3. You need special training to safely dive in caves.
You need special training to learn to scuba dive. Very few people disagree with this premise.
What’s more difficult for some recreational divers to grasp is that you need different, additional training to learn to cave dive. There are hazards present inside caves that most people wouldn’t think of in a million years, and *most* of these hazards are unforgiving of a single mistake or miscalculation.
Bad news: Most of the rules and methods used in cave diving exist because multiple people died. These rules & methods were developed to prevent the same mistakes from claiming even more lives.
Good news: The training process is well-refined, and the vast majority of the hazards in underwater caves can be managed safely by doing things “by the book”.
Great news: Many divers that decide to undergo cave training report that the classes were some of the most FUN they’ve ever had underwater, and that the skills they learned in the process enhanced all types of diving – not just cave stuff.
If you’ve ever been tempted to swim into an overhead environment just to have a quick look, then it’s worth your time to look into the skills that you’ll learn in cave training.