This course is the third (3rd) stage of training in TDI’s series of cave diver development programs. Advanced cave dive planning, the practical execution of different types of cave systems and scenarios divers encounter are presented. This cave diving course is not intended to prepare divers for evaluating all facets of cave diving.
The objective of this course is to expand and critique previous skills accomplished in the Cavern and Introductory Cave diving programs. Emphasis is placed upon dive planning and skill perfection through actual cave penetration. The primary focus of the Full Cave Diver course is establishing proper procedures for completing traverses and circuits. At this stage divers are expected to be conversant with the use and appropriate configuration of twin sets.
What do I need to start?
Introduction to Cave or equivalent
Have a minimum of fifty (50) dives.
Be a minimum age of eighteen (18).
Students are to have completed decompression procedures prior to the course.
During the full cave course students are expected to be diving back mounted twin sets with an isolation manifold. At this stage there should be very few equipment issues. Kit is expected to be streamlined and configured for the cave environment.
Students are expected to have a good canister light and 2 back up lights as well as 2 lines cutters. The individual should carry at least 2 gap/jump reels, a safety reel/finger spool and the team are to carry a primary reel. It is recommended that a spare mask is carried. Students will also require a decompression cylinder of at least 7 litres suitably marked and NITROX clean. A spare computer or tables must be carried. A wrist mounted slate is required.
For those not conversant with twin set diving Deep Tech can run a
twin-set familiarisation course. Divers are advised to gain further experience with the set -up prior to attending Full Cave.
What will I do?
The Full Cave Course is run over 4 days at 4 different sites. It can be split over 2 weekends if required (although this may incur additional costs for instructor travel).
Additional theory is covered on the first evening of the course with an exam completed and reviewed prior to day four. During the course students will be taught how to plan and execute more complex dives. This includes circuits (travelling off of the main line) and traverses (starting and finishing a dive in different locations).
Appropriate line drills are taught and emergency procedures are reviewed and practised. Students will be required to complete valve shut offs at the end of each dive.
What's included in the course fee?
Registration Card & Certificate
The NACD Cavern/Cave Diver Workbook is not included in the fees as it should have been purchased for Cavern/Intro Cave. Those requiring a copy can purchase a copy for £25 (plus P&P) prior to the course.
Deep Tech is able to offer a variety of speciality cave courses. These are all 2 day courses and cover:
Stage Diving – To extend distance, time or depth.
Underwater Cave Survey – To teach the basics of cave/mine survey.
Cave DPV – Teaching the safe and proper use of a DPV in caves.
Side mount – To access more restricted underwater cave passage.