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CAVERN AND CAVE DIVER

Overview

Details

Cavern and Cave courses appeal to divers who want to learn more about diving in overhead environments (areas without direct access to the surface). These classes open a whole new world of dive locations to explore in Florida as well as around the world. Training takes place in a variety of freshwater springs located in North Florida. The cavern and cave courses utilize eLearning to set the stage and are followed by a combination of land drills, open water drills, cavern and cave dives. The cavern course is 2 days, intro to cave is 2 days and the full cave diver course is 4 days.

The goal of these course is to make you a comfortable and competent diver in the overhead environment. This requires redundant equipment configurations, proper buoyancy and trim, new emergency skill practice and guideline work. 

We run courses frequently and on-demand with up to 3 students maximum. Minimum age to start is 18 years old.  Give us a call to get more information or sign up for class.

Course goals:

  • Review eLearning and have any questions answered before heading to the water.

  • Participate in land drills covering:

    • Guideline use including primary and secondary tie-off, placements and wraps

    • Light communication

    • Out of gas with lights and lights out

    • Use of arrows and cookies

    • Lost line drill

    • Lost buddy drill

    • Anti-silting techniques

  • Practice all land drills during actual cavern and cave dives​

  • Demonstrate anti-silting techniques

  • Single line guideline navigation to start building up to complex navigation with jumps, gaps, circuits and traverses

  • Redundant equipment configuration

    • Backmount doubles or sidemount​

    • 3 light sources

    •  multiple cutting devices

    • Primary and backup mask

    • Primary and backup dive computer

  • Successful completion brings unsupervised overhead diving within the follwoing limits:​

    • 1/3 air supply (1/6 for intro to cave)​

    • 130' maximum depth

    • No decompression

    • No equipment removal in overhead environment

    • Maintain a continuous guideline

    • Use of proper overhead environment equipment