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Why you need special training

Safe cave diving is not as simple as following the Rule of Thirds or learning to dive doubles or sidemount. There are many other important skills you can learn only in a cave diving course. These include:

  • Guideline and Reel Use: Learning to use a reel and guideline is not a do-it-yourself proposition. We devote a significant portion of Cave Diver training to their proper use and give students plenty of opportunity to practice.
  • Specialized Buoyancy Control, Body Position and Propulsion Techniques: Without these, the average diver quickly turns the most pristine cave into a silty, disgusting mess. This not only impairs enjoyment, it is downright dangerous.
  • Equipment Modification: Normal open-water equipment is actually hazardous in caves. Cave Diver training focuses on identifying, acquiring and fine-tuning the special equipment divers need.
  • Dive Planning: Planning a cave dive is nothing at all like planning an open-water dive. In open water, a dive plan may consist solely of waiting to reach a cylinder pressure of 35-70 bars/500-1,000 psi, then surfacing. In contrast, were a cave diver to wait until his or her pressure-gauge hits the “red” zone before exiting, he would likely never see daylight again.
  • Emergency Procedures: Are you ready to help another diver reach the cave entrance while sharing a single gas supply…in total darkness? After Cave Diver training, you will be.

At one time, open-water divers could use most of north-central Florida’s freshwater springs without someone scrutinizing their training and experience. Today, state park authorities and private owners restrict access to certified Cavern and Cave Divers.

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