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Cave Diver Training: A Brief Overview
by Jim Wyatt, NSS Cave Diving Section
November 14, 2013 at 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. EST.
Connect with Jim Wyatt, NSS # 56713, Training Director for the National Speleological Society’s Cave Diving Section (NSS-CDS), for a concise overview of what cavern and cave diver training entails.
What first steps should one take in order to become a competent cave diver? What is the required equipment, and what indispensable skills are taught in this training? What are the psychological implications of training and practicing in this field? How do divers promote cave conservation, and what role do landowner relations play in carrying out these explorations successfully? How are task loading and muscle memory involved?
Jim has been a cave diving instructor since 1975, and he is a former U.S. Navy Ship Salvage Diving Officer. He is a former member of the National Association for Cave Diving (NACD), and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD) and instructs both closed and open circuit cave diving classes. Not only is Jim the Training Director, but he is also a Full Cave Instructor for the NSS-CDS. He is an instructor for the NACD, and a Technical Cave and Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Instructor Trainer for the IANTD. He is also a Cave DPV Instructor for the NSS-CDS, IANTD, and Technical Diving International (TDI).