Diving Safety Tips for Cave Diving


YouTube Preview ImageCave diving has become popular in many parts of the world today given the breathtaking scenery and excitement it bestows. For most people who do not know what cave diving is then here is a simple definition of the phrase: Cave diving is a type of technical diving in which specialized diving equipment is used to enable the exploration of natural or artificial caves which are at least partially filled with water. There are many popular cave diving sites in the world such as Florida, Mexico, and some in Europe. However, there is a great deal of diving safety precautions to take because of the high potential risks and dangers involved with this type of diving.

Reported Accidents

Many scuba divers do not know the dangers ahead of them when going cave diving, either that or they take their scuba gear and diving experience for granted resulting in them not taking proper precautions. Accidents in cave diving is real and are very hazardous and, at times, fatal. In Florida alone, there have been over 300 cave diving related deaths since 1960 recorded by the International Underwater Cave Rescue and Recovery. Most of those fatalities were divers who lacked experience and proper training for deep diving in an “overhead environment”. There have also been some reported accidents where the main reason was equipment failure. Apart from proper training and vast experience, diving safety mostly comes with the proper diving equipment.

The saying goes "prevention is better than cure" relates perfectly to underwater cave diving and here are a few diving safety tips to take into account:

Proper Training

This is vital for any type of diving, but mainly technical and deep diving where cave diving is involved. Since majority of diving accidents and fatalities recorded come from lack of proper training and experience, getting certified today will ensure your chances of to be higher. There are many professional dive training centers where scuba certifications are easy to acquire. These training facilities can be found in places where cave diving is popular.

Secure and Quality Diving Equipment

Since the environment in underwater caves are hazardous in many ways and don’t seem to favor the limits of the human body, secure and quality diving equipment is needed to prevent any accidents. Many underwater cave diving accidents occur from equipment failure.

Recommended Diving Equipment:

Dive Lights – cave divers are usually required to carry at least 3 dive lights which are water resistant and batteries which last for hours. Underwater caves are very dark and without proper light to guide your direction.

Steel Tanks – you will be facing some very sharp rock edges and if your scuba tank accidentally hits them there is a good chance of it damaging or even leaking. When this happens then suffocation is a very possible factor. Steel scuba tanks are most likely to resist any damage caused by the risky environment. It is also a good idea to use double tanks so that the diver can have the option of breathing through two tanks in case the other one gets damaged.

Another precaution is to try and avoid taking too much bulky equipment, take wetsuits that are no less than 7mm thick due to the cold atmosphere in underwater caves, and be sure to take a reel as you need proper guidelines to guide you back to where you came from. One last diving safety tip is to take another dive buddy as this could be the wisest thing to do. So please take these cautions into account and get certified before going on your cave diving adventure to ensure diving safety to the fullest. If you do not own diving equipment then you can always rent them at your destination.

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