The Deep Cavern Course is the amalgamation of skills and knowledge necessary to safely dive in Cavern and Sinkhole rated sites. Training covers areas that may have zero visibility and the potential for unlimited visibility. A maximum training depth of 40m is recommended.
The Deep Cavern course content will consist of the equivalent of five full days of theory and diving as a minimum. The Course structure can be scheduled over non-consecutive days, evenings and weekends and need not be taught over consecutive days.
Before commencement of a CDAA Deep Cavern diver training program the candidate must:
- Hold an Advanced Open Water level recreational SCUBA diver award or equivalent and be qualified as an Open Water diver for a minimum of 12 months.
- Have logged a minimum of 25 dives (post Advanced Open Water level) totalling a minimum of 20 hours, including at least two night dives and five dives deeper than 25 metres.
- Be a minimum of 18 years old.
- Successfully complete a diving medical statement. If any contraindications are flagged then a full diving medical examination will be required.
To include reel use, line placement techniques, reel locking and abandonment, blackout line following, air sharing while following a line, buoyancy and anti-silting techniques, communications, emergency management, S drills, flow checks, full valve shutdowns.
One confined water dive in pool or cavern 2-3 hours.
Six training and site dives in CDAA rated Caverns and Sinkholes.
Total of 7 dives.