This course is the third stage of training in the series of Cave Diver development program. You will be trained for advanced cave dive planning, practical execution of different types of cave systems and scenarios that you may encounter as a cave diver. This cave diving course is intended to expand and critique previous skills accomplished in the Cavern and Intro to Cave Diving programs. Emphasis is placed upon dive planning and skill perfection through actual cave penetration.


  • Minimum age 18 
  • Minimum certification as a Introductory Cave Diver 
  • If Decompression dives are to be conducted in training, student must be Decompression Procedures certified or equivalent. This training may conducted concurrently. If courses are taught concurrently, ALL requirements for both courses must be met and registrations processed upon completion 


  • Penetration is limited to the 1/3 air rule 
  • 40 metres / 130 feet maximum depth 
  • No equipment removal in the cave 
  • Safety and decompression stops as appropriate or necessary if

         trained as a Decompression Procedures Diver or equivalent 

  • Maintain a continuous guideline 
  • Proper cave diving equipment is used


Open Water Execution: 8 cave dives are required with a minimum accumulated bottom time of 240 minutes at 3 different sites. At least 1 of these sites should be a location not utilized in training during the cavern or introductory cave courses. For divers entering the cave program without cavern / introductory cave diving certification, 16 cave dives with 420 minutes of total bottom, not including decompression time, are required