Recent Cave Exploration
CaveAtlas.com promotes the exploration of both known and unknown cave systems. Below is a list of 5 caves that have been recently explored, click the cave system name or the picture for more information about that cave, maps, surveys, pictures, videos, other explorer's experiences or to just simply share your experiences with other explorers.
The Rules of Cave Diving
- Be Trained for Cave Diving, and Remain Within the Limits of Your Trainin
- Maintain a Continuous Guideline to the Cave Exit
- Keep Two Thirds of Your Starting Gas Volume in Reserve to Exit the Cave
- Remain Within the Safest Possible Operating Limits for Your Breathing Media
- Use Three Sources of Light
Sheck conducted a careful study of cave diving fatalities from the 1960s and 1970s and he discovered that, in almost every instance of a cave diver death, the death could be attributed to one of 3 reasons.
A short while after Sheck's study, Wes Skiles, who was serving as the Training Chairman of the National Speleological Society Cave Diving Section (NSS-CDS), also conducted a study. Wes's study agreed with Sheck's but added two more factors that, while not directly responsible, contributed greatly to cave diving fatalities.
- You panic, you die!
- Any diver can call the dive at any time for any reason; no questions asked
- Three gear "problems" pre-dive; call the dive
- The cave isn't going anywhere; better to come back when you feel good about the dive
- Do not chase goals
To me, times are changing in the cave diving community. The "Golden Age of Exploration" has come and passed and the "Golden Age of Cave Training" is whimpering out. Over the past decade, cave diving has seemed to become simply a "rite of passage" for those that viewed cave training as simply another SCUBA diving certification card. The steady decline in membership of the National Association for Cave Diving (NACD) and the Cave Diving Section of the National Speleological Society would tend to support my opinion; these agency's membership numbers peaked between 2007 - 2009.
Hopefully, the future of cave diving holds great promise and great discovery. I look forward to talking about exploration to those that are in it for the curiosity of the unknown vs. extolling the "sage advice" passed down from yet another cave instructor. As my personal mantra states, "if you don't go; you won't know".