Cave Training

Cavern Diver Course

Minimum Prerequisites:
Advanced Open Water Certification or equivalent, competence in buoyancy control and a minimum of 25 logged open-water dives.

"Cavern diving" is defined as diving that takes place within sight of a natural light source (the sun) and within 61 linear meters (200 feet) of an open water surface. The Cavern Diver course is an entry-level program to the overhead environment. It is a comprehensive three-day program designed to develop the minimum skills and knowledge for cavern diving, and describes the dangers involved with cave diving. Conservation, dive planning, environment, procedures, techniques, problem solving, and other specialized needs of cavern diving are covered.

Cavern diving skill development includes body positioning (trim), buoyancy control, emergency procedures, line following, the use of reels, and propulsion techniques, silting, entanglement, disorientation, and equipment modifications.

The candidate's skill are developed during land drills and reinforced during an open water session in the cenote. Minimum four separate cavern dives are conducted in at least two completely different cavern systems. Upon completion, the student is required to complete a written exam. If you need additional training days, this will be organized with your instructor and have an extra cost. You might also be instructed to take a break and work independently on skills and knowledge before being able to continue the course.

Certification is available from TDI or PADI. (with TDI possibility to continue to Intro and Full Cave Diver)

Cavern and Intro To Cave Diver Course

Minimum Prerequisites:
Advanced Open Water Certification or equivalent, competence in buoyancy control and a minimum of 50 to 100 logged open-water dives.

"Cave diving" is any taking place beyond natural light or beyond 61 linear meters (200 feet) from the open water surface.

The program covers the basic principles of cave diving. This 6-7 day course will cover in particular: conservation, dive planning, cave environment, procedures, techniques, problem solving, and other specialized needs of cavern and cave diving

Skills training in the Intro to Cave course includes body positioning, buoyancy control, emergency procedures, line following, propulsion techniques, the use of reels and problem solving. A minimum of four full cave dives are performed in a minimum of two different cave systems. These dives are designed to further develop the skill level and extend the cavern diver’s competence from the cavern into the "cave zone". Limitations are placed on distance, depth, passage size and complexity at this level. Prior to the beginning of the course students will go through an open water evaluation and a cave diving orientation dive to evaluate their techniques. The student is required to complete a written exam.

If you need additional training days, this will be organized with your instructor and have an extra cost. You might also be instructed to take a break and work independently on skills and knowledge before being able to continue the course.

Intro to Cave Certification available from TDI

Full Cave

This minimum 9-day program covers the course requirements. Full cave diving equipment (double tanks) is utilized from the start.
After completing an open-water evaluation dive to check the cave diving techniques, an orientation dive will also be included prior the beginning of the course, and a minimum of sixteen cave dives will be performed in a minimum of six different cave systems over a period of no less than nine days. The duration of the course can be as long as eight days or more based on student progression and skills.

If you need additional training days, this will be organized with your instructor and have an extra cost. You might also be instructed to take a break and work independently on skills and knowledge before being able to continue the course.

You will learn the full principles of cave diving including complex navigation, traverse and circuit protocols. The Full Cave Diver certification along with Divemaster or Instructor, gives you opportunity to work as a Cenote (Cavern) Guide in the area.

Full Cave Diver Certification available from TDI.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Advanced Open Water Certification or equivalent
  • Competence in buoyancy contro
  • Minimum of 50 to 100 logged open-water dives.

Guided Cenote Dives

Minimum Prerequisites:
Open Water Certified + last dive within 6 months. Must show good buoyancy control to dive.

Discover the underwater caverns of the Riviera Maya. Dive through thousands of years of history, into a magical world that only few divers have seen.

Our Cenote/Cave diving team will take you to some of the best Cenotes that the area has to offer. The Cenotes are the openings in the earth were you enter a hidden world full of marvels and magic. The Cenotes are not affected by the weather and have a constant amazing visibility (over 100ft/30meters). With year round perfect conditions this is a divers dream. Come see the spectacular light show with the sunlight breaking the water columns and the mysterious Halocline effect, when salt water and fresh water meet at different temperatures.

Let GoPro Playa safely guide you on this amazing journey through the veins of the earth.

All guides are highly experienced cave divers and will share also share the history of these caves with you. Be prepared to a day you will never forget.

Here are some of the most popular Cenotes:

  • Dos Ojos
  • El Eden
  • Tajma-ha
  • Chac mool
  • Dream Gate
  • Gran Cenote
  • Casa Cenote
  • Angelita
  • Chikin- ha
  • The Pit
Whats Included:
  • Two cavern dives on two different cenotes
  • Dive tanks and weights
  • Rental of flashlights
  • Round-trip transportation from our dive center to the Cenotes
  • Cenote Park Entrance fees
  • Professional and multilingual certified full cave guide
  • Bottled water
  • Local sandwich or similar food.

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