South Australia offers a range of world class freshwater diving sites, to enter the majority of these further training is needed via the Cave Divers Association of Australia. A list of Instructors, sites and information about the entry level Deep Cavern course and further education offered can be found at  Adelaide Scuba Dive Team is passionate about cave diving & contains a number of freshwater divers and we are fully equipped to provide both experience based advice, site information and all gear necessary (including set up) for you to complete dives right through to Advanced Cave.


Cave Site Defined as an enclosed body of water containing overhangs, silt, darkness zones, and passages that are at all times large enough for two divers to swim adjacent to each other and turn around together. Cave sites allow a maximum penetration of 1/3 of a twin cylinder gas supply.

Prerequisites Before commencement of a CDAA Cave Diver training program the candidate must:

  1. Hold an entry level SCUBA award for a minimum of 12 months.
  2. Hold a CDAA Deep Cavern or Sinkhole Diver award.
  3. Have logged a minimum of 30 cavern dives totalling a minimum of 15 hours, or 15 sinkhole dives totalling a minimum of 7.5 hours.
  4. Minimum age 18 years.
  5. Successfully complete a diving medical statement.

Theory To include equipment, anti-silting techniques, dive planning, decompression related to cave diving, line techniques, underwater communications, emergency / problem solving, cave conservation, air consumption, physiological considerations, access protocols, accident analysis.

Equipment Minimum requirements include:

  1. Suitable exposure suit
  2. Mask and fins
  3. Small sharp line cutting device
  4. Second knife or cutting device
  5. Watch or bottom timer
  6. Depth gauge with MDI
  7. Compass
  8. BCD
  9. Twin cylinders of equal capacity
  10. Two regulators
  11. One primary and two back up lights
  12. Submersible decompression tables
  13. Pencil and slate
  14. Tether clip
  15. Reel and guideline

Skill Sessions To include line laying and reel use, reel locking and abandonment, air sharing while following a line with mask blacked out, line entanglement and cutting, buoyancy and anti-silting techniques, communications, gas management.

Supervised Dives Six dives in CDAA rated Cavern and Cave sites.