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Explore diving's ultimate frontier

For those who are already fascinated and addicted by diving in the caverns or know that this is your call, there is only one way to continue......
Become a Full Cave Diver with Pro Dive Mexico.

As a Cave Diver you will go beyond the cavern limits and the area of recreational diving. You will enter an underground world without any daylight. With specialized equipment and training you will be able to penetrate into theses unique cave systems.

If you wonder why you should do the Full Cave Course which takes around min. 8 days?, the answer is very simple.
As soon as you enter these breathtaking underground systems, you know it’s worth all the effort and you just know that you want to see more.

We offer following courses

  • Cavern Diver  ( IANTD (3 day's) or PADI (2 day's)
  • Introduction to Cave Diver  ( IANTD)
  • Combination of Cavern & Introduction to Cave Diver (IANTD)
  • Full Cave Diver (IANTD)

Cavern Diver Course (IANTD (3 day's) or PADI (2 day's)

Minimum Prerequisites:
PADI: Minimum age 18 and Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent.
IANTD: Advanced Open Water Certification or equivalent, 18 years, competence in buoyancy control and a minimum of 10 dives

"Cavern diving" is defined as diving that takes place within sight of a natural light source (the sun) and within 200 linear feet of an open water surface. The Cavern Diver course is an entry-level program to the overhead environment. It is a comprehensive two or three-day program designed to develop the minimum skills and knowledge for cavern diving, and describes the dangers involved with cave diving. Conservation, dive planning, environment, procedures, techniques, problem solving, and other specialized needs of cavern diving are covered.

Cavern diving skill development includes body positioning (trim), buoyancy control, emergency procedures, line following, the use of reels, and propulsion techniques, silting, entanglement, disorientation, and equipment modifications.

The candidate's skill are developed during land drills and reinforced during an open water session in the cenote. Minimum four separate cavern dives are conducted in at least two completely different cavern systems. Upon completion, the student is required to complete a written exam. If you need additional training days, this will be organized with your instructor, you might have to take a break and work independently on skills and knowledge before being able to continue the course.

Certification is available from IANTD ( 3 day's) and PADI (2 day's) .
This training is done with single tanks. But if you plan to further educate yourself as full cave diver, please let us know as we change to double tanks from the start.
Best to have own dive gear and also specized gear. ( take this with you, or rent from us)
PADI in English and Spanish. IANTD in German and English


INFO: If you are thinking of Cavern Diver training and are not Nitrox Certified we recommend the two training levels.

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Introduction To Cave Diver Course (2-3 days)

Minimum Prerequisites:
Cavern Diver Certification

"Cave diving" is any taking place beyond natural light or beyond 200 linear feet from the open water surface.

The Introduction to Cave Diver program is the first level of cave diver training that takes you out of the cavern zone and into the cave.
This course can be combined with the cavern diver course to make a great five to six days of training and a great learning experience.
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Skills learned during this advanced course will allow divers to safely enter cave zones after they have mastered the exercises required for this level.

The program covers the basic principles of cave diving. This 2-3 day course will cover in particular: conservation, dive planning, cave environment, procedures, techniques, problem solving, and other specialized needs of cavern and cave diving

Skills training in the Intro to Cave course includes body positioning, buoyancy control, emergency procedures, line following, propulsion techniques, the use of reels and problem solving. A minimum of four full cave dives are performed in a minimum of two different cave systems. These dives are designed to further develop the skill level and extend the cavern diver’s competence from the cavern into the "cave zone". Limitations are placed on distance, depth, passage size and complexity at this level. Prior to the beginning of the course students will go through an open water evaluation and a cave diving orientation dive to evaluate their techniques. The student is required to complete a written exam. If you need additional training days, this will be organized with your instructor, you might have to take a break and work independently on skills and knowledge before being able to continue the course.

Penetration Maximum of 1/6 of double cylinders or 1/3 on single tanks with "H" of "Y" valve.

INFO: This course is taught in double cylinders. At this level of training you need to own your diving equipment and be diving Nitrox.

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Cavern and Intro To Cave Diver Course (5-6 days)

Minimum Prerequisites:
Advanced Open Water Certification or equivalent, competence in buoyancy control and a minimum of 50 to 100 logged open-water dives.
One of the best courses combining the two courses above for divers with AOWD certification and the passion to get started with cave diving.

If you need additional training days, this will be organized with your instructor, you might have to take a break and work independently on skills and knowledge before being able to continue the course.

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Full Cave Diver Course (8 days)

Minimum Prerequisites:
Advanced Open Water Certification or equivalent, competence in buoyancy control and a minimum of 50 to 100 logged open-water dives.

This is the ultimate goal for most divers. This level opens up new challenges and explorations and most of the times becomes a profession
There are many cave divers doing this for a living, as the demand is high.
This course is not to be taken lightly and your accomplishment of reaching this level is rewarding in itself. It's tough!
Most students take the cavern, intro to cave and full cave diver combo training in one go which takes a minimum of eight days to complete.

This 8-day program covers the course requirements. Full cave diving equipment (double tanks) is utilized from the start.
After completing an open-water evaluation dive to check the cave diving techniques, an orientation dive will also be included prior the beginning of the course, and a minimum of thirteen full cave dives will be performed in several different cave systems over a period of no less than seven days.
The duration of the course can be as long as eight days or more based on student progression and skills.
If you need additional training days, this will be organized with your instructor, you might have to take a break and work independently on skills and knowledge before being able to continue the course.

INFO: At this level of training you need to be Nitrox Certified, the training can be done at the same time. This course is started and completed in double cylinders, and students are highly encouraged to own their own equipment at this point.

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