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Cave Dive Florida is operated by Jim Wyatt, offering personalized Cavern through full Cave Diver certification classes in High Springs, Florida.

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If you have decided to take the plunge and get cave training give me a call. We have the most beautiful underwater caves in the U.S.A. right here in North Florida. Cave diving is an exhilirating activity and most people who complete their cave training report it is the best and most thorough recreational diver training they have ever undertaken. If you are ready for some fun and serious diving, we will help greatly increase your diving skills all the way around. Buoyancy control, breathing control, swim positioning, gear configuration refinements, awareness, decompression theory and much much more is in store for you!!

Cave Classes Listed Below. Follow the links for course descriptions.
See The Overall Prerequisites Regarding Tec Training For These Cave Classes

Cavern Diver Course. (2-3 days). This course leads to certification as a cavern diver. Your standard/basic open water gear is all you need to enroll in this class. This course is not a prerequisite for nor does it count toward an apprentice cave certification. Students may only use single tanks.

Price includes eLearning

Apprentice Cave Course-(4-5 days)This NSS-CDS course is the entry level course for cave diving. Minimum of four-five days and eight dives.

Price includes eLearning

Cave Diver Course
(4-5 days)This course leads to certification as a full cave diver. Participant must have an apprentice cave diver certification.


Price includes eLearning

Advanced Cave Diver Course
The advanced cave diver course combines Full cave and stage cave


NSS-CDS Basics Orientation Course
120 minutes Bottom Time- One Day
In order to enroll in the NSS-CDS Apprentice Cave course students must have prior training in back or sidemounted doubles and demonstrate mastery in buoyancy control, trim and propulsion for cave diving. This class will accomplish that goal.

$300 per student

Apprentice Cave and Advanced Nitrox Diver Course
(7 days)This is one of our most commonly requested courses. There are 12 dives required at a minimum in order to complete this set of courses. All divers must be certified at least to the Advanced Open water level and nitrox prior to participation in this course.

Price includes eLearning

Stage Cave Diver Course (2 days)This course is designed to teach divers how to safely extend penetration distance into cave systems using single or multiple stage bottles.


Trimix Cave Diver Course (7 days)This course is designed to teach divers how to safely extend depth up to a maximum of 300 feet using helium mixtures.


Cave Divemaster and Instructor Internships This is some information regarding the cave divemaster programs and how to become an NSS-CDS cave instructor.

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Instructor Development Courses programs from Open Water Diver Instructor through Technical Cave, and Trimix Diver Instructor, First Aid, CPR and AED. IANTD, PADI/DSAT Instructor Programs.

We can certify you at all Instructor levels for the PADI/DSAT Open Circuit Technical Diver Programs.


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PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer ratings available in cave country.

PADI Instructors wishing to gain additional specialty instructor ratings should contact me. I can train you to become a specialty instructor in a lot of different ratings.

DSAT/PADI Tec-Rec Courses (4 days)
Tec-40 and Tec-45.
See This Link for more detailed course descriptions
Call Jim for DSAT instructor training courses
These clases may be conducted in a cave environment for students who are certified as Full Cave Divers who have at least 60 cave dives logged.

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PADI Tec Cave Diving

Course fees include textbooks, eLearning for cavern, apprentice and full cave. Course fees DO NOT include park entry fees, gas fills, rental equipment, or trimix gas.    These prices are subject to change without notice. Course fees are due on day one of class and are payable in cash

Tec Trimix Instructor Training Course

Tec Diver Instructor Training Course

All divers participating in our training programs must have diver protection insurance. This is available through DAN or Dive Assure. Please contact Jim if you have questions about this coverage which is less than $100/year.Please bring proof of coverage with you as well as all of your relevant diver certification cards. Also if you answer YES to any questions on the medical questionnaire bring clearance to dive from your physician.

Advanced Nitrox and Cave Decompression Procedures
This is a combination course for Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures Diver.


Multi student discounts are available

If you have registered for a class make sure you read THIS LINK

All divers who get certified through the NSS-CDS automatically get a years' membership in the CDS

High Springs, Florida
The Heart of Cave Country

More interesting and informative links below.
Cave/Cavern Diver Guide Service Some useful formulas
How to choose your instructor Blueprint for Survival
Jim Wyatt's Diving Biography Technical Diver/Instructor Training
Exploration of The Lost Sea Gas Matching dissimilar tank volumes
Read about wreck divers getting addicted to cave diving NSS-CDS Student Workbook
If you have signed up for a class read this Shearwater Petrel Download
What You Will Learn in My Cave Classes Why Not Violate The Rule of Thirds
PADI Tec Cave / Tec 40 Blog 2019 Line Changes

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Call or Text Jim at 352-363-0013

Other Training Considerations

Preventing Cave Damage -- see the NSS-CDS brochure
NSS-CDS Webinar Cave Diving Overview
Updated 1 January 2021
This video shows you how much control you must have of yourself and your gear to become a cave diver.