What does diving within the light zone of a cave mean? The area near the cave entrance, where natural light is always available is called the cavern zone. PADI Cavern diving is about having the knowledge and skills to explore these hidden secrets safely.
Who should take this course?
Scuba divers who are up for a challenge and interested in adventure of a different kind. Overhead environments and their spectacular light shows are often the lure of cavern diving. It is an amazing and thrilling experience, which requires excellent buoyancy control.
What will you learn?
Your first dive will prepare you to handle the reel, lay lines and carry a dive light, as well as becoming familiar with hand signals and emergency procedures.
For the remaining three dives, you will enter the cavern staying within the light zone and 40metres/130 feet from the surface at right angles.
You will learn:
How to utilise learned skills from dive one inside the cavern
Organisation, planning and techniques of cavern diving, hazards and problems involved with cavern diving
Navigation, line protocols, depths and distance limits
Line entanglement and breakage, disorientation from permanent lines and other emergency situations during cavern diving
The usage of special equipment (lights, guide lines, reels and redundant breathing systems)
Proper body position, buoyancy control and air-consumption management
Prevention of silting-up during cavern diving
What scuba gear will you use?
Your PADI Instructor may recommend using other accessories, which you will be made familiar with.
Basic scuba diving equipment
Primary dive light
Smaller backup light
Line and Reel
Cavern arrows as direction markers
What learning material do you need?
Contact us for the Cavern outline
Participants must be 18 years of age, or older
Minimum PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, or equivalent from another training agency
Complete a diver medical questionnaire declaring you are in good physical health
This exciting and challenging course consists of knowledge development sections, land drills and four training dives, one outside the cavern and three inside.
Two knowledge development sessions
Four open water dives (one outside and three inside the cavern)
The Maltese Islands can offer great dive sites for cavern diving, so take this opportunity and enroll in this course now at [email protected]
Peak Performance Buoyancy is paramount for cavern divers. It helps to prevent silting up, or rising to the cavern ceiling unexpectedly. Why not improve your buoyancy now, check it out here: PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty
Check out the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, with five specialties you can join this highly-rated scuba diver level.
Remember, the first dive of this PADI Cavern Diver Specialty course may credit as an Adventure Dive towards your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
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