Cave divers are a breed of scuba divers unto themselves.
They live for the thrill of exploration that comes from a form in inner mastery. One of the biggest challenges ave divers face is the conquering of their mind. Cave divers train to overcome their fears and expand their comfort zones.
“Cave Diving is all about expanding your comfort zone, step by step,” says Patrick Widmann, an advanced cave diving instructor in the Dominican Republic
Intro To Cave Diving by Brian Kakuk Source: Scubadiving.com
There are 5 courses recommended for cave divers to master.
“These Five Courses Will Help You Discover a Deeper Self — Literally”
- Cavern Diver
- Intro to Cave Diving
- Full Cave Diver
- DPV Cave Diver
- Stage Diver
The Cavern Diver course stresses the perfection of a diver's buoyancy techniques as is required to safely navigate ib overhead environments where a variance of as little as 3ft would put you on the ceiling or floor of a cave.
Read on below for more cave diving course insights.
All must relearn buoyancy, given that the jump from open water to overhead environments can be jarring.
“Open water is very forgiving,” says Richards. “Vary 3 to 5 feet and it’s no big deal — but in a cave, that can put you on the floor or ceiling.” To help divers cement a new buoyancy foundation, focusing on fine-tuning trim and breathing, Richards instructs in north Florida’s cave systems. These caves better prepare students for one reason: They have flow. On entry, divers power against a current measured in millions of gallons per day. “Flow affects everything — trim, buoyancy, propulsion,” Richards says.
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