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Purpose:

The cavern diver course will develop the minimum skills and knowledge for cavern diving. Planning, environment, procedures, techniques, problem solving and other specialized needs of cavern diving are covered. Problem solving in cavern diving includes, but is not limited to: body positioning (trim), buoyancy control, emergency procedures, line following, and propulsion techniques. Special emphasis is placed on the unique environment including silting, entanglement, disorientation and equipment modifications. The cavern diver course is in no way intended to provide instruction for cave diving. There are additional courses required for cave diving.

 

 

Prerequisites:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
  • Students should be able to demonstrate comfort and competency in open water skills to the instructor's satisfaction

 

 

Duration:

This course will last a minimum of three days. There is one classroom presentation, land line drills, and four dives minimum. Three dives will be in a cavern and one open water dive with a minimum of 90 minutes of bottom time.

 

 

Limits:

The issuing of the cavern certification authorizes a person to dive in the daylight in caverns. This includes 130 feet maximum depth. No decompression diving and no restrictions.

 

 

Equipment Required:

Each diver will be required to have a complete set of personal dive equipment, including:

 

  • Two first and second stage regulators with SPG for configured for sidemount
  • One with a seven to nine foot hose for air sharing
  • Approved sidemount harness (dual bladder or dual wings unless drysuit diving)
  • Mask and fins (no snorkel, no split fins)
  • Two battery powered lights one of which can not be rechargeable
  • Safety spool or reel (~150ft)
  • Dive computer (single or multi-gas), and either back-up computer or timer & depth gauge
  • Cutting tool such as a line cutter (a leg mounted dive knife is not acceptable)
  • Exposure protection (dry suit use requires prior dry suit diving experience)
  • Weight system (if needed)
  • Two primary cylinders at least 72cuft

 

 

Equipment Provided:

  • Primary reel (at least 350ft)
  • Weights
  • Computer with decompression software
  • Oxygen analyzer
  • Emergency Oxygen & first aid kit
  • Contents labels
  • Forms & support materials

 

 

Certification Agencies:

NSS-CDS, TDI, IANTD, PADI

Cost:

$400.00

Dates:

Please call or e-mail for next available class

 

 

 

Intro(Basic) Cave Diver

Purpose:

This course covers the basis principles of actual cave diving and follows the cavern diver course. This course develops the minimum skills and knowledge required for limited penetration cave diving. This is the second step in development of safe cave diving. This course is aimed at perfecting basic skills and mastering the techniques and procedures required for the most elementary of cave diving. Cave dives are planned around very limited penetrations so the diver may progress into cave diving at a conservative pace. Intro to Cave Diving is not intended to train divers for all facets of cave diving.

 

 

Prerequisites:

NSS-CDS, NACD, TDI, PADI, or IANTD Cavern Diver Certification.

 

 

Duration:

3-days, 1- classroom; 4-dives, at least 90 minutes of bottom time.

 

 

Limits:

Penetrations are limited to one-third (1/3) of a single tank or one sixth (1/6) of doubles, Simple linear penetrations, no complex navigation or dive plans, 130 feet maximum depth, 30 feet starting visibility, no restrictions, no decompression dives and no exploration or goal setting dives.

 

 

Equipment Requirement:

Each diver will be required to have a complete set of personal dive equipment, including:

 

  • Two first and second stage regulators with SPG for configured for sidemount
  • One with a seven to nine foot hose for air sharing
  • Approved sidemount harness (dual bladder or dual wings unless drysuit diving)
  • Mask and fins (no snorkel, no split fins)
  • Primary light with appropriate handle
  • Two battery powered lights one of which can not be rechargeable
  • Safety spool or reel (~150ft)
  • Dive computer (single or multi-gas), and either back-up computer or timer & depth gauge
  • Cutting tool such as a line cutter (a leg mounted dive knife is not acceptable)
  • Exposure protection (dry suit use requires prior dry suit diving experience)
  • Weight system (if needed)
  • Two primary cylinders at least 72cuft
  • Directional line arrows(at least 3)
   

Equipment Provided:

  • Primary reel (at least 350ft)
  • Weights
  • Computer with decompression software
  • Oxygen analyzer
  • Emergency Oxygen & first aid kit
  • Contents labels
  • Forms & support materials

 

 

 

 

Certification:

CDS, IANTD

Cost:

$400.00

Dates:

Please call or e-mail for next available class

 

 

 

Purpose:

This course covers the principles of actual cave diving and follows the intro cave diver course. This course develops the skills and knowledge required for penetration cave diving. This is the final step in development of safe cave diving. This course is aimed at perfecting skills and mastering the techniques and procedures required of cave diving. Cave dives are planned penetration dives ,so the diver may progress into cave diving at a conservative pace.

 

 

Prerequisites:

NSS-CDS, NACD, TDI or IANTD Intro Cave Diver Certification.

 

 

Duration:

Five days. Three classroom presentations, minimum eight dives, at least 400 minutes of bottom time.

 

 

Limits:

Penetrations are limited to one-third (1/3) doubles, complex navigation dive plans, 130 feet maximum depth, 30 feet starting visibility, restrictions, limited decompression dives. no exploration or goal setting dives.

 

 

Equipment Required:

Each diver will be required to have a complete set of personal dive equipment, including:

 

  • Two first and second stage regulators with SPG for configured for sidemount
  • One with a seven to nine foot hose for air sharing
  • Approved sidemount harness (dual bladder or dual wings unless drysuit diving)
  • Mask and fins (no snorkel, no split fins)
  • Primary light with appropriate handle
  • Two battery powered lights one of which can not be rechargeable
  • "Safety" spool or reel (~150ft)
  • Dive computer (single or multi-gas), and either back-up computer or timer & depth gauge
  • Cutting tool such as a line cutter (a leg mounted dive knife is not acceptable)
  • Exposure protection (dry suit use requires prior dry suit diving experience)
  • Weight system (if needed)
  • Two primary cylinders at least 72cuft
  • Directional line markers - "Line Arrows"(at least 3)
  • Non-directional line markers - "Cookies"(at least 2)
  • Spool for jumps and gaps (50ft to 150ft)(at least 2)

 

 

Equipment Provided:

  • Primary reel (at least 350ft)
  • Weights
  • Computer with decompression software
  • Oxygen analyzer
  • Emergency Oxygen & first aid kit
  • Contents labels
  • Forms & support materials
   

 

 

Notes:

There is a written test.

 

 

 

All dives must be completed to the Instructor’s satisfaction. The Instructor reserves the right to require further training and can refuse to issue a certification card if the students performance does not meet the course standards.

   

 

 

Certification:

CDS, IANTD

Cost:

$800.00

Dates:

Please call or e-mail for next available class

                

Technical Cave Diver

Purpose:

This program is designed to train divers to conduct safe dives to depths up to 160 feet and utilization of EANx for cave exploration using custom blends breathing gas mixtures; and to provide greater understanding of custom blend breathing gas mixtures, a complete knowledge of the limits of any EANx mixture, and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.

 

 

Prerequisites:

NSS-CDS, NACD or IANTD Intro Cave Diver Certification; Advanced EANx or equivalent; 50 log dives.

 

 

Duration:

Five days. four classroom presentations, minimum eight dives , at least 480 minutes of bottom time.

 

 

Limits:

Penetrations are limited to one-third (1/3) doubles, and 1/3 stage or deco cylinders; complex navigation dive plans, 160 feet maximum depth, 30 feet starting visibility, restrictions, and staged decompression dives .

 

 

Requirements:

Equipment requirements:

 

·  Mask and fins (no snorkel)

·  2 diving cylinders at least 80 cft back mount or sidemount.

·  two first stage regulators each with one second stage regulator

·  one of the first stage regulators must be attached with a seven foot hose

·  Buoyancy compensator with a power inflator

·  Three battery powered lights (one primary and two back-ups

·  One of the back-up lights can not be rechargeable)

·  Safety reel

·  Two timing devices

·  Two depth guages or dive computers

·  Pressure gauge

·  Slate with a pencil and submersible dive tables

·  Cutting tool such as a ‘z-knife’ (a leg mounted dive knife is not acceptable)

·  A jump or gap reel

·  One stage bottle with appropriate rigging and regulator

·  One Lift Bag

 

 

Notes:

All dives must be completed to the Instructor’s satisfaction. The Instructor reserves the right to require further training and can refuse to issue a certification card if the student’s performance does not meet the course standards.

   

 

 

Certification:

IANTD

Cost:

$800.00

Dates:

Please call or e-mail for next available class

Cave DPV Pilot

Purpose:

This course is intended to provide advanced training in cave diving skills to the experienced, certified, responsible cave divers who wishes to conduct dives that warrant DPV use and techniques. 
The primary focus of the DPV Diver course is the proper and safe use of DPVs by the Full Cave Diver. Gas management rules will be discussed and implemented and emergency procedures practiced in both the open water and cave environments.
In-water skills include air-share emergencies, failed DPV procedures, DPV towing, restriction negotiation, primary light failure, and procedures, and reel use.

 

 

Prerequisites:

IANTD, NACD or NSS-CDS (Full) Cave diver, GUE II or equivalent and a minimum of fifty (50) logged non-training cave dives.
In addition to all equipment required at the (Full) Cave Diver level, each candidate must provide a DPV suitable to the cave environment, and DPV tow strap (Rentals are available)
Students must have a high degree of comfort and proficiency with cave gear and configuration. Have a high degree of environmental awareness to avoid increasing existing damage. Be proficient swimmer. Familiarity with the system, including times to exit while swimming from various points within the system.

 

 

Requirements:

Completion of the DPV Cave Diver course requires two days, a minimum of 3 dives.

 

 

Notes:

Enrollment in an IANTD or CDS course, at any level, does not assure certification.

   

 

 

Certification:

CDS or IANTD

Cost:

$400.00 for 1/$350.00 each for 2

Dates:

Please call or e-mail for next available class

Cave Sidemount Diver

 

Purpose:

The sidemount cave class will teach you the skills, and will give you the knowledge needed to maintain proper trim while diving sidemount in caves. It will cover sidemount equipment, gear configuration, and proper wearing of the gear.

 

 

 

 

Prerequisites:

Full Cave plus 50 logged cave dives after cave certification.

 

 

 

 

Duration:

2 Days.

 

 

 

 

Requirements:

Each diver will be required to have a complete set of personal dive equipment, including:

 

 

·  Mask & Fins

·  2 diving cylinders at least 80 cft

·  2 first stages, 2 second stages

·  Hoses according to height

·  2 SPG’s with 6in hoses

·  “Z knife” Cutting tool

·  Sidemount wing

·  Timing device with depth gauge

·  Safety reel

·  Primary and back up lights

·  Proper exposure suit of springs

 

Notes:

Enrollment in a CDS course, at any level, does not assure certification.

 

   

 

 

 

 

Certification:

NSS-CDS

 

Cost:

$400.00

 

Dates:

Please call or e-mail for next available class