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PSAI Cavern and Intro Cave Diver course


Want to take take the first steps towards becoming a Cave Diver and learning how to safely explore underwater caves? Check out the video below to see what to expect from cave training, and contact Rick at i.thompson1@umiami.edu to sign up! 

Course details

  • January 7th-13th (7 training days total)

  • Course tuition: $1200 (includes site entrance fees, materials, and certification fees)

  • Affordable group lodging can be arranged in the High Springs area 
  • Class  limited to three students
  • Instructors: Rick Thompson and Steve Cushman

Course Descriptions

The Professional Scuba Association International’s (PSAI) Cavern Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to enter areas where direct vertical access is not possible while using proper techniques. This includes overhangs, ledges, simple openings and caverns. This
course is conducted in the “daylight zone” of any solid (rock) overhead.

The Intro to Cave Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to make limited penetrations into the cave environment where vertical access is not possible using proper techniques. This includes a variety of underwater cave zones found throughout the world in both fresh and salt water environments. This course takes the diver beyond the “daylight zone” of the cave overhead environment. The course instructs the diver in basic cave diving skills. The course provides the diver with knowledge and basic skills for limited penetrations in the cave environment using single cylinders. The Rule of Third’s shall apply as the minimum for gas management. If the student is using doubles then the 1/6 gas management rule is the minimum. The Intro to Cave Diver course is limited to main line (Gold Line) penetration only – no jumps, gaps, traverses or circuits are allowed. No restrictions or navigational decisions (“Y’s” or “T’s”) are allowed. No decompression. 

Course Equipment Requirements

  • Minimum cylinder requirements are 2039 free liters volume (72 cubic feet) with a dual outlet valve. (DIN is required). Backmount doubles or two sidemounted cylinders are highly recommended. 
  • Two regulators, one with a long hose minimum length 1.5 meters (5 feet) connected to primary second stage.
  • SPG attached to one of the regulators.
  • LP hoses for BCD inflation and dry suit if used.
  • BCD with sufficient lift a minimum of 14 Kg or 30 lb for a single cylinder (a minimum of 27 Kg or 60 lb for doubles) to adequately support the required dive equipment and tow a fellow diver in an emergency. Back mount BCDs are highly recommended.
  • Appropriate back plate and harness or other type BCD (recommended to have at 
  • least one shoulder quick release clip).
  • Thermal protection suitable for dive environment (5mm+ minimum recommendation)
  • One primary light
  • Two backup lights
  • Dive computer plus redundant timing and depth device(s). Computer must be suitable for course i.e. multi gas or air, and if a computer is not used then backup slates and tables must be carried.
  • Mask plus redundant mask.
  • Primary reel.
  • 2 Safety reels/spools
  • Two Cutting Devices
  • Fins.
  • 2 Slates and pencils (or wet notes)
  • 3 Line arrows
Earlier Event: November 12
Rescue a Reef Trip
Later Event: January 24
First Meeting of the semester!