RAID Cave 1
Cave diving represents the pinnacle of advanced or technical diving. The skills and techniques required to safely plan and execute cave dives have been applied successfully to wreck, deep open water, reef, and research diving. Before technical diving was an option cave divers were developing techniques and procedures to safely dive in arguably the harshest underwater environment on the planet. Cave divers are the originators or technical diving.
RAID’s range of Cave Diver training programs allow you to develop your skills and knowledge of Cave diving in a safe, progressive and controlled manner under the direct supervision of a RAID Cave Instructor. Building upon your existing knowledge and skills, you will learn and master all the necessary skills needed to cave dive safely and manage the risks associated with cave diving.
The cave 1 program is the cave fundamentals course and includes a range of modern manuals with quizzes and exams. The skills learned in this course are focussed on diving cave safely and responding to emergencies while in the overhead.
The Cave 1 program is a technical open circuit course and must be completed using twinset or sidemount configuration Divers are certified to make limited penetrations of up to 300 metres/1000 feet and can make one ‘Tee’ allowing safe exploration of a side passage. There are no gaps, or jumps included in cave 1, but we have allowed divers to use the rule of thirds rather than sixths.
At RAID, we believe our Cave programs are second to none. They have been developed by a team of experienced, professional cave divers with the main focus on safety, the history of cave diving, and a strong understanding of how modern equipment and an up-to-date knowledge apply to cave diving.
Most importantly, RAID Cave Programs have been developed by men and women who enjoy cave diving, and who want you to appreciate the unique environment as much as they do.
- Be a minimum of 18 years old.
- Be a certified diver for at least 3 months.
- Be certified as a RAID Nitrox, Deep 40 and Master Rescue Diver (or equivalent), and have experience in Navigation and Night/Restricted Visibility diving.
- Submit current Rescue Breathing, CPR Training and Oxygen Provider certificates.
- Have logged 50 hours underwater or 75 dives using open circuit.
- Documented proof of prerequisite requirements must be presented to the Dive Centre for approval prior to any in-water training.