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Basic Cave

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.

Defined as body of water which has a maximum depth of 20 metres, slight overhangs, near vertical ascents and where daylight is always visible (eg limestone caverns, dams, flooded quarries, lakes etc). The maximum linear penetration allowed is 40 metres from the surface.


Course Content

Basic Cave training consists of the equivalent of five full days of theory and diving.

Theory sessions, land drills & pool dive over 2 days

3 days in Mt Gambier – 6 dives made up of training, skills assessment & site dives


Hold an entry level certification for at least 12 months

Be certified Advanced Open Water

Have logged a minimum of 50 dives (post Open Water level) totalling a minimum of 25 hours, including at least two night dives and five dives deeper than 20 metres.

Be at least 18 years of age

Complete a current medical statement, if any contraindications are flagged then a full diving medical examination will be required.

Provide 2 passport size photos or a JPEG.



Includes CDAA Basic Cave student notes, application forms for access, pool training, dives in Mt Gambier, use of twin tanks if required, CDAA registration and membership.

Please note: Accommodation, food, transport and air fills at Mt. Gambier are not included. Any additional training dives may incur a fee to cover applicable costs.


Suitable exposure suit (drysuit or wetsuit) for >10 degrees water

Mask and fins (straps taped or replaced with velcro/spring heels respectively)

Small sharp cutting device

Dive computer

BCD or Wing/Backplate/Harness

Twin cylinders combined minimum capacity of 3000 litres

Two regulator first stages each with one second stage attached, one of which has a hose that is at least 2 metres in length

One primary and two back up lights

Submersible decompression tables

Wetnotes or pencil and slate

Two submersible pressure gauges (SPG) if using a twin independent system (only 1 required if using an isolation manifold)

Primary reel with a minimum of 100m of line (may be supplied by instructor)

2 personal line markers (cookies)

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

November 14
223a East Boundary Road


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