TDI Intro to Cave Instructor

TDI Intro to Cave Instructor 2018-06-28T12:52:26+08:00

Project Description

TDI Intro To Cave Instructor Course

The Intro to Cave Instructor provides an introduction to the basic principles of cave diving utilizing a single primary guide line. Introductory cave diving is the second level in the development of safe techniques for cave diving, directly building upon the cavern diver course. It’s a fantastic responsibility to be able to teach these challenging programs.

The purpose of this program is to evaluate a candidate instructor with respect to  their level of knowledge, professionalism and proficiency in presenting a comprehensive TDI Intro to Cave Diver program, and to fully prepare them to conduct these courses.

The Intro to cave instructor is responsible for guiding students towards the goals listed below, our task during the instructor course is to fully prepare you to pass on and evaluate these skills, in very challenging environments

Academic topics for the intro to cave diver

1. Policy for Cave Diving
2. Gas Matching Procedures
3. Psychological Considerations
4. Equipment Considerations
5. Communication
6. Swimming Techniques
7. Physiology
8. Cave Environment
9. Conservation
10. Problem Solving
11. Accident Analysis
12. Review of Dive Tables and Decompression Theory
13. Cave Diving Etiquette

The following land drills must be covered during the intro to cave diver course:

1. How to properly deploy a guideline
2. How to properly follow a guideline
3. Use of safety reel in lost diver procedures
4. Use of safety reel in lost line drill

The  intro to cave diver student must perform the following S-drill and skills during all dives:

1. Demonstrate:
a. Adequate pre-dive planning
b. Equipment check and equipment matching
c. Bubble check
d. Specialized propulsion techniques in varying types of flow
e. Proper buoyancy control
f. Proper body posture
g. Proper stress analysis (detection and management)

The intro to cave diver student must perform the following in-water skills during cave dives:

1. Properly deploy a guideline
2. Properly use line markers
3. Properly follow a guideline with eyes open and closed, simulating loss of visibility
4. Air share with a buddy with eyes open, following the guideline
5. Air share with a buddy with lights off, eyes closed and use touch contact, following the guideline
6. Remove and replace mask while in contact with guideline
7. Demonstrate light / hand -signals and touch contact
8. Conservation and awareness techniques
9. Referencing as back-up navigation
10. Demonstrate adequate anti-silting techniques
11. Simulate a primary light failure, and use back light to exit the cave
12. Demonstrate lost line and lost diver drills

  • Minimum age 21
  • Certified as an open water instructor in active teaching status with an internationally recognized scuba training agency for a minimum of 1 year
  • Have a minimum certification of TDI Cavern Instructor or equivalent (e.g. NACD, and NSS-CDS), with active teaching status
  • Provide proof of at least 150 full-cave dives
  • Provide proof of teaching a minimum of 3 cavern diver courses and assisting with a minimum of 1 complete TDI Introductory Cave Diver course with 1 active TDI Cave Diver Instructor
  • Provide recommendation from a TDI Cave Instructor with which the candidate has assisted in introductory cave training classes and stating that the candidate is prepared for the instructor evaluation program

You will need a copy of TDI Diving in Overhead Environments Instructor Manual, and accompanying slides. We will also provide you with additional non course related reading when you book your courses via our online classroom.

The course cost is 50,000 PHP, this includes dives and tuition. There may be small incidental costs involved for travelling to the caves, this will be discussed and agreed before you commit to the course. We can arrange rental equipment, however we highly recommend you use your own if at all possible. Professional registration fees with TDI, and instructor materials are not included in this cost, we can arrange the materials for you if needed, please contact your local TDI office for fees, let us know if you need any help with that.

We have a limited number of twin bed fan dormitory rooms for 2500 PHP per person, per week. These come with a kitchenette and bathroom, simple backpacker style.

If you prefer something else we work with a number of local resorts and hotels, or you might like to check services like,  AirBNB we can help with local information if needed.

A typical hotel room starts from 1500 per night and up, the average would be around 2000 PHP. A typical self service monthly rental room or studio from 10,000 PHP and up, the average around 15000 PHP per month.

See here for more information on accommodation.

Contact the Course Director as early as possible, we can only accept a limited number of students on to each program, it is wise to book your preferred date in advance.

Please provide the following information when you book.

Which agency are you certified as a cave diver with?
How many cave and cavern dives have you done?
How many other overhead dives (e.g. wreck) have you done?
How many total dives have you done?
How long have you been diving?
Any significant gaps in your diving experience?



Lee Butler
Lee ButlerCourse Director, EFR IT & Tec IT
Lee has been a PADI Course Director and Instructor Trainer since 2012, conducting PADI IDC’s and Instructor programs with Savedra since.
Lee is a keen open and closed circuit technical and cave diver, and brings a wealth of diving knowledge and experience to each program.
In addition to being a Course Director he is also the General Manager of Savedra Dive Center, this puts him in a great position to help you get started with your new diving career.

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Contact Info

Savedra Dive Center, Moalboal, Cebu 6032

Phone: +63 32 474 3132

Mobile: +63 917 323 0369

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