This course is designed to teach trained cave divers how to extend bottom times and/or penetration distance through the use of stage cylinders. Divers will learn to plan dives that may incorporate longer bottom times, complex dive planning, and multiple methods of gas management. With respect to depth, gas mixes, and required decompression, course dives will not exceed the student’s current level of certification and experience level.
The TDI Stage Cave Diver will be familiar with the motivations for extended bottom times and penetration as well as the equipment considerations for this type of diving. The instructor will review proper equipment rigging and streamlining while training for decompression cave dive planning and execution. Cylinder staging techniques as well as multiple cylinder manipulation will also be covered during this program