Full Cave Diver course

This is the second half of the process of becoming a fully certified Cave Diver. It is where we cover more advanced cave diving skills, such as:

  • Simple navigation (jumps and gaps)
  • Complex navigation (circuits and traverses)
  • Oxygen decompression procedures for cave diving


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have 50 or more logged dives
  • Be certified to the NSS-CDS Apprentice Cave Diver level or equivalent
  • Possess Advanced Nitrox and Deco Procedures certification or equivalent

As you will be doing decompression as part of this course, training in deco procedures using oxygen or oxygen-rich gas mixtures is vital. We can combine this with your course, if need be.

Time frames

  • The “Full” Cave Diver course generally takes five days and approximately eight dives.
  • If need be, we can break this into two- or three-day blocks.
  • Adding TDI Advanced Nitrox/Decompression Procedures to the course generally adds at least one additional day.
  • With sufficient notice, we can usually accommodate requests for specific course dates.

Required equipment

  • Mask and flat-bladed scuba fins with adjustable or spring heel straps
  • Adequate thermal protection for prolonged exposure to 21° C/72° F water
  • Sidemount or backmounted doubles harness
  • BC air cell with adequate lift for the cylinders used
  • Either backmounted doubles or two sidemount cylinders
  • Two separate regulator first and second stages
  • At least one mission-capable dive computer
  • Slate or wet notes
  • Two Z-knives or comparable cutting tools
  • One primary light
  • Two backup lights
  • Two safety reels/spools with a total of at least 50 m/150 ft of line
  • Oxygen cylinder for decompression

Be aware than any equipment you use must meet very specific requirements. Learn more…

Items such as cylinders, deco bottles and primary lights, which my be difficult to travel with, are available for rental. Be sure to alert us if you will need any of these.

 Choose your price

Know what you’re getting: Prices include instruction and eLearning fees. Bear in mind, the cost of eLearning, by itself, can be worth anywhere from $140 to $280 or more. Thus, a $640 course from us may actually cost the same as a $500 course from someone else if you have to pay for elearning separately.

Certification cards: We issue these only when earned. Simply taking part in a course does not guarantee certification. For cave courses, certification cards from multiple training agencies may be available. C-cards generally cost around $30 each, depending on agency. Your instructor can tell you more.

“Full” Cave Diver Course

Without Advanced EANx/Deco Procedures
$ 1,500 Includes eLearning
  • Lowest cost option
  • Five days
  • Eight or more dives
  • Inquire about multi-student discounts

“Full” Cave Diver Course

With Advanced EANx/Deco Procedures
$ 1,900 Includes eLearning
  • Save by signing up for all three
  • Six days
  • Ten or more dives
  • Inquire about multi-student discounts
Best value

eLearning included at no extra charge

Computer-aided instruction is an integral part of nearly every course we teach. The Why? is simple: eLearning helps get our students in the water sooner and spend more time there. It’s why we include the cost of any applicable eLearning programs — usually a $140 value — in our courses at no extra charge. This translates directly into an extra day of in-water training. The value of that? Priceless.

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