Full Cave Diver

Full Cave Diver

This course is the third stage of training in the series of Cave Diver development program. Advanced cave dive planning, the 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 Cavern and Introductory Cave Diving programs. Emphasis is placed upon dive planning and skill perfection through actual cave penetration.

 

 

  1. Minimum age 18
  2. Minimum certification of TDI Introductory Cave Diver or equivalent
TDI Diving in Overhead Environments Manual
The TDI Full Cave Diver course requires a minimum of 8 dives conducted over a minimum of 4 days. The first day will be spent in the classroom discussing dive planning and procedures and will include time for equipment configuration and exam review.  The following days will be spent in the water conducting full cave dives which are appropriate to the diver’s experience and training level.  If the Introductory Cave Diver course is combined with the Full Cave Diver course, a minimum of 12 dives over 6 days are required.  For cavern through full cave, a minimum of 16 dives and 7 days are required.
  1. Mask and fins
  2. Backup mask recommended
  3. Exposure protection (dry suit and undergarment or 7mm wet suit)
  4. Dual primary cylinders (sidemount or backmount)
  5. Two first and second stage regulators
  6. One SPG for backmount or two SPGs for sidemount
  7. 7′ long hose
  8. BCD inflator hose and/or dry suit inflator hose
  9. One decompression cylinder (minimum 40 cf)
  10. One first and second stage with SPG for deco cylinder
  11. Buoyancy Compensating Device (BCD)
  12. One depth and timing device (two recommended)
  13. Two cutting devices
  14. One primary light
  15. Two backup lights
  16. Primary reel with a minimum of 200 ft of line
  17. One safety reel with a minimum of 125ft of line (two recommended)
  18. Two jump reels with a minimum of 50ft of line
  19. Three directional line arrows
  20. Three non-directional markers (cookies)
  21. Waterproof notebook and underwater slate