INTRODUCTION TO CAVE DIVER COURSE
The Introduction to Cave Diver Course is the second step towards the Full Cave Diver certification. This course develops a valuable foundation of cave diving skills. It is at this point that the diver first departs the daylight zone of the cave overhead environment.
The objective of this course is to refine the basic overhead skills introduced at the Cavern level, perform various emergency procedures within the cave zone, and begin to develop the awareness necessary to safe and enjoyable cave diving. Students at this level are limited to main line penetration only—no jumps, gaps, traverses or circuits are allowed.
The Intro to Cave Diver course requires a minimum of 2 to 3 full days. Additional equipment required for this level of training include a seven-foot primary regulator hose, two first and second stage regulator systems, primary dive light with two backup lights, primary reel, line cutter and line markers (please review the equipment section for further discussion of dive gear with your instructor).
The course is performed with double tanks, however, in some cases, it can be done with a single tank rig with adequate modifications.
Ø 18 year of age
Ø Internationally recognized Cavern Diver Course and Advanced Open Water certified
Ø Nitrox certified
Ø Minimum of 2-3 full days
Ø 6-8 hours of lecture
Ø Minimum of 4 cave dives
Ø Minimum of one confined water session
Ø Dives must begin with a minimum visibility of 40 ft/12 m
Ø Maximum penetration is limited to 1/6 of double cylinders or 1/3 of single cylinder
Ø No complex navigation—main line penetration only (no gaps, jumps, circuits, or traverses)
Ø Maximum depth is limited to 100 ft/30 m;
Ø Minor restrictions allowed
Ø Dives must remain within no decompression limits
Please contact us if you would like to receive more information about the Intro to Cave Diver Course or to make a reservation.
** The traditional approach for cave diver certification is broken down into a series of courses which can be taken in a 2 or 3 day period. However, as circumstances have changed and divers come from great distances and different countries with the goal of becoming a full certified cave diver we can also offer the modern approach which allows a qualified diver to become a Full Cave Diver in one step involving a 8 day intensive program.
If you wish to go along the modern approach it is important to understand that this program is highly rigorous and demanding—both physically and mentally. Specifics of the continuous eight-day Cavern-through-Full Cave program must be discussed prior to scheduling this series of courses.
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