Maybe you ask yourself, why take a course before going cave diving?
Cave diving is one of the most demanding, unforgiving and beautiful modality of diving. Travelling through the veins of the Earth transports the diver into an unknown, almost untouched world visited only by a few privileged human beings.
GET READY. BODY AND MIND
Both mental and physical fitness are required to properly conduct a cave dive. Gear is heavy and redundancy in the cave diving configuration doubles the weight. Carrying the tanks to the water is not always easy. Sometimes long walks, rappelling or climbing are part of the plan before putting your wetsuit or drysuit on. Sometimes even after. Long bottom times are usually in the schedule and tiredness or hypothermia become aspects to seriously consider before the dive. Being healthy, practicing some other sport and having an appropriate diet will help, not only with cave diving, but also in life.
Not just the physical aspects,but also being focused, clear minded and having general awareness are needed from minute zero to the very end of the dive. Mental strength is required to deal with the stress created by common situations while cave diving such as low or no visibility, tight restrictions and complex navigation.
This combination of both, physical and mental requirements, make cave diving a high performance activity and not everybody is made for it.
Being part of technical diving, the skills, procedures and the different gear configuration used in cave diving require many hours of training and practice. A Full Cave diving course is mandatory to safely perform this sport.
This course is divided in 3 modules: Cavern, Intro to Cave and Full Cave course. And can be done in 1, 2 or 3 parts according to the evolution and stability of the student. Some divers have the time, the previous experience and the resources to do it in one time while others require more practice or hours in the water to move from one module to the next one.
Signing in for this course does not guarantee any certification. Only when the cave instructor is totally convinced with the diver´s performance a credential will be issued.
Being a solid cave diver is key to survive in such a hostile environment. Be sure to choose the right instructor.