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NAUI Cave 2 Course

Diver going to the insulation rooms in Ginnie SpringsThe NAUI Cave 2 class is for the cave diver that has mastered the Cave 1 or the Apprentice Cave requirements and gained some experience in the overhead. Prerequisites include a minimum of one hundred logged dives, at least twenty dives at the Cave 1 or Apprentice level, advanced nitrox and decompression certifications and at least ten decompression dives since training. Additional gear requirements include a survey compass, two stage bottles and a decompression gas bottle that are appropriately marked and rigged.

The class is taught by refining basic cave diving techniques while introducing complex navigation, stage bottle usage, surveying and other advanced cave diving skills. This class is normally conducted over a four to five day period and involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Dives will involve the utilization of stage bottles and include both simple and complex circuits and traverses. Some of this is of course dependent upon cave conditions, as some traditional dives may be unavailable due to seasonal flooding.

Exiting the lipUpon completion of this course, you will have mastered advanced cave diving skills and be able to conduct cave dives involving decompression, while using up to a third of your total gas supply, including stages, with dive plans involving multiple jumps, complex circuits and traverses.

Diving skills that the Cave 2 diver must be able show at this level are all Cave 1 skills plus be able to 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 all while carrying two stage bottles and finally, survey an underwater cavern and create a Grade 1 map.

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 and generally I will respond back to you within twenty-four hours.