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Dive RAID Cave Diver 1

Cave diving represents the pinnacle of advanced or technical diving. The skills and techniques required to safely plan and execute cave dives have been applied successfully to wreck, deep open water, reef, and research diving. Before technical diving was an option cave divers were developing techniques and procedures to safely dive in arguably the harshest underwater environment on the planet. Cave divers are the originators or technical diving.

RAID CAVE 1 DIVER 

RAID's range of Cave Diver training programs allow you to develop your skills and knowledge of Cave diving in a safe, progressive and controlled manner under the direct supervision of a RAID Cave Instructor.

Building upon your existing knowledge and skills, you will learn and master all the necessary skills needed to cave dive safely and manage the risks associated with cave diving.

The cave 1 program is the cave fundamentals course and includes a range of modern manuals with quizzes and exams. The skills learned in this course are focussed on diving cave safely and responding to emergencies while in the overhead.

The Cave 1 program is a technical open circuit course and must be completed using twinset or sidemount configuration Divers are certified to make limited penetrations of up to 300 metres/1000 feet and can make one 'Tee' allowing safe exploration of a side passage. There are no gaps, or jumps included in cave 1, but we have allowed divers to use the rule of thirds rather than sixths.

At RAID, we believe our Cave programs are second to none. They have been developed by a team of experienced, professional cave divers with the main focus on safety, the history of cave diving, and a strong understanding of how modern equipment and an up-to-date knowledge apply to cave diving.

Most importantly, RAID Cave Programs have been developed by men and women who enjoy cave diving, and who want you to appreciate the unique environment as much as they do.

RAID Cave 1 Diver: PURPOSE and CERTIFICATION LIMITS

This course is designed to safely train students to:

- Dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet.

- Penetrate to a maximum of 300m on the mainline only penetration or 1/3 starting pressure whichever is most conservative.

- Complete one tee for side passage exploration.

NOTE:THE CAVE 1 COURSE IS NOT A DECOMPRESSION COURSE; HOWEVER, RAID SUGGESTS THAT EACH DIVE CONCLUDES WITH A MINIMUM OF A THREE-MINUTE SAFETY STOP.

RAID Cave 1 Diver: STUDENT PREREQUISITES

- Be a minimum of 18 years old.

- Be a certified diver for at least 3 months.

- Be certified as a RAID Nitrox, Deep 40 and Master Rescue Diver (or equivalent) and have experience in Navigation and Night/Restricted Visibility diving.

- Submit current Rescue Breathing, CPR Training and Oxygen Provider certificates.

- Have logged 50 hours underwater or 75 dives using open circuit.

- Documented proof of prerequisite requirements must be presented to the Dive Centre for approval prior to any in water training.

NOTE: THE RAID CAVERN DIVER CANNOT BE CREDITED TOWARDS CAVE 1 DIVER

RAID Cave 1 Diver: STUDENT TO INSTRUCTOR RATIOS

- Use your discretion as a RAID (Instructor) Diver to determine whether the conditions warrant reducing the maximum ratios as stated below. Always consider group control and your safety.

- Confined Water or Pool Training: - Maximum ratio: 6:1 with a maximum depth of 6m

- It is highly recommended that a certified RAID assistant be utilised.

- Overhead Training: - Maximum ratio:3:1

- When the water temperature is 6°C / 43°F and below or the visibility is less than 5m the ratio is reduced to 2:1.

RAID Cave 1 Diver: IN WATER TRAINING

- Dive times for the DIVER course are a minimum of:

- Confined water: Adequate time to show competency of all skills.

- Open Water: 4 hours underwater (surface to surface)

RAID Cave 1 Diver: CERTIFIED RAID INSTRUCTOR

- A certified RAID Cave 1 instructor is defined as an in- status and insured RAID Cave instructor or higher.

- An Instructor wishing to teach Cave 1 diver to Sidemount students must be a RAID Sidemount Instructor and a RAID Cave Instructor.
- The instructor must be present and in direct supervision of ALL segments of training always, during this course.

RAID Cave 1 Diver: CERTIFIED RAID ASSISTANT

- A RAID DiveMaster or higher who is certified as a RAID Cave 2 diver or higher

RAID Cave 1 Diver: EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

For this course, the instructor and students will be required to have use of the following as a minimum:

- Back Gas Rig

- Twin cylinders with an isolation manifold and DIN valves. Twin Cu80’s or Twin 12 litre are highly recommended (minimum 10 litre)

- Right hand post regulator

- DIN First stage, primary regulator with 2m hose including piston clip for clipping off regulator. This regulator MUST be HOG looped.

- One low-pressure inflator hose for BCD or Dry suit.

- Left Hand post regulator

- DIN First stage with standard regulator hose and backup second stage with neck bungee.

- One low-pressure inflator hose for BCD or Dry suit.

- One SPG on a long hose with piston clip for attaching to D Ring when stowed.

NOTE: Divers must have a primary and backup buoyancy system. Either a single bladder wing and drysuit or a double bladdered wing. If a double-bladder wing is used, only one LP inflator should be connected at a time.

Buoyancy Compensator: Wing unit with harness and backplate adequate for the environment.

Sidemount configuration for the regulators and buoyancy devices

Consult the RAID sidemount standards

- Accessories Exposure Protection

- 2 x dive computer

- 1 x wet-notes

- 2 x knives/cutting devices

- 1 x Primary Mask

- 1 x Backup Mask

- 1 x primary dive light

- 2 x backup lights

- 5 x Directional markers (Arrows)

- 5 x Non-directional markers (Cookies)

- Cave helmet optional

- 1 x exposure suit – If a dry suit is worn the dry suit and BCD connectors must be compatible with either inflator hose.

- Smartphone, Tablet or Laptop with Deco Software

- Access to an Oxygen analyser, which must be used to verify oxygen content for all cylinders being used.

- First aid and emergency oxygen kit

RAID Cave 1 Diver: CERTIFICATION

Will be awarded once the following minimum criteria have been met.

- All Quizzes and exams are completed and passed.

- All confined and Open Water skills are completed and signed off through the RAID Website by both the RAID Cave Instructor and student.

- The student has logged all their training dives online in their personnel “E-Logbook”.

- The RAID Dive Centre has confirmed certification on line through the RAID website.

READINESS FOR CONFINED WATER TRAINING
Before commencing the confined water training students must pass all the READINESS skill training.
SWIM TEST
The purpose of the swim test is to ensure that students have a minimum level of fitness to enter the program. Advise students to practice beforehand, so that when they start the in water training they can easily pass the requirements.

STAMINA AND CHALLENGE SKILLS
In water too deep in which to stand, while wearing full technical equipment students must:

- Swim 300 metres / 300 yards underwater continuously, without stopping while recording a gas consumption calculation (SAC Rate).

- Tow an inert diver who is also fully equipped with full technical SCUBA equipment, for 150 metres / 150 yards.

- Following exhalation, without removing the second stage from the mouth, swim horizontally for 10 metres to a dive buddy. While signalling “out of air” receive the donor’s regulator and breathe. After 3 breaths, the buddy team must swim 50 metres / 50 yards while sharing gas. Divers must alternate the roles of donor and receiver.

- Repeat skill #3 while the out of air diver is not wearing a mask. Once the distance is covered, the out of air diver deploys the backup mask. Alternate the role of donor and receiver.

Follow a pre-set course along a line, wearing a blackout mask or mask cover while maintaining neutral buoyancy. This skill may not be conducted deeper than 6m.

OR

While neutrally buoyant, follow a pre-set course along a line while not wearing a mask. Once the skill has been completed, replace backup mask. This skill may not be conducted deeper than 6m

NOTE: Students must be accompanied always.

NOTE: All swim tests must be passed before the end of the program. If any swim is failed it can be redone at any time prior to certification. Any swims that may have been completed within the last three (3) months may be credited.

Dive RAID Cave Diver 1

 

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