This course is designed to teach trained cave divers how to extend bottom
times and/or penetration distance through the use of stage cylinders. Divers
will learn to plan dives that may incorporate longer bottom times, complex
dive planning, and multiple methods of gas management. With respect to
depth, gas mixes, and required decompression, course dives will not exceed
the student’s current level of certification and experience level.
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in stage
cave diving activities without direct supervision so long as the following
limits are adhered to:
1. Penetration is limited to the 1/3 air rule, or more conservative air-plan at
2. No equipment removal in cave with exception of stage cylinders.
3. Students are encouraged to gain experience before attempting to plan
and execute complex stage cave dives.
4. Safety and decompression stops are completed as appropriate or