EANx or Advanced Recreational Trimix Supervisor qualification.
2. IANTD Dive Masters may supervise, escort and assist in all IANTD Open Water SCUBA Diver Programs but cannot conduct SCUBA training exercises unless under the direction of a qualified IANTD Advanced EANx Instructor.
3. IANTD Dive Masters are qualified to plan and execute emergency procedures appropriate for the diving activity and environment.
4. Upon completion of the program, Dive Masters may conduct any specialized scuba diving activities for which they have received appropriate training. If diving in conditions significantly different from those previously experienced the Dive Master shall require an appropriate orientation.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced EANx Diver, or Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver, First Aid to include CPR, Oxygen Provider and IANTD Rescue or equivalent. If an equivalent certification is accepted, CPR and Oxygen Provider must be current within the last two (2) years. Qualification in two (2) optional IANTD Specialty Programs is recommended.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 60 logged dives.
3. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Advanced Recreational Trimix Supervisor (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to provide responsible training for those persons wishing to supervise IANTD divers. These include IANTD Open Water Diver, IANTD EANx Diver, IANTD Advanced EANx Diver, and IANTD Deep Diver. Dive Masters may teach Snorkel Skin Diver. Dive Masters who complete Item 2 under Program Content may teach the IANTD OW Free Diver course.
If the IANTD Divemaster is Recreational Trimix and / or Advanced Recreational Trimix certified than they may supervise these courses as well as be awarded a Advanced EANx or Advanced Recreational Trimix Supervisor qualification.
2. IANTD Dive Masters may supervise, escort and assist in all IANTD Open Water SCUBA Diver Programs but cannot conduct SCUBA training exercises unless under the direction of a qualified IANTD Advanced EANx Instructor.
3. IANTD Dive Masters are qualified to plan and execute emergency procedures appropriate for the diving activity and environment.
4. Upon completion of the program, Dive Masters may conduct any specialized scuba diving activities for which they have received appropriate training. If diving in conditions significantly different from those previously experienced the Dive Master shall require an appropriate orientation.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced EANx Diver, or Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver, First Aid to include CPR, Oxygen Provider and IANTD Rescue or equivalent. If an equivalent certification is accepted, CPR and Oxygen Provider must be current within the last two (2) years. Qualification in two (2) optional IANTD Specialty Programs is recommended.
2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 60 logged dives.
3. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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 Advanced Recreational Trimix Supervisor (OC, SCR, CCR)

Purpose:

1. This Program is designed to extend the diver’s knowledge to safely guide professional cavern tours of non-cavern certified divers (maximum 4 divers) in the overhead environment. Focus of this program is on safety, conservation, professionalism and preservation.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Divemaster and IANTD Full Cave Diver or equivalent with proof of a minimum of 20 non-training logged cave dives or sufficient experience to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.
2. Must be certified in First Aid to include CPR, Oxygen Provider and IANTD Rescue or equivalent. If an equivalent certification is accepted, CPR and Oxygen Provider must be current within the last two (2) years.
3. Complete the academic development sessions, open water skills circuits, emergency skills, and IANTD Cavern Divemaster written exam with a minimum score of 80%.
4. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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