While DPVs provide one way of extending range in caves, truly advanced cave divers know they also need expertise in the use of stage bottles and managing depths of up to 45 m/150 ft. That is what this course does.
This course has the distinction of being the one Specialty Cave Diver program students can take immediately upon completing entry-level cave diver training. It provides a great opportunity to adapt your prior technical deep diving skills to the cave environment.
Prerequisites for this program include, but are not limited to:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be able to unequivocally answer No to all questions on the RSTC Medical History/Exam form (or equivalent) or have obtained a physician’s approval for diving within twelve monts of the start of training, and have had no significant changes in health or medical condition since.
- Be certified to the NASE Cave Diver level (or equivalent).
Prior training in technical diving and decompression procedures to recommended, but can be included in this program, if need be.
This program generally requires:
- Two days.
- At least 100 minutes of bottom time.
Few things are more frustrating than seeing a “one size fits all” course price, only to discover your specific situation may require you to incur additional costs. We work hard to keep course fees realistic and competitive. Nevertheless, fees may vary from one individual to the next depending on factors such as:
- Group size
- Your prior training and experience
- Any courses you may be taking concurrently with this one
- Additional time needed to accommodate special needs
We can give you a more accurate estimate of total course cost once we know more about you. Use the form at the bottom of the page to tell us more about your specific situation. We will get back to you with up-to-date pricing information.
You should be aware that course fees cover all instruction, NASE training materials, if available, and NASE certification, if earned. Students are responsible for:
- All personal dive equipment.
- All gas fills.
- Transportation to and from dive sites.
- Dive site admission fees.
- Any non-NASE training materials.
- Any non-NASE certification card processing.
Depending on the course, additional certifications may be available from organizations such as IANTD and NSS-CDS. If desired, students must pay for the cost of these agencies’ certification cards. These organizations will also expect you to buy a copy of their student manual, if available — even though you may not use it in the course.
Be sure to consult this page for the list and description of the equipment you will need to take this course.
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