So You Want to Lean How to Cave Dive?
THAT’S GREAT! There are some beautiful things down there: I’m sure you’ll love it. So. Where to begin?
I highly, highly recommend taking a course such as GUE Fundamentals or UTD Essentials before pursuing a class in cave diving, as these courses will help the student refine their basic diving skills to a level much higher than is typically seen in open water scuba instruction. This, in turn, makes the learning experience of a cavern or cave class much more enjoyable as the student is already proficient in buoyancy control, trim, communications, situation awareness, gas planning, etc. and instead can focus on developing the specific skills for save overhead diving rather than trying to learn everything at once.
Take my word for it: trying to learn everything at once can be quite stressful. That’s no fun.
From there, it’s just a matter of finding a quality cave instructor that can work with your schedule! There are several organizations that offer cave training. Here’s a partial list:
Do you think taking some additional classes and learning new skills sounds like too much work?
Maybe you’ve decided that you’re “not that interested in going into underwater caves”.
That’s PERFECTLY OK! Many, many people have long, enjoyable diving careers without ever venturing into a cave. Besides, there’s really nothing back there other than a bunch of wet rocks, anyway!
If you’re not interested in cave training, decide to ignore the warning signs and venture into the overhead environment anyways…… do understand that the odds are not in your favor. To these divers, I sincerely ask the following:
Please stay out of underwater caves at all costs. Your family, friends, and fellow divers need you to come home safe.