Introductory Cave Diver

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Do you want to expand the skills acquired during the previous Cavern Diver training?

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of cave diving using a single primary guide line NO jumps, gaps, traverses are allowed!. Introductory cave diving is the second level of development of proper cave diving techniques, directly based on the cavern diver course. The introduction to cave diving allows for cave penetration up to 1/6th of gas management rule – Twinset or Sidemount configuration. The aim of this course is to refine the skills taught in the Cavern diving program, as well as to adopt additional techniques and procedures required for cave diving.


Yours skill will be developed during the following:

  • Theory/Land drills
  • 4 Days

Price does not include:

  • Entrance fee for a quarries and caves if required
  • cylinder fill cost
  • required student’s diving equipment
  • travel costs if needed & the instructor’s stay costs
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Intro to cave diving course

Who is this course for?

  • The certified Cavern Diver or equivalent who has interest in moving forward with overhead environment diving and expanding their diving techniques, capabilities, and more!

Course requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Each candidate must have the following qualifications:
    • Minimum certification of Cavern Diver, or equivalent
    • Highly recommended TDI Intro to Tech, GUE Fundamentals, PSAI ABC certificate or equivalent
    • Twinset or Sidemount certificate
  • Logged 25 dives.
  • Before participating in the course, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and registration form

What do I learn?

The Intro to Cave Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more.

  • Standard cave diving policies
  • Gas management procedures and management to include dissimilar volumes
  • Psychological considerations of cave diving
  • Equipment considerations including:
    • Cylinder options
    • Regulator options
    • Buoyancy compensator/harness options
    • Proper weighting
    • Reel options
    • Equipment configurations
  • Communication (light and hand signals)
  • Swimming techniques
    • Body posture/trim
    • Buoyancy control
    • Line following
    • Propulsion (finning) techniques
  • Physiology
    • Breathing techniques
    • Stress management
    • Decompression theory and its application to cave diving
  • Cave environment
  • Conservation
  • Problem solving
    • Emergency procedures
    • Equipment failure
    • Silting conditions
  • Accident analysis
  • Cave diving etiquette

How does this benefit you?

Upon successful completion of the Intro to Cave Diver Course, participants will have gained a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge that will greatly benefit their cave diving capabilities. These benefits include the ability to:

  • Plan and conduct limited penetration on the main line in environments and conditions similar to their training,
  • Plan cave dives with no jumps, gaps, traverses are allowed
  • Penetration is limited by the 1/6 gas management rule,
  • Determine the risk and hazards of a proposed cave environment

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