TDI Full Cave Diver course

TDI FULL CAVE DIVER COURSE IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

–  4 Days Minimum – $250/day –

The TDI Full Cave Course expands upon the knowledge gained on the Intro To Cave course, and prepares you for dives involving restricted passages complex navigation, planning and gas management.

Awareness becomes increasingly necessary and psychological challenges also increase exponentially as the complexity of the cave dives increases.

Full Cave Divers set temporary guidelines to perform jumps, gaps, traverses and circuits, navigate through T’s and intersections, cover larger distances where directional markers can change in directions, and awareness and communication becomes extremely important.
Theory sessions,land drills, open water sessions and a minimum of 8 dives are required.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Standard cave diving policies
  • Gas management procedures and management to include dissimilar volumes
  • Psychological considerations of cave diving
  • Equipment considerations including:
    • Cylinder options
    • Regulator options
    • Buoyancy compensator/harness options
    • Proper weighting
    • Reel options
    • Equipment configurations
  • Communication (light and hand signals)
  • Swimming techniques
    • Body posture/trim
    • Buoyancy control
    • Line following
    • Propulsion (finning) techniques
  • Physiology
    • Breathing techniques
    • Stress management
    • Decompression theory and its application to cave diving
  • Cave environment
  • Conservation
  • Problem solving
    • Emergency procedures
    • Equipment failure
    • Silting conditions
  • Accident analysis
  • Cave diving etiquette

Required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Properly deploy a guideline
  • Properly use directional and non-directional line markers
  • Properly follow a guideline with eyes open and closed (simulating loss of visibility)
  • Air share with a buddy with eyes open, following a guideline
  • Air share with a buddy with lights off and eyes closed, using touch contact while following the guideline
  • Remove and replace mask while in contact with the guideline
  • Demonstrate conservation, awareness, and back referencing techniques
  • Demonstrate light/hand signals and touch contact
  • Demonstrate anti-silting techniques
  • Simulate a primary light failure and use back up light to exit the cave
  • Demonstrate lost line and lost diver drills
  • Demonstrate use of reels to perform jumps and gaps required in circuits and traverses to maintain a continuous guideline to open water
  • Demonstrate buoyancy control, proper trim, and propulsion techniques
  • Demonstrate proper stress analysis (detection and management)
  • Demonstrate specialized propulsion techniques in varying types of flow
  • Equipment check and matching
  • Demonstrate adequate predive planning


COURSE PREREQUISITES

  • Minimum age 18
  • Minimum certification of TDI Introductory Cave Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum of 150 logged dives
  • A full immersion program is available and includes cavern to full cave.
  • If students wish to do course in sidemount configuration, proof of sidemount certification must be provided.

Cave Diving Course Combinations:

Intro to Cave  + Full Cave (6 Days Minimum)

Cavern + Intro to Cave + Full Cave Diver (8 Days Minimum):

Add sidemount training  (extra 3 days)

Prices Include:

  • Transportation to and from the cenote(s) departing from our dive center in Playa del Carmen.
  • Tanks (double tanks or sidemount tanks)
  • Weights if needed
  • Bottled water

Not Included:

  • Manual
  • Technical Diving Equipment. Can be rented for a fee, but students should have their own equipment for this level of diving.
  • Entry Fees (15-40 USD/Day)
  • Certification Fees
  • Lunch
  • Personal Diving Equipment – see list of required equipment.

TDI Full Cave Diver Training

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in cave diving activities without direct supervision so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • Planned dives do not exceed diver’s current certification level
  • Penetration is limited to the “rule of thirds,” to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet
  • Diver must maintain a continuous guideline
  • Proper cave diving equipment must be used
  • Safety and decompression stops as appropriate or necessary (if trained as TDI Decompression Diver or equivalent)