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NAUI Cave 1 Course

Running a jump spool to young siphon at Jackson Blue SpringsThe NAUI Cave 1 class is intended for divers who have superior buoyancy control, have gained experience in the NTEC doubles configuration and wish to learn how to safely explore caves. Prerequisites include an advanced open water, nitrox and an Intro to Tech (or equivalent) rating, be a minimum of eighteen years of age and have seventy-five or more dives beyond open water certification. This course is normally conducted over a four to five day period and involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. This is broken up into an estimated twelve hours of classroom work, with a minimum of ten dives in at three different sites, seven of which are beyond the cavern zone. You will not be taken beyond the cavern zone unless you have demonstrated proper buoyancy control and trim while deploying a reel and managing a primary light.

Training emphasizes dive planning, individual and team awareness, conservation of the cave environment, navigation, propulsion techniques, standard and emergency procedures, stress management and the hazards of cave diving. This is an extensive class and is considered to be a recreational cave diving certification. It is highly recommended that at this level of diving, the student should already own or be starting to purchase a technical gear configuration, if you need any advice or have any questions about gear please feel free to contact me. We will be completing in water checks and safety drills on every dive and familiarity with your technical configuration should start to be second nature at this point. Upon completion of this course, you will have mastered all basic
cave diving skills and be able to conduct no decompression cave dives, using up to a third of your gas while making two navigational decisions.

Catacombs at Devil'sDiving skills that a Cave 1 diver must be able show at this level are proficiency in the use of spools and reels while handling a light, line placement procedures, zero visibility communication while sharing gas in the overhead, safety spool deployment for the lost line and lost diver searches and installing jump and gap spools or reels. In addition, one must be able to conduct a pre-dive safety drill, hover without moving, back kick for ten feet, perform helicopter turns in a stationary, horizontal position, shut down and switch regulators within fifteen seconds and demonstrate the ability to rescue a toxing diver.

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 about anything, such as training, scheduling or any other aspect of cavern and cave diving, please feel free to contact me via email, generally I will respond back to you within twenty-four hours.