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Is cave diving for me?

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.

CAVE DIVINGTo 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!

TDI Cave diving course

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?

Air Sharing in Touch Contact

 

  • 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?

Cenote Kukulkan, cavern dive in the winter morning light

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.

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Deep Dark Diving dive training Philosophy

We offer high quality training in technical diving and cave diving in Playa del Carmen, all the Riviera Maya and in Yucatan, Mexico.

We strive to provide the best learning experience. The objective is to achieve the highest level and learn from each moment. Then by using what you learn you will improve your performance and the safety of your diving.

There is a minimum days required by standards for technical and cave diving training, but be aware that you will personnaly need to meet the diving standards.

All training is based on skills mastering. We do our best to share our experience and knowledge with you and ensure the efficiency of your training but technical or cave diving certification is not garanteed.

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Fun and Safe way to dive for recreational divers - Ideal for Cave divers, Solo Divers and Photographers

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CAVE DIVING

Learn overhead diving in the most extensive underwater caves on the planet. Master buoyancy and precise control of every movement.

TECH DIVING

Experienced diver? It is time to extend your dives and explore new environments. Nitrox, Deco Procedure, Mixed gases, Stage Cave, DPV, CCR

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Plongée dans le Yucatan, Mexique  –  Cours de plongée et Plongées guidées
 
 

Deep Dark Diving offre un service personnalisé pour vos plongées dans la Riviera Maya et le Yucatan au Mexique

Dévoués à la sécurité et à la conservation, nous sommes spécialisés dans la plongée Cenote et la plongée souterraine. Nous offrons des plongées guidées ainsi que des formations en plongée souterraine et plongée technique pour plongeurs débutants et confirmés.

Nous avons une passion pour la plongée, une passion pour les grottes, une passion pour la plongée souterraine que nous aimons partager avec vous afin de vous faire profiter au mieux de votre expérience de plongée sous-marine dans le Yucatan.

PLONGÉES GUIDÉES

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PLONGÉE MER

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PLONGÉE CAVERNE

Unique au monde: découvrez la plongée en caverne dans les Cenotes

PLONGÉE SOUT & TEC

Découvrez le monde caché des Cenotes du Yucatan – Stage – DPV – CCR

COURS DE PLONGÉE SOUTERRAINE

Cenote Kukulkan, plongée caverne dans la lumière hivernale

PLONGEUR CAVERNE

Premier pas vers la plongée souterraine. Vous apprendrez les procédures de la plongée sous plafond dans la zone de lumière naturelle

Introduction à la Plongée souterraine

INTRO TO CAVE DIVER

Voilà! C’est parti dans l’obscurité totale et vous pourrez réaliser des plongées simples au-dela de la zone de lumière naturelle

Cours de plongée souterraine

PLONGEUR SOUTERRAIN

Les réseaux souterrains peuvent être très complexes, surtout au Mexique. Vous pourrez maintenant combiner tout ce que vous avez appris avec des navigations complexes et plus encore

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Introduction à la plongée technique

INTRO TO TECH

Bases de la plongée technique – Plannification – nouvelle configuration et meilleur hydrodynamisme – Améliorer flottabilité et techniques de palmage. Etablir une base solide. 

Cours de plongée Sidemount

SIDE MOUNT

Premiers pas en configuration Sidemount. Pour plongeurs tec souhaitant transposer leurs aptitudes à la configuration Sidemount. Ou pour débutants ayant choisi la configuration Sidemount.

RAZOR SIDE MOUNT

Un cours de Side Mount plus approfondi. Il couvre les bases necessaires à la plongée technique et la plongée souterraine et constitue une base solide. De plus votre harnais Razor vous suivra à tous les niveaux de plongée technique.

COURS DE PLONGÉE TECHNIQUE

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NITROX

Premier pas vers l’utilisation de mélanges. Pour plongeur Nitrox certifié c’est l’occasion de revoir les bases théoriques, la physique et les lois fondamentales en profondeur avant d’aller plus loin.

Cours de Nitrox Avancé

ADVANCED NITROX

Physique et physiologie de la plongée aux mélanges contenant plus de 40 % d’oxygène. Rallonger votre temps de plongée sans entrer en décompression

Cours de procédures de d´compression

DECO PROCEDURES

Plannifier et réaliser des plongées a décompression . Choix des gas et exécution de plan d’urgence.

ENCORE PLUS PROFOND

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EXTENDED RANGE

Des plongées superbes à  55m/180ft mais pas d’helium disponible? Vous apprendrez comment plonger en sécurité en utilisant de l’air et des gaz de décompression.

Cours de plongée trimix

TRIMIX

Rajoutez l’hélium à vos plongées. Allez plus profond, respirez mieux et réduisez la narcose. Ca rend vos plongées beaucoup sûres et offre de nombreuses possibilités jusqu’à 60m/200ft.

Cours de trimix avancé

TRIMIX AVANCÉ

Félicitations! Vous avez atteint le plus haut niveau de plongée en circuit ouvert. Utilisez des mélanges avec moins de 17% O2 et à des profondeurs de 100m/330ft. Et faites partie de l’élite de la plongée.

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Cenote Entrance Fees for Cavern & Cave Diving

 

Cenote Entrance fees to be paid before Cavern or cave Diving
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Here is the list of the entrance fees to the Cenote for Cavern Diving and Cave Diving in the most comon dive sites and training sites in the Riviera Maya – Mexico All prices are given in $ Mexican Pesos We do our best to keep the list up to date, but there might change on the last minute due to landowner decision.

Cenote Entrance fees

Chac Mool/Kukulkan (2 dives): 250$

Chikin Ha (2 dives): 250$

El Eden-(PondeRosa): 300$

Taj Ma Ha: 250$

Dos Ojos Barbie Line & Bat Cave: 380$

El Pit: 570$

Dos Ojos/Pit combined: 760$

Dreams’ Gate: 300$

Calavera (Temple of Doom): 300$

Gran Cenote

Carwash (Actun Ha): 250$

 Angelita: 300$

Zapote: 300$

Kin Ha: 200$

Pet Cemetery (Sac Actun): Closed for divers 🙁 but snorkeling is still worth a go!!

  • might be accessible to cavern divers on special request, entrance fee: 600$

More about Cavern Diving and Cave Diving in the beautiful Cenotes of Mexico. Or get Cave diver Certified or Technical diver Certified

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Contact Deep Dark Diving

Scuba Diving in Yucatan, Mexico – Personalized Guiding and Training

Group packages available

Mail: info@deepdarkdiving.com
WhatsApp: +52 1 984 135 7062
Location: Playa del Carmen & Mérida, Mexico
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We are passionate instructors offering guided dives and training for Reef diving, Cavern diving, Cave diving, Deep diving

I spend a lot of time underwater and far into the jungle, out of phone signal and internet reach.  In fact I am probably underwater somewhere in one of the amazing caves of Yucatan. I really do my best to give the best service possible and assure that we can offer the best dive experience. You probably come a long way for a very special holliday and we’ll garantee a very special experience. I personnaly answer  all emails and deal with the organization… so please be patient, it’s worth it 🙂

Thank you, back to you as soon as possible,
Géraldine

 

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Intro to Cave Diver Course

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Intro to Cave Diver Course
Deploying a guideline

After enjoying your cavern diving course and discovering diving in overhead environment it is now time to move on to the Intro to cave diver course.

Not only you will tune up your skills further into the cave but you  will adopt additional techniques and procedures required for simple cave dives.

Of course, upon satisfying with the intro to Cave course requirements you may enroll to the Full Cave Diving Course.

Prerequisites
  • Cavern Diver certification or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
Qualifications
  •  “Rule of thirds,” OR 1/6th if using doubles
  • Maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet.
  • Proper cave diving equipment must be used
  • Maintain a continuous guideline
  • Progress on to the next level: Full Cave Diver course!
Gears
  • double cylinders or dual valve manifold
  • Two independent first and second stage regulators; one regulator equipped with a long hose (2 metres / 7 feet)
  • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) with power inflator
  • Exposure suit adequate for diving environment
  • Line cutting device
  • Three battery powered lights; 1 primary and 2 back-ups
  • Safety reel/spool
  • One primary reel
  • Computer, watch or bottom timer and depth gauge
  • Slate or wet notes with a pencil
  • Submersible dive tables or backup dive computer
  • Directional and non directional line markers
Duration
  • Minimum 3 days
  • Open water training
  • minimum 4 cave dives
  • Theory: minimum 4 hours
What you will learn
  • Policy for cave diving
  • Gas management
  • Psychological considerations of cave diving
  • Equipment choice and configuration
  • Communication (light and hand signals, touch contact)
  • Swimming techniques
    • Body posture/trim
    • Buoyancy control
    • Line following
  • Physiology
    • Breathing techniques
    • Stress management
  • Cave environment
  • Cave conservation
  • Problem solving
    • Emergency procedures
    • Equipment failure
    • Silting conditions
  • Accident analysis
  • Cave diving etiquette

 

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Cavern Diver Course

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First step in the Overhead Environnment during the TDI Cavern diver course - Cenote Carwash (Actun Ha) Tulum - Mexico

The cavern diver course is your first step in overhead environment diving. Through this course, you will build up the skills to dive safely within the natural daylight and a short distance from the exit. Not only you will learn about proper planning, procedures and techniques for cavern diving but also about the hazards and how to deal with them. And of course, you will now enjoy your cavern diving in the Cenotes to a much higher level of knowledge and safety.

The cavern diver course is the first part of the Cave course. After your training you will know what to expect and decide if you keep going.

Duration
  • Minimum of 3 days
  • Open water training
  • Minimum 4 cavern dives
  • Theory: minimum 6 hours
Gear

This course will definitely take you a step further in your diver’s life. Once certified as a cavern diver you might of course consider following your training with the Intro to cave or even all the way to Full cave training.

Course prerequisites
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Proof of 25 logged dives
Qualifications
  • Daylight zone
  • Penetration is limited to 1/3 of a single diving cylinder or 1/6th if using double cylinders
  • 61 linear metres / 200 linear feet from the surface
  • 40 metres / 130 feet maximum depth
  • No decompression diving
  • No restrictions
  • Maintain a continuous guideline
  • Qualified to enroll in: Introductory Cave course
What you will learn during the Cavern diver course
  • Policy for cavern diving
  • Gas management procedures
  • Psychological considerations of cavern diving
  • Equipment considerations
  • Communication (light and hand signals, touch contact)
  • Body posture/trim
  • Buoyancy control
  • GuideLine use (deploy, follow with eyes opened and  closed)
  • Propulsion and anti-silting techniques
  • Physiology
  • Cavern environment and conservation
  • Problem solving
    • Emergency procedures (Air share, light failure…)
    • Equipment failure
    • Silting conditions
  • Accident analysis
  • Predive planning

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in Intro to Cave training

Side Mount     Intro to Tech     Intro to Cave

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Cave Diving Training in the Cenotes of Mexico

Cave diving training in Cenote Minotauro

All passionate cave divers will some day travel to Mexico. And of course we did too! And we liked it so much that to fulfill our passion for Cave diving we chose to live and dive in Yucatan.

The penninsula of Yucatan hosts the longest underwater caves in the world. A lifetime would not be enough to know it all and there is much more to be discovered. We love sharing our passion and guide you in the most amazing passages in the Cenotes. And we provide high quality cave diving training with a high commitment to security and conservation. If you are a serious adventure seeker wishing to explore overhead environments, then Cave Diving Training is for you! 

Cavern and Caves are amazing, beautiful and ever fascinating places on earth. But they are very challenging environments to explore. Even more challenging is when you decide you really want to explore the underwater caverns and caves, and decide to be among the very lucky few!

 Be aware that your cave diving in Mexico might be addictive 🙂 And we’ll do our best to make that happen safely and share our passion

 Cave diving training is a 3 steps course

CAVE DIVING TRAINING

CAVERN DIVER

Duration

  • 2-3 days
  • 4 Cavern dives

Limitations

  • Daylight zone
  • “Rule of thirds,” OR 1/6th with doubles
  • Max depth: 40m/130 ft
  • Penetration limited to 61m/200  ft
  • No restrictions 
CAVERN

The Cavern Diver training course introduces the “minimum” skills, task loading, problem solving, knowledge, and the ability to dive within the “cavern” zone. You will also get familiar with the dangers and risks involved while diving in the overhead environment. The Cavern course is in no way intended to provide instruction for Cave Diving.

  •  include gas management
  • emergency procedures
  • buoyancy 
  • trim
  • propulsion techniques 
  • line and reel use 
  • equipment management.


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Intro to cave diving training

INTRO TO CAVE DIVER

Duration

  • 2-3 days
  • 4 Cave dives

Limitations

  • 1/3 of a single diving cylinder or 1/6th if using double cylinders
  • Maximum depth: 40 metres / 130 feet
Cavern + Intro to cave Diver Course combined:  4-5 days
INTRO TO CAVE 

The Intro-to-Cave Diver training course will further develop the skills and knowledge required to dive in the overhead environment. The course explains the dangers and risks involved while diving in the overhead environment and going beyond the daylight zone. Skills in the Intro to Cave course include line navigation, zero visibility training, gas management, touch contact, emergency procedures, and a higher level of prior courses skills.

 

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CAVE DIVING TRAINING

CAVE DIVER

Duration

  • 4 days
  • 8 Cave dives

Limitations

  • 1/3 of a double cylinders or 2 single
  • Maximum depth: 40 metres / 130 feet
Cavern + Intro to cave  + Full Cave Diver Course combined: 8-10 days (16 cave dives)
FULL CAVE

The Cave Diver training course fine-tunes the skills and knowledge required to dive in the overhead environment. The course explains the dangers and risks involved while cave diving beyond the daylight zone. Skills in the Cave Diver course include passing restrictions, complex navigation, zero visibility, emergency procedures, gas management…


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