TDI Full Cave Diver Course in Playa del Carmen
The TDI Full Cave Diver course is the third level of cave training. Advanced cave dive planning, practical execution of different types of cave systems and scenarios divers encounter are presented. This cave diving course is not intended to prepare divers for evaluating all facets of cave diving. The objective of this course is to expand and critique previous skills accomplished in the TDI Cavern and Introductory Cave Diving programs. Emphasis is placed upon dive planning and skill perfection through actual cave penetration.
Who this course is for:
- The certified TDI Introductory Cave Diver (or equivalent), who has interest in moving forward with overhead environment diving and expanding their diving techniques, capabilities, range, and more!
What you can expect to learn:
The TDI Full Cave Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more.
- 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
- Breathing techniques
- Stress management
- Decompression theory and its application to cave diving
- Cave environment
- 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
4 Days Minimum- $250/day
- 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 (7 Days Minimum)
- 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
- 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
- Personal Diving Equipment - see list of required equipment.