The Importance of proper cave diver training
There are two types of people in the world. Those who explore their world and live, and those who don’t. Now there is nothing wrong if you are content with staying in your bubble. Some of us want to see what’s out there. What lies beneath. This is why we love cave diving. This is why many people move to the Riviera Maya to explore caves.
While cave diving is an absolutely rewarding and fantastic activity, the risks involved with cave diving are greater than with any other form of sport diving. This is in no small part due to the fact that we have no direct access to the surface. Also, it is quite easy to get disoriented and lost in the network of underwater (and underground) tunnels that make up the cave systems.
Many people have ventured into the caves without proper training and without proper equipment and in most cases, they did not make it out alive. Now, this is not a PADI type post in which we tell you how great diving is and how much fun it is. In this post we are trying to bring the cold hard facts home.
Proper cave diving training is probably the most rigorous training in sport diving. It is meant to take you to the limits of your [self impossed] mental and physical capacity and if you manage to break through successfully, then you will be a certified cave diver.
Cave diving in Mexico began in the 1980’s. Brave explorers like Mike Madden, Guillermo de Anda, Steve Gerrard, Tony & Nancy DeRosa and many others paved the way for our generation. We learned from the mistakes of others and created certain guidelines which are universal for cave diving. However, cave diving in every country has its own set of rules and regulations based upon the conditions of the local area.
Accident analysis has shown us that 90% of the deaths that involve cave diving have occurred because the victims ventured into the cave systems without proper training.
A notable example is the recent death of a father and son in Eagle’s Nest in Florida on Christmas day 2014.
Cave diving requires extensive training, specialized equipment, and is not an activity that should be taken lightly. A combination of skills (perfect buoyancy control, trim, finning, etc) and attitude are paramount to be a successful cave diver.
If you feel you have what it takes, please, get in touch with us! We would love to talk to you about your current experience and discuss why you want to be a cave diver and you can decide if Beyond Diving is the right place for you to do your cave diver training in the Riviera Maya.