What is the TDI Full Cave Diver Course?
The Full Cave Diver course is for divers interested in continuing with their education in overhead environments diving, expanding their diving techniques and capabilities. It is the third course of the series where divers learn to deal with complicated navigation dives, restrictions, and fine-tune all the previously acquired skills.
Why is Divers UnderGround the best TDI dive center to do your Cave Diver course?
At Divers UnderGround we believe that Cave Diving, and Technical Diving in general, is a sport that has to be taken seriously. Sure, it is fun and is very enjoyable but we have to remember, we are getting into one of human’s most inhospitable places on earth. We need to foresee and be prepared to deal with any situation we may encounter, and even more, we need to learn how to avoid getting into dangerous situations.
Once you are a certified cave diver, you will be ready to go cave diving without the supervision of an instructor. However, is not the certification card that keeps you safe, is your ability to plan and execute safe cave dives appropriately and we make sure you are ready to do just that when we sign that certification card. During training, you will encounter almost all possible scenarios, and we treat them as the worst case. By training in this way, divers are prepared to confront any situation in the cave with the confidence necessary to always come out of the dives unhurt.
The course requires eight Cave Dives at three different sites and at least six different caves
For divers entering the program without Cavern Diver and Intro to Cave certifications, the requierment is 16 dives
The course must be taught in no less than 5 days.
When combined with Cavern and Intro to Cave a minimum of eight days are required.
Qualifications of graduates:
Progressive cave penetration using the rule of thirds conservatively
A maximum diving depth of 40 Metres / 130 feet
No removal of equipment in the cave
Proper guideline following procedures
Adequate use of cave diving gear
Cave Dives must be within the no-decompression limits unless adequately trained.
Complex navigation dives planning and execution.
Minimum age 18.
Certified as TDI Intro to Cave or equivalent.
What am I trained to do as a Full Cave Diver?
After completing this course, divers may plan and execute dives without supervision, adhering to the following limits:
Diving activities are approximate to those of training
Plan dives according to your level of comfort and training
Execute cave dives using the rule of thirds conservatively
Cave diving within a maximum depth of 40 meters / 130 feet unless properly trained to go deeper
Always maintain a continuous guideline
Use proper Cave Diving equipment
Some of the skills you will learn and/or practice during the course include:
Aduquate reel work and line deployment.
Use of directional and non-directional line markers
Follow the cave line simulating visibility loss
Share gas while following the permanent system line
Air sharing without lights using touch contact communication and following the exiting line
Replace mask while keeping contact with the guideline
Conservation, awareness and referencing techniques
Light/hand signals and touch contact communication
Anti-silting and propulsion techniques
Primary light failure simulation and proper deployment of backup lights to exit the cave
Lost diver protocols and line recovery procedures
Adequate use of spools and reels to perform jumps and gaps
Perfect buoyancy control and trim
Proper stress analysis (detection and management)
Adequate pre-dive planning
Awareness and respect for the environment