Exciting times for the NSS-CDS

We’ve been busy. And, as a result, 2019 has been a very good year for the NSS-CDS. Membership is at an all-time high, as is attendance at our various conferences and events. There is a new sense of energy throughout the organization, along with the feeling we are making some very positive changes. Here is what we’ve accomplished in just the past month.

Major standards revision

At its September 9 meeting, the NSS-CDS Board of Directors approved one of the most significant training standards upgrades in the past several decades. The new standards fundamentally change how students will become certified Cave Divers through the CDS. Among their goals:

  • Raise the bar for entering Cave Diver training.
  • Help ensure CDS Cave Divers master more in the way of knowledge and skills.
  • Better reflect how today’s cave instructors actually teach.
  • Give instructors more flexibility in how they teach.

You can learn more here.

A new look

At its September 9 meeting, the Board also approved:

  • A revision to the existing NSS-CDS logo which uses more modern and soothing colors.
  • An alternate, block-letter logo we can use in situations where the old logo may not be large enough to be legible. This often occurs in digital media.

The new logos appear at the top of this page.


The NSS-CDS will be exhibiting at the 2019 DEMA Show, November 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center. You will find us in Booth 2621. This is at the very front of the Technical Diving Resource Center. If you are interested in becoming a CDS member, student or instructor, stop by and see us.

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