Cave Dive Courses Dominican Republic

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Cave Diving Courses in the Dominican Republic

TDI Cavern Diver

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Can you see the light? If you dive within the light zone of a cave-the area near the cave entrance where natural light is always visible-you're in the cavern zone. The fun part is exploring secrets hidden in caverns around the world and having the knowledge and skills to do it correctly.

This is a challenging and very exciting course that includes four training dives over at least two days. During your first open water dive you'll practice line handling, reel use and emergency procedures without entering a cavern. But, for your next three dives, you're headed into the cavern, staying within the light zone and 40 meters/130 feet total distance from the surface.

The TDI Cavern Diver Course prepares you for the TDI Intro to Cave Diver and TDI Full Cave Diver Courses. Come and explore!


What you will learn:

  • Cavern navigation and line protocols
  • Planning, organization, techniques, problems and hazards of cavern diving
  • Special equipment use, such as lights guidelines, reels and redundant breathing systems
  • Air sharing, disorientation, silting, line problems and other emergency procedures specific to cavern diving
  • Silt prevention,buoyancy control, air management and emergency procedures
  • Depth and distant limits for cavern diving

Prerequisites:

  • Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Have a medical form signed by your physician

Course Duration: 2 Days + 4 Dives


The TDI Cavern and Cave manual will outline the procedures for conducting cavern dives and a great addition to your diving library.

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TDI Intro to Cave Diver

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After experiencing caverns underwater, you will undoubtedly be intrigued by the untouched mazes, undisturbed systems and geological history. Ultimately you'll want to go further in the cave to see what other wonders they hold within. Allowing you to do just this, our course offers you an introduction to the basic principles of cave diving utilizing a single primary guide line.

Introductory cave diving is the second level in the development of safe techniques for cave diving, directly building upon the cavern diver course. This introduction to cave diving is not intended to train divers for all facets of cave diving. The objective of this course is the perfection of skills taught in the cavern diving program, in addition to the adoption of additional techniques and procedures required for elementary cave dives.

Qualifications of Graduates:

Upon successful completion of Introductory Cave Diving course, graduates may engage in single guideline cave diving activities without direct supervision so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • Penetration is limited to 1/6th pressure using double cylinders
  • 40m maximum depth
  • No decompression diving
  • Maintain a continuous guideline
  • Use of proper cave diving equipment

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are qualified to enroll in the TDI Full Cave Course

Prerequisites:

  • Be a minimum of 15
  • Show proof of a minimum certification of Cavern Diver

The student must perform the following in-water skills during cave dives: swimming in caves

  • Properly deploy a guideline
  • Properly use line markers
  • Properly follow a guideline with eyes open and closed (simulated loss of visibility)
  • Air share with a buddy with eyes open, following the guideline
  • Air share with lights off, eyes closed and use touch contact, following the guideline
  • Remove and replace mask while in contact with the guideline
  • Demonstrate light / hand signals and touch contact
  • Conservation and awareness techniques
  • Referencing as back-up navigation
  • Demonstrate adequate anti-silting techniques
  • Simulate a primary light failure, and use a back-up light to exit the cave
  • Demonstrate lost line and lost diver drills

Course Duration: 2 Days, 4 Dives


The TDI Cavern and Cave manual will outline the procedures for conducting cave dives and a great addition to your diving library.

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TDI Full Cave Diver

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This course is the third stage of training in the series of TDI's cave diver development program. Advanced cave diving planning, the practical execution of different types of cave systems and scenarios divers encounter are presented. This cave diving course is not intended to prepare divers for evaluating all facets of cave diving.

The objective of this course is to expand and critique previous skills accomplished in the Cavern and Introductory Cave Diving programs. Emphasis is placed upon dive planning and skill perfection through actual cave penetration.


Qualifications of Graduates: preparing for full cave diving course

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in cave diving activites without direct supervision so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • Penetration is limited to the one-third air rule
  • 40m max depth
  • No gear removal in cave
  • Safety and decompression stops appropriate or necessary
  • Maintain a continuous guideline
  • Use of Proper Cave diving equipment

Prerequisites:

  • Be a minimum of eighteen
  • Have a minimum certification of TDI Introductory Cave Diver or equivalent

The Student must perform the following S-drill and skills during all dives: full cave diving course

  • Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
  • Equipment check and gear matching
  • Bubble check
  • Demonstrate specialized propulsion techniques in varying types of flow
  • Demonstrate proper buoyancy control
  • Demonstrate proper body posture (trim)
  • Demonstrate proper stress analysis (detection and management)


The student must perform the following in-water skills during cave dives: Uwe Rath in cave

  • Properly deploy a guideline
  • Properly use directional and non directional line markers
  • Properly follow a guideline with eyes open and closed
  • Air share with a buddy with eyes open, following the guideline
  • Air share with a buddy with lights off and eyes closed and use touch contact, following the guideline
  • Remove and replace mask while in contact with guideline
  • Demonstrate light / hand signals and touch contact
  • Conservation and awareness techniques
  • Referencing as back-up navigation
  • Demonstrate adequate anti-silting techniques
  • Simulate a primary light failure, and use back light to exit the cave
  • Demonstrate lost line and lost diver drills
  • Demonstrate the use of reels to perform jumps and gaps required in circuits and traverses to maintain a continuous guideline to open water

Course Duration: 4 Days , 8 Dives


The TDI Cavern and Cave manual will outline the procedures for conducting cave dives and a great addition to your diving library.

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Cave Diving Prices

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Cave Dive CoursePrices per diver
TDI Cavern DiverUSD 590
TDI Intro Cave DiverUSD 590
TDI Full Cave DiverUSD 850
* min. 2 Divers
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