You can think of cave diving as very demanding and more dangerous than reef diving, but when executed properly, cave dives are safe and extremely rewarding. After completing your cave diver training, you will travel to amazing places such as Bahamas islands and the Cenotes of Yucatan in Mexico, discover places only few people have ever seen and get a sense of exploration.
To become a cave diver you will have to go through rigourous training. The steps and levels can slightly differ from one training agency to the other, but your training will strongly depend on the instructors experience in cave diving and teaching. So make sure you get the right instructor for yourself.
Here are a few thoughts…
Can I become a cave diver?
First of all you need the right motivation: an interest for cave and for cave diving. If you’re a thrill seeker: pass your way!
Any Open water diver with sufficient experience and habilities can start a cave diving training program. You should be confident diving in low-light and low visibility conditions. You should be qualified or comfortable learning in a two-tanks system, either in sidemount or backmount configuration.
Cave diving demands a serious and confident approach, and discipline to meticulously conduct every dive, every time.
What will I learn during my cave diver training?
- Anti silting swimming techniques
- Use a line and reel
- Stress management
- Dealing with problems safely and calmly
- Become an aware and safe cave diver
- Geology, cave formations and conservation
- a lot more…
What equipment will I need?
- Two tanks configuration: sidemount or backmount
- Three torches (Primary light source and two backups)
- Line cutters
- Reels and spools
- Personal markers
Make sure to talk to your instructor before purchasing any item, to ensure that you’re getting the right gear.
Where can I learn to cavern dive?
First step of the full cave diver training, you should do your training in a cave diving area, to get real experience, and inspire you to continue your training to cave diver. The Cenotes of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula offer amazing training and diving sites, and remain one of the most popular cave diving destination in the world.
Where can I learn to cave dive?
The cave diver training is a two step course. During the first part, the introductory course you will learn to complete simple cave dives following a single continuous guideline.
The final part of cave training is mainly about adding complexity to navigation inside the cave. For that last part of the training we highly recommend the caves of Mexico. These very complex systems offer a large quantity of dive sites and scenarios possibility for training. The warm water and shallow caves will enable you to stay longer underwater, practice and focus on cave related skills.
Where can I cave dive after my cave diver training?
All around the world 🙂
Among popular places to go cave diving for pleasure is Florida, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, France, and the Yucatan Peninsula.
Do you feel ready to become a cave diver?
We might or might not be the right instructors for you, but if you have any doubts or questions don’t hesitate in contacting us.
Most of all, if you are ready, welcome to the amazing world of cave divers.