Technical Diving at Panama City Dive Charters is taught by Greg Murphy. Greg has been actively involved in cave and technical diving since 2000. His passion for diving has given him a wide variety of experience throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Great Lakes, and the Florida Springs.
Thanks to Murphy’s Law Greg has learned to deal with any situation that might arise while diving ;o) When he is not diving Greg works as a contractor researching diving related topics for the Unites States Navy.
Below you will find descriptions and equipment required for the most popular technical diving classes that we offer. Whether your interests lie with wrecks, caves, reefs, or hunting technical dive training will take your skills to the next level. If you have any questions the best way to get them answered is to contact us!
Capt David Kipp is native to Panama City Beach and loves our beautiful Gulf of Mexico! He got his Captain’s license when he was a young surfer, running waverunner and sailing tours along the Emerald Coast. He went on to earn a USCG 100 Ton Captain License and drove a 180’ supply jet boat in Louisiana’s oil fields. If it floats on water he can handle it!
After starting with Panama City Dive Charters in 2009, he officially got hooked on diving. Since then he has completed the Advanced Open Water Certification and made his wife proud with all the fresh Grouper, Sheep’s Head, and Lobster he’s brought home from Spearfishing trips! Capt Dave has extensive knowledge of weather patterns and currents, making him a valuable asset for keeping everyone safe. His boisterous charm and charisma will have you laughing and make you feel right at home.
These are the first two classes of technical diving and represent the first step on the road to becoming an elite diver.
Best taken together, these classes will train you to safely use gas mixtures with up to 100% oxygen and execute staged decompression diving. This will extend your depth range down to 150’ or allow you to make repetitive dives with NO reduction in bottom time.
The class is typically spread over 4 days, two of which will be conducted off of our dive boats. The other two days will consist of classroom instruction and shallow water practice with the new skills and mastery of trim and buoyancy that will be needed to pass these two classes.
The TDI Trimix course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox and / or oxygen mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth 200’.
The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures of utilizing custom oxygen / helium / nitrogen mixtures as breathing gases.
The PADI sidemount specialty provides training in the use of the sidemount gear configuration. This gear configuration provides many benefits including redundant gas supply, ease of gear transport topside, reduced lower back strain, increased gas supply (longer dives), an alternative method of streamlining, and the ability to monitor all of your gear while diving because it is in front of you. This gear configuration can be used both for recreational and technical diving.