Apprentice & Full Cave

This course covers the principles of actual cave diving and follows the intro cave diver course. This course develops the skills and knowledge required for penetration cave diving. This is the final step in development of safe cave diving. This course is aimed at perfecting skills and mastering the techniques and procedures required of cave diving. Cave dives are planned penetration dives ,so the diver may progress into cave diving at a conservative pace.


NSS-CDS, NACD, TDI, or IANTD Basic or Intro Cave Diver Certification (provided before this course at Tec Camp)

Equipment Required: 
  • Two first and second stage regulators with SPG for configured for sidemount
    • One with a seven foot hose for air sharing
  • Approved sidemount harness (dual bladder or dual wings unless drysuit diving)
  • Mask and fins (no snorkel, no split fins)
  • Two battery powered lights one of which can not be rechargeable
  • Safety spool or reel (150ft)
  • Dive computer (single or multi-gas), and either back-up computer or timer & depth gauge
  • Cutting tool such as a ‘z-knife’ (a leg mounted dive knife is not acceptable)
  • Exposure protection (dry suit use requires prior dry suit diving experience)
  • Weight system (if needed)
  • Three line arrows
  • Two non-directional markers
Equipment Provided: 
  • Primary reel (at least 350ft)
  • Two primary cylinders at least 80cuft
  • Weights
  • Computer with decompression software
  • Oxygen analyzer
  • Emergency Oxygen & first aid kit
  • Contents labels
  • Forms & support materials
Course Structure: 

8 dives with at least 400 minutes of overhead time

Certification Limits: 

Penetrations are limited to one-third (1/3) doubles, complex navigation dive plans, 130 feet maximum depth, 30 feet starting visibility, restrictions, limited decompression dives. no exploration or goal setting dives.