PADI Cavern Specialty
Caverns exists in many areas where scuba divers venture – from freshwater springs to volcanic island walls and limestone coasts. In these locations you’ll find large, dark caverns that seem incredibly inviting, yet are potentially dangerous. The PADI Cavern Diver Specialty course gives you the knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly – allowing you to enter far enough for adventure, but staying within the light zone for an easy exit to open water.
Here in the Yucatan Peninsula, we are lucky enough to have dozens of caverns open to certified divers. They are safe with easy access and filled with ancient wonders that will blow your mind! Mexico is the best place in the world for cavern diving and training.
PADI Cavern Specialty Schedule:
|Day 1:||7am to 4pm||Theory Session, Land Line Drills, 2 Cavern Training Dives|
|Day 2:||7am to 4pm||Theory Session, 2 Cavern Training Dives|
PADI Cavern Diver Specialty4 Cenote Dives
- 2 Theory Session
- 4 Cenote Training Dives
- 2 Different Cenote Sites
What's Not Included:
PADI Cavern Specialty Course Details:
- The PADI Cavern Diver Specialty course consists of two main phases:
1. Knowledge development to understand the techniques and risks involved in cavern diving.
3. Line drill sessions and four cenote dives to practice your skills and explore.
You’ll complete four scuba dives with the first focused on line handling, reel use and emergency procedures outside a cavern; and the next three dives put your new skills to use inside a cavern. You’ll also learn about:
Other specialized equipment for cavern diving, such as lights and redundant breathing systems.
Avoiding disorientation and anti-silting techniques.
Dive planning, including depth and distance limits and air management for cavern diving.
Cavern Training Sessions:
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 40 metres/130 feet from the surface.
You will learn:
- 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, guidelines, reels and redundant breathing systems).
- Proper body position, buoyancy control and air-consumption management.
- Prevention of silting-up during cavern diving.
- To get familiar with the specialized cavern diving equipment.
- How to handle emergencies, lost buddy, out of air situations etc.