The Basic Cave Diver Program 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. It is the first step in being able to dive the sinkholes in Mt Gambier.
Basic Cave training consists of the equivalent of five full days of theory and diving.
A sinkhole is defined as a body of fresh water which can have large passages (no restrictions too small for two divers to swim adjacent to each other) and which exceeds 20 metres in depth. The maximum linear penetration allowed is 60 metres from the surface. The CDAA recommends a maximum depth of 40m on air.
Hold an Advanced Open Water level recreational SCUBA diver award or equivalent 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 25 metres.
Be a minimum of 18 years old.
Successfully complete a diving medical statement. If any contraindications are flagged then a full diving medical examination will be required.
Day #1- 9:00am to 5:00pm (Theory, Gear configuration. Land drills) In Melbourne
Day #2- 9:00am to 5:00pm (Confined Water Session, Theory, Exam) In Melbourne
Day #3- 9:00am to 5:00pm (Dives 1 & 2) In Mt Gambier
Day #4- 9:00am to 5:00pm (Dives 3 & 4) In Mt Gambier
Day #5- 9:00am to 5:00pm (Dives 5 & 6) In Mt Gambier
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