Cave Training


GUE’s Cave Diver Level 1 course is designed to prepare divers for the rigors of the underwater cave environment and to establish an appreciation of its subtle dangers.


  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age.

  • Be physically and mentally fit.

  • Be a non-smoker.

  • Be able to swim.

  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.

  • Have earned a GUE Fundamentals - Technical certification.

  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives beyond autonomous entry-level scuba diver.


Course outline

  • Course length : 6 days

  • Minimum of 12 dives (including 10 cave dives that are conducted in at least three different caves) 

  • At least 40 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom lectures, land drills and in-water work.

  • Introduce divers to the principles of cave diving and the skills and knowledge required for limited penetration into underwater caves.

  •  Increase environmental awareness; cultivate proficiency in dive planning; cultivate teamwork; promote an understanding of cave environments; teach stress management, navigation, conservation, standard and emergency procedures, and cave diving techniques; and instill an appreciation of the hazards of cave diving.