You want to be a cave diver?

I talk to you about the cave diving program I teach. The certification is IANTD. The course is designed in three levels Cavern , intro to cave, cave diver, because it is progressive and lasts 8 days. The duration of the courses independently: The Cavern diver course have a duration of 4 - 5 days The Intro to cave course have a duration of 3 days The Cave diver course have a duration of 5 days, Combined is 8 days in total.

The underwater cave environment has majestic and fragile beauty. It is almost as if the cave diver is a trespasser into some other dimension or reality. Sometimes you are not sure whether you are drifting through an underwater cave or strolling across some faraway asteroid. The silent tranquility disturbed only by the sound of bubbles is a lure that attracts many divers. The caves and their splendor stand to wait as silent cathedrals for divers to explore.

Occasionally, some divers succumb to the enticing unknown of the caves and venture into this almost timeless world without the necessary and proper training, equipment and knowledge of proper technique to safely and efficiently explore and enjoy this unique aspect of Planet Ocean. Under these circumstances the caves become tombs. During the past 40 years several hundred non-cave-trained, poorly equipped, ill-advised divers have died in the underwater caves.

The cave diving community has analyzed these fatalities and found that almost every single cave diving accident can be attributed to one of the five fundamental diver errors. These errors are:

  • Failure to understand that open water training is insufficient for the cave diving world; not obtaining cave diving training.

  • Failure to maintain a continuous guideline to the outside of the cave system.

  • Failure to properly manage the air or gas supply by violation of the "rule of thirds".

  • Failure to understand personal limitations by diving to depths exceeding experience and training, diving to levels well beyond the safe limits.

  • Failure to provide adequate light; not using a minimum three lights.

The cave diving community through the National Association for Cave Diving (NACD), National Speleological Society - Cave Diving Section (NSS-CDS), International Association for Technical and Nitrox Divers (IANTD) and Technical Diving International (TDI) have designed educational programs to train open-water divers in appropriate cavern and cave diving techniques. Both offer courses in cave diving and both are providing the recreational diving community with magazine articles, text books and maps to assist everyone in understanding the very special nature of the cave diving environment.

Before you decide you want to be a cave diver

Before you decide that you want to try cave diving, you should be a very skilled and experienced diver. Superb buoyancy control in the cave is one of the highest priorities. You should be comfortable while diving at night since the cave represent total darkness without lights on. The caves can be both shallow and deep. 95% of the caves in the Riviera Maya are shallow. However, being fully competent with decompression theory and procedures is expected. You must fully accept and comfortable with the fact that your survival depends on your on skills in an environment that prohibits immediate escape to the surface. Cave diving is not for the inexperienced, marginally trained diver. Cave diving is for the experienced, physically fit serious diver who seeks to view an incredible world that not many will ever know.

How to start?

There are several approaches to training in the