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Basic Cave Diver
Technical Courses

From $950.00

Duration 5 Days

The Basic Cave Course is the amalgamation of skills and knowledge necessary to safely dive in Cavern and Sinkhole rated sites. Training covers areas that may have zero visibility and the potential for unlimited visibility. A maximum depth of 40m is recommended. Theory discussed in the course includes:

  • CDAA history, natural history
  • Equipment considerations
  • Buoyancy and anti-silting
  • Communications
  • Reel and guideline use
  • Gas management,
  • Physiological considerations
  • Decompression
  • Access procedures
  • Dive planning
  • Emergency procedures, hazards
  • Accident analysis


Skill Sessions include reel use, line placement techniques, reel locking and abandonment, blackout line following, air sharing while following a line, buoyancy and anti-silting techniques, communications, emergency management, climbing and belaying techniques. The course includes six dives in CDAA rated Caverns and Sinkholes located in Mt Gambier (South Australia).


Before commencement of a CDAA Deep Cavern diver training program the candidate must:

  • Hold an Advanced Open Water level recreational SCUBA diver award and be qualified as an Open Water Diver for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Have logged a minimum of 25 dives (post Advanced Open Water level) totalling a minimum of 20 hours, including at least two night dives and five dives deeper than 25m.
  • Minimum age 18 years.
  • Successfully complete a diving medical statement.


Night #1- 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Perth Scuba

Night #2- 6:00am to 9:00pm at Perth Scuba

Day #3- 9:00am to 5:00pm CW Session (location TBA)

Day #3- 9:00am to 5:00pm (2 Dives) (location TBA)

Day #4- 9:00am to 5:00pm (2 Dives) (location TBA)

Day #5- 9:00am to 2:00pm (2 Dives) (location TBA)

Includes: Instruction, CDAA Deep Cavern Manual, Certificate

Not Included: Airfills, Certification & Membership Fees ($110.00)

All equipment must be provided by student or can be hired at a special course price.