ANDI Cave & Cavern Courses

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Level Two

Cavern Diver Course

A course designed with no decompression and allows you to dive into a cavern zone carrying only a single tank and RBS. You will do penetration and still stay in the daylight zone. Skills taught are based around your safety such as out of air drills, line laying. This can all be done in a period of just only three to four days.

SafeAir Cavern Diver Limitations: May use all Nitrox mixtures (to 50%) to 30 m/100 fsw performing No-Deco-Required profiles with 2 cylinders and 2 gases, RBS included, within the daylight zone of a cave entrance or cavern with less than 15 m/50 ft of penetration. RBS is required.

Side Mount Diving Course

Can be run in conjunction with cavern/cave courses.  Sidemount is a way to dive while carrying your tanks at the side of your torso, not on your back. Most divers find this way to be more comfortable then carrying twins on your back. It is much easier to put on your equipment and then put on your tanks once you have entered the water. I will show you the proper equipment configurations used to mount your tanks on each side with out using tanks on your back.

Level Three

Cave Diver Course

IF you thought going into that cavern was exciting, how about being able to do full penetration. Double tanks, line laying, decompression diving, where does all this training end??? Learn the proper procedures for lost buddy situations, if you get lost off the main line and how to get out of a entanglement situation. You are almost there.

Cave Diver – Level 3 Limitations: May use all Nitrox and Oxygen mixtures to 50 m (165 fsw) during decompression profiles limited to a max of 30 minutes deco-time and 9 m (30 fsw) max stop depth using 3 cylinders and 3 gases within a cave environment.

Advanced Sidemount Diving Course

The Advanced Sidemount is one of the newest courses added to the long list of training that ANDI has to offer. Advanced skills and procedures will be taught to show you how to do some real small hole diving in a overhead environment whether it be a wreck or a cave.  A perfect addition for serious cave divers.

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Level Four

Full Cave Course

During the full cave course you will be using full technical equipment. While on the dive you will learn how to deal with smaller restrictions and also how to do Jumps and gaps. This course will take you to the ultimate level. There is no need to take a special Stage diving course, since during level 4 full cave diver training the student will be trained on staging tanks also. On two of the dives the student will stage one tank and on two other dives students will be staging two tanks for additional penetration.”

Full Cave L4 Limitations: May use SafeAir and Oxygen mixtures without limits on the deco obligations, dive run times, number of cylinders or equipment configurations at a maximum depth of 50 m/ 165 fsw or 4.5 ata PN2 within a cave environment.

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Level Five

Cave Exploration Course

Taking things to the extreme. Learn to how to dive deep caves safely utilizing the Optimum mixes of oxygen and helium. The last thing you want to be is narked in a over head area. We will show you how to get rid of the narcosis problems and also the oxygen problems. A clear head is definitely needed in a cave. Topics such as how to set up a habitat, breathing 02 while in a habitat, staging multiple tanks in the cave.

Cave Explorer L5 Limitations: May use SafeAir, Helium and Oxygen mixtures without limitations within a cave environment. Attainable depths are relative to experience levels and the quality of available technical support.

Note:  All Cave courses can be taught on Open Circuit (sidemount / backmount) or Rebreather. The student has to be qualified with the appropriate configuration/unit at the equivalent level.

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ANDI Cave Course Prerequisites

See also ANDI Course Standards

Cave Diver Level

Level 2 Cavern – CSU + AOW or equivalent.

Level 3 Cave – CVN + TSD or equivalent.

Level 4 Cave – CAV + ERD + 100 dives + 10 dives deeper then 30 meters.

Level 5 Cave – CAV + TMD + 200 dives + 50 deco dives + 25 Cave dives.

Instructor Level

Level 2– Cavern Instructor + Full Cave

Level 3 -Cavern Instructor + Full Cave + Taught 6 Cavern courses

Level 4 – Level 3 cave Instructor + Full Cave + Taught 6 Level 3 Cave Courses

Level 5 – Level 4 Instructor + Full cave + Trimix Instructor + Taught 6 level 4 Cave courses.


Basic Sidemount – Advanced diver + 20 logged dives

Advanced Sidemount – Level 3 Technical Wreck or Level 4 Full cave + 50 overhead environment dives.

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