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Cave and Technical Diving

Technical diving takes a specific mindset, skill level, and a substantial investment of both time and money; are you willing and able to meet these requirements? If you are unsure, there’s an option available to help you make up your mind before you fully commit yourself. It’s called the TDI Intro to Tech course.

Intro to Tech Course

Intro to Tech course is the perfect course for divers who have heard about technical diving and want to find out more about this exciting branch of advanced recreational diving. This course walks students through the special techniques, planning procedures and skills that set technical diving apart from traditional sport diving. It will show them how to improve their dive planning methods, in-water skills and streamline their existing gear configuration, in a non-threatening and fun learning environment. The specific skills this course will highlight are:

  • Advanced Buoyancy Control

  • Gas Management

  • Situational Awareness

  • Trim

  • Gear Configuration and Selection

  • Many More!

TDI’s Intro to Tech course is a useful stand-alone course for the diver who wants to become a more skilled, more proficient diver regardless of if he intends to move on to technical diving. The course may also be used as an introduction to the Advanced Nitrox course, Decompression Procedures and the Overhead Environment courses. And finally, it is also a good refresher for certified technical divers who may want to refresh their skills or have them re-evaluated.

Cave Diving

Cristina breaks the process of becoming a fully certified cave diver down into four steps. These steps can be taken as individual courses, or combined into five, seven or ten day programs. With each step, students’ knowledge, abilities and experience grow.

Cavern Diver

The cavern diver course is setup to meet two different ends.

The first is as a stand-alone course for people who want to take a peek inside the caverns in a safe manner. It is taught to recreational divers using basic recreational diving equipment with minor modifications required.

The second is as the starting point for people who want to continue on to becoming certified as cave divers. The equipment requirements for this level are different and will be discussed with students on a personal level.

Regardless of the end motivation, the cavern diver course provides the framework for all cavern and cave diving and the basics for a more efficient, aware and streamlined diver in general.

Duration 3 days.

Intro to Cave

This is where students begin making actual cave dives — under some limitations on penetration gas, avoiding decompression and prohibiting any sort of complex navigation- this level allows students to focus on things like basic dive planning, communication and emergency skills.

This is an excellent stepping point to allow students to gain cave diving experience on their own, understanding that the limitations are set up for their and the cave diving community safety.

Duration 2 additional day on cavern course for a total of 5 training days

Apprentice Cave Diver

By the time students complete the Apprentice level, we will have covered most or all of the academic knowledge and emergency skills required for full Cave Diver certification. Students may receive a limited, if needed introduction to decompression diving procedures, as they pertain to cave diving, and will make some simple explorations off the main line.

It is at this point that students are ready to gain some more realistic cave diving experience on their own, if desired

Duration 2 additional days from Intro Cave Diver

(Full) Cave Diver

This is the final step in the process, the focus is on gaining additional practice of all fundamental and emergency skills, under more challenging conditions. Students are expected to demonstrate their readiness to be full-fledged members of the cave diving community.

A minimum of 16 dives is required to reach this level. Dives will encompass the highly decorated caves of the Bahamas together with some amazing ocean holes with more challenging conditions.

Duration 3 additional days from Apprentice for a total of 10 days

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