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Overhead Environment Diving:

Diving in the overhead environment adds an interesting set of challenges and hazards to a dive team. It is a branch of technical diving that requires that divers follow certain rules in order to do it safely. For those with the dedication and discipline it open up a fantastic underwater world few others ever get to see. The North Florida Springs are part of an unique geology that is not found so extensively in most other places in the world. Technical Cave courses are available to those who are interested. Please contact us for further details.

Cavern Diver- Learn to Dive in the Light Zone of the Cavern:

This course will train you to safely dive in Caverns. It is a course designed to teach you the fundiments upon which your future overhead environment dives will be based. It will provide you an opportunity to see if the overhead world is for you.

Course Structure:
  • Orientation to the overhead environment class.
  • Conduct the confined water skill dive and land drills.
  • Conduct the open water emergency skills dive and cavern dives.
Details:
  • Total course hours: 30 hours
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Prerequisite: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Required Gear: As it is more complex then the normal recreational equipment and configurations vary, please contact the shop for equipment options.
Introduction to Cave- Learn to Enter the Cave:

This course will train you to conduct limited cave dives. Upon successful completion, will be able to conduct cave dives to the limit of your training with the dive equipment you took the course with. This course builds on the Cavern Course fundimentals and forces you reach the next level of overhead environment diving.

Course Structure:
  • Review of Cavern course principles.
  • Orientation to Intro to Cave class.
  • Conduct the confined/limited open water skill dive and land drills.
  • Conduct cave dives, demonstrating appropriate level of planning and responses to emergencies.
Details:
  • Total course hours: About 4 days
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Prerequisite: Cavern Diver
  • Required Gear: As it is more complex then the normal recreational equipment and configurations vary, please contact the shop for equipment options.
Cave Diver- Learn to Dive in Caves:

This is a "full" cave course. During this course, you will learn much more advanced techniques for diving in caves. This is an intensive course designed to test and improve your skills as you progress through the dives. In addition to further improving the skills you learned in the Intro to Cave class, you will learn more complex skills, such as jumps/gaps, circuits, and traverses.

Course Structure:
  • Review of Intro to Cave course principles.
  • Orientation to Cave class.
  • Conduct the confined/limited open water skill dive and land drills.
  • Conduct cave dives, demonstrating appropriate level of planning and responses to emergencies.
Details:
  • Total course hours: About 6 days
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Prerequisite: Intro to Cave Diver
  • Required Gear: As it is more complex then recreational equipment and configurations vary, please contact the shop for equipment options.
Cavern Instructor- Learn to Teach Cavern Diving:

This is a difficult cavern diver instructor course. Upon successful completion, you will be able to teach the Cavern Diver Specialty. As a Cavern Diver you will start your students down the path to becoming overhead environment divers. You will teach them emergency procedures, dive planning, and more. This is a very rigorous instructor course for those experienced Cave Divers who are instructors and ready to take the next step.

Course Structure:
  • Review of the Cavern Diver Specialty Course.
  • Review of Orientation to the overhead environment class.
  • Conduct the confined water skill dive and land drills.
  • Teach the confined water skill dive and land drills.
  • Conduct the open water emergency skills dive and cavern dives.
  • Teach selected sections of the open water emergency skills dive and cavern dives.
Details:
  • Total course hours: About a week
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Prerequisite: Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor, Cave Diver
  • Required Gear: As it is more complex then recreational equipment and configurations vary, please contact the shop for equipment options.