DSAT Technical Diving Division Appointments

PADI recently announced that the following individuals have been appointed as Technical Consultants within the DSAT Technical Diving Division:

• Alex Boulton, PADI Asia Pacific, Alex.Boulton@padi.com.au

• Fernando Martins, PADI Americas, fernando.martins@padi.com

• Immi Wallin, PADI Nordic, Immi.Wallin@padi.co.uk

• Olle Olsson, PADI Nordic, olle.olsson@padi.se

• Pascal Dietrich, PADI Europe, pd@padi.ch

• Terry Johnson, PADI International Ltd, terry.johnson@padi.co.uk


Technical Consultants are PADI staff members who are experienced in technical diving and who represent DSAT in the technical diving community. Their work may involve fielding questions, representing DSAT/PADI at dive shows or attending tech diving conferences according to the requirements of their office. Please contact any of these individuals if they can assist you in your region.

4 Replies to “DSAT Technical Diving Division Appointments”

  1. I’ve taken my OW, AOW amd Rescue under PADI and now taking Nitrox under a TDI. The DI told me a story that DSaT by experience is being discriminated when diving with other technical divers from known technical diving agencies like TDI and IANTD. What could be the reason behind since I’m seeing a common source of theoretical basis on where most agencies are basing their lectures and reading materials.

  2. Hi Joseph,

    I know the DSAT guys will give you some very good feed back, but I can also provide you with some more field results on this topic. I own a Technical Diving centre in the Middle East and have recently been teaching several guys who have also reveived some training with TDI/IANTD (and I have some experience with them as well).

    I fail to see any discrimination in the experience levels. In fact, for TDI guys who are crossing-over to DSAT they can get credit for some of their experience based on which courses they have completed (there is a cross-over program available). Your are quite right in your point on theoretical information since that is the science behind the diving in general and there is only some minor differences in the procedures for calculating the information; however, the way the information is presented and the sequence of skills and learning styles is different.

    Also, the way the skills and information are presented to the student differ in that the DSAT courses , for example the Tec Deep course, is comprehensive and covers all the information that a TDI student would learn over 3 seperate courses (at more expense usually): TDI Advanced Nitrox, TDI Decompression Techniques, and TDI Extended Range. Furthermore, the DSAT Tec Trimix course covers all that would be included in the many TDI Trimix courses (again, usually at more of an expense).

    So, if a person has taken the TDI Advanced Nitrox and TDI Deco Techniques wishes to crossover to DSAT, they have not covered several of the areas which would qualify them to be equivalent to the Tec Deep Diver (without suggesting that one organisation is better than the other). Also, there are several training techniques and procedures that are learned in the DSAT courses, that create a fundamental basis for continuing Techincal diving education that must be learned- this is the reason for requiring crossovers to complete some of the Tec Deep components and to familiarise them with the DSAT format.

    I will say that, for materials and resources (e.g. full-colour, comprehensive manuals; Key Skills DVD; Planning slates and Emergency Procedures slates; Powerpoint lesson guides….) DSAT follows PADI’s well-respected educational system and offers the best in the industry for this system.

    In comparison, a student completing all levels of either course, receives the same number of dives and , at least, the same information. The training Standards for DSAT assure that the student receives the necessary skills and information in a manner that is designed to foster learning and retention.

    I hope this helps you a bit. As someone new in the Tech Diving arena, you will hear many comments on different organisations and their styles. I will tell you that I have trained with several of them (TDI, NAUI, NSS-CDS, IANTD, BSAC) and I personally feel that the DSAT system is the best on offer (with much respect to the other agencies).

    Best luck and I hope you enjoy your training,
    Paul Cunningham
    PADI Course Director, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. I totally agree with Paul. We have a hard road to push with DSAT coming into tec diving late in the day. DSAT have done there bit in creating state of the art course material and logical learning sequences. it now our job as instructors to transfer this excellence to new tec divers who, will after all, go out and represent themselves as DSAT Tec Divers. If we train them well then DSAT will grow by respect of the divers we hve trained using the system.
    These discussions are a great step in the right direction

    Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer

  4. Well written Paul, I agree completely as someone who is yes partially biased PADI Course Director/Tec Rec Trimix Instructor Trainer but also trained with IANTD (1994 :-), IANTD, ANDI, TDI and BSAC i must say that i realy truly like teaching the Tec Rec programs more than other organisations due to its structure, materials and philosophy! but said that i also agree completely with Rod that we have a huge responsibility to teach safe and competent dives so we are contributing to the continuous success for the tec rec programs.

    i completed a trimix course in dahab, egypt (blue hole and canyons) yesterday and its an amazing course to teach. starting a tec deep course in a few days. so all organisation out there are having good programs but for me seeing a few of them i must say thumbs up for tec rec!

    jonas samuelsson
    blue immersion international free diving and technical diving school
    dahab egypt – koh tao thailand – eilat israel

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