TDI Full Cave

This is the third stage of training in the series of TDI’s Cave Diver development program. TDI Full Cave introduces advanced cave dive planning, the practical execution of different types of cave systems and scenarios divers encounter are presented. The objective of this course is to expand and critique previous skills accomplished in the Cavern and Introductory Cave Diving programs while combining complex navigational techniques. Emphasis is placed upon dive planning and skill perfection through actual cave penetration.

Qualifications of Graduates:

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in cave diving activities without direct supervision so long as the following limits are adhered to:

• Penetration is limited to the one-third air rule
• 40 M max depth
• No gear removal in cave
• Safety and decompression stops appropriate or necessary
• Maintain a continuous guideline
• Use of Proper Cave diving equipment


• Be a minimum of eighteen
• Have a minimum certification of TDI Introductory Cave Diver or equivalent
• Tec 45 (or equivalent) recommended

The Student must perform the following S-drill and skills during all dives:

• Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
• Equipment check and gear matching
• Bubble check
• Demonstrate specialized propulsion techniques in varying types of flow
• Demonstrate proper buoyancy control
• Demonstrate proper body posture (trim)
• Demonstrate proper stress analysis (detection and management)

The student must perform the following in-water skills during cave dives:

• Properly deploy a guideline
• Properly use directional and non directional line markers
• Properly follow a guideline with eyes open and closed
• Air share with a buddy with eyes open, following the guideline
• Air share with a buddy with lights off and eyes closed and use touch contact, following the guideline
• Remove and replace mask while in contact with guideline
• Demonstrate light / hand signals and touch contact
• Conservation and awareness techniques
• Referencing as back-up navigation
• Demonstrate adequate anti-silting techniques
• Simulate a primary light failure, and use back up light to exit the cave
• Demonstrate lost line and lost diver drills
• Demonstrate the use of reels to perform jumps and gaps required in circuits and traverses
• to maintain a continuous guideline to open water.

Course Duration: 4 Days, 8 dives at Khao Sok and Song Hong

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To book this course, a 20% ( ฿8,000 ) deposit is payable now. The balance is due on arrival.