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Training towards tech and trimix

Discussion in 'NSS-CDS: National Speleological Society - Cave Div' started by DANM, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. DANM

    DANM Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: CAPE CORAL, FL
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    Hi;
    I have been looking into getting into tech diving. a few people suggested instead of intro to tech, to take cavern and intro to cave because of the better training. I may have an instructor, but he is naui and only does cavern, and it has been hard to schedual. anouther one does cavern and basic cave and that is an nss-cds instructor. what can I expect for pricing, i'm in sw florida and figure i'll have to go to one of the springs in north fl. thanks for your help. Dan
     
  2. Tienuts

    Tienuts Instructor, Scuba

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    Cave training is some of the best training you can get. With the correct instructor, so is trimix training. Both will task load you, stress you, and build your skills, and eventually give you confidence.

    If you decide to take cavern, I would suggest going up to North Florida and taking cavern and intro with one of the instructors up there.
     
  3. DANM

    DANM Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: CAPE CORAL, FL
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    thanks for your response, Dan
     
  4. ianr33

    ianr33 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    Depends what sort of diving you want to do. If you want to dive caves then do the cave course,if you are more interested in wrecks then do a deco course . If you end up diving caves seriously then you will need to do a deco and maybe trimix course as well sooner or later.

    I did my cave training after several years of doing deco dives in doubles and drysuit. Trying to learn doubles,drysuit,stages,deco and overhead all at the same time would be major task loading. IMHO some previous tech training is very useful.

    My cavern and into courses were each $300. Full Cave was $600. Advanced Nitrox/Deco (normally done together) is probably around $600 +boat rides,fills and lots of gear.
     
  5. DANM

    DANM Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: CAPE CORAL, FL
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    thanks for your help, reason for cavern and intro was to then lead to tech and then advanced nitrox and deco. these were just the best steps twards doing the deeper wrecks with penetration which is why the overhead environment classes
     
  6. Dsix36

    Dsix36 Solo Diver

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    I have been diving the local wrecks for several years. I have been referred to as "The Silt King" because of my kick style and what the vis is like inside a wreck after I have been there. Ask Tienuts if this is true (He swears that I was tring to kill him).

    Fortunately, I took a cave class (with Tienuts). This has made my wreck diving much easier and more pleasant for everyone involved.

    Obviously, I think that a cave class will make you a better diver. I know that it did me.
     
  7. ucfdiver

    ucfdiver DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Orlando, FL
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    I paid $500 for Basic Cave, and $225 for Cavern. I felt like I got a great deal of knowledge for the price from both of them. Find the instructor for you, and then figure out how you can afford it, don't make the mistake of finding the price you want, and settling for an instructor.
     
  8. DANM

    DANM Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: CAPE CORAL, FL
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    thanks for all your help guys, i realy appreciate it, dan
     
  9. DANM

    DANM Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: CAPE CORAL, FL
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    finished my cavern and intro(basic cave) this past weekend. Mike O'Leary was my instructor and he is excellent, i'm sure i'll do further training with him later. dan
     
  10. sskasser

    sskasser Cave Instructor

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    Congrats Dan! Welcome to the highly addictive world cave diving!
     

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