Why take Cavern + Intro to Cave course?

The IANTD/TDI Cavern + Intro to Cave class introduces diving in an overhead environment.

Many underwater caves in our environment are hidden from sight, making cave diving an exciting and adventurous activity. Cave diving requires special training, and the IANTD/TDI Cavern + Intro to Cave course thoroughly explains the cave environment and potential dangers. Despite preparing students to venture beyond natural daylight zones, a conservative approach to gas management keeps beginning cave divers within a limited distance of the entrance.

Who is it for?

The IANTD/TDI Cavern + Intro to Cave class is a great training opportunity for those aspiring to become cave divers. As a result, divers will improve their skills and awareness and enjoy cave diving with their teams, with the knowledge they need to get in and dive.

Divers who are new to cave diving should be aware of some specific rules, including the fact that there is no natural light, the cave is enclosed, they must return to the entrance at the end of the dive, and they must have the self-discipline to follow a line and navigate the cave properly.

What will I learn?

Courses outcomes include, but are not limited to, introduction to principles of cave diving and the skills and knowledge required for limited penetration into underwater caves; increasing environmental awareness; cultivating proficiency in dive planning and teamwork; promoting an understanding of cave environments; teaching stress management, navigation, standard and emergency procedures, cave diving techniques; and instilling an appreciation of the hazards of cave diving.


Applicants must:

  • Must be qualified in IANTD/TDI Advanced Open Water Diver and IANTD/TDI Nitrox or equivalent;
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age or 15 with a parent or guardian authorization;
  • Be physically and mentally fit;
  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving;
  • Be experienced with technical diving configuration and related skills (minimum skills required: Basic 5, V-Drill, S-Drill, 6 propulsion techniques, including back kicks and helicopter turn, have perfect buoyancy, have perfect trim no more than 20 degrees out of neutral). Please refer INTRO TO TECH / ESSENTIAL + NITROX CLASS for more information;
  • Have a minimum of 30 logged dives.

The Cavern + Intro to Cave class normally lasts four days. It requires a minimum of eight dives (including six cave dives in at least three different caves) and at least 200 minutes of dive time plus classroom lectures, land drills, and in-water work. Transfer from Playa del Carmen included.

Students must bring their own cave-level diving gear (requirements will be provided upon registration) or borrow/rent it, pay for their gases and tank rentals, cenote entree and agency certification fees is not included



Alex is a true cave diving enthusiast, Cave Ha Diving Mexico founder and owner, Technical Cave Instructor IANTD/TDI/SDI with the following ratings: Advanced Cave DPV Instructor / Advanced Cave Stage – Multi-stage Instructor / Advanced Cave Sidemount & No Mount Instructor / Advanced Cave Survey Instructor / Technical Cave Instructor, OWSD Instructor, GUE Member, GUE Cave 2 / GUE Cave DPV / GUE CCR 1 / GUE TEC 1 / TDI ER/Trimix, mCCR Fathom, eCCR JJ, RYA Skipper

Before fully dedicating himself to the diving industry, Alexander served many years as Executive Vice-President for Technology, Broadcasting and Press Operations, Medical and Anti-Doping, Accreditation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee; President of iTeco International Ltd, Chairman of Board iTeco LLC; Chairman of Expert Board of Bigitex consulting company (finance and IT technology); First Deputy of the Chairman of the Board of Banking Organisation “Inkakhran” and College Professor (Broadcasting and Information Technology).

Chevalier of the orders: Silver Olympic Order and “For Merit to the Fatherland”