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NSS-CDS Apprentice Cave Diver

  • 8 hours
  • Extreme Exposure|DiverCity Scuba

Service Description

Course Description The Apprentice Cave Diver course is Part I of a two-part process leading to full NSS-CDS Cave Diver certification. The Apprentice course focuses primarily on limited penetration along the main line. It is also where students learn and master critical emergency skills. The Apprentice course further provides students with the opportunity to gain limited experience and practice fundamental cave diving skills prior to completing the requirements for full Cave Diver certification. Course Equipment Requirements Each participant must have: Mask and fins Adequate exposure protection for depth, time and water temperature Sidemount/backmount harness and air cell with sufficient lift to support cylinders used Two sidemount cylinders or set of manifolded doubles capable of providing a starting gas volume of at least 4,200 L/150 ft3 Two regulator first-stages, each with a single second stage. At least one first stage must have a 2.0 m/7.0 ft second-stage hose. At least one dive computer capable of monitoring exposure to all gas mixtures used At least two cutting tools capable of dealing with guideline entanglement Primary dive light with a rated burn time of 150 percent of expect dive time Two backup dive lights One primary reel per team with minimum of 75 m/250 ft of guideline Two safety reels/spools per diver, each with least 30 m/100 ft of guideline At least two directional and two nondirectional line markers Course Prerequisites To participate in the NSS-CDS Apprentice Cave Diver course, students must: Be at least 18 years old. Have logged at least 50 dives. Possess Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent certification from a widely recognized diver training organization, or equivalent experience. Possess entry-level Nitrox Diver or equivalent certification from a widely recognized diver training organization. This training may take place concurrently with the non-certification CDS Basics orientation or Apprentice Cave. Additionally, students must either: Provide proof of certification in Technical Sidemount or some form of Basics/Fundamentals/Essentials from a widely recognized technical diver training organization, or… Provide proof of equivalent experience in sidemount or backmounted doubles. Additionally, instructors must screen and evaluate students to ensure they possess adequate buoyancy, trim and propulsion skills.

Contact Details

  • 18481 High Springs Main St, High Springs, FL 32643, USA


  • Bella Bay Divers, State Road 52, Hudson, FL, USA


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