TDI Stage Cave Diver course
TDI STAGE CAVE DIVER COURSE IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN
– 4 Days Minimum – $275/day –
The TDI Stage Cave Diver Course is designed to teach trained full cave divers to safely extend their penetration and bottom times by the use of one or more stage bottles.
Students will learn to plan complex cave dives managing multiple gas sources.
Who this course is for:
The certified, experienced TDI Full Cave Diver (or equivalent) looking to extend their penetration limits
What you can expect to learn:
The following topics must be covered during this course: Motivations for extended time and penetration Equipment considerations Cylinder sizes Rigging Streamlining Gas planning and gas management techniques Dive planning including decompression obligations Stage Diving techniques suitable for the cave environment Dropping and retrieving of stage cylinders Drop-off stations
Required skill performance and graduation requirements:
The student must perform the following S-drill and skills during all dives Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning Equipment check and equipment matching Bubble check Demonstrate specialized propulsion techniques in varying types of flow Demonstrate proper buoyancy control Demonstrate proper body posture Demonstrate proper stress analysis (detection and management)
The student must perform the following in-water skills during cave dives:
Demonstrate proper use of stage cylinders Dropping and retrieval of stage cylinders efficiently while swimming
- Minimum age 18
- Minimum certification of TDI Full Cave Diver, or equivalent
- Minimum of 25 non-training full cave dives
- If students wish to do course in sidemount configuration, proof of sidemount certification must be provided.
- Transportation to and from the cenote(s) departing from our dive center in Playa del Carmen.
- Tanks (double tanks or sidemount tanks & stage bottle(s))
- Weights if needed
- Bottled water
- Entry Fees (15-40 USD/Day)
- Certification Fees
- Equipment Rental – keep in mind you must add 1-2 additional first and second stages for stage bottles.
TDI Stage Cave Diver Training
What’s in it for you?
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in stage cave diving activities without direct supervision so long as the following limits are adhered to: Penetration is limited to the 1/3 air rule, or more conservative air-plan at instructor’s discretion. No equipment removal in cave with exception of stage cylinders Students are encouraged to gain experience before attempting to plan and execute complex stage cave dives Safety and decompression stops are completed as appropriate or necessary