12 Apr Four reasons why cave diving is awesome
Firstly, what is the difference between Cave and Cavern diving? If you consider open water diving as the ability for the diver to be able to swim vertically and surface, then cave and cavern diving are where there is an overhead structure. However, the two forms differ again. Cavern diving refers to when there is an overhead structure, however the entrance and sunlight can be seen from inside the cavern. Cave diving is then that one step further – where natural light and the entrance cannot be seen. Cave and cavern diving are considered technical diving, which requires a range of new skills and equipment. It is also considered a “riskier” form of diving – but like anything, it’s all about correct skills, planning and gear.
Sound crazy? It’s not for everyone – but those that do it often become addicted.
Here are just a few reasons why Cavern and Cave diving are awesome….
It’s a challenge!
Cave diving is almost considered Scuba Diving for the “adrenalin junkie”, though whether we go that far is questionable… The reason being, cave and cavern diving are only for adrenalin junkies if the “junky” doesn’t quite know what they are doing. With proper procedure, cavern and cave diving are perfectly safe. What it will provide is a challenge, and it will test and push you to become the best diver you can be. It requires planning, technical knowledge, perfect buoyancy, mastering of various skills that you may never have learned before, common sense, knowledge of equipment, physical fitness and most importantly – focus and determination. At very least, learning to cavern or cave dive will turn you into the best diver you can be.
You can go where no one else has gone before…. Or perhaps for thousands of years…
If you are an experienced cave diver, there is the opportunity to explore areas that no one (or not many people) have explored before. For example, it is estimated that there are 230kms of unexplored Cenotes in Mexico. These Cenotes also played a huge part in Mayan culture, particularly when some of them were dry. Imagine what pieces of their history could be found there. The bottom line – you could be THE FIRST. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
You learn to dive with precision
When diving in overhead environments, it’s easy to get disorientated. Hence, the chances of disorientation need to be minimised. This includes factors such as ruining visibility by silting the area or hitting the overhead structure. Hence, you will learn to manage perfect buoyancy, technical procedures and skills such as kicks like your life depended on it…
For the history and scientific discovery
The most amazing things have been found in caverns and caves over years, often preserved in limestone. Cavern diving offers the opportunity to see the most unique things, including fossils which are hundreds of thousands of years old, or older, stalactites, stalagmites, history from another times or carvings, amongst other things.
A great example is in Gruta Do Lago Azul (Blue Lake Grotto) near Bonito, Brazil, a cave diver in the early 90’s dived to a depth of 70m, where he found thousands of fossils from different pre-historic animals including a Saber Tooth Tiger and a Giant Sloth. Jackpot!
Who has tried Cavern or Cave diving? Where did you do it and what did you see?
Read more about doing a Deep Cavern Course here.