Cave Diving Courses

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All of our overhead diving courses may be completed in doubles or sidemount with students who have experience in doubles or sidemount or participate in the Backmounted Doubles Diver or the TDI Sidemount Diver courses.
Remember, we not only teach these courses, we do the dives. Complete your course with an instructor who does more personal dives than instructional dives.
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Cavern Diver Course

Introduction to/Basic Cave Diving Course

Cavern/Intro to/Basic Cave Combination Course

Cave/Technical Cave Diving Course

Cave Stage Diver Course

Sidemount Cave Diver Course

Cave DPV Pilot Course

Undewater Cave Survey Course

Overhead or Technical Diving Divemaster/Supervisor

Cave Diving Training fees

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Certifications for all cave diving courses available through TDI.
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Cavern Diver Course
The Cavern course is the foundation for cave diving. This is where you learn the basic skills required for cave diving. You will also learn about geology, conservation, land owner relations, and more. This is an intense course with lots of information and repetition of skills covered over two full days. Our Cavern course can be completed in a single tank configuration (H-valve recommended) or in doubles if you have experience in doubles. We will not teach you how to dive doubles in this course. If you want to learn how to dive doubles, enroll in our Backmounted Doubles Diver course.

Required Equipment
Cavern diving student manual (contact us for specifics)
Blueprint for Survival by Sheck Exley
Mask (low volume preferred)
Paddle fins with spring straps or taped fin straps
80cf cylinder minimum (H-valve recommended) *
Single hose regulator with 7′ hose length, alternate air source (no LP/octo combos), and an SPG *
Wet or dry suit
BCD with power inflator (back plate and wing or harness recommended)
Submersible dive tables or computer
Bottom timer and depth gauge (if no computer)
Cutting tool (2 recommended)
Underwater slate and pencil
Weight belt, if needed
Dive lights, 2 minimum
Safety reel/spool, 2 minimum per diver
Primary reel, 1 minimum per team (you may wait to purchase this until after using the reels we have available)
DAN or equivalent dive insurance
* Divers who have sufficient experience in back mounted double or side mounted cylinders or complete the Twinset Diver or Side Mount Diver Course may complete this course in that configuration.

Before you go out and purchase any gear, contact us. We have gear available for student use so you can save money by making more informed purchases.

Coursework
Day 1 – We will begin the course by taking a look at your gear and making sure it is configured properly. Next, we will work on land drills, including reel work, following guidelines, and touch contact procedures. We’ll then head to the water and conduct the first dive of the course. All skills will be introduced in open water and practiced until you are comfortable with them. This will be followed by Classroom presentation. We will spend the rest of the day and part of the next day covering cavern diving related topics, such as accident analysis, conservation, land owner relations, dive planning and gas management, emergency prevention and procedures, communications, and much, much more.
Day 2 – More cavern dives. We will spend most of the day diving. We will begin working in the cavern environment. We will dive a minimum of two caverns during this course. The day will end with a review of the final written exam. If you complete all requirements proficiently and present the right attitude for diving in an overhead environment, you will receive a cavern diving certification. Regardless of proficiency in performing skills, an improper attitude will result in denial of certification.

Please contact us by phone or e-mail with any questions regarding this course and other courses we offer.

Certification available from PADI & TDI.
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Basic/Intro Cave or Introduction to Cave Diving Course
The Introduction to Cave Diving course takes you beyond the cavern zone into the cave zone. We will spend time reviewing the classroom topics and skills learned during the Cavern Diving course. We will also introduce new skills during this course. This course can be completed in a single tank configuration (H-valve mandatory) or in doubles or sidemount if you have experience in doubles or sidemount. We will not teach you how to dive doubles or sidemount in this course. If you want to learn how to dive doubles or sidemount, enroll in our Intro to Doubles workshop or Side Mount Diver Course.

Required Equipment
Same as for the Cavern Diver course, plus the following:
H-valve mandatory *
Two single hose regulators, one with a 7′ hose and one with appropriate length hose to be bungeed around your neck
Back Plate or harness and wing or sidemount rig mandatory
Primary light in addition to the 2 back up lights, must be sufficient brightness and must be able to be held without interfering with reel and spool work (contact us to discuss different options)
Line markers
* Divers who have sufficient experience in back mounted double or side mounted cylinders or complete the Twinset Diver or Side Mount Diver Course may complete this course in that configuration.

Coursework
Day 1 – Classroom presentation, skills review, and land drills. Length of each session depends on the students. If little time is needed to review topics and skills, these sessions should be completed in the morning. Land drills include the same as in the cavern diver course plus use of line markers and lost line and buddy drills. If all sessions can be completed in the morning, the afternoon will consist of our first cave dives.
Day 2 – Cave dives. We will spend the entire day diving. All skills reviewed on land will be completed in the cave environment. We will dive a minimum of two caves during this course and a minimum of four dives. The day will end with a review of the final written exam. If you complete all requirements proficiently and present the right attitude for diving in an overhead environment, you will receive a Intro Cave diving certification. Regardless of proficiency in performing skills, an improper attitude will result in denial of certification.

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Cavern/Intro to Cave combination course
Four day, minimum eight dive course. See individual courses above for details.

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Cave Diver Course
The Cave Diving course takes you farther into the cave and off the main line. We will spend time reviewing the classroom topics and skills learned during the Cavern and Intro Cave Diving courses. We will also introduce new skills during this course. Learn how to safely plan and dive complex circuits and traverses. This course must be completed in doubles or sidemount. We will not teach you how to dive doubles or sidemount in this course. If you want to learn how to dive doubles or sidemount, enroll in our Twinset Diver or Side Mount Diver course.

Required Equipment
Same as for the Cavern Diver and Intro Cave Diver courses, plus the following:
Doubles or Sidemount mandatory *
Two single hose regulators, one with a 7′ hose and one with appropriate length hose to be bungeed around your neck
Back Plate or harness and wing or sidemount rig mandatory
Primary light in addition to the 2 back up lights, must be sufficient brightness and must be able to be held without interfering with reel and spool work (contact us to discuss different options)
Line markers
* Divers who have sufficient experience in back mounted double or side mounted cylinders or complete the Twinset Diver or Side Mount Diver Course may complete this course in that configuration.

Coursework
This can be done either as a 2 day course if you are already at the Apprentice Cave Diver level, or as a 4 day course if you are at the Intro/Basic Cave Diver level. The 4 day course can be done over 2 weekends.
Day 1 – Classroom presentation, skills review, and land drills. Length of each session depends on the students. If little time is needed to review topics and skills, these sessions should be completed in the morning. Land drills include the same as in the cavern diver and intro cave diver courses plus use of line markers and setting up for jumps and gaps. If all sessions can be completed in the morning, the afternoon will consist of our first cave dives.
Day 2-4 – Cave dives. We will spend these days diving. All skills reviewed on land will be completed in the cave environment. We will dive a minimum of two caves during this course and a minimum of eight dives. The course will end with a review of the final written exam. If you complete all requirements proficiently and present the right attitude for diving in an overhead environment, you will receive a cave diving certification. Regardless of proficiency in performing skills, an improper attitude will result in denial of certification.
One or more days of this course may be conducted at Peacock Springs State Park.
Please contact us by phone or e-mail with any questions regarding this course and other courses we offer.

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Cave Stage Diver Course
The Cave Stage Diver Courses teaches you how to properly plan and execute cave dives using a stage bottle. While many people think it’s as simple as clipping on a stage bottle and going for a dive, that’s not the case. You’ll learn about proper gas management, cave conservation, various ways of slinging your stage bottle (whether you dive backmount or sidemount), and more. There are a lot of things to be taken into consideration and this course will help you make the most efficient use of a stage bottle. You must be an experienced cave diver with a minimum of full cave training completed prior to beginning this course.

Required Equipment
Same as for the Cave Diver Course, plus the following:
Stage bottle
Stage regulator set up

Coursework
Day 1 – Classroom presentation, skills review, and land drills. We’ll spend part of the morning discussing cave stage diving, the motives, the procedures, and maintaining conservation of the cave environment. We’ll also discuss various ways of rigging your stage bottle and how to carry it. This will be followed by rigging your stage bottle. The afternoon will consist of an open water dive to introduce the skills necessary for the course. If time allows, we’ll complete one cave dive before the end of the day.
Day 2 – Cave dives. We will spend day 2 diving. All skills reviewed on land and practiced in open water will be completed in the cave environment. We will complete a minimum of three dives during this course. If you complete all requirements proficiently and present the right attitude for diving with a stage bottle in a cave, you will receive a stage cave diving certification. Regardless of proficiency in performing skills, an improper attitude will result in denial of certification.

Please contact us by phone or e-mail with any questions regarding this course and other courses we offer.

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Sidemount / No Mount Cave Diver Course
The Sidemount Cave Diver course takes you into passages you didn’t think you could possibly fit in. We will spend time reviewing the classroom topics and skills specific to cave diving. Then we’ll get in the water and put those skills to practice. We will not teach you how to dive sidemount in this course. You must be an experienced cave diver with previous experience diving a sidemount rig prior to beginning this course. If you want to learn how to dive sidemount, enroll in our Side Mount Diver course.

Required Equipment
Same as for the Cave Diver Course, plus the following:
Sidemount mandatory *
Two single hose regulators, one with a 7′ hose and one with appropriate length hose to be bungeed around your neck
Sidemount rig mandatory
Primary light in addition to the 2 back up lights, must be sufficient brightness and must be able to be held without interfering with reel and spool work (contact us to discuss different options)
Line markers

Coursework
Day 1 – Classroom presentation, skills review, and land drills. We’ll spend part of the morning discussing sidemount cave diving, the reasons, the hazards, and maintaining conservation of the cave environment. We’ll then head outside to work on land drills. The afternoon will consist of an open water dive to introduce the skills necessary for the course. If time allows, we’ll complete one cave dive before the end of the day.
Day 2 – Cave dives. We will spend day 2 diving. All skills reviewed on land and practiced in open water will be completed in the cave environment. We will complete a minimum of three dives during this course. If you complete all requirements proficiently and present the right attitude for diving in sidemount restrictions in an overhead environment, you will receive a sidemount cave diving certification. Regardless of proficiency in performing skills, an improper attitude will result in denial of certification.

Please contact us by phone or e-mail with any questions regarding this course and other courses we offer.

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Cave DPV Pilot Course
The Cave DPV Pilot course teaches you how to properly plan and execute cave dives using a Dive Propulsion Vehicle (DPV), also known as a scooter. We will spend time reviewing the classroom topics and skills specific to cave diving. Then we’ll get in the water and put those skills to practice. You must be an experienced cave diver with previous experience piloting a DPV prior to beginning this course.

Required Equipment
Same as for the Cave Diver Course, plus the following:
DPV

Coursework
Day 1 – Classroom presentation, skills review, and land drills. We’ll spend part of the morning discussing DPV cave diving, the reasons, the hazards, and maintaining conservation of the cave environment. We’ll then head outside to work on land drills. The afternoon will consist of an open water dive to introduce the skills necessary for the course. If time allows, we’ll complete one cave dive before the end of the day.
Day 2 – Cave dives. We will spend day 2 diving. All skills reviewed on land and practiced in open water will be completed in the cave environment. We will complete a minimum of four dives during this course. If you complete all requirements proficiently and present the right attitude for piloting a DPV in an overhead environment, you will receive a Cave DPV certification. Regardless of proficiency in performing skills, an improper attitude will result in denial of certification.

Please contact us by phone or e-mail with any questions regarding this course and other courses we offer.

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Underwater Cave Survey Course
The Underwater Cave Survey course exposes trained cave divers to the basic fundamentals of survey in underwater caves. The course promotes safety and accuracy in a standardization of cave survey. The intent of the course is to develop a better understanding of caves and better use of maps in dive planning. We will spend time reviewing the classroom topics and skills specific to underwater cave survey. We’ll survey and plot a course on land. Then we’ll get in the water and put those skills to practice.

Required Equipment
Same as for the Cave Diver Course, plus the following:
Underwater compass
Slate, notepad, pencils
Laptop
Coursework
Day 1 – Classroom presentation, skills review, and land drills. We’ll spend part of the morning discussing underwater cave survey. We’ll then head outside to work on land drills. We’ll spend the rest of the day collecting survey data in a cave. Homework will be to plot data using a cave mapping software program.
Day 2 – We’ll start off reviewing the data collected day 1. We’ll then get back in the water and resurvey the same passage to compare both sets of data. The final dive will include adding final touches and sketching the cave passage.

Please contact us by phone or e-mail with any questions regarding this course and other courses we offer.


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