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Basic Cave

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CDAA – Basic Cave


The aim of this course is to develop the skills and knowledge for Basic Cave diving including the planning, organising, procedures, techniques and problem solving required in a variety of Basic Cave diving situations.


A Cavern site is defined as a body of water that has a maximum depth of 20 metres, slight overhangs, near vertical ascents and where daylight is always visible (limestone caverns, dams, flooded quarries, lakes etc.

A Sinkhole site is defined as a body of fresh water that  has large passages (no restrictions too small for two divers to swim adjacent to each other) and which exceeds 20 metres in depth. The maximum linear penetration allowed is 60 metres.

Please note: Accommodation, food, transport and air fills at Mt. Gambier are not included.



6 theory sessions

Land drills

Pool dive

2 cavern training sessions, a cavern skill assessment dive

3 deep cavern training dives.

3 days in Mt Gambier (6 dives)


Hold an entry level certification for at least 12 months

Be certified Advanced Open Water

Have logged a minimum 25 dives post open water certification, totaling a minimum of 25 hours, with 5 dives to at least 18 metres & 2 night dives

Be at least 18 years of age

Complete a current medical statement & provide 2 passport size photos or a JPEG.



$750 includes CDAA Basic Cave student manual, application forms for access, pool training, dives in Mt Gambier, CDAA registration and membership.

Please note: Any additional training dives may incur a fee to cover applicable costs.


Complete SCUBA unit comprising of twin cylinders, (minimum capacity 1400 litres per cylinder), depth gauge and timing device or computer, the option of two SPG’s depending on whether a manifold is being used, two regulators, one of which has a hose at least 2 metres in length. Mask, fins, (no split fins) suitable exposure protection, line cutting device/dive knife, one primary and  two back-up lights (each capable of lasting the duration of the dive), pencil and slate/wetnotes.

Terms & Conditions

This course is subject to Ocean Divers’ normal Terms & Conditions. By enrolling in this course, you agree to accept all terms and conditions.

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