Cave courses
Cave diving has always been at the very heart of what GUE does so it's no coincidence that our range of cave diver programmes are some of the most comprehensive and respected courses available. Discover for yourself one of the most challenging and rewarding forms of diving - GUE's cave diver courses equip the diver with the skills, knowledge and confidence to safely and competently explore beyond the daylight zone...

The Cave Diver Level 1 (Cave 1) course is an intense diver education programme that acquaints individuals with an understanding of the cave environment, and an appreciation for the subtle dangers often associated with overhead diving.

The course covers the basic principles of cave diving and is designed to introduce the skills and knowledge required for limited penetration into the underwater cave environment. Among its other outcomes: instill environmental awareness; cultivate proficiency in dive-planning; cultivate teamwork; promote an understanding of cave environments; and teach stress management, navigation, conservation, standard and emergency procedures, cave-diving techniques, and an appreciation of the hazards of cave diving.

To qualify for this type of instruction participants do not need prior overhead training, but must have passed a GUE Fundamentals course at a tech rating. They must be proficient divers with advanced buoyancy control skills. GUE does not assume that cave training is for everyone. In fact, only very capable divers, who are quite comfortable in the water should consider this form of diving.
Course content

The Cave 1 course is normally conducted over five days, requires 12 dives (at least 10 cave dives) and a minimum of 40 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work. The classes can currently be run in France, Florida or Mexico. Please get in touch to discuss your training options.

Applicants for a Cave 1 course must:

  • Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters
  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g. DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent
  • Be a nonsmoker
  • Obtain a physician's prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Have earned a GUE Fundamentals 'Technical' certification
  • Have a minimum of 100 dives beyond open water certification
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