Elite Divers International

Overhead Training

Elite Divers International

Overhead Training

“Good Instructors teach in steps using a clear and concise framework. Great Instructors teach the steps between the steps, the architecture behind the framework. Master Instructors teach the mind game in each step, illuminating the mind of the architect.” Steve Bogaerts

Our experienced technical diving instructors will provide an exclusive experience with a maximum of three divers per course. You will benefit from a relax teaching environment adapted to your learning speed and competencies without pressure. We pride ourselves to enforce the safety standards established by our diving organisations, reducing the maximum authorized student ratios and going beyond the minimum performance and knowledge requirements thanks to years of teaching and practicing technical diving on a daily basis.

Overhead Training

CAVERN DIVER

$250/ Day
  • Duration
  • 4 Days Min.
  • Combo Basic SM & Cavern: 7 Days Min.

INTRO TO CAVE DIVER

$250/ Day
  • Duration:
  • Intro To Cave Only: 4 Days Min.
  • Combo Cavern – Intro To Cave: 6 Days Min.

FULL CAVE DIVER

$250/ Day
  • Duration:
  • Full Cave Only: 5 Days Min.
  • Combo Cavern – Intro – Full Cave: 10 Days Min.
Course Details Here
Course Details Here
Course Details Here

Cavern Diver

WHY TAKE A CAVERN DIVING COURSE?

The Cavern Diver course is the prelude for all your future cave diving endeavors. It is the most crucial introductory level that will provide you with the fundamentals skills for overhead training. A Cavern Diver will be able to plan and execute dives within the following limitations:

  • Daylight zone
  • Gas management of Rule of 1/6 with redundant gas supply
  • 61m – 200ft linear penetration
  • 40m – 130 ft max depth
  • No decompression
  • No restrictions
  • Continuous guideline – No complex navigation

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our Cavern Diver Course will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Gas Management & dive planning
  • Equipment Consideration
  • Communication
  • Fundamentals & Overhead Diving: Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Awareness
  • Geology
  • Cavern conservation
  • Problem solving & emergency procedures
  • Cavern diving etiquette
  • Physical & psychological aspects of overhead diving
  • Dangers of overhead diving
  • Team dynamic & positioning
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our Cavern Diver Course will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Gas Management & dive planning
  • Equipment Consideration
  • Communication
  • Fundamentals & Overhead Diving: Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Awareness
  • Geology
  • Cavern conservation
  • Problem solving & emergency procedures
  • Cavern diving etiquette
  • Physical & psychological aspects of overhead diving
  • Dangers of overhead diving
  • Team dynamic & positioning
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

Land Drills:

  • Guideline deployment & retrieval including use of directional markers
  • Zero visibility touch contact communication & procedure

Skills Development:

  • Buoyancy & technical propulsion mastering while being task loaded
  • Predive Checks & Safety Drills
  • Guideline deployment & retrieval including use of directional markers
  • Follow a guideline with appropriate positioning, awareness and team dynamic
  • Problem Solving: Valve shutdown drill, leakages management, mask replacement, light failure, other configuration-related equipment failures
  • Zero visibility touch contact exit with and without air sharing

WHAT’S INCLUDED

SM Tanks or Double Backmount Rentals

Pick Up / Drop Off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Sidemount Diving Instructor

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 6 Dives Min.

Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

SM Tanks or Double Backmount Rentals

Pick Up / Drop Off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Sidemount Diving Instructor

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 6 Dives Min.

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Intro to Cave Diver

WHAT IS AN INTRO TO CAVE COURSE?

Now that you have the fundamentals of the overhead covered thanks to the Cave Course, it is time to take the next step into the dark side. You will now go beyond the daylight zone to penetrate into a cave environment. An Intro To Cave Diver will be able to plan and execute dives within the following limitations:

  • Gas management of Rule of 1/6 with redundant gas supply
  • 40m – 130 ft max depth
  • No decompression
  • No restrictions
  • Continuous guideline – No complex navigation

WHAT WILL I REVIEW ?

Our Refresher & Tune Up program will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Gas Management & dive planning
  • Equipment Consideration
  • Communication
  • Fundamentals & Overhead Diving: Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Awareness
  • Geology
  • Cave conservation
  • Problem solving & emergency procedures
  • Cave diving etiquette
  • Physical & psychological aspects of overhead diving
  • Dangers of overhead diving
  • Team dynamic & positioning
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT WILL I REVIEW ?

Our Refresher & Tune Up program will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Gas Management & dive planning
  • Equipment Consideration
  • Communication
  • Fundamentals & Overhead Diving: Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Awareness
  • Geology
  • Cave conservation
  • Problem solving & emergency procedures
  • Cave diving etiquette
  • Physical & psychological aspects of overhead diving
  • Dangers of overhead diving
  • Team dynamic & positioning
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

Land Drills:

  • Lost / Missing Diver procedure
  • Lost Line procedure
  • Missed intersection (T)

Skills Development:

  • Buoyancy & technical propulsion mastering while task loaded
  • Predive Checks & Safety Drills
  • Guideline deployment & retrieval including use of directional markers
  • Follow a guideline with appropriate positioning, awareness and team dynamic
  • Problem Solving: Valve shutdown drill, leakages management, mask replacement, light failure, other configuration-related equipment failures
  • Zero visibility touch contact exit with and without air sharing
  • Lost line drill
  • Missing / Lost Diver
  • Missed intersection (T)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

SM Tanks or Double Backmount Rentals

Pick Up / Drop Off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Diving Instructor

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 10 Dives Min.

Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

SM Tanks or Double Backmount Rentals

Pick Up / Drop Off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Diving Instructor

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 10 Dives Min.

Contact Us

Full Cave Diver

FINAL MILESTONE TO FULL CAVE DIVER

The Full Cave Diver course is the final milestone to start enjoying your cave diving experience in its entirety. See it this way, the Cavern course is basically learning how to drive in the parking lot and the the Intro To Cave course allows you to start driving on the road but only on the highway. Now, the Full Cave course will allow you to take the exits and start exploring the country side. A Full Cave Diver will be able to plan and execute dives within the following limitations:

  • Gas management of Rule of 1/3 with redundant gas supply
  • 40m – 130 ft max depth
  • No decompression unless trained
  • Restrictions allowed – No equipment removal
  • Complex navigation allowed – Intersections (T), Jumps & Gaps
  • Complex circuits and Traverses allowed
  • Maintain continuous guideline

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our Full Cave Diver Course will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Gas Management & dive planning
  • Equipment Consideration
  • Communication
  • Fundamentals & Overhead Diving: Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Awareness
  • Geology
  • Cavern conservation
  • Problem solving & emergency procedures
  • Cavern diving etiquette
  • Physical & psychological aspects of overhead diving
  • Dangers of overhead diving
  • Team dynamic & positioning
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT WILL I LEARN ?

Our Full Cave Diver Course will cover the following subjects:

Theory:

  • Gas Management & dive planning
  • Equipment Consideration
  • Communication
  • Fundamentals & Overhead Diving: Breathing, Buoyancy, Trim, Awareness
  • Geology
  • Cavern conservation
  • Problem solving & emergency procedures
  • Cavern diving etiquette
  • Physical & psychological aspects of overhead diving
  • Dangers of overhead diving
  • Team dynamic & positioning
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

Land Drills:

  • Complex navigation procedures (jumps, intersections (T), gaps)
  • Zero / Loss of visibility alternative communication techniques
  • Entanglement & line cut/repair techniques

Skills Development:

  • Buoyancy & technical propulsion mastering while task loaded
  • Predive Checks & Safety Drills
  • Guideline deployment & retrieval including use of directional markers
  • Follow a guideline with appropriate positioning, awareness and team dynamic
  • Problem Solving: Valve shutdown drill, leakages management, mask replacement, light failure, other configuration-related equipment failures
  • Zero visibility touch contact / touch and go exit with and without air sharing
  • Zero visibility touch and go procedure
  • Entanglement & line cut/repair drill
  • Managing a restriction
  • Complex navigation with jump spools deployment, intersection (T) and gaps
  • Plan and execute complex circuits and / or traverses

WHAT’S INCLUDED

SM Tanks or Double Backmount Rentals

Pick Up / Drop Off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Diving Instructor

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 18 Dives Min.

Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

SM Tanks or Double Backmount Rentals

Pick Up / Drop Off from accommodation in PDC Center

Private Technical Diving Instructor

In-water Training: Confined Water Session & 18 Dives Min.

Contact Us
– Pick Up & Drop Off From Local Accommodation in Playa Del Carmen (conditions apply)
– Private Technical Sidemount Instructor
– Twinset Doubles / SM Tanks & Weights (Nitrox 32%)
– Recreational Equipment Rental: US$ 5 / Piece / Day (Wetsuit, Mask, Boots, Fins)
– Technical Equipment Rental:
  • Complete Razor 2.5 Sidemount Harness & Apeks XTX50 Sidemount Regulator Set
  • Twinset Wing / Backplate & Apeks XTX50 Twinset Regulator Set
  • US$ 50 / Day / Set OR US$ 25 / Day / Item (We recommend to bring your own gear so your instructor can set up your configuration and fit you perfectly)
– Deco Gas Not Included (when applicable)
– Cenote Entrances
– Lunch
– Certification Fee: US$17
– Manual and/or e-Learning: US$70 (50% Student discount, RRP US$ 140)

Please bring change of clothes & towels and cash in Mexican Pesos for Cenote Entrances. No sunscreen / mosquito repellent or any chemical product to be applied on the skin for all in water activities for conservation purposes.

Schedule can be adapted and subject to changes due to logistical, availabilities and weather conditions. Such modifications are not grounds for a refund if alternate diving options are made available.

Cenote Diving: Any overhead diving is an advanced type of diving that require good buoyancy control and awareness. While we are planning all dives according to the diver’s experience, it is up to the discretion of our specialized cave / cavern guides and instructors to assess a person’s ability to proceed, adjust or terminate the dive plan and / or the dive for the divers’ safety and conservation of the cavern / cave.

Bullshark Observation Diving: Please keep in mind that while there is a very high success rate of seeing the Bullsharks during our dive, we’re still diving in their natural environment. Hence we cannot control the number of sharks you will encounter, and there is always a chance they could not be seen at all.

Students only: Students are paying for a course, but certifications must be earned. We will do our outmost to get your skills and knowledge up to scratch, and if this means extra dives or academic sessions, so be it (extra rate will apply if necessary). We recommend our students to plan at least 2 extra days for make ups / weather conditions / sickness / mid-course breaks or other unforeseen events.

Booking confirmations require a 50% or 100% deposit depending on the season. Bookings are considered confirmed upon confirmation of reception. Payment must be settled in cash in Mexican Pesos at daily rate preferably or USD on arrival before the start of your trip. Deposits for all diving / non diving activities & room rentals bookings are non refundable. Any cancellation less than 24h before your first day of diving will be fully charged.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

All the schedules below are our best recommendation for an optimal experience. They can be adapted and personalized to your convenience to fit best your itineraries and preferences.

Courses: 9am – 6pm