Uwe Rath, owner of Uwescuba Dive Center in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic is one of the highest trained, expert cave and technical divers in the world. His passion for this adventurous sport seems to be contagious with hundreds of divers coming back each year for more. It is no surprise that the dive center has recently been awarded the exclusive Technical Diving International (TDI) 5 Star Instructor Trainer Center status in the country.
Cave diving is one of the most exciting and also extreme forms of diving. Cave systems are often located in the more remote, undiscovered corners of the world. Not just anyone can dive in closed overhead environments safely. Finishing specific courses enable divers to visit these sites with confidence and correct safety protocol.
Uwe Rath has more than 25 years of experience in the Dominican Republic caves. He is considered a valuable expert when it comes to revising the world wide cave diving protocols. Originally from Germany, Uwe left Europe to follow his Caribbean dream. A dream filled with adventure and exploring…what a ride it has been! In his time on the island he has been part of teams that have discovered more than 15 cave systems, has taken hundreds of divers on cave adventures and has introduced more than 200 divers to the wonderful world of diving in caves. This adventure does not start when entering the cave, it starts with listening to Uwe’s enchanting tales of discovery.
Uwescuba Dive Center in Bayahibe has been awarded the TDI 5 Star Instructor Trainer Center status. It is the only dive center in the Dominican Republic with that status. Technical Diving International does not hand out this prestigious status easily, with only a small amount of these centers currently in operation in the world. This means they are the only dive center in the Dominican Republic that are trusted and experienced enough to train individuals on becoming professional cave and technical dive instructors. Uwescuba has a 100% safety record to date which is testament to their professionalism.
Certified cave divers get to explore a world almost unimaginable for most people. Diving is generally seen as a very relaxing sport but diving underground has a way to provide an adrenaline rush like no other. The sense diving into the dark, with only lights and a cave line to guide you, not knowing what lies beyond the next chamber is a feeling any real adventurer seeks. The feeling of being submerged in a crystal clear body of water, often meters underground, usually with a jungle above has a way of humbling any person. Every cave is unique and every cave system has a story. The Dominican Republic offered a wide variety of cave adventures for certified cave divers hosted by Uwescuba.
Becoming a cave diver requires a minimum certification level of Advanced Open Water Diver.
In order to become a certified full cave diver there are three courses to be followed. Do not attempt to dive in closed overhead environments without the proper training, no matter the level of experience you might have in open water. When an accident occurs, it is almost always due to divers attempting a dive beyond their skill level. Avoidable accidents damage the international reputation of cave diving which is otherwise considered a safe however adventurous sport with proper training. These are the TDI Cave Courses offered by Uwescuba in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic to prepare you for an adventure of a lifetime:
Discover Cave Diving Course – Uwescuba is the only dive center in the world that has the license to offer what is called “Discover Cave Diving” before deciding to do the course. This enables you to get a safe sneak preview and first experience to see if you would like to pursue the TDI cave courses that follow.
TDI Cavern Diver Course, TDI Intro To Cave Diver Course, TDI Full Cave Diver Course are courses are designed to prepare you for just about any structural / physical factor in the caves around the world.
For more information about cave diving in Bayahibe see the website Uwescuba website: http://www.uwescuba.com/
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