Cavern / Cave Course

Cavern / Cave Course

For those seeking a specialized technical dive training experience, The Cavern and Cave Diving Certification Courses will bring you into a diving league in and of its own. For those on a limited schedule, the Integrated Cave Diver Course completes the course and diving requirements for full Cave Certification in 8 days.

After the completion of each of these courses offered in the Mayan Riviera by NACD Instructors, you will test your diving skills and be recognized world-wide as cavern or cave divers.

Cavern Diving Course

The Cavern Diver course is the entry-level program to the Overhead Environment. This program is designed to develop the minimum skills and knowledge for Cavern diving, and describes the dangers involved with Cave Diving. Planning, environment, procedures, techniques, problem solving, and other specialized needs of Cavern diving are covered. This course teaches body positioning (trim), buoyancy control, emergency procedures, line following, the use of reels, and propulsion techniques. Accident analysis forms the basis of this course with special emphasis 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.

Course Duration:
2 1/2 days

Prerequisite:
Open Water Certification though Advanced Open Water or beyond is recommended
18 years old or 16 yrs with parents permission

Components:
Classroom and Lecture
Land Drills
Open Water Drills
3 Cavern Dives
Final Exam

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Intro to Cave Diving

This program covers the basic principles of actual cave diving with accident analysis forming the basis of the training. Introduction to Cave Diver follows the Cavern Diver Course as the second step in the development of safe techniques for cave diving.

The purpose of this course is to perfect basic skills and the mastering of techniques and procedures required for the most elementary of Cave dives. Dives for this course have limited penetrations so that the diver may progress into Cave Diving at a conservative pace. The Intro to Cave Diving Course is not intended to train divers for all levels of Cave Diving.

This course develops the minimum skills and knowledge required for limited penetration (single or double cylinder) Cave Diving with emphasis on dive planning, cave environment, procedures, techniques, problem solving, and other specialized needs of Cavern / Cave Diving.

Course Duration:
2 1/2 days

Prerequisite:
Certified Cavern Diver
18 years old or 16 yrs with parents permission

Components:
Classroom and Lecture
Land Drills
Open Water Drills
4 Cave Dives

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Apprentice to Cave Diver

This is the third in a series of Cave Diver Development Training courses. Emphasis is placed upon dive planning and skill perfection through actual Cave Dives with the foundation of the training placed in exposure to different cave diving scenarios. The Apprentice Cave Diver course represents the first half of the training ultimately required to complete the Cave Diver level, and is not intended to prepare divers for evaluating all facets of Cave Diving.

The cave dives completed in this course are intended to further develop the level of skill of the Intro to Cave Diver and extend studentÍs competence through exposure to more complex Full Cave Diving techniques such as “jumps”, “gaps”, depth, distance and the full use of accessible gas in a set of double tanks.

Course Duration:
2 1/2 days

Prerequisite:
Certified Intro to Cave Diver

Components:
Classroom and Lecture
Land Drills
Open Water Drills
4 Cave Dives
Temporary Certification

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Full Cave Course

This is the fourth and final in a series of Cave Diver development training. This course is intended to build a solid foundation for “Safe Cave Diving”. The course completes complex cave dive planning and execution with previous course techniques being refined.

Participants will perform and participate in “Circuits”, “Traverses”, “Y’s and T’s”, Decompression, restrictions, and low visibility situations. These dives are intended to bring together all aspects and facets of preceding training and experience. All limitations of the previous levels of training are withdrawn and upon completion the successful candidate will be qualified as a Full Cave Diver.

Course Duration:
2 days

Prerequisite:
Certified Apprentice Cave Diver

Components:
Classroom and Lecture
4 Cave Dives

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Integrated Full Cave Diver Program

An alternative to the listed “Modular Process” is the increasingly popular “Integrated Full Cave Diver Program”. Participants who chose to complete their Cave Training in one course are able to fulfill the requirements for Full Cave Diver certification in as little as 8 to 10 days of training. While previously outlined courses progress in stages the “Integrated Full Cave diver Program” applies all aspects of Cave training consecutively, utilizing Full Cave diving equipment (double tanks) from the start.

Skill Training in the Full Cave Course includes, but is not limited to: body positioning (trim), buoyancy control, emergency procedures, line following, propulsion techniques, use of reels, jumps and gaps, y’s and t’s, circuits and traverses, restrictions, decompression diving, protocol, dissimilar tank volumes, silting, entanglement, disorientation, task loading, psychology in cave diving, equipment modifications, and problem solving.

Course Duration:
8 days

Prerequisite:
Certified Open Water Diver or beyond (with 50 to 100 logged dives)

Components:
Classroom and Lecture
Land Drills
Open water drills
16 Cave dives

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Advanced Nitrox and Deep Air

Advanced Nitrox is an excellent introduction to technical diving and will set ou up for your Intro to Cave, Full Cave or Trimix courses. It also will enable you to continue your diving training as you continue to get comfortable with your sport.

Advanced Nitrox

Prerequisite: Nitrox Course

Number of days: 2 days

Number of dives: 4 dives

Required Gear: Back Plate, wings, harness, and regulators set up for double tanks

Deep Air Course

Prerequisite: Advanced Open water and/or Deep Specialty Course

Number of days: 2 days

Number of dives: 4 dives

Required Gear: Back Plate, wings, harness, and regulators set up for double tanks