It can happen to you…. despite what you’re thinking right now.
- In August of 2012 an open water scuba instructor took his college-age children inside an underwater cavern. The resulting incident almost cost his daughter her life had it not been for a very fortunate series of coincidences that culminated with Edd Sorrenson finding her and pulling her from the cave shortly before she ran out of gas. My friend Richard Black has published an excellent report of that incident over on his blog: Florida Dive Connection – Rescue at Twin Caves.
- On Christmas Eve 2013, a 15 year-old boy received some scuba gear as a present from his dad. The next morning, they went diving in an underwater cave. The father was not certified to cave dive, and his son was not even certified as a basic open water diver. Both died. CBS Miami wound up doing an excellent bit of investigative journalism on cave diving as a result of this tragedy: it’s well worth your time to check it out. CBS Miami – Caves: A Christmas Day Tragedy.
- July 21st, 2012. An experienced open water diver goes into an underwater cave and dies. Most of the news articles on this one have been taken down as of May 2015, but the accident discussion on Scuba Board still has lots of insight regarding the tragedy: Wacissa River Incident.
- Several years ago, the National Speleological Society – Cave Diving Section (NSS-CDS) produced a video as a public service announcement. Some of the better open water training classes include this video as part of their academic presentations, as it really is a video that every scuba diver should watch: A Deceptively Easy Way to Die
…….and the list goes on and on.