Cave Diver

PSAI México teaches cave diving courses.

PSAI México Cave Diving Course ManualPSAI offers their divers a choice of a modified “Traditional Approach” or “The Modern Approach” in the progression of PSAI Cave Diving certification.

The major premise of the Modern Approach is to give the diver all the information, tools, skills and in water training experience, in order that when they are in the cave environment, they have a “full tool box” to deal with it and gain further experience as they continue to dive.

The Traditional Approach

Cavern Diver Course (approx. 2 days)
Intro to Cave Diver Course (approx. 2 days)
Apprentice Cave Diver Course (approx. 2-3 days)
Full Cave Diver Course (approx. 2-3 days)

The Modern Approach

Comprehensive Full Cave Diver Course (approx. 7-8 days)

Course Contents Include

  • Cave Diving Training & the Part of PSAI in the History of Cave Diving
  • An Overview of the History of Cave Diving
  • Mastering Buoyancy for Cave Diving
  • Navigation with Guideline
  • Planning the Dive
  • The Use of Nitrox for Cave Diving
  • Decompression Illness
  • Breathing Gas Management
  • Stress and Attitude
  • Handling Emergencies in the Cave Environment
  • Review of Accident Analysis
  • Cave Exploration
  • Protecting the Fragile Cave Environment

Intro to Cave Diver

The PSAI Intro to Cave Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to make limited penetrations into the cave environment where vertical access is not possible. This includes a variety of underwater cave zones found throughout the world in both fresh and salt water environments. This course takes the diver beyond the “daylight zone” of the cavern overhead environment. The course instructs the diver in basic cave diving skills. The maximum depth of this course shall be limited to 40m (130 feet). The dives are conducted within the no-stop dive table or dive computer limits (staged decompression is not allowed). The course provides the diver with knowledge and basic skills for limited penetrations in the cave environment using single cylinders. The Rule of Third’s shall apply as the minimum for gas management. If the candidate is using doubles then the 1/6 gas management rule is the minimum. The Intro to Cave Diver course is limited to main line penetration only – no jumps, gaps, traverses or circuits are allowed.

Apprentice Cave Diver

The Professional Scuba Association International’s (PSAI) Apprentice Cave Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to enter the cave environment where vertical access is not possible. This includes a variety of underwater cave zones found throughout the world in both fresh and salt water environments. This course takes the diver beyond the “daylight zone” of the cavern overhead environment. The maximum depth of this course shall be limited to 40m (130 feet). Visibility must be at least 6 meters (20 feet).The Rule of Third’s shall apply as the minimum for gas management. Decompression for this course shall be limited to a single stop on one (1) deco mix. Stage cylinders to extend the range of penetration are prohibited. Simple jumps and gaps are permitted. Once certified, the Apprentice Cave Diver is not allowed to do traverses or circuits unless under the direct supervision of a PSAI Full Cave Instructor.

The PSAI Apprentice Cave Diver certification is a temporary certification with a time limit of one (1) year from the date of issuance. The certified PSAI Apprentice Cave Diver must (is expected), in that effective certification period of one (1) year, to complete training by taking the PSAI Full Cave Diver course. If the diver fails to complete Full Cave training within the one (1) year effective period, upon expiration, the diver will be certified to the PSAI Intro to Cave Diver level and be required to abide by the constraints of that level. In order for the diver, whose Apprentice Cave Diver certification has expired, to continue to progress in cave diving, the Apprentice Cave Diver course must be repeated.

Full Cave Diver

The Professional Scuba Association International’s (PSAI) Full Cave Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to enter the cave environment where vertical access is not possible. This includes a variety of underwater cave zones found throughout the world in both fresh and salt water environments. This course takes the diver beyond the “daylight zone” of the cavern overhead environment. The maximum depth of this course shall be limited to 40m (130 feet). Visibility must be at least 6 meters (20 feet). The Rule of Third’s shall apply as the minimum for gas management.

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