TDI Cavern Diver Course in Playa del Carmen

What is Cavern Diving?

Cavern diving is a type of overhead environment diving on which divers conduct very limited penetration (60 meters/200 feet), and always within the natural light zone of the cave.

This course is design to teach divers the basic skills and knowledge required to conduct safe, independent cavern dives. The purpose of the TDI Cavern Diver course is to train divers in the proper planning, techniques, procedures and hazards of cavern diving. It is not meant to train divers to conduct dives in caves.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver who has interest in moving forward with overhead environment diving and expanding their diving techniques, capabilities, and more!

 

What you can expect to learn:

The TDI Cavern Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Policy for cavern diving
  • Gas management procedures and management to include dissimilar volumes
  • Psychological considerations of cavern 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
  • Cavern environment
  • Cavern conservation
  • Problem solving
    • Emergency procedures
    • Equipment failure
    • Silting conditions
  • Accident analysis
  • Cavern diving etiquette
  • Review of dive tables and decompression theory

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Properly deploy a guideline
  • 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
  • Demonstrate buoyancy control, proper trim, and propulsion techniques
  • Equipment check and matching
  • Demonstrate adequate predive planning

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in cavern 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,” OR 1/6th if using doubles to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet
  • Penetration is limited to 61 linear metres/200 linear feet from the surface
  • Proper cavern diving equipment must be used
  • Maintain a continuous guideline
  • No restrictions or areas that are too small for 2 divers to swim side by side
  • Safety stops as appropriate or necessary

3 days - $750

Course prerequisites (these requirements must be met prior to commencement of training):

  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Provide proof of Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Certification or equivalent
  • Proof of 25 logged dives
  • Good buoyancy control

Cave Diving Course Combinations:

Intro to Tech + Cavern Diver (4 Days): $1000

Cavern Diver + Intro To Cave (5 Days): $1250

Cavern + Intro to Cave + Full Cave Diver (8 Days): $2000

 

Add sidemount training  (extra 3 days) $700

 

Prices Include:

  • Transportation to and from the cenote(s) departing from our dive center in downtown Playa del Carmen.
  • Technical Diving Equipment Rental - backplate & wing (or sidemount harness), 2 regulators, primary and 2 backup torches.
  • Tanks (double tanks or sidemount tanks)
  • Weights if needed
  • Entry Fees
  • Bottled water

Not Included:

  • TDI Certification Fees
  • Manual – (included in course combinations)
  • Lunch
  • Personal Diving Equipment - see list of required equipment.