This course is an introduction to the basic principles of cave diving following a single permanent line. Intro cave diving is the second level in the development of safe techniques for cave diving, directly building upon the cavern diver course. This course is designed is not intended to train divers for all facets of cave diving.
The course develops and establishes minimum skills, knowledge, dive planning and preparation, problem solving procedures, swimming techniques, emergency procedures and the basic abilities necessary to safely cave dive within limited penetrations.
Mastering buoyancy control, working with a reel, a light, and awareness in the cave is necessary to safely enjoy another dimension in cave diving.
What do I need to start?
Cavern Diver or similar recognised OHE course.
A minimum of 25 logged dives.
Minimum age 18 years
Like cavern the course can be conducted using normal scuba-gear with a single cylinder. If students are already using twin cylinders these can be used but they should be fitted with an isolation manifold. At this stage kit is expected to be streamlined and configured for the cave environment. Students are advised to have a good canister light and 2 back up lights as well as 2 lines cutters.
The individual should carry a safety reel and a finger spool and the team are to carry a primary reel.
It is recommended that each diver carries a spare mask is carried.
A spare computer or tables must be carried.
A wrist mounted slate is required.
What will I do?
Introduction to Cave Course is usually split between Hodge Close and Chert Mine (in Derbyshire). Depending on the students previous qualifications there is some additional theory required which is completed on day one as well as some land based drills. The course is then run over 2 further days, day 1 in Hodge and day 2 at Chert Mine.
During the course students will be taught the correct use of lines and reels and the necessary emergency procedures to cover eventualities such as loss of gas, loss of lights and lost lights drills. Students will run a line from surface to a permanently laid line and will conduct linear penetrations only (no jumps or circuits). There is an exam which is usually marked and reviewed during the second evening of the course. Students using twin sets 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. Those requiring a copy can purchase a copy for £25 (plus P&P) prior to the course.
On successful completion students will have the certification and skills to cave dive anywhere in the world following the main line, from UK mines through to caves in Mexico, France and Florida. Those with the TDI Intro to Cave certifications can go on to the TDI Full Cave Diver Course.