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Advanced Cave

CDAA – Advanced Cave


An Advanced Cave site is defined as an enclosed body of water containing silt, darkness zones, and passages that at times are not large enough for two divers to swim alongside each other. Advanced Cave sites are of unlimited penetration distance.

The Advanced Cave course develops skills and knowledge for advanced (staged) cave diving including the planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, self reliance and problem solving used in a variety of cave diving situations.

Course Content

Theory:  equipment, guideline procedures, communications, restrictions, access procedures, dive planning, decompression review, mapping, accident analysis, cave conservation.

Skills Sessions: equipment critique, S drills, jump reel use, lost line search, black out drill, gear removal / restriction exercise, mask and regulator change over, valve shutdowns, entanglement removal / line cutting, stress management exercise, air sharing through restrictions, stage tank use/remove/replace.

Supervised Dives: 7 dives in CDAA rated cavern and advanced cave sites, including two dives in Tank Cave.


Before commencement of a CDAA Advanced Cave Diver training program the candidate must:

Be 18 years of age

Hold a CDAA Cave Diver award

Have logged a minimum of 25 cave dives (outside of course dives) totaling a minimum of 25 hours with no more than 3 dives to be logged per day

Have experience in at least 4 different dive sites preferably in two different areas eg Nullarbor, NSW, Mt Gambier, overseas



Includes CDAA Advanced Cave student notes and CDAA registration.

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


Equipment as required for CDAA Cave

One primary and two back up lights, each capable of lasting the duration of the dive

Pencil and slate, or wet notes

Primary reel with minimum 100m of line

3 x jump reels/spools each with minimum of 15m of line

6 personal markers (cookies), 2 line arrows

Stage tank minimum capacity of 1200 litres with suitable attachment clips (eg. bolt snaps) and a stage regulator with single regulator on a suggested hose length of 60cm, SPG on a short hose (12cm)

Want to start?

Contact Ocean Divers at info@oceandivers.com.au or call 9579 2600

A $150.00 deposit is required.

You will receive your CDAA Digital manual to read over before the first session of the course.


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.

Next Course

September 4
223a East Boundary Road


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