Gain the knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly and safely. This course guides you and teaches you the basics of entering caverns and long swim throughs and how to explore them safely.
Caverns exist in many areas where scuba divers venture – from freshwater springs to volcanic island walls and limestone coasts. In Jervis Bay we have a number of caverns and caves that you can explore. In these locations you’ll find large, dark spaces that seem incredibly inviting, yet all ocean caverns are potentially dangerous.
The PADI Cavern Diver Specialty course gives you the knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly – allowing you to enter far enough for adventure, but staying within the safe zone for an easy exit to open water.
You need to be PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old to enroll in the Cavern Diver course. We also require a record of at least 20 recent dives and with 10 dives to over 18m.
This course does not qualify you to enter Cave Divers Association of Australia (CDAA) rated caverns and caves, it is a however an introductory course that will teach you the basics and more expressly the dangers of exploring overhead environments outside of CDAA caverns.
If you would like to pursue Cave Diving and a CDAA rating check out our Technical Program. It is not necessary to complete the Cavern course before doing CDAA Basic Cave. It is primarily aimed at divers who want to explore into Caverns but who may not necessarily be into the full Cave Diving experience or are seeing what is involved in going further before committing to a trip to South Australia.
Ready for a challenge? You’ll complete four scuba dives with the first focused on line handling, reel use and emergency procedures outside a cavern; and the next three dives put your new skills to use inside a cavern. You’ll also learn about:
- Other specialized equipment for cavern diving, such as lights and redundant breathing systems.
- Avoiding disorientation and anti-silting techniques.
- Dive planning, including depth and distance limits and air management for cavern diving.
Along with your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a primary dive light and at least a second backup light, plus a line and reel suitable for caving. During the gear evaluation phase we will discuss with you your gear and how it is configured. We will suggest any other gear appropriate for cavern diving, such as technical diving equipment and redundant air sources.
What is involved
Generally this is run as a three day course, starting with a theory session and Dive 1, Day 2 involves a double dive and more theory with Day 3 involving penetrations into actual underwater cave systems. Only 4 dives are necessary for certification however this is dependant on participants skills, gear and ability.
What is included
· Tanks (or Fills) and Weights
· Theory sessions
· Minimum 4 dives
Accommodation and Hire gear are available for additional charge (see Options Below)
Sea you soon
The Dive Crew