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What you will learn

Are you ready to pick up where you left off in the Cavern Diver Course? Are you looking to expand upon the skills developed in your previous overhead environment training? Sign up for the Intro to Cave Diver Course!

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of cave diving utilising a single primary guideline. Introductory cave diving is the second level in the development of proper techniques for cave diving, directly building upon the cavern diver course.

The introduction to cave diving course is not intended to train divers for all facets of cave diving. The objective is the perfection of skills taught in the cavern diving program, in addition to the adoption of additional techniques and procedures required for elementary cave dives.


Before your course starts

Eligibility & eLearning

Prerequisites – The following requirements must be met prior to commencing your Intro to Cave Diver training;

  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent

  • Provide proof of Cavern Diver certification or equivalent

  • Or be taking a Cavern Diver and Intro to Cave Diver course combination

eLearning – After your eligibility prerequisites have been confirmed, we can send your eLearning course code(s).

This will be generated by ourselves and sent to you in advance of starting your course.


Practical diver training

Intro to Cave Diver Course

Avg. Duration – The Intro to Cave Diver course takes between three and four days to complete.

Course Combinations – It is possible to combine the Cavern Diver course with the Intro to Cave course. This combination takes approx. five days to complete.

Other Considerations – You must take the course in appropriate configuration, using redundant regulators and air supplies. It cannot taken in recreational equipment.


Where to go from here

What next?

On Completion – You are able to conduct cave dives within your training and certification limits, without the supervision of an instructor

The Next Level – You now have the foundation skills of a cave diver. As a qualified Intro to Cave Diver you are now eligible to enrol on the TDI Full Cave Diver course.

Intro to Cave Diver Course Skills & Learning

Course Content

What you can expect to learn

  • Policy for cave diving
  • 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

  • Cave environment

  • Cave conservation

  • Problem solving; Emergency procedures, Equipment failure, Silting conditions

  • Accident analysis

  • Cave diving etiquette

  • Review of dive tables and decompression theory

Required Skills

Skills you will demonstrate

  • Properly deploy a guideline

  • Properly use line markers

  • Properly follow a guideline with eyes open and closed (simulating loss of visibility)

  • Air share with a buddy with eyes open, following a guideline

  • Air share with a buddy with lights off and eyes closed, using touch contact while following the guideline

  • Remove and replace mask while in contact with the guideline

  • Demonstrate conservation, awareness, and back referencing techniques

  • Demonstrate light/hand signals and touch contact

  • Demonstrate anti-silting techniques

  • Simulate a primary light failure and use back up light to exit

  • Demonstrate buoyancy control, proper trim, and propulsion techniques

  • Equipment check and matching

  • Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning

When Certified

What’s in it for you?

  • Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in single guideline cave diving activities without direct supervision provided the graduates adhere to the following requirements:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • Planned dives do not exceed diver’s current certification level

  • Penetration is limited to the “rule of thirds,” OR 1/6th if using doubles to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet.

  • Proper cave diving equipment must be used

  • Maintain a continuous guideline

  • Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are qualified to progress on to the next level of overhead environment training: the TDI Full Cave Diver course!

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