Diver training agency RAID have introduced new cave programs. Industry experts Jill Heinerth and Steve Lewis have created Cave 1 and 2 Diver and Instructor and Cave IT. All the cave programs are technical open circuit and must be completed using twinset or sidemount configuration.
Cave 1 is the cave fundamentals course and includes a range of modern manuals with quizzes and exams. The skills learned in this course are focussed on diving caves safely and responding to emergencies while in the overhead environment. Divers are certified to make limited penetrations of up to 300 metres/1000 feet and can make one Tee to explore a passage.
The Cave 2 program is a complex navigation course and expands on knowledge and skills already mastered in Cave 1. The manuals are rich in graphics depicting jumps, gaps, tees, traverses, circuits, etc. Penetration is not limited and to that end, divers may complete limited decompression and use one stage cylinder.
RAID has also made some updates to the Open Water 20 Course. After in depth consultation with their dive centres and instructors, the training agency has revolutionised their Open Water program to improve diver engagement and understanding whilst enhancing instructor flexibility.