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Full Cave Diver Course

 The Full cave course while traditionally done in four days, can be completed in two if the diver already has an Apprentice Cave Diver rating. The potential Full Cave diver candidate will have buoyancy skills far above the average and will be in complete control of their emotions, underwater propulsion techniques and equipment while having an elevated sense of awareness.

This is the fourth in the array of cave diver development courses. The foundation of this course is exposure to more sophisticated dives within the cave environment where complex navigation techniques are planned, organized and executed. These procedures will include circuits (dives start and end at the same point, but divers do not exit the same way they entered) and traverses (dives start at one cave entrance and end at another). Realize that this is dependent upon cave conditions, as some traditional dives may be unavailable due to seasonal flooding.

Drills and skills learned in previous courses are now refined in more challenging cave diving environments, along with ways to minimize diver impact to the cave system. A comprehensive awareness of the cave environment is a necessity and cave conservation efforts are strongly ingrained within the potential Full Cave diver. When considering this Full Cave diver program where decompression will be a part of our daily diving, it is recommended that you have taken an Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures course, Tech 1 or its equivalent, in order to give you an insightful look in current decompression theory and a head start in the handling and usage of decompression cylinders.

Diver looking down into Devil's EarHere’s a very basic list of the equipment needed for the Full cave course: a mask and power fins (springs or straps taped), a wet or dry suit, double tanks that hold at least one hundred and forty-two cubic feet of gas, a decompression cylinder with a regulator, two first stages each equipped with one second stage (one with a seven foot hose) and a submersible pressure gauge, a back plate/soft pack and wing, tables/bottom timer or dive computer, a cutting device, wet notes/slate and pencil, one primary light and two back up lights, line arrows and cookies/clothespins, two jump or gap reels/spools, two safety reels/spools and one primary reel per team.

As with all cave and technical classes that I offer, please realize that participation in the class does not guarantee certification. Should you not end up with a certification, I will provide you with a list of areas that need more practice and am more than happy to assist you in working with these. As always, if you have any questions regarding training, scheduling or any other aspect of cavern and cave diving, please feel free to contact me via email and generally I will respond back to you within twenty-four hours.