NSS-CDS Training Program

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The instructors appearing on this page are all in Active status. As such, they can teach:

  • CDS Basics orientation
  • Cavern Diver
  • Apprentice Cave Diver

Additionally, those with ratings of Cave Instructor, Instructor Trainer or Instructor Evaluator may offer all of the training leading up to full NSS-CDS Cave Diver certification. Many also hold Specialty Instructor ratings, which you’ll find noted in their individual listings.

Select your region

Bahamas Mexico Russia USA Western Europe

Bahamas

While most divers are aware of Mexico’s exquisitely decorated caves, many are not aware the Bahamas has similar caves and the added benefit of not seeing anywhere near the traffic.

Brian Kakuk

CDS
Instructor number: 366
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, Survey

Cristina Zenato

CDS
Instructor number: 325
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave

Mexico

“Breathtakingly beautiful” is a phrase often associated with Mexico’s underwater caves. If you would like to train there, we have instructors who can meet your needs.

Juan Carlos Carrillo

CDS
Instructor number: 342
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: Adv Sidemount, Stage, Adv Cave

Ricardo Castillo

CDS
Instructor number: 386
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Adv Cave, First Responder, Stage, DPV, CCR, CCR Trimix

Jonathan Kieren

CDS
Instructor number: 397
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: CCR, DPV, Stage, Adv Cave, Trimix, CCR Trimix

Olivier Prats

CDS
Instructor number: 384
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor

Luis Sanchez

CDS
Instructor number: 387
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor

Michael Silva Netto

CDS
Instructor number: 398
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: CCR

Roger Williams

CDS
Instructor number: 396
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor

Russia

What Russia lacks in shear number of caves, it more than makes up in beauty, such as the breathtaking gypsum cave at Orda.

Elena Kryzhanovskaya‏

CDS
Instructor number: 382
Instructor rating:Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Sidemount

Maxim Kuznetsov

CDS
Instructor number: 352
Instructor rating: Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV, CCR

Timofey V Novikov

CDS
Instructor number: 393
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV, Adv Sidemount

USA

No matter where they live, virtually all USA instructors conduct the in-water portion of their training in north Florida.

Harry Averill

CDS
Instructor number: 218
Instructor rating: Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV

Brenton C Booth

CDS
Instructor number: 241
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV,

Chris Brock

CDS
Instructor number: 392
Instructor rating: Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV, Adv Sidemount, CCR, Trimix, CCR Trimix

Peter Butt

CDS
Instructor number: 186
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave

Mel Clark

CDS
Instructor number: 373
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: CCR Cave, DPV

James Draker

CDS
Instructor number: 395
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: CCR, Stage, Adv Cave, DPV, Sidemount

Steven D Forman

CDS
Instructor number: 106
Instructor rating: Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, CCR, DPV

Mark E Fowler

CDS
Instructor number: 379
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: First Responder, Adv Sidemount, DPV, CCR, Trimix, CCR Trimix

Georges Gawinowski

CDS
Instructor number: 369
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: CCR, Stage, Adv Cave

Jill Heinerth

CDS
Instructor number: 340
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, CCR, DPV, Survey

Paul Heinerth

CDS
Instructor number: 165
Instructor rating: Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, CCR, DPV, Survey, Cartography

Lamar Hires

CDS
Instructor number: 191
Instructor rating: Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, CCR, DPV, Cartography, Adv Sidemount, First Responder

Thomas L Johnson

CDS
Instructor number: 368
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV, Survey

Jonathan Kieren

CDS
Instructor number: 397
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: CCR, DPV, Stage, Adv Cave, Trimix, CCR Trimix

Maxim Kuznetsov

CDS
Instructor number: 352
Instructor rating: Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV, CCR

Jeff M Loflin

CDS
Instructor number: 360
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, Trimix, DPV

Mal Maloney

CDS
Instructor number: 374
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, Adv Sidemount, Trimix

Edward Mccoy

CDS
Instructor number: 391
Instructor rating: Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV, CCR, Trimix

Robert McGann

CDS
Instructor number: 401
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Trimix, CCR, Trimix CCR, DPV, Stage, Adv Cave

Bill Oestreich

CDS
Instructor number: 253
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, CCR, DPV

Daniel C Patterson

CDS
Instructor number: 353
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV

Conrad Pfeifer

CDS
Instructor number: 287
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV

Renee S Power

CDS
Instructor number: 383
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor

Ken Sallot

CDS
Instructor number: 390
Instructor rating: Instructor Evaluator
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, CCR, DPV, Trimix, CCR Trimix

Edd Sorenson

CDS
Instructor number: 375
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: CCR

Pam Wooten

CDS
Instructor number: 388
Instructor rating: Apprentice Cave Instructor

Jim Wyatt

Wyatt
Instructor number: 355
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: Stage, CCR

Timothy Young

NF Cave Training
Instructor number: 400
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, DPV

Western Europe

Most of these NSS-CDS instructors conduct courses in several different countries throughout Europe.

Johan Asplund

CDS
Instructor number: 399
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor

Martin J Robson

CDS
Instructor number: 350
Instructor rating: Instructor Trainer
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, CCR, DPV, First Responder

Phillip Short

CDS
Instructor number: 365
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor
Also authorized to teach: Stage, Adv Cave, CCR, DPV, Survey

Jose Mario Roberto Ventura

CDS
Instructor number: 389
Instructor rating: Cave Instructor

Sébastien Wilem

CDS
Instructor number: 394
Instructor rating: Apprentice Cave Instructor