Exploring caves and caverns can be a fun activity and this is exactly what a cavern diver does! Cavern diving is the exploration of natural and artificial caves that are partially or completely filled with water. The basic guideline while cavern diving is to keep sight of the opening at all times. This is so that the diver can make emergency ascents whenever required.
Technically cave diving and cavern diving are two very different forms of diving. Infact the training certifications are also provided by different institutes. Following are some fundamental differences:
A cavern diver usually moves around the range of 130 ft of the opening.
Cave divers go deep into the caves from where the opening is usually not visible.
Diver certifications are available from PADI, SDI, SSI and NAUI.
Certification courses from GUE, TDI and IANTD.
Diving equipment is more or less similar to the ones used during open water diving.
Equipment used is highly specialized to cater to the various risks involved during diving.
A cavern diver uses single tank and single regulator gas delivery system.
Whether using single or double tanks, the system feeds two valves or regulators.
Easy enough to be undertaken by recreational divers.
Requires formal training.
There are a number of courses available in cavern diving, however the PADI cavern diver course is probably the most popular one. Prior knowledge in open diving is a pre-requisite for this course and therefore it is not meant for complete novices. The PADI cavern diver course changes you into an expert in cavern diving and trains you for:
Despite the risks involved cavern diving can be fun. It is the explorations undertaken by such cavern divers that has lead to the discovery of exquisite flora and fauna, unique physical features in caves and many more. So shed your inhibitions and become a cavern diver!