PSAI Apprentice to Cave

The Professional Scuba Association International's (PSAI) Apprentice Cave Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to enter the cave environment where vertical access is not possible. This includes a variety of underwater cave zones found throughout the world in both fresh and salt water environments. This course takes the diver beyond the "daylight zone" of the cavern overhead environment. The maximum depth of this course shall be limited to 40m (130 feet). Visibility must be at least 6 meters (20 feet).The Rule of Third's shall apply as the minimum for gas management. Decompression for this course shall be limited to a single stop on one (1) deco mix. Stage cylinders to extend the range of penetration are prohibited. Simple jumps and gaps are permitted. Once certified, the Apprentice Cave Diver is not allowed to do traverses or circuits unless under the direct supervision of a PSAI Full Cave Instructor.

The PSAI Apprentice Cave Diver certification is a temporary certification with a time limit of one (1) year from the date of issuance. The certified PSAI Apprentice Cave Diver must (is expected), in that effective certification period of one (1) year, to complete training by taking the PSAI Full Cave Diver course. If the diver fails to complete Full Cave training within the one (1) year effective period, upon expiration, the diver will be certified to the PSAI Intro to Cave Diver level and be required to abide by the constraints of that level. In order for the diver, whose Apprentice Cave Diver certification has expired, to continue to progress in cave diving, the Apprentice Cave Diver course must be repeated.